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Forum: Middle-earth Mirth Today, 05:48 PM
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Posted By Formendacil
And my axe!

And my axe!
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Today, 06:16 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,344
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree Also not reading the whole thread just yet. ;-) ...

Also not reading the whole thread just yet. ;-)

I think you'd be right about loving Faramir more for his rumour than his deeds if you're referring to Pippin. If you're referring to us, the...
Forum: Quiz Room Today, 06:10 AM
Replies: 4,312
Views: 198,171
Posted By Formendacil
Is the Password "DWARVES?"

Is the Password "DWARVES?"
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-20-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,143
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree I must vehemently disagree with my former self!...

I must vehemently disagree with my former self! Whether it is because I am older and wiser (less in need of gaudy action than my teenaged self) or because my circumstances of reading are different,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-20-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,182
Posted By Formendacil
Question There's actually one other "spared wrongdoer"...

There's actually one other "spared wrongdoer" example right here in this chapter: Frodo and Sam! Technically speaking, as we learned in the previous chapter, they are trespassers in Gondor and ought...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-19-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,182
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe A quick chapter--but not quick enough to warrant...

A quick chapter--but not quick enough to warrant this being only the tenth post on this thread! This chapter pivots the whole relationship between Frodo and Gollum, thereby shifting the whole plot to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-14-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,452
Posted By Formendacil
One of the best passages in The Lord of the Rings...

One of the best passages in The Lord of the Rings is Sam's unwitting revelation of the Ring to Faramir. This chapter is all about Fararmir (and, by extension, about Gondor), and as Sam rightly notes,...
Forum: Quiz Room 10-07-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4,312
Views: 198,171
Posted By Formendacil
If 6. is not a dragon, could it be Gollum? He...

If 6. is not a dragon, could it be Gollum? He hides a golden ring and wants a riddle answered?
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 10-06-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By Formendacil
With the CbC one-man reread continuing, I found...

With the CbC one-man reread continuing, I found another one that I not only use all the time, but that has become a category of thought: "dishevelled dryad loveliness." The beauty of an overgrown...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-06-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,398
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" is the name of the...

"Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" is the name of the chapter, but the passage it draws itself from gets the least attention on this thread. Fair enough: Ithilien and Faramir and Mumakil are all new and...
Forum: Quiz Room 10-02-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4,312
Views: 198,171
Posted By Formendacil
Could "M" be the "Man in the...

Could "M" be the "Man in the Moon?"
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-29-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,566
Posted By Formendacil
If "The Passage of the Marshes" was a travel...

If "The Passage of the Marshes" was a travel chapter, "The Black Gate is Closed" is the opposite: a chapter taking place mostly in a single spot, usually for a shorter duration of time.

This is...
Forum: Quiz Room 09-29-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4,312
Views: 198,171
Posted By Formendacil
Could 7. be "Glorfindel and the Three...

Could 7. be "Glorfindel and the Three Bears?"
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-27-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,849
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye If I had to pick a "least favourite" chapter in...

If I had to pick a "least favourite" chapter in all The Lord of the Rings, I might just pick "The Passage of the Marshes." Not because it's a bad chapter or an unnecessary chapter or a chapter...
Forum: The Books 09-26-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 724
Posted By Formendacil
Question Even as much as I agree with the general...

Even as much as I agree with the general reasoning here that the Elves probably killed for safety reasons, I'm wondering about "let them lie," as Inziladun puts it. It doesn't seem very Elven, for...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-26-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,278
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye There's a certain amount of analysis that could...

There's a certain amount of analysis that could be done, dredging up these ancient threads and seeing how the Chapter-by-Chapter project went in its original attempt. The threads gradually get...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-24-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,241
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye In contrast to the majority of the posts on this...

In contrast to the majority of the posts on this thread, which got swept up into speculation about the palantiri, I'm going to consider more how Tolkien places this chapter, so that after a period of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-24-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,107
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand I almost have nothing to say here-- and not just...

I almost have nothing to say here-- and not just because I said it all 14 years ago in one of the earliest posts of my Downsian existence! There's something about the most important chapters that...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-23-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,942
Posted By Formendacil
1420! "Flotsam and Jetsam" this time around, reminded...

"Flotsam and Jetsam" this time around, reminded me especially of "The Last Debate," where Gimli and Legolas tell Merry and Pippin of their offscreen adventures with Aragorn, reversing the situation...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,828
Posted By Formendacil
I definitely agree--and I think that the mental...

I definitely agree--and I think that the mental impression of the chapter having so much going on in it, which feels as though it drags long through the night, is why, upon actually reading it, it...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,388
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Although I argued, only a thread ago, that the...

Although I argued, only a thread ago, that the denouément of Book III doesn't come until after "The Voice of Saruman," there is nonetheless something of a denouément feel to "The Road to Isengard,"...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,828
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: 6,412
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: 4,667
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: 8,704
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...
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