Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Off to Birmingham...

...for the Tolkien 2005 convention on Thursday. So I although I have things to say about Tony Blair and Conan the Barbarian (that's two seperate essays) don't expect me to post anything here for about a week.

Goodness me, "Keys of Marinus" sucks.

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  1. Is it just me, or does it not seem a little strange to combine a fan convention with what seems, in essence, to be a literary conference.

    I mean, it sounds like a natural thing, but the professors I've known tend to be the types that would be rather uncomfortable in the middle of a crowd of Aragorn, Frodo, Eowyn and Legolas look-alikes. (Incidentally, I think that random order coincidentally goes from most masculine to most feminine. Coincidences are cool.)

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  2. Is it just me, or does it not seem a little strange to combine a fan convention with what seems, in essence, to be a literary conference.

    Well... they have an academic track at the Worldcon, too, you know. I think it's because genre criticism usualy begins in fandom - and because there's no reason why an academic can't also be a fan.

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  3. I don't know if the Tolkien 2005 do is an "academic conference" in that sense; it looks like the usual suspects from the Tolkien Society. Oxonmoot talks are probably a bit more academic than is usual at a fan-con, but definitely not "academic". As I may have mentioned, Oxonmoot is often more like a Christian Union meeting than anything else (all sit round and read a passage out of the Book and say a few words about what it means to you...) I'll report when I get back.

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  4. Andrew said:
    I have things to say about Tony Blair and Conan the Barbarian (that's two seperate essays)


    Ohhhhhh!

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  5. So I although I have things to say about Tony Blair and Conan the Barbarian

    Perhaps thopugh Andrew might care to wothhold his inevitable 'Virgin' experiences. One can have too much of a good thing....

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  6. Perhaps thopugh Andrew might care to wothhold his inevitable 'Virgin' experiences. One can have too much of a good thing....

    Because they take slightly longer to come.

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  7. Andrew said:
    I have things to say about Tony Blair and Conan the Barbarian (that's two seperate essays)


    I was a bit disappointed when I saw the disclaimer. It started off sounding really interesting.

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  8. I have things to say about Tony Blair and Conan the Barbarian (that's two seperate essays) don't expect me to post anything here for about a week.


    Blast. I'm quite keen to hear more from you on the subject of Conan.

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  10. http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1548256,00.html

    for the Guardian's take on Tolkien 2005

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  11. http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1548256,00.html

    for the Guardian's take on Tolkien 2005


    Which mercifully few references to geeks or nerds, and resisted an editorial comment from Mark Lawson.

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  12. From the Guardian article: Wearing a blue feather in a felt hat, a blue cape and carrying a posy of lavender, Mr Bombadil - real name Firiel Tindomerel - flew from Switzerland to Birmingham as Middle Earth came to the Midlands yesterday.

    With a name like Firiel Tindomerel, why'd he feel the need to change it? I can already imagine countless Elven ballads to Firiel Tindomerel.

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  13. "With a name like Firiel Tindomerel, why'd he feel the need to change it?"
    Actually I assumed it was a wind up and Firiel Tindomerel was the 'real' name of Tom Bombadil (long time since I read the book). Having checked Google I find FT has almost as many hits as our Rilstone so must be equally 'real'.
    Must admit Firiel Tindomerel does sound much better than plain old Andrew Rilstone, doesn't it.
    Yours, Colin

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  14. ""With a name like Firiel Tindomerel, why'd he feel the need to change it?"
    Actually I assumed it was a wind up and Firiel Tindomerel was the 'real' name of Tom Bombadil (long time since I read the book)"

    Actually this was a mistake by the journalist... Firiel Tindomerel is his nickname, his real name is Simone Gallotti, president of the Società Tolkieniana Svizzera - Smial del Ticino!

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