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Forum: The Movies 05-11-2015, 04:20 PM
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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: 1,485
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: 3,042
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: 2,580
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...
Forum: The Books 01-01-2015, 06:04 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 21,134
Posted By mhagain
Most of the Noldor and many of the Sindar were...

Most of the Noldor and many of the Sindar were actually quite urbanized. Elves (or at least the Eldar) appear to have liked living in cities.

Tirion-on-Tuna, Alqualonde, Gondolin, Nargothrond,...
Forum: The Books 12-18-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 24,239
Posted By mhagain
The concept of the Maiar actually does pre-date...

The concept of the Maiar actually does pre-date Lord of the Rings, although the name "Maiar" itself certainly doesn't.

The precursors first appear in the earliest Annals of Valinor given in HoME4,...
Forum: The Movies 12-16-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,304
Posted By mhagain
So long as Peter Jackson is not involved.

So long as Peter Jackson is not involved.
Forum: The Books 12-15-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 24,239
Posted By mhagain
Of course if he wasn't an Ainu then his apparent...

Of course if he wasn't an Ainu then his apparent negligence wouldn't need to be explained away - because he wouldn't be negligent.

I don't see why he even needs to have a purpose within Ea, to be...
Forum: The Books 12-15-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 24,239
Posted By mhagain
There's a subtle distinction here. The Ainur...

There's a subtle distinction here.

The Ainur were created first and participated in the Music, then they entered into the world at the beginning of time.

That's not necessarily the case for the...
Forum: The Books 12-15-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 24,239
Posted By mhagain
What you're essentially asking here is to prove a...

What you're essentially asking here is to prove a negative: it can't be disproven that he's a Maia but that does not constitute proof that he is one.

There are actually plenty of logical...
Forum: The Movies 12-14-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 21,038
Posted By mhagain
I'm actually quite amazed that nobody has...

I'm actually quite amazed that nobody has highlighted Alfrid's running around shouting "The children! Won't somebody please think of the children!" as a minus. Maybe it was so horrifying that you...
Forum: The Books 06-18-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,066
Posted By mhagain
The contradiction is only apparent. I accept...

The contradiction is only apparent.

I accept CT's decisions at the time he made them, in the early/mid 70s, and accept them as being in accordance with JRRT's explicit wish that CT take over the...
Forum: The Books 06-17-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,066
Posted By mhagain
I'm aware of the texts (I believe I may have been...

I'm aware of the texts (I believe I may have been one of the first to note that the Hobbit was a case of the latter Sun and Moon story appearing in print) but I'm happy to live with CT disagreeing...
Forum: The Books 06-11-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 21,134
Posted By mhagain
And a nice joint of Beefur.

And a nice joint of Beefur.
Forum: The Books 06-09-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,109
Posted By mhagain
It's interesting that you note this, because...

It's interesting that you note this, because Saruman was originally a Maia of Aule, as was Sauron, and Aule did step over the line in creating the Dwarves.

There's also this:



Aule is ever...
Forum: The Books 06-09-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,109
Posted By mhagain
You're ignoring a lot of other factors here. ...

You're ignoring a lot of other factors here.

The actual sequence of events was:
Melkor stomps around the world being EEEEEVIL.
Melkor is chained the first time and imprisoned in Mandos.
...
Forum: The Books 05-30-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,898
Posted By mhagain
Thű is referred to as a necromancer as far back...

Thű is referred to as a necromancer as far back as the Lay of Leithian:



This is actually the passage in which he emerges almost fully-formed; the only things really missing were the Rings and...
Forum: The Books 05-28-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,898
Posted By mhagain
Actually the Necromancer was always meant to be...

Actually the Necromancer was always meant to be Sauron, even from the earliest drafts; quoting from History of the Hobbit here:



That's a clear reference to the Lay of Leithian and the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-19-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,803
Posted By mhagain
It's amazing how the little things strike you in...

It's amazing how the little things strike you in re-readings.



What's incredible here is that Tolkien very obviously still had the old idea of how Ecthelion killed Gothmog in mind while writing...
Forum: The Movies 05-19-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,410
Posted By mhagain
Looks more like a former Lord Chamberlain to...

Looks more like a former Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth I to me. ;)
Forum: The Books 05-19-2014, 04:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,705
Posted By mhagain
It's still possible; if the East-central Iron...

It's still possible; if the East-central Iron Mountains were damaged at the Breaking of Utumno and Melkor's first Chaining the Grey Mountains and Iron Hills could be remnants of that part of the Iron...
Forum: The Books 05-17-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 21,134
Posted By mhagain
Gildor's people said "hobbits are so dull" yet...

Gildor's people said "hobbits are so dull" yet Frodo seems to have never met them before (else Gildor wouldn't have needed to introduce himself). They were also walking rhrough the Shire and had...
Forum: The Books 05-17-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 21,134
Posted By mhagain
Trouble is that Elves being particularly close to...

Trouble is that Elves being particularly close to nature is another of those later tropes that gets retroactively applied to Tolkien.

Tolkien's own Elves had no problems with living in cities,...
Forum: The Books 05-16-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,795
Posted By mhagain
The Faramir similarity comes primarily from the...

The Faramir similarity comes primarily from the Numenor/Atlantis dream, referenced in Letter 163:



There may have been other personality-similarities, but I'm not personally aware of such, and...
Forum: The Books 05-15-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 21,134
Posted By mhagain
Yeah, Turkey = Mordor seems about right; much of...

Yeah, Turkey = Mordor seems about right; much of Mordor is a bit more northerly though, going by Letter 294 which places the mouths of Anduin and Pelargir at the latitude of Troy. Maybe Bulgaria?
...
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