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[page 15] EDITORIAL greg shaw I am quite pleased with the response to ENTMOOT. While a lot of people who I expected to respond didn't, which disappointed me somewhat, those who did write wrote long and gratifyingly thought-laden letters, and I have received many promises of future contributions. So our little enterprise shows signs or prospering. In a recent distribution of APA L I wondered whatever had happened to the Fellowship of the Ring. The following reply from Bruce Pelz was forthcoming: The Fellowship of the Ring is not doing much of anything but collecting money from people and issuing cards. And not much of that, either, as I explain to anyone stupid enough to want a membership card, (a buck each) just what he isn't getting. The Fellowship has managed 3 issues of I PALANTIR in 5 years; pretty poor average, but there is a lamentable lack of material. We may manage another during the coming year. Or, Maybe Not. So what would you suggest doing instead of the present inaction?" Well, I dunno, but it seems to me. The original crop of fans who founded the FotR and did so much creative work based on Tolkien a few years ago were the result of the original hardcover publication of LotR I can almost understand the torpid state these people are in now, since they have already said just about everything they had to say back in the days when the Fellowship was thriving. But recently, maybe because of the paperback editions, or maybe not, there has been quite an upswing of Tolkien interest. It seems to me that in the lettercols of many fanzines, especially Niekas, are constantly appearing letters from people who have finally gotten around to reading LotR and are completely hung up on it. With the advent of the paperbacks, there should be dozens of people in fandom who will begin getting interested. It has been my experience and observation that a very common and natural reaction to reading LotR is a desire to investigate it further and do some creative work with it; write stories with characters and settings in Middle Earth, write articles pointing out some new area of symbolism in the book, write poetry, compile indexes of something. This happened in tne first Tolkien fandom, as witness I PALANTIR and the numerous fanzines and articles which appeared; and I see no reason why [page 16] the same thing shouldn't happen again. As new Tolkien fans appear they will probably be writing material about him. But what are they doing with it? They're sending it to Niekas. They're send ing it to Entmoot (hopefully), or they're publishing it themselves. Why not send material to the Fellowship of the Ring for use in I PALANTIR? Well, everyone knows that while they're a fine group and I PALANTIR is a great zine, the club is inactive and as far as anybody knows they plan to remain that way. Bah. I really do think that when people come around wanting to join the Fellowship, instead of telling them what a waste of money it is, we should encourage them to devote some energy to revitalizing the club and making it into something that is worth the money and effort of its members. So much for editorializing. Now some words about this magazine itself. It would seem to me that the best format for a magazine of this type, and the one which will most likely evolve anyway, is that of a @looong@ lettercol and an editorial every issue, and an article as often as possible, ideally in every issue. Then have special features such as poetry, announcements, etc. as they turn up. We are not rich and this is not a large general-interest zine. It is a limited interest zine for the small number of people interested in a certain subject. Therefore we plan to have a limited circulation. Therefore only those who consistently show interest will continue to receive it. Subscriptions we will accept, but we frown upon them. The preferred and cheapest way to get this zine is to spend 4¢ or 5¢ for a post card or letter and contribute your ideas to the lettercol. There are certain people that it is inconceivable to leave off the mailing list of a Tolkien zine. I don't want to leave them off. All of these people received ENTMOOT but few responded. I assume this is because #1 was so obviously crud @crude@ and beneath their notice. This issue has a press run of 130 copies, and it will be sent to everyone. I consider this to be a good issue, filled with innumerable ideas worthy of lenghty @lengthy@ comment. Therefore anybody who does not respond to this issue will be dropped, and I suspect that our mailing list will be less than half its present size next issue. I'd like to mention one other thing. Tolkien art, especially of the 'fillo' type, is incredibly hard to find. Illustrations immensely improve the appearance of a fanzine. Since many Tolkien fans are artists, I do hope some of them will try to help us out. Bill Reynolds has been greatly obliging with his art and I am eternally indebted to him, but I can't ask him to do all the art in all our future issues. I'd like to have a cross-section of Tolkien artists and some comparison of their differing interpretations of scenes and characters in the Ring cycle. To switch subjects one last time, I read somewhere that the old fanzine VoM claimed that they would publish all letters exactly as received, no matter how weird. Well, we're making a similar claim. If you can write at all in either the Runes or any of the script modes, you are encouraged to write your letters or part of them to us in that way, and we promise to duplicate it in our lettercol. It might even be fun co mparing @comparing@ different styles of writing the script--I've noticed almost everybody has a slightly different way of interpreting them. Well...I hope you like this issue, and please don't forget to send your comments to Dave Hall. And be sure to review us in your zine, some of your readers may be Tolkien fans that we know not of.-- Greg Shaw

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