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Snöwdog
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What Minas Tirith Means to me? Tower of Guard. []

I came to the city seven and a half years ago to further explore Tolkien's writings on the internet, and to find a nice stable place to write RP. Got aquainted with a few good folk I met here, and its the best-run Tolkien board out in cyberspace. Yeah, ran across a couple @ssholes and a couple 'continiously depressed, going-through hell, woe-is-me-whingers', but that was to be expected.

The bottom line is this place is really good entertainment. []

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*5 years on*

Happy 13th Minas Tirith!

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Roll of Honor The DarkQueen Iauraearien
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My Lord, I've been here 11 years now. I took refuge from the Barrow-Wight and his little band of Sheriffs micro-managing everything, harrassing kids on their own site, and censoring me because he didn't like me explaining my signature in a thread about why we chose our signatures. It escalated, and I decided to leave. I did, however, find my Greatest Treasure there, and we both came here. My sparkly personality immediately won me many friends here, and that's why I keep coming back, although it is sad that the ignorant religious zealots seemed to have grown up and moved on to bigger and better things. They were more entertaining than Jerry Springer.

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Roll of Honor The DarkQueen Iauraearien
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I've been here 11 years now. I took refuge from the Barrow-Wight and his little band of Sheriffs micro-managing everything, harrassing kids on their own site, and censoring me because he didn't like me explaining my signature in a thread about why we chose our signatures. It escalated, and I decided to leave.
I remember that! []
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Looking at this now, I find this thread fascinating. For me, MT is something I engaged in high school before the existence of Peter Jackson's films (of which I am still a somewhat reluctant fan), which is to say, in a climate in which few of my peers had read LOTR, and of which only one had even heard of the Silmarillion.
MT is/was a place where most were familiar with both. However, now, quite a bit older, and amidst a PhD in philosophy, MT seems like something of which culture-in-general (is there such a thing) is less inclined to avail itself of.
I mean this less culturally (e.g., the Pony) as I do intellectually (e.g., the literary forums). And I suppose I say this because my initial love of MT came from the liveliness of the literary forums. There, it is not too extreme of me to say that I acquired my first taste of the joys of a life of the mind, fleeting and inadequate as they might have appeared to me as a teenager. Be that as it may, there I vividly recall advancing, for example, a hard line polemic against Finarfin for being a reactionary counterrevolutionary, justly banished to an infantile paradise, banished forever from justice, glory, from true immortality.
It is also these sorts of deep readings of Tolkein, however, that ultimately gave me reason to turn away from deep study of him. His world is a Manichean one. However powerfully he might think of the conflicts of epochs (Gandalf v. the Balrog is but one example), his is a... simple cosmos. And it is difficult for a Hegelian to linger overlong with a cosmos in which everything is, truly, ordered.

Such is Minas Tirith to me. I will do what I can to post something in the lit forums soon, just to spit in the face of all I've just said. I've always thought that the story of Beren and Luthien has been given rather short shrift.

Edit: It just occurs to me that this sentiment of resignation is one I've spent time thinking about before, and that I was a bit more insightful only a few months ago.
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I'll hazard a claim: what makes Tolkein's world more complicated is that the simple Manicheanism of the standard fantasy novel is interrupted (or infected) with figures like Finarfin. Years ago, I think I wanted to pan Finarfin as a spineless pacifist. Today, I don't think that's a particularly intelligent line to hold. Yes, Finarfin backed out of a deal. But the other thing he does is tell fate to go f*** itself. When it became obvious that leaving paradise was a bad idea, he decides to turn around, and anyone sane enough to follow followed. It isn't the sexiest of moves. In many important ways, he lets a lot of people down, leaves a lot of people hanging. But what I think is more interesting is that he is the one who ignores what everyone else takes to be inevitable. For every other character, fate is ruling events. Finarfin alone is the one with it enough to reflect on where he stands, on how things are going, and decide on his course of action intelligently.
What I like about Finarfin is that he, very uniquely in Tolkein, serves as the sort of character that keeps the fate of things to come open.

All the more reason to post anew in the lit forums.

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^ It's posts like this one that inspire me to keep reading Tolkien and to participate in the literary forums. Thanks, everyone []
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MT was the first real global community i was ever apart of! 17 year old me made some life long friends and had quite a few laughs. I pissed off a few people from time to time and saw some come and go but even though i dont post often anymore,MT is like your parents house where youll travel the world for years, then just show up home one day and walk straight tothe fridge without asking or leave. This has always been a refuge and safe harbour.
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Good to see ya Estel! Hoping all is well with your migration to Texas? Oh yes, beware of pull dates in the fridge, the usage has been a bit slow. []
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