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Forum: The Books 04-08-2020, 11:00 AM
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Pipe Whence Bombadil?

There is a possibility that a sense was originally intended, since Tolkien usually has something to say when he names somebody.

Tom Bombadil as a name first turns up in the early '30s, in a poem...
Forum: The Books 04-08-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
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Pipe Time for a resurrection. It's been a long while...

Time for a resurrection. It's been a long while since this question was asked, but perhaps some other people have felt the same confusion.

It appears that the poem in question is No. 7, The Stone...
Forum: The Books 04-08-2020, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,174
Pipe I've been looking for a copy of this for years....

I've been looking for a copy of this for years. Tom Shippey quotes from it in The Road to Middle-earth, but like many of Tolkien's less well-known work it was published in an obscure place. In this...
Forum: The Books 04-08-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 854
Pipe Frodo and Sam have a normal, albeit friendly,...

Frodo and Sam have a normal, albeit friendly, master and servant relationship at first, but obviously that changes somewhat during the course of LR. In A Long Expected Party, Hamfast Gamgee mentions...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-07-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,569
Pipe "Saucepan? Common greeting brings underworld to...

"Saucepan? Common greeting brings underworld to nothing! I do beg your pardon, Lhuna. Haven't had a chance to do one of those for a while."

This may seem like an odd way for old comrades to greet...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,945
Pipe In all fairness, the presence of football is not...

In all fairness, the presence of football is not what I look for in a pub.

I don't see how it's possible to address a highly racially charged article (which in my view is deeply and intentionally...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Pipe As luck would have it, I was skimming through...

As luck would have it, I was skimming through Letters earlier (looking for something else that wasn't there), and found this.



A footnote goes on to explain that goeteia is Greek for 'sorcery'...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Pipe I don't know if Tolkien is, but owyn might be....

I don't know if Tolkien is, but owyn might be. The context marks this as a term of scorn.

I should probably have put in a translation of the laik component as well. In Middle English it can take...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,945
This piece, though in my opinion mainly written...

This piece, though in my opinion mainly written as a lure for clicks, is symptomatic of a disturbing and all-engulfing trend towards tribalistic identity politics that seems to have infected...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-03-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,569
Pipe Reinterral

Beyond the Edge of the known universe, far past the ends of the Twittering Hells and beyond the reach even of the Googloid Hegemony, lie the wide grey plains of the Offline.

In these asphodel...
Forum: The Books 04-03-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
A dene is a wooded valley, so 'vale of sorcery''...

A dene is a wooded valley, so 'vale of sorcery'' or something like it would also be apt. I'm at a loss to see how else someone not familiar with the place could understand it. Its people are ageless...
Forum: The Books 04-03-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Pipe Very true, and they are right to be afraid of...

Very true, and they are right to be afraid of Galadriel, who is indeed perilous. As Gandalf says of Fangorn in The White Rider: "Dangerous! And so am I, very dangerous: more dangerous than anything...
Forum: The Books 04-03-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Pipe As always when writing things like that, the...

As always when writing things like that, the question haunts me: "Has Tom Shippey been here already?"
Forum: The Books 04-03-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Pipe Whence dwimmerlaik?

I was recently reminded via an odd source of a long-obsolete Guardian article that did the usual Guardian things (moral relativism, historical revisionism, intellectual onanism and so forth), but...
Forum: The Books 04-03-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,151
Pipe A couple of thoughts

It should perhaps also be borne in mind that using words for dangerous animals to refer to outstanding people is a theme that runs through the surviving corpus of Old English and Old Norse but no...
Forum: The Movies 05-01-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,728
Pipe I think people often forget that, although he...

I think people often forget that, although he wasn't the first or only fantasy author of the early twentieth century, it was Tolkien who launched the genre into the stratosphere. He's so pervasive...
Forum: The Books 05-01-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 68,641
Pipe I think it's probably more complicated than that....

I think it's probably more complicated than that. Whatever associations somebody might make, that was the proper form according to the phonological rules JRRT had laid down. To change it to something...
Forum: The Books 04-30-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 68,641
Pipe If he didn't, he showed a surprising ignorance of...

If he didn't, he showed a surprising ignorance of Greek for a Classical exhibitionist. Teleporno is the Greek prefix Tele (roughly 'remote', 'at a distance' cf Television) and porno, from pron...
Forum: Quiz Room 10-02-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 10,149
Views: 442,782
Pipe 9 is more likely to be Old Forest, although I'm...

9 is more likely to be Old Forest, although I'm not convinced that 'fo' can be 'four'.
Forum: Quiz Room 09-29-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10,149
Views: 442,782
Pipe Or just Dwarves. 13 after the unexpected party,...

Or just Dwarves. 13 after the unexpected party, then three leaving with Bilbo sixty years later.

I think that 12 is Fatty (Bolger and Lumpkin)
Forum: The Books 09-28-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,013
Well, it may not be a coincidence that Tad-dail...

Well, it may not be a coincidence that Tad-dail is so similar to Tarka Dal. Best be careful what you eat at a Noldorin barbeque.

Although it's not expressly denied in any text, this idea of the...
Forum: The Books 08-20-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,628
Pipe I should, perhaps, clarify that there's a fair...

I should, perhaps, clarify that there's a fair amount of evidence for what JRRT intended the Silmarillion to look like, but too many people are willing to make sweeping claims for a 'true' version...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 08-19-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,760
Pipe I'm signed up, and will be there from the...

I'm signed up, and will be there from the beginning this time. I didn't manage to get a room in the college, but fortunately St Hugh's has some.
Forum: The Books 08-16-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,628
Pipe It looks like it could be a good reference guide...

It looks like it could be a good reference guide to CRT's methodology, but I doubt it will suggest a 'true' or definitive Silmarillion. The only such thing in my view would have been a complete...
Forum: Quiz Room 08-16-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10,149
Views: 442,782
Pipe Is 2 Eithel Sirion?

Is 2 Eithel Sirion?
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