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Forum: The Books 12-12-2004, 06:43 PM
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As was previously pointed out, the Ten...

As was previously pointed out, the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue) have not yet been given because the First through the Fourth Ages of Arda constitute a mythical time before our historical time,...
Forum: The Books 01-10-2004, 04:51 PM
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Sting Lothíriel, wife of Éomer of Rohan, was the...

Lothíriel, wife of Éomer of Rohan, was the daughter of Imrahil, Prince of Belfalas.

She was not Elvish per se, though the House of Dol Amroth was held to have elven-blood in its line.

In what...
Forum: The Books 01-10-2004, 12:51 PM
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Sting In the 'canonical' works Tolkien gives us about...

In the 'canonical' works Tolkien gives us about as much information on Merry as he does Pippin.

Consult Tale of Years in the Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings, under "Later Events Concerning the...
Forum: The Books 01-07-2004, 09:09 PM
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Sting I think this passage from a draft of a letter to...

I think this passage from a draft of a letter to Peter Hastings (153 in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien) gives us some idea of how Tolkien viewed Melkor's "creative" power:

"So in this myth, it is...
Forum: The Books 01-06-2004, 11:54 AM
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Sting Well-put, Davem. In his book, The Gospel...

Well-put, Davem.

In his book, The Gospel According to Tolkien, Prof. Ralph Wood writes of those who refuse the Ring's seductions,

"Like Faramir and Sam - but unlike Boromir and Saruman -...
Forum: The Books 10-02-2003, 11:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Sting Quite right, Gwaihir. That was a foolish...

Quite right, Gwaihir. That was a foolish overstatement on my part for which I beg Arothir's pardon.

I do stand by the subsequent, more precise statement that I wrote:



(Meaning that...
Forum: The Books 09-30-2003, 11:59 PM
Replies: 18
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Sting By the way, Sharkű, thanks for the citation! ...

By the way, Sharkű, thanks for the citation!

I missed it for writing my rather prolix post while yours was going up.

You made the point, more canonically and with more information packed in...
Forum: The Books 09-30-2003, 11:55 PM
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Sting By the way, sorry to be engaging in a...

By the way, sorry to be engaging in a quasi-theological argument here. Just wanting to defend my point about Melkor and his rebellion.
Forum: The Books 09-30-2003, 11:36 PM
Replies: 23
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Sting This is quite true, though the Pauline epistles...

This is quite true, though the Pauline epistles remark that Satan can appear as "an angel of light" (2 Corinthians) and as the "prince of the powers of the air" (understood both by the Fathers and by...
Forum: The Books 09-30-2003, 08:20 PM
Replies: 23
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Sting I quite disagree that Eru Ilúvatar and the Valar...

I quite disagree that Eru Ilúvatar and the Valar may be compared with Uranus and the Greek Titans and Olympian gods. Insofar as they have charge over various spheres and realms, yes, the Valar do...
Forum: The Books 09-30-2003, 05:09 PM
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Sting You're right, Lost One. In Appendix F of The...

You're right, Lost One.

In Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings, in the section "Of Hobbits", we read:

"The Hobbits of the Shire and of Bree had at this time, for probably a thousand years,...
Forum: Haudh-en-Ndengin 09-29-2003, 11:47 PM
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Sting On the question of whether dragons survived into...

On the question of whether dragons survived into the Fourth Age, we have Tolkien's words from Letter 144:

"Some stray answers. Dragons. They had not stopped; since they were active in far later...
Forum: The Books 09-29-2003, 06:24 AM
Replies: 18
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Sting More may be found regarding Tolkien's conception...

More may be found regarding Tolkien's conception of languages in Middle-Earth at the end of the Third Age in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, Volume XII of The History of Middle-Earth, on pages 28-84, in...
Forum: The Books 09-28-2003, 10:08 PM
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Sting I'm not sure where that note (about feminine...

I'm not sure where that note (about feminine names ending in 'o') occurs in the appendices, but there are certainly plenty of masculine hobbitish names ending in 'o': Frodo, Bilbo, Drogo, Bungo,...
Forum: The Books 09-28-2003, 09:29 PM
Replies: 23
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Sting Quite simply, Tolkien conceived Eru Ilúvatar as...

Quite simply, Tolkien conceived Eru Ilúvatar as God, meaning that Eru is unoriginate and self-existent, and is the Origin of all things (through the Great Music).

The meaning of the name, Eru, is...
Forum: The Books 09-25-2003, 06:53 AM
Replies: 39
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Sting I quite agree with Gwaihir. I realize that...

I quite agree with Gwaihir.

I realize that these comments of mine:

the culture of these horsemen is not that of the Anglo-Saxons of early medieval England, nor indeed any of the Germanic...
Forum: The Books 09-23-2003, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
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Sting Regarding Manwë and Varda, I don't think that we...

Regarding Manwë and Varda, I don't think that we should assume that, whether in council or otherwise, they acted as "one" Vala, save in purpose. Does Eru Ilúvatar speak to Varda's thoughts as he...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2003, 09:33 PM
Replies: 6
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Sting I think that we should not assume that there was...

I think that we should not assume that there was a temple to Eru Ilúvatar on the heights of Meneltarma. The relevant texts in Akallabęth say simply that there was a "Hallow" upon the heights:
...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2003, 06:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,634
Sting Interesting question about the possible British...

Interesting question about the possible British sources for Tolkien's Middle-Earth cultures.

While there are strong echoes of a number of northern European cultures in the various peoples of...
Forum: The Books 09-21-2003, 02:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,028
Sting Reading my post, I realized that a clarification...

Reading my post, I realized that a clarification or distinction of terms is probably in order. Christian theology (and to a large degree, we should understand Tolkien's cosmology and "theology"...
Forum: The Books 09-21-2003, 01:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,028
Sting The Saucepan Man's summary is pretty much in line...

The Saucepan Man's summary is pretty much in line with the Roman Catholic understanding of predestination (consult the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for particulars), which, for all his knowledge...
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