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For a minute there I was rich

Posted on 2007.03.28 at 20:57
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Dripping water fountain, sullen teenager

Among the amazingly useless things I did today to avoid writing:
*Did a silly meme (posted)
*Cleaned up a DISGUSTING bit of cat barf, that he thoughtfully deposited on our living room carpet. I don't know what that thing was - I suspect it was once a rat. EUUUWWUCK! (Don't you just love cats?)
*Had stiff conversation with younger teenage daughter about bad report card.
*Surfed a bunch of sites on the web and ended up through various channels checking out: Renowned Greek Homophiles, i.e. practically every famous Greek leader, and philosopher, playwright, and war hero had a penchant for lovely boys. check it out
Speaking of which I had a discussion with a friend recently who had gone to see "300" (I have not) and he was carrying on about the brave and valiant Spartans and so I said, "Do you know that it was customary for Spartan warriors to take on a younger male warrior as a lover?  They thought it made them fight harder so they wouldn't be shamed in front of their lovers."  He about dropped his teeth, but took it pretty well . . . but I digress . . . just like I've been doing all day.

So then,
I happened to be perusing ABE Books.  I got there because I was going to take a bunch of old books to our Friends of the Library Book Sale and the website took me to a rare book section, so I was looking at rare Tolkien books.  My eyes happened to fall on a picture of "The Hobbit" in the form of a book with a green cover and a little dragon on the front, published by Allen & Unwin.  I thought to myself, why that looks just like the copy I got years ago for a buck in a garage sale.  Then I looked at the price and my turn to drop teeth,  $14,476.23.   I thought I can't possibly have a first edition!
I ran to my shelf, pulled off my little garage sale copy, and no, it's a 1958 version, but in very good condition, pics by J.R.R. in beautiful color still, so still worth about $300 - if I was willing to part with it - which I'm not.  Yay!!!!

So, okay, I left Erestor and Glorfindel having a conversation on the back of Oiolaire, hmmmm.


larienelengasse at 2007-03-29 04:41 (UTC) (Link)

elfscribe's antique book roadshow

Dude... so close. That's still cool though. I had the same experience with a Lamb's Tales version of Shakespeare. I like to buy old books, and never pay very much for them. For a minute, I thought I had a real find by accident, turns out that I didn't but that's ok.

I haven't seen 300 yet either. I think I'd like to because it looks slick stylistically. I really liked Sin City. I can forgive it for not being accurate - so I doubt there's any really good homoerotic action in it. That's pretty funny about your friend. He needs to watch the History Channel documentary "The Last Stand of the 300," which is accurate. They actually do talk about the 1,100 some odd Greeks that stood with the Spartans, and go into detail about Spartan warrior training.
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-29 20:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: elfscribe's antique book roadshow

Yeah. Well, like anything I guess one has to be both actively looking for these things, knowledgeable, and damn lucky! I'm rarely any of the three. LOL.

re: 300. One review described it as homoerotic, but I think that was merely because of all the manly beefcake (What! Don't they think women like that too?) My friend who saw it said there wasn't a trace of homoeroticism that he could see. And yeah I did see the History Channel documentary, which was quite good. They don't mention the institutionalized homosexuality though. A good program for that is the PBS Home Video called The Spartans, put out in 2004, and directed by Melanie Archer. It tells the whole story. I'll get myself in trouble here, but institutionalized homosexuality among a militaristic society actually makes sense. It takes care of the men's basic needs and increases affectionate bonds between warriors. Covering up that part of history is just our modern-day phobia. (Would it 'taint' the manly image of these warriors to know that they engaged in m/m comfort? Probably, in many people's eyes. Too bad.) Okay, enough with the rant. *g*
daeomae at 2007-03-29 05:14 (UTC) (Link)
Darn it all! Better luck next time, dear! ;) Though the copy you have sounds lovely. *hugs*

elfscribe5 at 2007-03-29 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, just when you think finally, through the sheer accident of loving something, one might luck out. LOL. Oh well.
ennorwen at 2007-03-29 10:30 (UTC) (Link)

You're funny!

I think I shall start a procrastination list myself. Am going to see "300" at an IMAX tomorrow night - Husband is going for the history of course, and me? Well, sure history - how bout all those men in loinclothes? Will have to suppress squeeage, I suppose.

The latter though on ABEbooks (one of my online haunts) has made me decide, though. I WILL indeed get the "deluxe" version of "The Children of Hurin" when it is released. (Had to buy reading copies of LOTR though as I was tearing the spines out of hubby's original Ballantines).

Also, quick ? for you. I noted on a Raythoo thread that a book was mentioned called "Twilight of the Gods: Cynatis" Donaghe, I think. Did you ever find it? I looked at Amazon and apparently for them it does not exist. Sounded interesting though.
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-29 19:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're funny!

Hi Ennie!
Ah yes, a procrastination list - yet another way to procrastinate. Re: 300, you'll have to tell me what you thought. But don't go for the history. Based on talking to my friend, there isn't much actual history in it. And all the Spartan king Leonidas' ranting about defending "freedom" is interesting given that Greek civilization relied on slavery. In fact a coming of age ritual among the Spartans involved sneaking into the nearby village and killing one of the slave population. Charming. Thermopylae was significant in that a relatively small band of Greeks (the Spartan 300 plus several thousand from other city-states) did hold back the Persians, died to a man,(the ones that stayed), and were held up as the pinnacle in bravery by the Greeks themselves for centuries. It was also one of the first times that the Greeks banded together to defend themselves, with the notion of themselves as Greeks, as opposed to Spartans or Athenians. The History Channel recently did a good program on the whole episode, if you can get hold of it. Anyway, let me know what you think.

Re: Children of Hurin? Tell me more, I've only vaguely heard about it. Is this another of J.R.R.'s lost writings that son Chris has resurrected and will give to us with endless variations and notations?

Re: Twilight of the Gods. Ah yes. I did manage to find it through perseverance. My lovely contact had the name slightly off and Amazon search doesn't do well with that. Let's see: It's by Ronald L. Donaghe. I'm afraid that I've found it rather disappointing and haven't been able to finish it - a rare occurrence for me.
A. Noldo
elvses at 2007-03-29 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I have a first edition printing of the Silmarillion. Is that worth anything?
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-29 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
Don't know, but it's worth checking out: http://www.abebooks.com/
Tell me if it is.
Gad, based on the prices on some of these, I'm sorry I didn't actively try to collect years ago. 'Course I didn't have any money then either and I probably wouldn't sell them anyway. My books are like my kids.
A. Noldo
elvses at 2007-03-29 19:30 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes. This is the one I have. Of course, mine is in terrible condition, being constantly in use (and full of pencil notes).
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-29 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
Nice! To my mind, the pencil notes add a certain je ne sais quoi.
keiliss at 2007-03-29 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
Don't know that I'm going to see 300. I have a feeling it works better if you don't know the history - and a king of Sparta speaking in praise of freedom is about as far from the realities as you'll get, lol.

Now enough procrastination - go write! (I ower you an email, getting there...)
elfscribe5 at 2007-04-04 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
Hey sweetie! Hope all's well. Thanks for the kick in the butt. So far it hasn't worked though.
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