Friday, May 6, 2016

Silmarillion Memes


These are some of my favorites and are all property of their respective creators.
Happy Friday, everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I haven't read The Silmarillion yet(I will someday!). Is it is better than LotR?

    Okay, so have you actually finished Les Mis already, or are you reading The Canterbury Tales at the same time? If you did finish Les Mis that quickly, what did you think??

    And it's crazy how much overlap we have in our reading; Canterbury Tales is on my required reading list this coming school year!

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    1. Personally, I prefer it to LOTR but I know that's not the case for everyone. It's definitely a more challenging read, written in more archaic language. There are TONS of characters and obscure names to keep track of, but it's worth it (plus, seeing as how you've navigated both Moby Dick and Les Mis, I'm sure it will be a breeze for you). The grand scale of it is much different, and the epic tales accompanied by intriguing characters make it my all time favorite book.

      I did finish Les Mis--it was so good I just gobbled it up! I really enjoyed it. There were--like you said, a lot of digressions, but most of them were tolerable. I liked the added connection between Marius and the Thénardiers which was missing from the movie.

      What are the odds of that!? Good luck with the Canterbury Tales; they are notoriously difficult. I've read them once but I didn't understand a word, so I am rereading. Can't really call myself a fan of medieval literature without a healthy dose of Chaucer!

      Have you started War and Peace?

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    2. Very cool! I'll definitely read it someday.

      Wow! That was fast. I'm glad you found the digressions tolerable. The tangents made me mad, but everything else was just SO suspenseful and beautiful and epic. Which translation did you choose? Mine was Charles Wilbour's.

      Haha, thanks! I read part of it once, so I kind of have an idea of what I'm getting myself into...

      Not quite yet! I'm reading it in July for Lois's Monthly Classics Challenge. :D Oh, and I might as well ask which translation you read for War and Peace and did you like it?

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    3. For Les Mis I read a translation by Julie Rose. I don't have anything to compare it with, but it seemed fairly easy to read.

      I really recommend the translation of War and Peace by Anthony Briggs. It wasn't bogged down with desperately-trying-to-impress-and-confuse-you vocabulary, but still kept its "classic feeling".

      Let me know how it goes when you finish!

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  2. Silmarillion amuses me, it sort of dwarfs LOTR sometimes. Like the battle for Gondolin. Minas Tirith was soooooo cool, with Grond and the cave trolls and all those orcs. And then there's Gondolin, with multiple balrogs and twice the armies and all sorts of other creatures that are rare in LOTR, and the guy who sent his troops to attack Gondolin wields the original Grond. It would almost be gratuitous if it wasn't so awesome.
    If someone made a movie of the silmarillion, I image that to accurately portray the battle of Gondolin would cost about as much as all three LOTR films in terms of CG

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    1. True, true. I suppose what The Lord of the Rings lacks in epic battles and CGI opportunities, it makes up for in well fleshed-out characters. Both books are masterpieces in their own right, but have different strengths.

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  3. Baahahahah!! These are all great. XD Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Of course; I'm glad you liked them :)

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