Today I needed to rest, so I pulled up LOTRO and started playing. I've been listening to audiobooks when my mind isn't otherwise occupied, and I decided to plug in my new Audible copy of The Fellowship of the Ring. Because, you know, topical.
I do a lot of critical deconstruction on this site, with a heavy emphasis on critical, and I do have issues with LoTR for a lot of reasons -- I wish there were more women characters, I regret that there are no people of color as characters, I have doubts about Always Chaotic Evil (And Usually Very Tribal and Othered) races in literature, and all-in-all, Tolkien's writings are far from perfect.
But! It's been lovely to hear Rob Inglis' smooth narration of LoTR while being immersed in the computerized world of same, and it's a nice break from Lewis -- as someone said aptly in the comments recently: if there's a statue in LoTR, Tolkien knew who put it there and why, and I do respect that level of care that he sunk into his craft. (Speaking of, I've been re-reading Fred Clark's Left Behind deconstructions, and I do so like how he talks about crafting with care.)
And since this wouldn't be an open thread without something utterly rambly:
1. I have been so consumed with blog issues that I've done no NaNo writing thus far, though I genuinely meant to. Also, I have to read a book about horses that are made of water and eat people (or something) for book club. Plus, Thanksgiving for four people, three of whom are vocally picky. (Well, all four, really, but I'm the fourth so I don't count.) WHY NOVEMBER WHY.
2. Tonight is my first attempt at Yorkshire Puddings.