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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 07:40 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! you're just having nifty things happen to you all over the place, aren't you? well, you deserve it. :) i go to vote now!
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
((((hugs)))) Thanks so much! Yes, it's been quite a week, let me tell you. I just can't believe it. I appreciate your support so much. I hope you and the snakeys are doing well. Hug the life-sized Jedi for me! (By the way, did you see randomalia's recent post? An amazing picture, a "must see."

Thanks again! :)
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I shall have to take compromising photos of the Jedi for you. ;) And the picture... *dies* If only Liam had been closer to Ewan, eh?
Jan. 6th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes indeed... and farther away from Jar-Jar! :) The cynic in me noticed that they couldn't have gotten Lucas and Hamill any farther apart. But I'm so in awe that they got everyone in the same place! Living history. Definitely a keeper photo.