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Forum: The Books 11-15-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By mhagain
Melkor was probably at the height of his powers...

Melkor was probably at the height of his powers as the Dark Lord of Utumno, in the years before the coming of the Elves and even before the founding of Valinor. At that time he was able to make an...
Forum: The Books 11-11-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By mhagain
I don't believe this signifies anything. At the...

I don't believe this signifies anything. At the time, Tolkien was in the habit of reusing place and personal names from the real world and from real world myths in his stories. That's where Mirkwood...
Forum: The Movies 11-06-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By mhagain
I have this as well but haven't watched it. I...

I have this as well but haven't watched it. I think I'm still traumatized by the full-length Jackson movies. To answer the OP, the last thing we need is even more unnecessary bloat. Jackson's...
Forum: The Movies 10-21-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By mhagain
Return of the King, the movie, already had too...

Return of the King, the movie, already had too much going on in it. Deciding to end Two Towers with Helms Deep meant that a lot of that book had to be moved into Return, and in turn Towers had to be...
Forum: The Movies 09-13-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,232
Posted By mhagain
What about them? They're fresh! They are not...

What about them? They're fresh!

They are not for eating!

What about their legs? They don't need those. Ooh! They look tasty!

Get back, scum! The prisoners go to Saruman. Alive and unspoiled.
Forum: The Movies 09-12-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 50,869
Posted By mhagain
Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly...

Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly specified.

I don't know about this next bit, but I would assume that "can do anything" is defined in such a way that "if we catch you doing anything like...
Forum: The Books 09-05-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Posted By mhagain
I'm very suspicious of the "everything must be a...

I'm very suspicious of the "everything must be a Maia" mindset.

Don't forget that the Maiar were members of the Ainur, they were the first-made, they existed before the universe, and they took...
Forum: The Movies 08-11-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 804
Posted By mhagain
And also in the book, the sons of Elrond and...

And also in the book, the sons of Elrond and Rangers of the North went with Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead/etc.
Forum: The Movies 08-10-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By mhagain
Because what the world really needs, at this...

Because what the world really needs, at this crucial pivotal moment when fate hangs in the balance, is a 40 minute pie fight and some platform game moves. Because we wouldn't do anything that wasn't...
Forum: The Books 08-06-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By mhagain
Well yes... And no. "Maiar" isn't a...

Well yes... And no.

"Maiar" isn't a taxonomic classification; it just signifies Ainur who went into the world but not including the 15 most powerful. So any claim that a particular individual is a...
Forum: The Movies 07-26-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 987
Posted By mhagain
What the Hobbit movies really needed most was the...

What the Hobbit movies really needed most was the Dwarves doing a song and dance routine during the Smaug chase in Erebor. It's already slapstick enough so why not go all the way?
Forum: The Movies 07-21-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By mhagain
I think the answer Tolkien might have given you...

I think the answer Tolkien might have given you would go something like: "Middle-earth is our Earth and the sun rises in the morning just the same".

That aside, it's quite explicit in the books...
Forum: The Movies 07-12-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 854
Posted By mhagain
The Hobbit should have been two movies, and two...

The Hobbit should have been two movies, and two short movies at that. The ultimate failure of the trilogy lay in not trusting viewers, and not trusting the strength of the source material. Peter...
Forum: The Books 05-19-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,033
Posted By mhagain
The Silmarillion also states that Finrod was the...

The Silmarillion also states that Finrod was the first of the Eldar met by Men, but this might be one of those cases where Tolkien had something more specific in mind, in this case maybe "Eldar in...
Forum: The Books 05-17-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,033
Posted By mhagain
Yes, there's text in, I think, HoME XII that...

Yes, there's text in, I think, HoME XII that confirms this, the Sea of Rhûn was one of the stopping-off points on the Great March. The Cirdan material in XII is the place to look, IIRC.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-16-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,363
Posted By mhagain
You forgot about Ar Pharazôn's army in the Caves...

You forgot about Ar Pharazôn's army in the Caves of the Forgotten. I guess everybody does. Hence the name.
Forum: The Books 02-05-2020, 12:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,721
Posted By mhagain
You've found a plot hole! Bad writing! The...

You've found a plot hole! Bad writing! The Internet!

But more seriously, no, it actually doesn't give off sufficient light. This is consistent with the original description in The Hobbit, where...
Forum: The Books 02-03-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,084
Posted By mhagain
The "common tongue" is Adûnaic, or more...

The "common tongue" is Adûnaic, or more precisely, "Westron" is quite obviously what "Adûnaic" means in Adûnaic, with the element "Adûn" meaning "West". The name "Westron" is just a translation.
...
Forum: The Books 01-16-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By mhagain
I'm very upset about this, I'm crying right now....

I'm very upset about this, I'm crying right now. CJRT was the perfect son to his father, and in many ways he was just as important as his father. He was the co-creator, he was the custodian, and he...
Forum: The Books 03-19-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,033
Posted By mhagain
There is of course also this reference in one of...

There is of course also this reference in one of the original drafts:
Forum: The Books 01-28-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,645
Posted By mhagain
No no no no no. The Valar and Maiar are...

No no no no no.


The Valar and Maiar are of the same order: they are both Ainur who were created before the world and who came into the world when it was made real.


So any statement about...
Forum: The Movies 05-11-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 23,525
Posted By mhagain
Likewise relieved. I watched all three...

Likewise relieved.

I watched all three movies with grim fascination as they gradually got worse and worse, continually astonished at how on earth PJ was going to top each moment of slapstick in...
Forum: The Books 01-04-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,008
Posted By mhagain
Treebeard is one of the "Shepherds of the Trees"...

Treebeard is one of the "Shepherds of the Trees" and they can be definitively dated to the time the Children of Ilúvatar awoke:

Roundabout now it's necessary to mention Gandalf's words about...
Forum: The Books 01-02-2015, 02:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,397
Posted By mhagain
The simplest answer is that Lórien wasn't 100%...

The simplest answer is that Lórien wasn't 100% woodland, and I'm not aware of any writing that supports that notion.

In fact, in the Lembas essay in the Peoples of Middle-earth we have an explicit...
Forum: The Books 01-02-2015, 02:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,855
Posted By mhagain
(Council of Elrond) It's not that contact...

(Council of Elrond)

It's not that contact wasn't possible, it's entirely down to the estrangement of Men and Elves. In the late Third Age the only real contact between Men and Elves (outside of...
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