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Forum: The Movies 02-11-2018, 08:23 PM
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The film rights as far as I know are still owned...

The film rights as far as I know are still owned by the Zaentz Company aka Middle-Earth Enterprises, who merely granted a license to TW/New Line to make the Jackson movies. Plainly they are also...
Forum: The Books 02-11-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 15
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Moreover, Elrond had led a substantial wing of...

Moreover, Elrond had led a substantial wing of Gil-Galad's army in the First War of the Rings, had founded Rivendall as a redoubt in that war (which Sauron beseiged, unsuccessfully), and who sallied...
Forum: The Books 02-11-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
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Certainly the impression I get from the relevant...

Certainly the impression I get from the relevant bits of HME is that Of The Rings of Power, like Akallabeth, was a work that Tolkien Pere had completed to his satisfaction and CRT did nothing more...
Forum: The Books 02-11-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,331
The Maiar are implied to be rather numerous, and...

The Maiar are implied to be rather numerous, and of hugely varying degrees of innate power- from near-Valarin, like Sauron and Osse, on down to the assistant undergardeners in Lorien. However, those...
Forum: The Movies 01-08-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,353
All of Southern Mirkwood was under the control of...

All of Southern Mirkwood was under the control of the Necromancer, which means that having Thranduil come to the aid of Gondor vs the Balchoth pretty much doesn't work, unless they were to go by way...
Forum: The Books 01-04-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,631
Not exactly. Glaurung could paralyze Turin, and...

Not exactly. Glaurung could paralyze Turin, and cozen him, but there's no indication that he could force him actively to do or say anything. Instead Glaurung relied on deceit (and a diabolical...
Forum: The Movies 12-26-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
I got news for you: It's gonna be shallow and...

I got news for you: It's gonna be shallow and empty no matter what.
Forum: The Movies 12-25-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
Well, they'll have to augment Tolkien's rather...

Well, they'll have to augment Tolkien's rather limited cast of female characters just to get to requisite number of boobies onscreen
Forum: The Books 12-24-2017, 12:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,800
Remember that the Witch-King and the entire army...

Remember that the Witch-King and the entire army of Angmar were routed by "a small sending-force" of Gondor under Earnur, and that was 2000 years after Ar-Pharazon's day.
Forum: The Books 12-23-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,800
"Drive back?" This isn't the Jacksonverse. The...

"Drive back?" This isn't the Jacksonverse. The power of the Nazgul is *fear*. Now, anyone who's studied military history, or wargamed, understands how potent a force multiplier that can be: morale...
Forum: The Books 12-22-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,800
It's pretty much impossible to say what peoples...

It's pretty much impossible to say what peoples and nations inhabited what parts of Middle-Earth some 4500 years before the War of the Ring, except for Lindon, Eregion, Moria and what very little...
Forum: The Books 12-22-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,807
Tar-Telperien died in SA 1731. She was notable...

Tar-Telperien died in SA 1731. She was notable for two things: being the second ruling Queen, and being the first monarch to cling to the Sceptre into her dotage (although she did finally relinquish...
Forum: The Books 12-22-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,807
No, a race-neutral term. At that very early...

No, a race-neutral term. At that very early stage (before even The Shadow of the Past, or alternatively the earliest draft of what would become that chapter) Tolkien envisioned the "people who have...
Forum: The Books 12-14-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,807
The difference lies in the fact that toilets,...

The difference lies in the fact that toilets, agriculture and taverns that open every day are ordinary things in the ordinary world, part of the nonsubcreated substrate upon which Tolkien built his...
Forum: The Books 12-13-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,807
To which I would simply respond: it's Tolkien's...

To which I would simply respond: it's Tolkien's universe, not ours. One which includes neither Shai-hulud from Dune, Nazgul tombs, dying Arwens nor isolated Orc societies on Tol Fuin.
Forum: The Books 12-12-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,807
Let's not engage in the attempted retconning of a...

Let's not engage in the attempted retconning of a mid-20th century book by a very conservative old Edwardian. Tolkien's writing was androcentric, unless there was an especially good reason to make a...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,468
Another thought, on the parley at the Black Gate:...

Another thought, on the parley at the Black Gate: If Sauron had recovered the Ring, Gandalf as Narya's keeper almost certainly would have been aware of it, just as Celebrimbor et al had been when it...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,468
The same unpublished time-scheme referenced above...

The same unpublished time-scheme referenced above also has this entry, for March 15:



So there were three separate messages: one announcing the capture, a second announcing the escape, and the...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
"Estel's" identity wasn't that much of a secret;...

"Estel's" identity wasn't that much of a secret; at best it was classified Confidential since it was known to all of Elrond's household, all the Dunedain, Gandalf, Galadriel, Celeborn, Haldir and...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,468
Fortunately for the good guys, there was only one...

Fortunately for the good guys, there was only one survivor of the mutual slaughter at Cirith Ungol- Shagrat, who took the confiscated items to Barad-dur and was promptly executed for his trouble...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 07:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,269
There's also the case that Shippey brings up:...

There's also the case that Shippey brings up: while Shagrat and Gorbag react with apparent scorn at the "great Elvish warrior" leaving Frodo lying there- a "regular Elvish trick"- not long afterwards...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,221
The closest thing the European Middle Ages had to...

The closest thing the European Middle Ages had to "specialized shock troops" were the armored knights, especially in the 11th-12th centuries when there was very little that could oppose their charge...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
Game of Thrones (and the Martin books) are much...

Game of Thrones (and the Martin books) are much better than that. Tolkien they're not, but then Martin didn't set out to write a Tolkien-esque world anyway. It's much more about sh!tty human...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
Quite right, my bad. Loewe however was a...

Quite right, my bad. Loewe however was a brilliant composer, especially in stylistic pastiche to fit the setting.
Forum: The Movies 11-30-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,271
That only works if Elrond lied to Aragorn and...

That only works if Elrond lied to Aragorn and everyone else about his parentage, and saddled him with the undeserved taint of bastardy ("Yeah, I knocked up some tavern trollop in Bree."). Oh, and...
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