As I'm stuck in bed, I thought I'd try to catch up on some of the sherlock60 stories I'm behind on. So I spent the better part of the day (between frequent naps and a bit of Tumblring) making my way through "The Man with the Twisted Lip. I'm positive I'd read it before – I'd read all of the Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories as a teenager, with the exception of two of the novellas, one of which ("The Sign of the Four") I've now read and the other ("The Valley of Fear") I still need to read – but for whatever reason I completely couldn't remember the ending. So I was really pleased with myself that I figured it out before Holmes did, though he thought he was the biggest fool in Europe to make that mistake so perhaps I shouldn't be too self-satisfied. There are lots of very human moments, you get a more tender Holmes in a lot of ways, and there's also a lovely image of Doyle!Mary Morstan being a kind of neighborhood den mother who has this great heart that just draws everyone toward her.
As a BBC fan it was really nice reading about the canonical Isa (Isaac) Whitney and comparing it to the opening of His Last Vow. Also to the way the John/Mary relationship is portrayed. And at the risk of giving the ending away, there's an interesting parallel between what Doyle is doing with the shame of professional begging, and what the BBC is doing with the shame of drug addiction. I'm not entirely sure it's intentional, and I certainly don't have the brainpower to work it out today, but I did notice it and thought it may be worth further thought.
I know I haven't been talking very much about Tolkien lately, but I have been getting a bit back into it, it by bit. Mostly it's been over at Tumblr, though – there's a readlong of the Silmarillion I think I mentioned, and a lot of people have been doing some interesting Silm-based fanart and cosplay associated with that. You can find all of the Tolkien-based stuff I share over at Tumblr here, but I'm a bit hesitant to repost it because I'm never quite sure what the standards are for sharing art in particular on a different site. Anyway, I did want to point out that the BBC has an interesting piece up about how World War I effected the writing of Lord of the Rings, here. Again, I'm bumping up against the "brain not quite functioning" thing because I can't quite work out what I agree and disagree with it. But there were a lot of claims I hadn't come across before, and it's pretty interesting so my fellow Tolkienophiles might want to check it out.