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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 09:31 PM
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Posted By obloquy
No! Morgoth didn't make Balrogs, nor did he make...

No! Morgoth didn't make Balrogs, nor did he make their bodies. They were maiar and thus took forms of their own choosing. What's more, we know that winged forms were possible because Sauron--also an...
Forum: The Books 04-06-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,092
Posted By obloquy
@Eldorion Nice post! I think the distinction...

@Eldorion

Nice post! I think the distinction between Maiar and other spirits is underappreciated. I do recall an older discussion (http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?p=203402) that...
Forum: The Books 09-10-2011, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,124
Posted By obloquy
I don't, which was my point.

I don't, which was my point.
Forum: The Books 09-09-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,124
Posted By obloquy
Inzil: Physical forms were certainly necessary...

Inzil: Physical forms were certainly necessary for interacting with the physical realm, but as I explained, physical forms came in two varieties: "raiment" and full incarnation. Becoming the latter...
Forum: The Books 09-06-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,124
Posted By obloquy
Tolkien addresses this topic in some depth and...

Tolkien addresses this topic in some depth and there is lots of discussion on the subject in various old threads on this forum. However, sedulous champion of veracity that I am, I shall now elucidate...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2010, 10:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,016
Posted By obloquy
This is good. I too think Cirdan was intended to...

This is good. I too think Cirdan was intended to be discretely Elder. Tolkien provides confirmation for a portion of your reasoning, from HoMe XII, Last Writings--Cirdan:
Forum: The Books 05-09-2010, 02:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,016
Posted By obloquy
In addition to being Firstborn, Cirdan never went...

In addition to being Firstborn, Cirdan never went to Valinor. He was one of the very oldest beings in Middle-earth, and had never experienced the regenerative, sustaining power of Aman.
Forum: The Books 05-08-2010, 01:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,944
Posted By obloquy
Yes, and I think it is best not to ignore the...

Yes, and I think it is best not to ignore the suggestion of only three Balrogs existing. That Tolkien says "three or at most seven" implies that he considered only three to be truly necessary (likely...
Forum: The Books 05-07-2010, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,944
Posted By obloquy
I said he may have had to wait, because Tolkien...

I said he may have had to wait, because Tolkien does not mention Ecthelion's receiving the same treatment.
Forum: The Books 05-05-2010, 10:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,944
Posted By obloquy
Re-embodiment was not uncommon among Elves....

Re-embodiment was not uncommon among Elves. Ecthelion almost certainly enjoyed this service of the Valar as well, although he may have had to wait until the ban on the Noldor's return to Aman was...
Forum: The Books 05-05-2010, 11:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,592
Posted By obloquy
great posts, SoW and deagol.

great posts, SoW and deagol.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-04-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,939
Posted By obloquy
It is not a flaw. Sauron could have dominated...

It is not a flaw. Sauron could have dominated Middle-earth even without his Ring; he was supposed to be in "rapport" with the power that he had invested in it. The Nazgul were his through and...
Forum: The Books 04-27-2010, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,387
Posted By obloquy
I agree wholly with Ibrin. My explanations were...

I agree wholly with Ibrin. My explanations were intended for Aiwendil, who had heard that suicide is sinful, but never understood why. They have little bearing on Middle-earth.
Forum: The Books 04-26-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,387
Posted By obloquy
Discussion of sin is obviously done in the...

Discussion of sin is obviously done in the context of our own world and its religious tenets. Whether Tolkien passed these beliefs along to his creations, I do not know. Was suicide sinful in...
Forum: The Books 04-24-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,387
Posted By obloquy
Suicide is sinful because all deliberately...

Suicide is sinful because all deliberately self-destructive practices are sinful. A righteous man recognizes his life and health as gifts from God, which he would never willfully spurn.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 02-22-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,567
Posted By obloquy
I used the reputation feature as it is intended...

I used the reputation feature as it is intended to be used. Besides, I had no interest in discussing why your comment was ignorant and valueless with you: your post demonstrated to me exactly how...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 02-22-2010, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,567
Posted By obloquy
hah. Nothing quite so dramatic. The comment took...

hah. Nothing quite so dramatic. The comment took up the whole character allowance. Feel better knowing?

Hey, can I have a positive rep too, PrinceOfTheHalflings? My dog died. :'(
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 02-03-2010, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,567
Posted By obloquy
So are you a hawkish, nationalistic nutjob, or...

So are you a hawkish, nationalistic nutjob, or have you simply not read any Chomsky?
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 12-30-2009, 05:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,102
Posted By obloquy
Thanks, everyone. =)

Thanks, everyone. =)
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 12-29-2009, 05:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,102
Posted By obloquy
Forum: The Movies 12-13-2009, 04:28 PM
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Views: 176,558
Posted By obloquy
Me too!! I also believe that the earth is larger...

Me too!! I also believe that the earth is larger than Jupiter!
Forum: The Books 12-12-2009, 09:40 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,735
Posted By obloquy
Selfish Selfism.

I think a far more frightening concept is that which champions personal liberty at the expense of cooperation and compromise. The idea that the individual's will should be subject to no external...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2009, 01:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,735
Posted By obloquy
I do not think it is the odor that some find...

I do not think it is the odor that some find offensive, but the idea that others are freely and needlessly polluting the air that we all have to breathe.

There are laws against public nudity, but...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 10-22-2009, 08:25 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,695
Posted By obloquy
Q is for quam who has quit the board.

Q is for quam who has quit the board.
Forum: The Books 10-10-2009, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,382
Posted By obloquy
Sting Martin blows my mind. I pooped my pants at least...

Martin blows my mind. I pooped my pants at least 5 times while reading the first three books of his series. Dany and the funeral pyre??? Melisandre birthing a shadow??? Seriously.
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