[identity profile] baranduin.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] lories_friends
Hello everyone! I was not expecting to make any more posts to this community but I wanted to let everyone know of an exciting project that is going on right now and how it connects with us.

I was contacted a few months ago by an academic (she knows [livejournal.com profile] ithiliana, who gave her my name) who is working on a book about the connections between Tolkien and death and how readers have used his writings to help them work through these things. She learned of Lorie's situation and the book and the moot in Chicago and will be referencing it in her book. I expect there will be a link to this community provided in a footnote. As community owner, I have given permission. Additionally, I believe she will be referring to a story I wrote when Lorie died.

I'm not sure of her timeline, that is when we might expect to be able to read the book, though I know I can't wait. My own strong personal connection to Tolkien came about as I read LOTR for the first time in my teen years when my own mother was dying. I think I might have been waiting for this book to be written for many years :-)

Given that there will likely be a link to the community in the book, I wanted to give people a heads up in case they wanted to either remove posts from the community or friends lock them. Additionally, I will be emailing all the contributors to the book to give them the info since I know so many of them are no longer active on LJ or even in fandom. I expect quite a few of those emails will bounce back to me.

I'll post again when I know more. I can't even begin to express how bittersweet this is though I know you all understand that perfectly. ♥

ETA: This isn't completely related but FYI, [livejournal.com profile] hanarobi and I have tried to contact Rich to get his permission to post Lorie's stories on the AO3. Unfortunately we never received a response and don't feel it's appropriate to pursue though if anyone knows anything about his whereabouts (new email addy maybe?) we'd love to know.

Date: 2015-01-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for letting us know about this.

Date: 2015-01-02 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mews1945.livejournal.com
That's surprising, and sounds like it will be at least respectful of the fanfic writers.

Date: 2015-01-03 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovethosehobbit.livejournal.com
How wonderful! It makes me smile to picture Lori's smiling face hearing this news.

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