Cool, will have to download that one for the BC to read to me. Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI and Judson, guiding golden juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Alumni Association Board www.guidedogs.com Dog ownership is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other. Carolyn Alexander ----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2005 2:33 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Merry Christmas Tolkien Fans, A Gift MessageDear Tolkien Fans, Merry Christmas!!! Carrie's scan and my validation of, Meditations on Middle-Earth has been approved!!! I believe I'm experiencing what it feels like to win the lottery!!! If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, you will probably love this book in which 15 successful fantasy authors, a Tolkien scholar, and the Hildebrandt brothers who illustrated Tolkien in the seventies and provided the art for several LOTR calendars, write about their first impressions of the trilogy which they read as children, and then talk about how their understanding of the book has matured with them and influenced their further reading of fantasy and their own writing. Three chapters were so heartfelt, they made me cry. One made me scoff. One outlined talkie's other books and the books his son compiled after he died in a way which helped me understand his work as a whole and in a sequential fashion. Many authors talk about the other fantasy books they tried because they wanted more books like, The Lord of the Rings. Personally, I tried several fantasies and found very few truly engaging except, The Once and Future King, Watership Down, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. This book gave me ideas of other fantasies to try. Poul Anderson died the year this book was published. While reading his essay, I felt I had been granted one more conversation with an old friend. Most of the essayists are men and many revealed in their response to Tolkien, what warm hearts they have. Reading this book you'll gain new insights in to The Lord of the Rings and learn a great deal about the fantasy genre Tolkien is credited with inspiring with his unforgettable characters and his Middle-earth which seems as real as our planet with its computers, taxes, and fast food, and timeless elements including nature, love, evil, loyalty, sacrifice, poetry, music, war and joy. Below is the long synopsis. Fantasy writers answer the questions, Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular? And How has Tolkien's writing influenced the path of Fantasy?. describing their first encounter with the trilogy, and how, their understanding of it's style and wisdom expanded as they matured. They say Tolkien influenced their fantasy writing, and examine fantasy literature. George R. R. Martin credits Tolkien as the first to create a fully drawn alternate world. Poul Anderson compares Tolkien's elves to Seraphim, Le Guin finds rhythm and patterns in Tolkien's style. Pratchett cannot recall where he was when JFK died but describes in detail the time and place he first read Tolkien. Michael Swanwick reads Tolkien to his 9 year old son, and accepts his honored role as a father and his place in the circle of life. Robin Hobb explains fantasy is popular because readers sought more books like Tolkien's. Orson Card reveals the true hero of Middle Earth. Esther Friesner thinks Elves are hotties. This is a wealth of information about Middle-earth, the nature of fantasy, and additional fantasy books Merry Christmas, Tolkien fans and peace on Earth and Middle-earth! Always With Love, Lissi To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.