Poll: Favourite story in Unfinished Tales

Discussion in '"Unfinished Tales"' started by Ithrynluin, Jun 26, 2007.

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What are your very favourite unfinished tales? MULTIPLE CHOICE

  1. Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin

    5.9%
  2. The Tale of the Children of Hurin

    11.8%
  3. A Description of the Island of Numenor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Aldarion and Erendis

    41.2%
  5. The Line of Elros: Kings of Numenor

    11.8%
  6. The History of Galadriel and Celeborn

    11.8%
  7. The Disaster of the Gladden Fields

    17.6%
  8. Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan

    17.6%
  9. The Quest of Erebor

    17.6%
  10. The Hunt for the Ring

    29.4%
  11. The Battles of the Fords of Isen

    11.8%
  12. The Druedain

    17.6%
  13. The Istari

    35.3%
  14. The Palantiri

    17.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ithrynluin

    Ithrynluin seeker of solace Staff Member

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    I have decided to make a new thread for this so that each story can be voted for separately, and more than one option can be chosen. I moved the old one to the Archives.

    I voted for The Istari in the previous poll, and though it remains a close second, my favourite one actually is The History of Galadriel and Celeborn.

    I could group the stories into four categories, according to how much they interest me:

    Very high (a.k.a. gobble-'em-up-in-one-quick-go-and-hunger-for-more):
    • The History of Galadriel and Celeborn
    • The Istari

    High:

    • Aldarion and Erendis
    • The Palantiri
    • The Druedain
    • The Hunt for the Ring
    • The Quest of Erebor

    Medium:
    • Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin
    • A Description of the Island of Numenor
    • The Line of Elros: Kings of Numenor
    • The Disaster of the Gladden Fields

    Low:
    • Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan
    • The Tale of the Children of Hurin
    • The Battles of the Fords of Isen

    Note that even though I've branded some stories as being of low interest to me, that does not mean I think them "bad writing" or anything like that (I actually think even those are better than the majority of literature out there), merely that they are of less appeal to me personally.

    What are YOUR favourites?
     
  2. YayGollum

    YayGollum Conscience of TTF

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    Mayhaps I should return after I have read the book more recently. oh well. I voted for the Druedain bit, by far. Superly interesting and fun stuff. One of the few times that I got all kinds of entertaining answers for questions gathered from other stories.

    The Hunt For The Ring would have to be high up, since it's got Gollum in it. Of course, Of Tuor And His Coming To Gondolin was decently cool.

    That Galadriel bit comes next, mostly because Feanor was mentioned. :rolleyes: And because Galadriel wasn't too boring.

    The Quest Of The Lonely Mountain (which I usually call it) wasn't too bad. Yay for Thorin, but there was too much of making the evil torturer Gandalf look good for it to be higher on my list.

    Everything else, as far as I can remember, wasn't too interesting. Istari stuff? Not enough for myself. Aldarion as well as Erendis? Close to putting me to sleep. Stories about humans? I'd read something not fantasy, if I wanted that. Palantiri stuff? Eh. Rare video phones. I got it. A Description Of The Island Of Numenor? Ha! Maybe if the island was sentient and entertaining. Some geneology? No thanks. The Gladden Fields thing? I already knew that stuff. Unnecessary. I have the feeling that I might have been interested in something from that Cirion as well as Eorl thing. Can't remember what it was, though, so it couldn't have been too great. The Battles Of The Fords Of Isen? Eh. I am not a battles kind of human. Was there anything interesting in there?
     

  3. Firawyn

    Firawyn Verbatim et litteratim.

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    My top three are:

    The History of Galadriel and Celeborn
    The Hunt for the Ring
    Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan

    No particular reasons why, those are just my favs.
     
  4. Halasían

    Halasían Dunedain Ranger

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    I like The Battles of the Fords of Isen because pertains directly to the story told in The Lord of the Rings. Then its the background story of The Disaster of the Gladden Fields that explains how Gollum came by the Ring. Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan is next as it fills in the history of why Gondor & Rohan are so close. The Palantari is a good one as it explains some about the origin and power of the seeing stones. Then I would say The Istari and The Hunt For The Ring to fill out the Third Age tales.

