It’s been three — count ’em, THREE! — months since we wrapped up The Silmarillion and the proverbial stuff hit the fan on my side of the screen, necessitating a break in the quest. Three months is just insanely sad. Depressing, even. I’m going through withdrawals.
Wait, what? What quest? See, it’s been that long! Either that, or you’re a more recent follower who rightfully has no idea what’s going on here. I’ve had some people drop by in the long hiatus. Welcome, new followers! Let me catch everybody up on what I’m talking about.
Almost three years ago, I started a journey to deep dive into J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Book by book, chapter by chapter, stopping to smell the roses and to look into as many nooks and crannies as I could. You can read all of those blog posts at the landing page for the Silmarillion Blues quest. You know, if you’re so inclined. Suffice it to say, when I set out on that journey, many set off with me, and by week two, only one other was still hanging in there with me, fellow blogger Libromancer’s Apprentice. We made it through The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, “Bilbo’s Last Song,” and The Silmarillion… all of Tolkien’s canonical works. But, as I say, some drama caught up to me behind the scenes, and we had to take a break. I intended maybe it’d last a month or so. So much for that…
Here in the States, Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day. Makes it easy for me to remember. On that day, Libro and I are officially kickstarting the quest once more, this time into Tolkien’s non-canonical works, starting where we left off. On that day, we crack the book on Unfinished Tales. Chapter one’s blog will drop two weeks later (July 1), and we’ll be keeping a regular two-week schedule for this for those who want to read along and/or participate. Don’t be intimidated. For me, this is completely virgin territory as I’ve never read past this point. No matter your level of expertise (or lack of it), all are welcome who want to commit.
And… this has been teased a few times too many, but some of you may recall that I have a spare copy of Rateliff’s The History of The Hobbit (with slight dust cover damage but otherwise new) because I had to fight a 3rd party seller on Amazon and… yeah, long story, and I already blogged about it. Anyway, I have this spare copy. It needs a good home, someone who’ll appreciate it.
Last time I did a giveaway on this blog, I ran a contest. This time around, I really haven’t been able to think of anything, so here’s how this is going to work. I want potential winners to get really geeky with me here. This is going to be a drawing. To enter to win, all you have to do is comment to this post before the Unfinished Tales chapter one post drops on July 1. In that comment, you need to geek out about Tolkien. Favorite character, favorite location, favorite scene… I don’t care what it is, just tell me what you love and why you love it. Whatever it is that gets you geeky, drop a comment here. The geekier, the better. Comments after the first chapter post drops on July 1 are ineligible to win. I dare say you have plenty of time.
Those who successfully enter will be in a drawing. I’ll randomize the contestants and announce the winner within the following 24 hours. Once the winner is announced, that winner will need to contact me via email with a name and complete shipping address so the book can find you. I’ll repeat that when the time comes.
Sounds fair? Good. Easy enough? Even better.
I’ll drop another reminder on the 17th as we get going. Welcome back to Middle-Earth, my friends. It’s been too long.