Monday, April 8, 2013

Read Other's Research Papers

Remember those research papers you wrote? Well, do you also remember that they were to be posted on our PRV website? Check out any of the fine work by your classmates in those papers and come back here to post a comment in which you tell everyone what you learned!

6 comments:

Ashley Cauley said...

I enjoyed reading Sara's paper on The Father Christmas Letters. While I had heard of them before, I have never had a chance to read them myself. I really enjoyed the pictures that Sara included. The most important thing I learned from this is an aspect of Tolkien that doesn't necessarily come through in his other works: his fatherly love. Tolkien showed great care and devotion by making those elaborate letters for his children. Knowing this adds more depth to my perception of Tolkien as both an author and a person. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a copy of the letters and read them soon!

Anna Adams said...

So I just read Lorin's paper on maps. I didn't know hardly anything about Tolkien's maps before, so I learned a lot. I did not know that he started with the maps and then fit his stories to them. I think we talked about that in class a little, but I had completely forgotten. I think the most interesting part of Lorin's paper was the discussion of what actual places Tolkien based his maps on. For example, Lorin talks about how Beleriand resembles the British Isles. It was a very informative paper. (Good job, Lorin!)

sworland said...

I also read Lorin's paper about Tolkien's maps - I feel so enlightened!! First, I never realized that Thror's map is aligned eastward. I feel a little silly about this since I've always read the "East lie the Iron Hills where is Dane" and it just never computed in my brain that East was upward on the map. Also, I loved the idea that Tolkien's maps were the foundation for his stories - they grounded him and gave him geographical accuracy and location to work with. What a great paper, Lorin!!

Lorin said...

I really enjoyed Sarah's paper about Greek influences in the Tom Bombadil poems. Like she said in her conclusion, many people focus on the way Norse mythology has influenced Tolkien, so I really had no idea that the poems had such strong Greek influences. I don't know a lot about Greek mythology, but now I want to read more of it, since it was really such a big influence on Tolkien!

Richard Wentworth said...

I read Ashley's paper on The Lost Road. It made sense to me of "Sir Orfeo" and its equation of Faerie with the realm of the dead. Tolkien thought the reason for ship-burial was the historical belief in a land for the dead, "or of future life," in the West. That, we know, is in Tolkien's mythology the Undying Lands of the Elves and the Valar. It makes sense to associate a land of immortals with the enduring hope for life after death.

S. M. said...

I enjoyed Julie’s paper about Mr. Bliss. The fact that Tolkien wrote and illustrated an entire children's book and never had it published surprised me. Most of the works that he didn’t publish were far from being finished, unlike Mr. Bliss, which was nearly complete. Like Julie was saying, it seems that Tolkien did not like the thought of publishing a piece that did not match his vision of it perfectly.