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Forum: The Books 02-08-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,085
Posted By Saurondil
That seems to be the most natural interpretation....

That seems to be the most natural interpretation.

Forgiving someone, treats them as a member of the human race.
Saruman has fallen so low, that, not content with refusing forgiveness for himself,...
Forum: The Books 01-28-2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,083
Posted By Saurondil
Sorry, not understood. I canít see anything...

Sorry, not understood.

I canít see anything in my post that means that.

STM the thirty silver pennies owe their description to the needs of the story, and to nothing beyond that. They fit...
Forum: The Books 01-12-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,673
Posted By Saurondil
My impression is that there was no pressing...

My impression is that there was no pressing narrative reason for one number of points to be preferred to the other. Though it would have been appropriate, had there been a connection between the...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 01-12-2018, 01:25 AM
Replies: 384
Views: 70,367
Posted By Saurondil
Saurondil = “friend of Sauron”. I wanted...

Saurondil = “friend of Sauron”. I wanted something simple, that I could remember, and a bit unusual.
Forum: The Books 01-12-2018, 12:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,673
Posted By Saurondil
Tolkien Companion 2014 and the points on the 7 stars of Elendil

About the Tolkien Companion - it contains this passage, on p.516, beginning at the second line from the top:

“In regard to many-pointed stars, in the 1966 Index as first published each of the...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,083
Posted By Saurondil
Thirty silver pennies in a fundamentally religious and Catholic work

Seems to me either too far-fetched, or mistaking the things of common life for specifically Christian allusions. It seems to me that the thirty silver pennies are mentioned for their value to the...
Forum: The Books 08-22-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,011
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree A few examples of greed

A pretty prominent one. Examples include:

Melkor
The Dwarves as a People
Feanor
Thingol
Turgon
Ancalime
Tar-Atanamir the Great
Tar-Ciryatan
Forum: The Books 07-13-2013, 11:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,548
Posted By Saurondil
Alternatively, Ar-Zimraphel may have been a...

Alternatively, Ar-Zimraphel may have been a sincere worshipper of Eru - then again, she may not. The idea is interesting in itself, even though Nan Tasarion is not in Numenor.

The point of the...
Forum: The Books 07-13-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 22,158
Posted By Saurondil
The logic that requires Feanor to be blamed for...

The logic that requires Feanor to be blamed for everything, doesn't go far enough - Morgoth is the source of all the evil in Arda, including that in Feanor. Feanor is as much a victim as a criminal -...
Forum: The Books 03-16-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,776
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## Perhaps the constitution of Numenor, so far as...

## Perhaps the constitution of Numenor, so far as it is recoverable, would be enough to ensure that kind of culture. It seems to depend on custom, much more than on statute. In an ideal state, there...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,862
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## TY for the welcome :) I thought it was a...

## TY for the welcome :)

I thought it was a shame that one of Isildur's three elder sons could not have been spared - as (say) the third man to escape the slaughter with Ohtar & Estelmo. Tolkien...
Forum: The Books 03-16-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,031
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## The first I read "The Passing of Boromir" I...

## The first I read "The Passing of Boromir" I was - IIRC - rather shocked. I'm pretty sure that I assumed Tolkien was having an an Old English moment (Boromir = Old English defence, dying...
Forum: The Books 03-11-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,523
Posted By Saurondil
## Thanks for the correction - & the welcome...

## Thanks for the correction - & the welcome :)
Forum: The Books 03-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,098
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## Metaphysical problem: if the "evil elements"...

## Metaphysical problem: if the "evil elements" don't exist, they can't be annihilated. Evil is not a thing in itself - it's a lack of a good that is meant to be present. Evil is not a thing in...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 03-11-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,659
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## If there is a more elegant way of referring to...

## If there is a more elegant way of referring to (what are called) charm, colour, & quarks, so much the better :) Is there an Old English term for "baryonic matter" ? Maybe a kenning would work.......
Forum: The Books 03-08-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,098
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## How did you feel when Utumno & Thangorodrim...

## How did you feel when Utumno & Thangorodrim fell ?


## Sauron - like Melkor - reduces himself to what he becomes. It is his own doing, and his own fault. AFAICS, he is a "mini-Melkor", a...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-07-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,023
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## Probably not until the coming of Sauron, or...

## Probably not until the coming of Sauron, or even later:

"This was the beginning of that people that in the Grey-elven speech are called the Dunedain: the Numenoreans, Kings among Men. But they...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-07-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,109
Posted By Saurondil
## Maeglin needed to go into therapy - he must...

## Maeglin needed to go into therapy - he must have been horribly traumatised by:

the disharmony between his parents

the death of his mother at the hands of his father

seeing the execution...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-07-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 21,725
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## My Selectsmart result: ...

## My Selectsmart result:

King Theoden (100%)

Lord of the Nazgul (Witch-King of Angmar) (97%)

Faramir (86%)

Grima Wormtongue (82%)
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-07-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3,224
Views: 261,499
Posted By Saurondil
Genetically modified food. If Yavanna had meant...

Genetically modified food. If Yavanna had meant us to have GM food, she would have produced it.
Forum: The Books 03-07-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,201
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree ## The "omniscient" readers share the knowledge...

## The "omniscient" readers share the knowledge of Arda available to Tolkien, & can know Morgoth wanted Hurin taken alive - but did Hurin know this ? I don't think his heroism is diminished by...
Forum: The Books 03-07-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,523
Posted By Saurondil
## Michael Moorcock - despite his criticisms of...

## Michael Moorcock - despite his criticisms of Tolkien's story - does seem to be indebted to him. "Elric of Melnibone" is about the last ruler of a great kingdom, that is 10,000 years old; Elric...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-06-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 24,830
Posted By Saurondil
White Tree You Scored as Gollum Gollum 83% ...

You Scored as Gollum

Gollum 83%

Saruman the White 57%

Gimli 53%

Peregrin Took (Pippin) 53%
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-06-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,862
Posted By Saurondil
## The account of Isildur in the films was very...

## The account of Isildur in the films was very unfair - it was so one-sided, as if that failure were all there was to him. And to make Elrond the speaker of some of the harsher remarks (several of...
Forum: The Books 03-06-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,582
Posted By Saurondil
## The arising of Ulmo out of the deeps of the...

## The arising of Ulmo out of the deeps of the Sea at Nevrast may give a clue - though he did so to strengthen Tuor for the task of bearing Ulmo's warning to Gondolin; not to fight him. The vision...
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