The Council of Elrond ~ Opinions the Book Chapter
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Author:  Hanasian [ April 18th, 2019, 10:13 pm ]
Post subject:  The Council of Elrond ~ Opinions the Book Chapter

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This is a resurrection of the question asked in this thread that was locked down a number of years ago when an attempt at reviving discussions here was made.

I tossed out a range of options in the pool to cover the spectrum.

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I voted Yes as I was completely intrigues with all the characters introduced and th elore that was presented. It was key to my understanding the story the first read.

Author:  Gandolorin [ April 19th, 2019, 11:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The Council of Elrond ~ Opinions the Book Chapter

Very definitely yes. It is perhaps JRRT’s most brilliant piece of writing in his entire legendarium, with his ability to shift modes of speech to fit the various characters, from Elrond to Sam (which is almost as far apart as you can get in Middle-earth, at least in the Third Age) – and perhaps the part that the thunderingly tone-deaf “modernist” critics starting after complete publication of LoTR have been least able to understand, to their eternal shame. And to stay with externals, it is, to simplify the matter, as Tom Shippey points out in “The Road to Middle-earth” (I just finished reading his 2003 third edition, which I had to order), the point at which JRRT stopped writing a “New Hobbit” and started writing the LoTR.

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