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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Today, 07:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,646
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Like some of my ancient predecessors on this...

Like some of my ancient predecessors on this thread, my first thought reading through this time was that "Helm's Deep" is a rather short chapter--and, related to that, reading it through, it always...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-15-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,283
Posted By Formendacil
Shield Two things stood out for me on this reread: ...

Two things stood out for me on this reread:

First, does Gandalf have control of the weather or just really good timing?



And also:
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-11-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,564
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf As excellent a chapter as "The White Rider" is, I...

As excellent a chapter as "The White Rider" is, I sort of get where Tolkien is coming from in identifying it as a weaker point in the story, sandwiched as it is between two stellar chapters. Indeed,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-10-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,482
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf Few chapters in The Lord of the Rings exist as...

Few chapters in The Lord of the Rings exist as completely in their own world as "Treebeard"--including the Bombadil chapters, the Lórien chapters, the Mordor chapters. It's a gift of Tolkien that his...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-09-2018, 04:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,565
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand I had to go looking to find this thread--turns...

I had to go looking to find this thread--turns out it was the most recently added to LotR thread, other than the ones I've gone through already--and I only have myself to blame!

The whole thread...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-06-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,743
Posted By Formendacil
Shield If "The Departure of Boromir" was the last gasp...

If "The Departure of Boromir" was the last gasp of Book II (and there was some considerable discussion in that thread about the placement of the chapter and the aptness of Peter Jackson's decision to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-05-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,167
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand An emotionally affecting chapter, and a pivotal...

An emotionally affecting chapter, and a pivotal moment in the narrative--Rimbaud asks earlier (you know, years ago) which thread of the story one enjoys most and my answer shall be as indecisive as...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-04-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,831
Posted By Formendacil
I read this chapter before the long weekend and...

I read this chapter before the long weekend and find that if I had sharp impressions this time around, they are dulled by the passage of the weekend. AND I find that, despite some scintillating...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-03-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,071
Posted By Formendacil
I think this is spot-on, but only one-half of the...

I think this is spot-on, but only one-half of the binocular vision. Aragorn isn't just the mentor: he's also a protagonist in his own right. I think you're right that it's not Frodo who loses his...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-28-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,156
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree This is a transitional chapter, not a blockbuster...

This is a transitional chapter, not a blockbuster like some, but it's got more than a little action, between the River, Gollum, and the orks on shore. Having grown up canoeing down the Red Deer River...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-27-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,846
Posted By Formendacil
A short chapter, but a weighty one! (And till...

A short chapter, but a weighty one! (And till this resurrection, the most-buried thread in the sub-forum.)

The farewell with Galadriel and Celeborn, especially Galadriel singing of Valinor as the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-26-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,939
Posted By Formendacil
Narya Fascinating thread to read in its own right,...

Fascinating thread to read in its own right, especially the commentary about the characters of Galadriel and Celeborn.

About Celeborn, who is described as the wisest of the Elves of Middle-earth,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-26-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,071
Posted By Formendacil
Or Tolkien--trusting his reader (foolishly, it...

Or Tolkien--trusting his reader (foolishly, it would seem)--converts the simile to a metaphor. :p

The endless nature of the Great Balrog Debate is kind of fascinating if I ever step back from...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-25-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,071
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Well, it is certainly possible that we're arguing...

Well, it is certainly possible that we're arguing nothing more than the definition of wings--that sort of philosophical turn would quite appeal to me. Nonetheless, though, I labour on to convey what...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-25-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,878
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf Despite an absolutely fascinating...

Despite an absolutely fascinating fourteen-year-old discussion about Boromir (of all characters for this chapter!), and some promising comparisons to be made between Moria and Lórien, I'm going to go...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-24-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,071
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Ah! There's still some fire in the old dispute,...

Ah! There's still some fire in the old dispute, after all! (Though perhaps it's fitting that my challenge comes from a newer member, rather than a survivor of the Balrog Wing Wars of the mid-aughts....
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-23-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,071
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Balrogs *don't* have wings--such has always been...

Balrogs *don't* have wings--such has always been my take, so I shall put that here just in case the old coal still has enough fire to kindle some reaction. :smokin:

The Book of Mazarbul, though I...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-21-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,224
Posted By Formendacil
Too much HoME in my blood has me fascinated that,...

Too much HoME in my blood has me fascinated that, with the end of this chapter, we basically reach the first great pause in the composition of The Lord of the Rings, and the book that resumed later...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-19-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,452
Posted By Formendacil
Compared to the dramatic crescendo of Howard...

Compared to the dramatic crescendo of Howard Shore's music rising in the movie as Elrond declares "you shall be the Fellowship of the Ring" at the end of the council, the book's selection of the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-12-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,324
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien I love world-building, and watching Tolkien's...

I love world-building, and watching Tolkien's world-building in particular, so "The Council of Elrond," like "The Shadow of the Past" before it, isn't something I've ever minded reading, but I'll...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-09-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,548
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril Not an essential chapter, plotwise--perhaps not a...

Not an essential chapter, plotwise--perhaps not a likely candidate for "only chapter on a desert island" either--but a beautiful one. Though we visited Rivendell in The Hobbit, though we'll stay here...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-08-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,564
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Apparently, since 2008, this has been the one...

Apparently, since 2008, this has been the one chapter of Book I that no one had very much to say about. ;) If one takes that fact at face value, it's a bit baffling, because the pre-2008 discussions...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-08-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,773
Posted By Formendacil
This is a good point, and I think this actually...

This is a good point, and I think this actually shows that a line the movies invented and made popular was actually in keeping with the books: "A wizard is never late, nor is he early: he arrives...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-05-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,198
Posted By Formendacil
Question It boggles the mind to see that "A Knife in the...

It boggles the mind to see that "A Knife in the Dark" never broached a second page of discussion here, because were you to maroon me on a desert island with but a single chapter of The Lord of the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-05-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,936
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Nothing leapt out at me specifically with "I must...

Nothing leapt out at me specifically with "I must write about that on the Downs" reading through this chapter, and rereading the thread has not prompted anything distinct either (though this is one...
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