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Forum: The Books 10-11-2019, 10:02 PM
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I must inquire, and I believe I speak for all...

I must inquire, and I believe I speak for all here,

What the bloody hell?
Forum: The Books 10-08-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 294
Unless he saw the Noah legend as a worn-down...

Unless he saw the Noah legend as a worn-down memory of the Fall of Numenor. Or perhaps a dim memory of the destruction of Beleriand.
Forum: The Books 10-04-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Lewis had a great term for it: "chronological...

Lewis had a great term for it: "chronological snobbery." And he was referring to that sort of thing when it had some whiff of actual merit, not counterfactual codswallop like this piece.
Forum: The Books 10-04-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
That has got to be one of the stupidest things I...

That has got to be one of the stupidest things I have ever read in print.

(Just for anyone who isn't conversant with one of the fundamental cultural texts of Western civilization, the Book of...
Forum: The Books 10-01-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
You think you've read drivel? You haven't read drivel until you've read this

https://daily.jstor.org/the-question-of-race-in-beowulf/
Forum: The Movies 09-20-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,914
I'm not saying it's aliens, but.... it's...

I'm not saying it's aliens, but....

it's aliens.
Forum: The Movies 09-20-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,914
Aliquoque dormitat bonum Homerus? By...

Aliquoque dormitat bonum Homerus? By interjecting the Meneltarma - and the ship off shore can be interpreted the same way - it almost appears Tolkien was forgetting that the world was flat and...
Forum: The Movies 09-19-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,914
Assuming that Numenoreans have RW human vision or...

Assuming that Numenoreans have RW human vision or close to it (and they seem not to have Elvish eyes, since Aragorn is always using Legolas as his binoculars), then their angular resolution is approx...
Forum: The Movies 09-19-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,914
Keep in mind that the bulk of the ultimate...

Keep in mind that the bulk of the ultimate Numenorean colonies lay off-map in Harad; Umbar and Pelargir were the northernmost. As to why Aldarion originally landed in Lindon- well, besides the fact...
Forum: The Movies 09-18-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,914
FWIW, New Zealand has been confirmed as the...

FWIW, New Zealand has been confirmed as the location for principal filming.

Probably to be expected, given the PJ connection, the availability of WETA, and relatively cheap costs compared to...
Forum: The Books 09-13-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,838
I think that was his intention, but in execution...

I think that was his intention, but in execution it didn't really hold up. The earliest versions of the Annals clearly were aiming for something like the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle;* but by the time he...
Forum: The Books 08-20-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,580
Mountains of Iron?

Mountains of Iron?
Forum: The Books 08-08-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,451
As does the pretentiously Frenchified name...

As does the pretentiously Frenchified name Sackville itself. I would venture that one of Otho's ancestors changed it from Sackton or Sackham (or possibly Sackby, but I don't think they were a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-29-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 25,757
When written it was Sept 22 Gregorian, just a day...

When written it was Sept 22 Gregorian, just a day off the equinox; the Shire Reckoning was invented after the book was finished.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-29-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 25,757
It wasn't until rather later in the process that...

It wasn't until rather later in the process that Tolkien started using an almanac (for 1942) to keep things like sunrise/sunset and the lunar phases straight.

Even so, he consciously cheated once:...
Forum: The Books 07-26-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,231
Two elves: Miriel and Maedhros. Also Maglor...

Two elves: Miriel and Maedhros. Also Maglor depending on version. Nienor together with Turin and Denethor. And (some say) Hurin. That gets us to three and four.

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Also, Brandir might count...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-18-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,403
At least externally, AAm and GA were mined...

At least externally, AAm and GA were mined extensively for main Silmarillion text; this of course was the consequence of Tolkien's inevitable tendency to expand "annals" into "historical narrative."...
Forum: The Books 07-18-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,857
A unique event which sparked a metaphysical...

A unique event which sparked a metaphysical crisis and a full-on Ring of Doom debate. There was never any likelihood that Finwe would commit suicide!
Forum: The Books 07-16-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,857
"Young King" - the practice was much more general...

"Young King" - the practice was much more general than just the Angevins - was a way of ensuring the succession. As the West Franks moved away from their Germanic traditions, particularly that of...
Forum: The Books 07-16-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,857
Hadn't copped to that one particularly, but there...

Hadn't copped to that one particularly, but there were other areas where T didn't really think through the ramifications of Valinor. Such as, Feanor and Fingolfin nearly coming to blows over being...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-03-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,403
Mandos doesn't kid around.

Mandos doesn't kid around.
Forum: The Books 07-02-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Another thought- it's perhaps significant that...

Another thought- it's perhaps significant that Turin composed the Laer cu Beleg in Sindarin, not Hadorian. Although the fact that the only one around to hear was Gwindor might have influenced that!
Forum: The Books 07-02-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Note also that in Rohan, it's the King's...

Note also that in Rohan, it's the King's designated minstrel who does laments (both for Eorl, and for Theoden). I'm not seeing ordinary Riders spontaneously composing them.
Forum: The Books 07-01-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Turin made and sang a lament for Beleg- but was...

Turin made and sang a lament for Beleg- but was that his Edainic heritage, or Elvish upbringing?

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Gondor is elsewhere poetically referred to as the "land of...
Forum: The Movies 06-26-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 22,890
So, if wood-elves are made of wood, that means...

So, if wood-elves are made of wood, that means they weigh the same as a duck... so BURN THEM!
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