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Readability of the trilogy (was: Digest of messages 36.53-36.58 (fwd))

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Friday, August 4, 2000, 9:19
From: "Patrick Dunn"

> On Fri, 4 Aug 2000, DOUGLAS KOLLER wrote:
> > I'll give this a try, but a question, not having read the trilogy. Is
> > a place name or a person? This affects my translation. > > Place name. A valley in a very geologically unlikely configuration of > mountains.
Thanks for the tip.
> And it is absolutely and completely required for any conlanger to read the > trilogy. You needn't like it (I found it more boring than his scholarly > writings), but you must read it.
Yeah, I know. I thoroughly enjoyed _The Hobbit_ back in junior high and was all gung ho on reading the trilogy. Then I read the first volume. Oy! It's been almost twenty years since. Maybe with adult sensibilities...Spinach, liver and oat bran, and 1000+ pages. Four weeks left of summer -- do I haaaave tooooo??! Kou