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Dazed and Confused - And Most Grateful

I am in shock to learn that my "Harry Potter is a Hobbit" talk, which I presented at the Gathering of the Fellowship (Toronto, December 2003), and which became an article for CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society, has been nominated and has made the shortlist for the international ORC Awards. The other nominees for "Best Tolkien based Lecture or Paper presented at an Academic function" are remarkable indeed, and I am humbled and thrilled to be in such company.

Here's the official word from TheOneRing.net:

Official One Ring Awards Voting: The voting booth is open! Unlike the 'Academy' you don't need to be a member of TORn, or even be attending ORC to vote! The only requirement is that you are a Tolkien fan. Winners will be announced at the official One Ring Award Ceremony, taking place January 15th 2005 at 9pm PT from The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena CA. Don't delay, award those people that have made a difference in the world of Tolkien last year! Click HERE for the shortlists.

Congratulations to the other nominees. And thanks to all of you for your unceasing support, encouragement, and assistance with this and other works. "Harry Potter is a Hobbit" was the product of many fruitful and stimulating discussions, and I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to my friends, colleagues, students, and fellow Middle-Earthers and Hogwartsians. I am so very grateful for all of you!

(Note: special thanks to the brilliant aelfgifu, without whom I might have missed this news thanks to my "beginning-of-semester haze.")


Jan. 5th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
congrats for the nomination, A. hope you have the red-carpet frock ready. ;)

also, you've now got me onto crack_van...o, it's a slippery slope...
Jan. 5th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks so much. I really appreciate it! And so glad to know you're hooked. (Hey, little girl, want a fix? LOL.) It is indeed a slippery slope. And since I hear you're writing these days as well as reading... well, you're near the "lost cause" stage, I think. Welcome to the club! ::evil grin::
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
And so glad to know you're hooked
lol. o-so-hooked. I know I have obsessive tendencies and, the longer I live, the more ways I find to express them... :)

I hear you're writing these days as well as reading
double lol. ah, yes. this is all part of embracing the inner-geek. except that inner-geek is now outed...so...hmmm...
don't know if the fanfic writing will persist. was fun, tho, must admit. K told me it was v sad. I've asked her to beta for me but am not sure what I'll do with it just yet.
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Heh Heh Heh. Outing the inner geek. I love it! And there's always need for more sad fanfic. I'm looking forward to your debut as a fan fiction author! :)