University-level Tolkien Middle Earth suggestions?

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  1. galapogosian

    galapogosian New Member

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    I'm taking a college course, and I have a term project for 40% of my grade for which I plan to write fiction set in Middle Earth.

    What I'm looking for are areas within Middle Earth mythology which have room for elaboration (or have not been explored). What that means is- I haven't read much beyond The Hobbit and the trilogy, and I need some space to work in that I can tie in, but that I don't have to read a ton to get started.

    I'm not trying to skip the research, but I want to start writing ASAP, because this is due in December. While I'm not writing a novel, I hope to make it 50-100 pages.

    Any guidance would be appreciated.
     
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    Wow, that sounds like a cool project lol. Unfortunately I don't have any ideas atm, but I hope someone helps you out. :) You could also try asking this same question on other Tolkien forums, if you haven't already.
     

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    You gotta read the Silmarillion before being able to expand successfully much, because LOTR and The Hobbit are more like stories within the mythology, and the Silmarillion actually describes the mythology, from the beginning to the end of it.

    But actually, if you want to write something in the Third Age and only read one book, you should start with Unfinished Tales.
     
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    There are many 3rd age areas that are not fully explored: the elves in Lindon, the ranger communities, the men of Dale, the dwarves in the Blue Mountains or in the Iron Hills, etc. I often wonder what these other communities were like.
     
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    A tale about Elrond's sons and the rangers would be awesome! :eek: Also like your other ideas. :)

    Come to think about it, galapogosian, you could do a fic about the Lonely Mountain kingdom, either when Dain was king or back when Thror was ruler (like show his increasing greed).
     
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    A "history" of Bree ...or the history of family in Bree and how they interact with Shire folk , Rangers , The Old Forest etc ... Might be a fun short story.
    Andy
     
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    Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, also the Appendixes of the LOtr are a must for you or you wouldn't be able to elaborate properly and your work would become subject to unhealthy criticism. Also putting a story within the ages of Tolkien is easier then extending the ages yourself, it would be too tough to link the past to present in such a vast mythology. Third age is a good idea, first and second ages aren't!
    By the way, all the best

    Also it would be easier for you if you do not choose any one of Aragorn's line as the protagonist, it will become a hell of a difficult job to do the connections.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies. I'm taking it all in as I expand my familiarity with the work.
     
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    Looking forward to hearing what you decided on....
    Andy
     
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    Agreed! Please let us know what you decide on... I'm curious! :D
     

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