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As some of you may know, I am presenting a paper in about a month's time at the New York Tolkien Conference. The paper will concern how we writers of Tolkien-based fanfic use the historical bias suggested in his books as an inspiration for our stories. Here is the abstract from the NYTC website:

Abstract )

I am hoping my fellow writers can help me with gathering some information for my paper.

1) If you consider historical bias (the fact that the in-universe narrators of the books might have made mistakes, slanted the stories to present a particular character/group in a particular light, or even outright lied) when writing your stories, please let me know!

2) I am interested in any recommendations of stories and authors who do this: who offer alternative readings of the texts on the basis that the in-universe narrator could not have known everything, might have made mistakes, or might have distorted facts or lied.

3) And finally, I am interested in any meta that considers these topics.

I have many ideas of stories and authors, of course, but I'd like to offer a broader example than just those I'm familiar with. Also, any Tolkien-based fanfic--not just Silmfic--is welcome. Comments are open here, or you can email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com or PM me in the usual places.
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[personal profile] dawn_felagund
As some of you may know, I am presenting a paper in about a month's time at the New York Tolkien Conference. The paper will concern how we writers of Tolkien-based fanfic use the historical bias suggested in his books as an inspiration for our stories. Here is the abstract from the NYTC website:

Abstract )

I am hoping my fellow writers can help me with gathering some information for my paper.

1) If you consider historical bias (the fact that the in-universe narrators of the books might have made mistakes, slanted the stories to present a particular character/group in a particular light, or even outright lied) when writing your stories, please let me know!

2) I am interested in any recommendations of stories and authors who do this: who offer alternative readings of the texts on the basis that the in-universe narrator could not have known everything, might have made mistakes, or might have distorted facts or lied.

3) And finally, I am interested in any meta that considers these topics.

I have many ideas of stories and authors, of course, but I'd like to offer a broader example than just those I'm familiar with. Also, any Tolkien-based fanfic--not just Silmfic--is welcome. Comments are open here, or you can email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com or PM me in the usual places.
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[identity profile] oloriel.livejournal.com
Hi all! Chapter-wise, we’re nearly a third of the way through The Silmarillion and we have a few questions we’d like your opinions on. Also, if there’s anything else about the reread you want to tell us (how we’re doing, things we could do better, things we’re doing well, etc.), please do so!

[Poll #1960833]

Thank you for taking the time to help us. See you next chapter!
[identity profile] gwailome.livejournal.com
Hello, I'm Gwailome, from Russian Tolkien-fandom, and I've got a conceptual question

about slash between Elves )
[identity profile] elvses.livejournal.com
I'm sure this happens to other people all the time, and not just me. You know when you read something in a book (say, in March of 2002), and can then never find it again?

I am searching through the HoME volumes in a thus-far unsuccessful attempt to locate I particular footnote I remember reading once. It concerned Indis, previously recorded as Ingwë's sister, being moved down one generation and relabelled as the daughter of his sister. The specific quote I am looking for described the reason for doing this: being that Tolkien decided all the women of Ingwë and Finwë's generation would likely already be married, and so Finwë's second wife would have to be younger, as the daughter of Ingwë's sister rather than simply Ingwë's sister.

Indis-sister-of-Ingwë is the version that appears in the Statute of Finwë and Miriel in MR, but Indis-niece-of-Ingwë shows up in The Shibboleth of Fëanor (PM-e). I could not find the note I was looking for in either place.

Anyone have any ideas where such a note may be hiding?
[identity profile] clotho123.livejournal.com
I've got a couple of minor questions people may be able to help me with.


Any help appreciated!

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