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Re: Intro
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2021, 09:48:25 AM »
@Optatus, yes, I know  :D. I was going to take Aule, but the story of Melkor is so intriguing for me. It is a reminder that, no matter how initially gifted we are, it all depends on the having right disposition and our free will. Which reminds me, it has been a while since I read the Silmarillion. :)
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2021, 09:50:54 AM »
@Heinrich thanks man! Though I am fairly slim so it may take longer lol! ;D
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2021, 12:26:34 PM »
I didn't know that you are in Canada too Christina.  You must be out west with those cold temperatures.  It's a balmy -6 C here in southern Ontario now.   :canada:
Yep, Edmonton AB! It gets this cold every year, usually in January or February, for at least a week. I grew up 3 hrs north of the city, where it gets much colder and stays snowy for much longer.
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Re: Intro
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2021, 01:17:56 PM »
@Optatus, yes, I know  :D. I was going to take Aule, but the story of Melkor is so intriguing for me. It is a reminder that, no matter how initially gifted we are, it all depends on the having right disposition and our free will. Which reminds me, it has been a while since I read the Silmarillion. :)

Interesting interpretation. I like Aulë, but less than I do Ulmo. Of the Aratar he seems most (perhaps even uniquely) concerned with the sufferings of Men.

Time to read it again, I say! I am currently working my way through HoMe.
 
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2021, 02:00:26 PM »
I like the craftsman aspect of Aule. Good point though about Ulmo though, very interesting. Man, there are so many amazing characters in that world.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2021, 02:55:55 PM »
I didn't know that you are in Canada too Christina.  You must be out west with those cold temperatures.  It's a balmy -6 C here in southern Ontario now.   :canada:
Yep, Edmonton AB! It gets this cold every year, usually in January or February, for at least a week. I grew up 3 hrs north of the city, where it gets much colder and stays snowy for much longer.

One of my brothers lives in Spruce Grove just west of Edmonton.
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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2021, 04:41:56 PM »
I like the craftsman aspect of Aule. Good point though about Ulmo though, very interesting. Man, there are so many amazing characters in that world.

I've been reading Tolkien since I was about 12 (early 30s now), which is not any kind of boast but only an attempt to say that there is decades worth of enjoyment to be had out of exploring the legendarium. I don't think I'll ever really tire of it and I am always learning something new.

One of my brothers lives in Spruce Grove just west of Edmonton.

My cousin moved out to Calgary some years back and he simply can't hack the climate. We Ontario boys have it too easy.
 
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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2021, 04:54:09 PM »
@Optatus that is great to hear. I know what you mean, it seems every time I re-read one of Tolkien's works it get better.
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2021, 05:23:58 PM »

One of my brothers lives in Spruce Grove just west of Edmonton.

My cousin moved out to Calgary some years back and he simply can't hack the climate. We Ontario boys have it too easy.

Another Canadian.  Cool.  Yeah, periodically my brother asks himself out loud why he ever moved to the Edmonton area.  That's usually in the winter.  Too late now, he's been there for about 35 years, has a family, is established with real estate and the like.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2021, 05:29:56 PM »

Another Canadian.  Cool.  Yeah, periodically my brother asks himself out loud why he ever moved to the Edmonton area.  That's usually in the winter.  Too late now, he's been there for about 35 years, has a family, is established with real estate and the like.
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I will not take offense that you have forgotten me (lol).

But I see the appeal of cities like Edmonton. Big as it may be, it stikes me as some middle-ground between a hellpit like Toronto and the forest. I think I'd make out happily in a place like Whitehorse even if the winter would be a challenge to acclimatise to. Anyway, I'm happy for your brother. It sounds like he's established a happy and prosperous life for himself and I hope he and his family are doing well in these strange times.
 
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2021, 05:35:43 PM »
Time to read it again, I say! I am currently working my way through HoMe.

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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2021, 05:47:19 PM »
Time to read it again, I say! I am currently working my way through HoMe.

How far are you?
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I'm about half-way through The Shaping of Middle-earth and loving every chapter. The most outrageous, ludicrous part of all is that I thought I was well-versed in Tolkien. So far, The Book of Lost Tales has been the greatest shock. It is so strange to see where Tolkien began and where he ultimately ended up, in a good sort of way. The "Cottage of Lost Play" presents such a strange, yet oddly familiar, conception of well-established figures as, say, Beren or Fëanor or Melian (good grief, her many, many names) that it is actually exciting to witness their development. My only regret as a fan of many years is that I didn't explore it sooner. I was too set on the established canon to think much of its development, to my utter loss.

 

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Re: Intro
« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2021, 04:12:37 PM »
I will not take offense that you have forgotten me (lol).

But I see the appeal of cities like Edmonton. Big as it may be, it stikes me as some middle-ground between a hellpit like Toronto and the forest. I think I'd make out happily in a place like Whitehorse even if the winter would be a challenge to acclimatise to. Anyway, I'm happy for your brother. It sounds like he's established a happy and prosperous life for himself and I hope he and his family are doing well in these strange times.
Yeah, Edmonton isn't quite as crazy and liberal as Toronto, but it's still way more liberal than the rest of the province. Basically everywhere in the province will vote Conservative in an election, federal or provincial, with the exception of Edmonton. I'd much rather be out in the wilderness further north, but liturgical and homeschool co-op options there are a bit more limited.
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« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2021, 11:27:47 AM »
Greetings & welcome. I like your interests, particularly that niche game Grim Dawn  ;D
 
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« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2021, 11:30:22 AM »
Greetings & welcome. I like your interests, particularly that niche game Grim Dawn  ;D

Yay! A fellow Cairner at last! It really is such a good game. 8)
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