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Forum: The Books 05-21-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,089
Posted By doug*platypus
From reading Letters, I recall that Tolkien wrote...

From reading Letters, I recall that Tolkien wrote to someone that he was most like Faramir. I can't recall which Letter it was, though. But my own opinion is that an author is necessarily like all of...
Forum: The Books 01-21-2011, 03:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,780
Posted By doug*platypus
The Eye Perhaps the reasons for the seemingly...

Perhaps the reasons for the seemingly contradictory usage of the name Sauron by his ambassadors are rank, favour, and even a measure of cheekiness.

Aragorn's statement that Sauron does not use...
Forum: The Books 01-15-2011, 04:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,595
Posted By doug*platypus
Interesting point about Beregond there,...

Interesting point about Beregond there, Galadriel. At the start of this thread I would have automatically responded to the question posed by saying that in Gondor at least, honour is regarded even...
Forum: The Books 01-13-2011, 03:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,339
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Difficult to say without knowing more about her,...

Difficult to say without knowing more about her, but I think it's safe to say that she would have fallen sooner or later, one way or the other. The Ring had an exceptional power to tempt and...
Forum: The Movies 01-11-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,912
Posted By doug*platypus
The Eye 5) The ways in which Tolkien's masterpiece was at...

5) The ways in which Tolkien's masterpiece was at times lowered to the level of generic, trashy fantasy flicks, for example the line "give up the halfling, she-elf" in place of some really powerful...
Forum: The Movies 01-10-2011, 02:41 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 59,990
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Elijah Wood Signed on for The Hobbit

This surprised me at first...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/4525775/Elijah-Wood-signed-on-for-Hobbit

But then reading the explanation as to how and why made me think that despite...
Forum: The Movies 12-25-2010, 04:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,368
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Merry Christmas to you all! Browsing my favourite...

Merry Christmas to you all! Browsing my favourite news website down here in Aotearoa (New Zealand), I chanced upon this...
...
Forum: The Books 12-23-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,717
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe In the spirit of speculation rather than textual...

In the spirit of speculation rather than textual citation, I would hazard a guess that Radagast remained in Middle Earth out of choice after the fall of Sauron, so enamoured was he of the beasts and...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 12-23-2010, 12:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,114
Posted By doug*platypus
As cool as it would be to be an elf, I'd have to...

As cool as it would be to be an elf, I'd have to go with the choice of Elros. I mean, the Numenoreans were closest to the Eldar out of all mortals, and Elros did get to live 500 years or something,...
Forum: The Books 12-12-2010, 03:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,333
Posted By doug*platypus
The Eye I'm going to throw a spanner in the works and...

I'm going to throw a spanner in the works and suggest that none of them were effective liars. To my mind, an effective liar would have gotten away with it, and come away largely scot-free at the end...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2010, 03:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,066
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Referring back to the original post, I would cast...

Referring back to the original post, I would cast my vote for #3, that the staffs were both conduits and symbols. However, I would say that they were more a symbol of their office rather than their...
Forum: The Books 10-01-2010, 03:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,737
Posted By doug*platypus
My personal favourite is The Shadow of the Past....

My personal favourite is The Shadow of the Past. I was interested to see that I'm not a lone voice in the wilderness on that one, as I thought I might be! I had always thought to myself that it...
Forum: The Books 08-14-2010, 02:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,561
Posted By doug*platypus
Silmaril Oh, so many things!! The first thing that came to...

Oh, so many things!! The first thing that came to my mind however was the Istari, in particular the Blue Wizards. Having said that, though, perhaps it's better in a way that they remain mysterious!
Forum: The Movies 08-14-2010, 02:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,535
Posted By doug*platypus
A very brief, and not so informative article! I...

A very brief, and not so informative article! I tend to agree with previous posters that it doesn't fill me with faith in the information provided. David Yates directed only two out of six of the...
Forum: The Books 07-17-2008, 06:09 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,153
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe An interesting observation; it is a rather poetic...

An interesting observation; it is a rather poetic and nostalgic account. I think this stems from Professor Tolkien's vision of what Atlantis may have been like. As I understand it, both Atlantis and...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 07-16-2008, 04:12 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 13,597
Posted By doug*platypus
Sting Hrin - Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. I...

Hrin - Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. I can imagine him singing that as he slays trolls in the Nirnaeth.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 07-16-2008, 03:35 AM
Replies: 14,158
Views: 806,081
Posted By doug*platypus
Sting The Ents Strike

"What do we want?"

"No orcs!"

"When do we want it?"

"NOW!"
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 07-16-2008, 03:23 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,156
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Ben Stiller as Manw. That way, instead of the...

Ben Stiller as Manw. That way, instead of the War of Wrath, he could just give Morgoth a blast of "blue steel".

Lucy Lawless (Xena) as Melian.
Forum: The Books 07-13-2008, 03:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,777
Posted By doug*platypus
Tolkien Is it crunchable? Is it tasty?

I've only read the first five, and some of Peoples of Middle-Earth. For some strange reason, I've always held back on reading those volumes detailing the evolution of LOTR. I guess I'm somehow...
Forum: The Books 07-13-2008, 03:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,752
Posted By doug*platypus
Silmaril I agree, Peregrin. Frodo's becoming separated...

I agree, Peregrin. Frodo's becoming separated from his friends in the depths of night, and the appearance of the Barrow-Wight is the scariest part of the whole book!

Some really good points have...
Forum: The Books 07-11-2008, 11:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,863
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Following on from what Morthoron has said about...

Following on from what Morthoron has said about religion being "relatively latent in Middle-earth", there is only one instance of religious ritual in LOTR - when Faramir and the Rangers of Ithilien...
Forum: The Books 07-04-2008, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,674
Posted By doug*platypus
1420! Welcome, noble! If you haven't already read The...

Welcome, noble! If you haven't already read The Hobbit, I would recommend starting there. Then LOTR, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, then if you're keen the HOME series. Letters of JRR Tolkien is...
Forum: The Books 07-04-2008, 08:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,398
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Iarhen seems to be postulating that Sauron wanted...

Iarhen seems to be postulating that Sauron wanted control over Middle Earth in order to bring about the return of Morgoth. Not a bad theory; it has some merit. But my own feeling is that desire for...
Forum: The Movies 12-10-2006, 10:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,735
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe Yeah, for sure. When I thought "Beorn" I...

Yeah, for sure. When I thought "Beorn" I immediately afterwards thought "Hagrid". I agree that he has to have a bit of a dangerous edge to him, as well, though. Beorn is a bit of a maniac!
Forum: Sequence-by-Sequence 12-01-2006, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,825
Posted By doug*platypus
Pipe enter the exorcist

The intro to Edoras was excellent. The filmmakers once again did extremely well in creating a believable civilisation, in Rohan. It's a shame the villagers of Edoras were so depressing, but I guess...
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