Deconstruction Roundup for October 5th, 2018

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by Silver Adept, who is watching the lovely falsehoods we tell ourselves about the functioning of government get shredded by the reality.)

The point of these posts is threefold:

  1. To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions. (All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
  2. To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
  3. To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read Disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Elizabeth Sandifer: Eruditorium Press

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: Jen A. Blue

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Silver Adept: Here on The Slacktiverse

Let us know, please, if there are errors in the post. Or if you don’t want to be included. Or if there’s someone who you think should be included, which includes you. We can use more content. Or if you are trying to direct a bottomless font of rage in some direction that will do actual good. Or for any other reason, really.

3 thoughts on “Deconstruction Roundup for October 5th, 2018

  1. Steve Morrison October 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Could someone help me once again to post a comment on a site I can’t seem to comment on? This time I have something for the “Mordor, Defiance and Hope” post on The Fandomentals, in response to the OP’s question about how we know that the star Sam saw above Mordor was canonically Eärendil. What I want to say is below the asterisks; thanks in advance to anyone who can put it into a comment there.

    * * * * * * * * *

    This is in answer to the question about how we know Sam’s star over Mordor was canonically Eärendil.

    The clinching reference is in Appendix A part 1i, Númenor. The sentence “Eärendil was not permitted to return to mortal lands, and his ship bearing the Silmaril was set to sail in the heavens as a star, and a sign of hope to the dwellers in Middle-earth oppressed by the Great Enemy or his servants,” is footnoted. The footnote is just a string of page references; following the very last of these references leads you to the page where Sam takes comfort from a star over Mordor. The only reasonable interpretation is that the star was Eärendil.

    The first person I know of to point this out was Christopher Kreuzer on the newsgroups and rec.arts.books.tolkien in April 2005. His post can still be read at
    where it was part of a readthrough of The Hobbit,The Lord of the Rings, andThe Silmarillion called the “Chapter of the Week”.

  2. WanderingUndine October 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    @Steve: I posted your comment, though Katie hasn’t responded to any of the comments on that LotR post. If you make these requests in an Ana Mardoll open thread, I’ll see them sooner, as I check the Slacktiverse comments less often.

  3. Steve Morrison October 13, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you!

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