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Forum: The Books 01-01-2015, 07:07 PM
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Posted By Alfirin
I wonder if mallorn seeds are edible? (the seed...

I wonder if mallorn seeds are edible? (the seed is described as a "nut" but not every nut is something you can eat) However much they may have valued the trees for their beauty (and their...
Forum: The Books 01-01-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 82
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Posted By Alfirin
Urbanized doesn't really help, unless there's a...

Urbanized doesn't really help, unless there's a "rural" to go along with it. It isn't a matter of how civilized you are or how many cities you have. If there isn't a largish farm area around to...
Forum: The Books 12-31-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Alfirin
Well, Skinbark is supposed to be sort of like a...

Well, Skinbark is supposed to be sort of like a birch tree, so I imagine his blood/sap can be boiled down to syrup, or used to make "hard" birch beer.

Actually I think you can make syrup out of...
Forum: The Books 11-20-2014, 08:22 AM
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Posted By Alfirin
Particularly if you are not really agrarian, as...

Particularly if you are not really agrarian, as some of the elves probably were not (i.e. I not sure ALL the elves had farms around). Getting enough protein to stay alive is hard unless you are...
Forum: The Books 11-04-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,218
Posted By Alfirin
Yes, was quoting from memory, memory failed (as I...

Yes, was quoting from memory, memory failed (as I said, I never learned Latin)
Forum: The Books 11-02-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By Alfirin
Quick Borrowing story from my childhood When...

Quick Borrowing story from my childhood

When I was a kid I had a copy of an odd little pop-up book called "The Dwindling Party" , a present from a cousin who worked in Publishing (and who was...
Forum: The Books 11-01-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,218
Posted By Alfirin
Not to mention Fenrir Greyback (with a first name...

Not to mention Fenrir Greyback (with a first name like Fenrir, he more or less HAS to be the chief werewolf) Or Xenophilias Lovegood, he had to be a collector of curiosities (Xenophilias, "Love of...
Forum: The Books 10-25-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,539
Posted By Alfirin
I think another point to consider is that we seem...

I think another point to consider is that we seem to assume that Rohan runs on a Medieval European system of primogeniture, where the oldest son/male relative is the automatic heir. To me at least,...
Forum: The Books 09-19-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,254
Posted By Alfirin
Given that Gandalf admits he really doesn't know...

Given that Gandalf admits he really doesn't know much dwarfish, his reaction to what Ori wrote could simply have boiled down to "AT LAST, some part I can READ"

As for why the book isn't mentioned...
Forum: The Books 09-18-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,003
Posted By Alfirin
For most other flying things, one could argue...

For most other flying things, one could argue that it may be only capable of soaring/gliding (or only has the strength to get up in the air and then has to rely of soaring to stay up, like many...
Forum: The Books 09-18-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,003
Posted By Alfirin
Actually, I suppose that actually does give a...

Actually, I suppose that actually does give a little more weight to the "no" side in the "Balrog Wing Argument". If the Balrog DID have wings (and actually was drawn to the ring) why on Arda would it...
Forum: The Books 09-11-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,254
Posted By Alfirin
I also seem to noticed that when Hobbit writing...

I also seem to noticed that when Hobbit writing is shown, it often appears to be a different, somewhat, shorter chubbier form of writing than the form most elves seem to prefer. Assuming this is...
Forum: The Books 09-10-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,254
Posted By Alfirin
Ok so you DO use Tengwar to write Westron....

Ok so you DO use Tengwar to write Westron. Thanks, that clears a lot up.

It sounds like the book of Mazabul was probably written in both' That Gandalf specifies Ori's bit is in Tengwar indicates...
Forum: The Books 09-10-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,254
Posted By Alfirin
Ori's writing

Greetings,

I'm wondering if anyone here could answer a little question that's been bothering me

In LOTR when Gandalf reads the account of the death of Balin and the rest of the Moria...
Forum: The Books 09-10-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,190
Posted By Alfirin
As for Thorin being buried with the Arkenstone,...

As for Thorin being buried with the Arkenstone, I've always interpreted this as being less about Thorin being able to have it through all eternity and more about acknowledging that it is better if NO...
Forum: The Books 09-10-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,058
Posted By Alfirin
Actually cotton is an odd one, origin wise....

Actually cotton is an odd one, origin wise. Species were domesticated in the old and new worlds simultaneously. Most cotton TODAY comes from the New World species. But cotton existed in both Africa...
Forum: The Books 09-04-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,067
Posted By Alfirin
Under those circumstances I am forced to agree....

Under those circumstances I am forced to agree. It just seems to me to be an extreme level of myopia on Sauron's part, to be so focused on the siege that he would not bother to ever check on...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,067
Posted By Alfirin
I suppose it all really hinges on just how Sauron...

I suppose it all really hinges on just how Sauron viewed the Corsairs. As I mentioned earlier, he might have considered them particularly elite servants given the strong streak of Black Numenorian...
Forum: The Books 08-23-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,067
Posted By Alfirin
I actually agree that Denethor actually turning...

I actually agree that Denethor actually turning traitor is highly unlikely; I was merely suggesting that Sauron had adopted this plan hoping he could turn Denethor traitor, or at least, to set him on...
Forum: The Books 08-22-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,067
Posted By Alfirin
Yes, had it worked, he would have. The...

Yes, had it worked, he would have. The situation as it actually turned out in the scenario I suggested requires Sauron actually either overestimating Denethor's resilience (assuming that Denethor's...
Forum: The Books 08-22-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,067
Posted By Alfirin
All of this bring up an interesting field for...

All of this bring up an interesting field for speculation. When Denethor views the Black Ships sailing up the Anduin in the Palantir, how much exactly did he see, or more to the point, if Sauron is...
Forum: The Books 08-16-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,374
Posted By Alfirin
It did, but the question I was not sure of was if...

It did, but the question I was not sure of was if it could talk to them in a human language (for the purposes of this, I'm counting Dwarven and Elvish tongues as "human" since I can't think of a...
Forum: The Books 08-15-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,374
Posted By Alfirin
Don't forget Roac the Raven; he can talk too...

Don't forget Roac the Raven; he can talk too (or is it that Thorin understands raven, I forgot)
Forum: The Books 08-12-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,963
Posted By Alfirin
Hawk actually supposedly tastes terrible (don't...

Hawk actually supposedly tastes terrible (don't know about badger).

On the other hand, there are people in our world who eat wolf by choice, so that could be a good source of guilt free flesh. I...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-07-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 33,967
Posted By Alfirin
Again, under whose laws? The attempt is made in...

Again, under whose laws? The attempt is made in an area without any local
people so not them.

Tecnically, Parth Galen is part of Gondor's Territory, and as such under Gondors law. And at the...
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