Nuzgûl Hutch

Oh, the library...

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This week is National Library Week. This is lifted from my About Books & Literature Newsletter (I thought you might enjoy the quotes):

"This week is National Library Week, so let's examine for a moment the phenomenon of the library, a place filled with books. For a nominal fee (or no fee at all), you can enter this place, and read.

Here are a few words about libraries, those infamous places of the imagination:

Norman Cousins wrote, "A library is a delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life."

Jo Godwin said, "A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone."

In "Of Studies," Sir Francis Bacon wrote, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."

In "Books in My Life," Robert Downs wrote: "My lifelong love affair with books and reading continues unaffected by automation, computers, and all other forms of the twentieth-century gadgetry."

Horace Mann (1796-1859) wrote: "A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books.... Children learn to read being in the presence of books."

And, finally, here's a "Curse Against Book Stealers": "For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no sur-cease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye.""

I was wondering if we could have a reader-related nuzguling. Most of Tolkien's cultures place a great influence in written lore, and we know of the Libraries of Minas Tirith, Elrond's library, the libraries at Great Smials, etc. Authors could write a tale of the most fun/unusual/intriguing visit to the library, or perhaps they could write a reader's reaction to a particular manuscript. It could also be something on the lines of our Authors of M-e Challenge, but portraying the readers of M-e while enjoying their favorite activity.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

faramir_boromir - Who Will Care?
General Audience
Last Updated: 12 Sep 04
Faramir cleans up the Steward’s library, and wonders why he does so.
Linaewen - Hoarded History
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 May 12

Teglon is chief archivist at Minas Tirith's Hall of Records.  One day, an important visitor comes to the archive in search of an ancient scroll.

Written for the Story Pledge Challenge and the Oh, the Library Nûzgul.

Noldo - Envinyanta
General Audience
Last Updated: 03 Dec 04
Aragorn's great-grandson attempts to write a treatise on his legendary ancestor, but first he must separate the fact from the myth.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Adoption Date: 18 Jun 04
Adoption Date: 23 May 05
Adoption Date: 30 Dec 06
Adoption Date: 04 Aug 08
Otto's Goat
Adoption Date: 17 Mar 05

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Challenge Info

Created: April 21, 2004

Challenge Topic: Storytelling/Writing

Entries: 8

Originator: Starlight

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