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Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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NoUse wrote:
Now to Stu. You can't just say that all academic material is "dull and - for the most part - completely and utterly pointless" as if this were objective fact.


Of course it is a subjective statement. I don't generally feel the need to add a parenthetical explaining that my comments might not be objective fact! But, for the most part, I believe what I have said holds true. Analysis of Tolkien's life and influences has really been done to death at this point. Sadly, there is a whole industry based around it.

I understand that some people do get value from this stuff, and that is great. My point was partly that the authors' time could/should arguably be spent more productively. Maybe they could even create something new of their own? I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, especially here, but I don't mean to offend anyone.

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remy wrote:

Stu wrote:
Crazy completists :)


No argument from me. Completely agree with you - Crazy!

But for some reason, I get immense personal satisfaction and enjoyment from collecting. Logically it makes no sense at all (unless you looked at it from an investment/asset accumulation/capital-inflation-currency protection point of view maybe - could make the case anyway).

But gotta do something to kill time until death.......

Probably could spend the time doing something a little more beneficial to society in general though.



I definitely respect the commitment of the completist collector! I thought about it for about 5 minutes before realising that just the postage would kill me (never mind the price of the books)! There are a lot of books that I would still like to get, mind, but I think I'm going to have a bit of a quiet spell for the next 5 or so years until the Hobbit movies have faded from peoples' minds. Hopefully PJ won't make any more ME movies after the next one.

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Crazy completists :)

Posted on: 2014/2/2 17:02


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Khamûl wrote:
Stop buying & collecting paperbacks then!

BH



Just as a matter of interest, do many of the people on here collect paperbacks? I have the odd (older) boxed set, but otherwise, I've always considered paperbacks to be not worth the effort of collecting, especially as new they aren't as nearly cheap as they should be for the (lack of) quality.

Posted on: 2014/2/2 15:04


Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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Khamûl wrote:
The secondary material you cite Urulöké, is just that; secondary. While I have no problem with people collecting it, the idea that a book a criticism should cost you more than a first edition of LR is absurd. This is currently what the market says these items are worth. For this reason alone I don't collect academic publications; they're way overpriced.

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You see, this is where I have less than no class. I don't avoid collecting academic material because it is overpriced, I avoid collecting it because it is dull and - for the most part - completely and utterly pointless. It adds no value to society and exists to fill pages and satisfy the ego of the author (or to meet the requirement to publish X quantity of papers).

I just can't see the academic value in examining literature to the Nth degree (or to any degree, really). Academics would be better spending their time on *scientific* endeavour, IMHO. And everyone else would be better off just reading the books if they enjoy them, and setting them aside if they don't. Stop analysing them - it has been nearly 60 years since the publication of LoTR, for example - it doesn't need anyone else to comment on "what the author meant" or "why it is culturally important".

That said, each to their own with what they do and what they collect!

Posted on: 2014/2/1 14:32



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