Would you read....?

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  1. BountyHunter

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    ....new novels set in Middle-earth if the Tolkien people allowed them to be published? I sure would, but they'd have to be kept meticulously consistent with Tolkien's books and with each other.

    And I wouldn't want a vast series with dozens of different authors, like they did with Dragonlance. Just a new trilogy or two, maybe a couple of standalone adventures by one or two writers.

    If yes, who do you think could write good Middle-earth stories?
     
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    I'd have to say no. I love Middle Earth and all the adventures but I love it all bc of the master storyteller. Even the recent books by CT though excellent are but an imitation of the genuine. To me it is the difference btwn reading the Bible and reading the Bible Aprocrypha. The words though similar don't hold the spirit, the power of the original.

    Ofc that's just my opinion.
     
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    I agree somewhat. But I also hold to the point of view that we just can't know if any new stories would be just as good until we actually read them. Which will never happen, but if it did, who is to say we wouldn't enjoy them almost as much?

    Honestly, I'd rather read something new by a new author than more books like Beren and Luthien or The Fall of Gondolin.

    And the original stuff will always be there.
     
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    I see your point but there are so many other books written by others in the genre I haven't yet read. I've still yet to read all George MacDonald for example.

    I think new books by new authors in an established series can be good but they are by their nature imitations. I'd rather read an author who writes in his/her own true voice and not just in step to that of another.
     
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    As much as I understand the appeal of reading new stories about ME, I have to agree with Ithilethiel with this one.

    Concerning the new books, I've just read The Fall of Gondolin and it was excellent (at least for me).

    I can't really imagine another author writing about the ME lore, like Ithilethiel said I would rather read something original with their own vision and feels (if that make sense).
     
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    For me, it would have to be a spin-off series, not touching the main plot lines or characters. Star Wars has series like this.
     
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    Oooo… try my fan fiction. Most posted about 10-12 years ago. I need to re-work the links in my sig, because things have shifted around here a bit.

    EDIT: Having a hard time figuring out how to edit my Profile, including my Signature. I'm going to *bump* what I think is my best story. Would appreciate comments.
     
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    Well, yeah. That's what I mean. Maybe a cameo by Gandalf or something, but I was thinking something not even set in the same time period as The Hobbit or LoTR.
     
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    Pilot for a new spin-off series:

    An astronaut goes on a mission to retrieve a space probe that has malfunctioned during its journey. The probe's last signal was a few thousand kilometers outside the fringe of the solar system, but when the astronaut gets there, he finds Melko instead :eek:


     
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    Lol. No, pass on that idea.
     
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    I wouldn’t be interested in anything written in Tolkien’s imaginarium that was not by him.

    The whole thing comes out of copyright in a relatively short time, and I’m dreading what happens then...
     
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    Is this ok?. I find that translating what you're thinking into another language can be quite laborious, but it definitely entertains me.

    I'm kinda trying to stick this right underneath chapter 19 for my own leisure, yeah i'm a nOOb but it's fun :) I didn't know how to start so the beginning is the last thing i wrote.



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    Of īkuldāū́banō and the Tumult of Angband:
    Aþāraphelūn Dušamanūðān

    It has been told that Carcharoth went into Beleriand and fought the Hound of Valinor, and that they both perished in their deed. And of Thorondor and the eagles, who rescued Beren and Lúthien from the certain death of Dor Daedeloth. But in that hour when the eagles were still in sight of Thangorodrim, Belcha was at the gate, but he would not cross it. The glow of the two remaining Silmarilli was absent, for the crown lay on the ground by the throne.
    Then Belcha turned and sealed the entrance with an enormous rock. The hammer of the underworld lay against a spiked inner wall; a macabre decoration of his liking made of broken armor, weapons and remains of the Noldor and the Edain from the Bragolach. Limping down the great stairs he slowly descended into the black chasm until he finally reached the bottom and there he stood for a while. The relentless sound of clanging iron approached from all directions and when it stopped, Belcha’s stare blazed forth and all the fires extinguished by Luthien’s song sprang back to life, and multitudes of ghastly servants were revealed before him as they withdrew at once in horror into dark plains of dimensions impossible to determine.
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    The dark lord followed the hosts, weaving the air with his hands until the fleeing front lines began to fall to the ground, some decomposing in pain, others bursting into flame and still others violently transforming into nightmarish shapes and monsters whose likeness had not been seen since the height of Utupnû.
    And they rushed towards the massive retreat, attacking the legions of the Iron Prison, tearing through their armor and flesh and ravenously devouring it, or assimilating them into their own being through unearthly arts of disembodiment. A grotesque marriage of blood and death in a chorus of screams and roars. Some of those creatures were felled by Orc pike squares, others by barrage after barrage of arrows, spears and stones, and still others transmogrified until their bodies were destroyed.
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    The Belryg, although now more terrible in hand-to-hand combat than their master, disappeared into the gloom, their flames shrinking and dimming in fear, like candles in the night whose bearers do not wish to be noticed.
    High above, overlooking the maelstrom from within a dome carved with images of ruin and despair was Gorsodh, once more in the form of a great vampire, black-furred and loathsome. But he was perplexed, for he very well knew that among those beasts some were in truth of the Úmaiar, and powerful they were. But how this was possible he knew not, for the spirits of these servants had been banished from Arda long ago, alongside many others of their kind, after being defeated in a great battle. And it seemed to him that this was not Belcha’s immediate will but rather an unforeseen event in the haste of his wrath.
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    Thus Gorsodh was astonished, yet the pernicious malice unfolded by whom he served afflicted him as well, and the wound caused by Huan, although healed, reopened, and his neck began to stream like a river, and spurt forth as a fountain. Great was the agony that captured Gorsodh has he suddenly beheld an excruciating presence that stood down below him amid the chaos, staring upwards at once confused and excited, and he recognized it, but it was neither beast of Belcha nor Úmaia, and yet it emerged with all the others.
    Gorsodh’s blood showered the fiend, and it lifted up its many arms almost pleadingly in perverse rejoicing as it drank and it spoke to Gorsodh and said: “Ayanûz mirub!”.
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    Then it ripped off its own chest with its many claws revealing numerous tusks of crimson and a dark abyss was within it, swallowing the cascade of ichor as Gorsodh watched with blood-shot eyes perceiving even his own foul spirit pouring down.
    Then the fiend spoke again and said: "rušur, ullu, šebeth",
    and the end of its limbs became fanged beaks murmuring: "Akašân naškad".
    Gorsodh’s strength was greatly hindered, and as he tried to staunch the stream from his neck, he could no longer grasp on to the dome carvings, nor fly away, and fell like a hunted bird in a dark sky.

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    That's all i got for now, probably needs fixing. There's always more ideas flying around so i try to write them before i forget them:


    During Gwindor’s captivity in Angband, an Avari prisoner told him about the tumult, for he had witnessed it while in an attempt to escape, and of the sheer pain he felt in that hour, and of a horrifying being. However, Gwindor told no tale of it after his escape from the accursed realm.

    “A horse-like form, from which rose a torso, a gruesome shape; its stare a curse thrown; various limbs and grim claws, some were crab-like, others changed form; a lion-like tail, its end a morning star. From the void it came, a sin for mortal eyes, grief of all elves, unknown to men, if so, forever silent they remain.”

    None among the Quendi dared to name it, but in the times of Cuiviénen and the great journey to the west three names were whispered in the earliest tongue of the first born; īkuldāū́banō was one, and Sōtamapeldām and Heklanāngur.


     
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