    After that I would go with Aldarion and Erendis as its about the only glimpse into life in Numenor there is. The Line of Elros and Description of Numenor would be next. I liked Narn i Hîn Húrin before the latest book came out as it was a better telling of the tale than what was in the Silmarillion, but now it has bene trumped and is down the list. The rest I read and enjoyed but was never really drawn back to them. I never really got too much into The History of Galadriel and Celeborn as it seemed too broken and inconsistant to me.
     

  5. YayGollum

    YayGollum Conscience of TTF

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    Come on! *attempts to create a mob* Yay Druedain! Yay Woses! Yay for a story in those books with all new material to remind you what it was like to find an original thought from that Tolkien dude! :D Well, sure, there were some other stories in these books that were mostly original, but the Woses are superly mysterious and original. Muchly unlike some boring Numenorians, Rohan types, or elveses.
     
  6. Firawyn

    Firawyn Verbatim et litteratim.

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    Rohan is not boring! They are my favorite Middle Earth culture, period. Long live the Horse Lords!

    They make the best speeches!

    Saruman:
    You have fought many wars and slain many men, Theoden King, and made peace afterwards. Can we not take council as we once did, my old friend? Can we not have peace?
    Theoden: We shall have peace... We shall have peace, when you answer for the burning of the Westfold, and the children that lie dead there! We shall have peace, when the lives of the soldiers whose bodies were hewn even as they dead against the gates of the Hornberg, are avenged! When you hang from a gibbit for the sport of your own crows...! We shall have peace.


    Theoden:Eomer. Take your Èored down the left flank. Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center. Grimbold, take your company right, after you pass the wall. Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!


    Theoden: Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. How did it come to this


    Either that or it's just that all the people casted to play Rohan people rock...lol
     
  7. juliers

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    I like the hunt for the ring best. And learning more about the[FONT=arial,helvetica]Palantiri. But some of the stories have different versions and I find that a little confusing :)[/FONT]
     
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    To me, 'Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan' and 'The Children of Hurin' (and I am referring not to its Unfinished Tales version, but the book itself) are tied for first. 'Aldarion and Erendis' are not far behind in second place, with 'The Disaster of the Gladden Fields' a not too distant third.
     
  9. Bucky

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    I voted for The Children of Hurin...

    Although 'The Istari' is a close 2nd....

    I always enjoyed reading through The Silmarillion, UT proper & the footnotes of UT to get the full Turin/Glaurung story - ALL of which was there before the recent 'Children of Hurin' book came out; There was NOTHING new in the book, just '"the search for more money" as Mel Brooks says in 'Space Balls'. :D

    Some stories, I found 'informational', yet disconcerting, like The Hunt For The Ring', because of the 4 versions....

    If you look at Middle Earth like a history, you don't want to hear about the different versions of the author. :confused:

    Others, like 'Tour & His Coming To Gondolin' are exasperating in that they suck you in & then leave you thirsting for MORE... :mad:
     
  10. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Squint-eyed Southerner Skulking near Archet

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    Having (with Erestor's help!) resurrected this poll, I have to say there are too many good choices!

    Though I refer most often to "The Hunt for the Ring" and the other TA stories, plus the "reference works" on the Istari and Palantiri, there are other great ones: the sad tale of Aldrin and Erendis, the story of "The Faithful Stone", and more.

    But I voted for two containing scenes that gave me an actual chill: Ulmo rising out of the sea in "Of Tuor", and the episode on Halifirien in "Cirion and Eorl".

    I seem to remember that last one moving me to tears, on first reading.
     
  11. Erestor Arcamen

    Erestor Arcamen Archivist Staff Member

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    I voted on "The Istari" and "The Hunt for the Ring." Those two were my favorites.
     
  12. Eebounnie

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    I voted for "The Istari", "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields" and "Aldarion and Erendis". I don't really remember "Cirion and Eorl" but after reading Squint-eyed comment I will have to read it again !
     
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  13. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Squint-eyed Southerner Skulking near Archet

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    Well, I have to admit to being easily brought to tears!

    I'm a softie. :(
     
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    No shame about being a softie, I'm a softie too ;)
     
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    CirdanLinweilin The Wandering Wastrel

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    So, am I.

    I am a crier.


    CL
     
  16. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Squint-eyed Southerner Skulking near Archet

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    I stole this from Kinofnerdanel, BTW.

    Credit where credit's due. :)
     
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    I heard this on audiobook but i need to hear them more times in order to decide.
     
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