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Forum: The Books 10-08-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 304
Posted By Aaron
An interesting idea, but I think it's a faulty...

An interesting idea, but I think it's a faulty comparison.

Considering Tolkien's own deep Christian value system, were Tom meant to be analogous to Michael, there would not be so much about his...
Forum: The Books 06-20-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,691
Posted By Aaron
That right there is a big part of why I am so...

That right there is a big part of why I am so skeptical of Tom's nature. I mean, isn't the Old Forest his land? He has some degree of mastery over it, enough so that his incantations can lull the...
Forum: The Books 05-29-2017, 04:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,097
Posted By Aaron
Orc intergration after the War?

So, this is a subject which really intrigues me. Tolkien, in no small part thanks to his sincere Christian convictions, did not seem to cast the Orcs as being wholly evil and capable of good - though...
Forum: The Movies 04-09-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By Aaron
How sad is it that turning Elrond into a...

How sad is it that turning Elrond into a tax-dodging slum lord would still be less offensive than much of The Hobbit trilogy?
Forum: The Movies 04-08-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By Aaron
I want a three hour movie of Elrond doing his...

I want a three hour movie of Elrond doing his taxes - pausing occasionally to sigh at the futility of it all and mutter to himself.
Forum: The Books 03-17-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,186
Posted By Aaron
I think Aragorn had a line which summed it up...

I think Aragorn had a line which summed it up quite nicely:



The Hobbits are saved by their humility. Aragorn is a good King because he lowered himself to live a hard life rather than enjoy the...
Forum: The Movies 10-04-2016, 02:15 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,307
Posted By Aaron
In regards to choosing the worst, it's a tie up...

In regards to choosing the worst, it's a tie up between the Bakshi film and Battle of the Five Armies.
For whilst the Bakshi version attempted to be faithful to the book, it is utterly ruined by a...
Forum: The Movies 07-20-2016, 12:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,312
Posted By Aaron
Honestly, there would be no point in explaining...

Honestly, there would be no point in explaining the Eagles, because the "Eagles could just drop the ring in Mount Doom in five minutes" idea is nothing but an attempt to trivialise and demean...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,037
Posted By Aaron
The New Shadow - Your thoughts?

What do you guys think about the aborted story, The New Shadow, which Tolkien puttered about with? Do you think it would have made for good reading? How do you think the story would have panned out?...
Forum: The Books 07-14-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,448
Posted By Aaron
I wonder, when Tolkien says "Monarchy", would his...

I wonder, when Tolkien says "Monarchy", would his ideal state of Monarchy be a later Anglo-Norman model of hereditary rule, or an earlier English elective Monarchy, where - as I understand it - Kings...
Forum: The Movies 07-14-2016, 12:34 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,568
Posted By Aaron
I'm going to be honest, I hated that Radagast was...

I'm going to be honest, I hated that Radagast was involved at all.
I have always seen him as a coward, one of those who sat on the fence, puttered about, and let others fight and die for him. I...
Forum: The Movies 07-12-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,568
Posted By Aaron
The problem with Smaug in the book is that his...

The problem with Smaug in the book is that his death does not serve the narrative - but the symbolism Tolkien wanted to convey.
Had he been trying to write a simple adventure story, then yes, the...
Forum: The Movies 07-12-2016, 05:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,568
Posted By Aaron
You are right about the chase segment. For whilst...

You are right about the chase segment. For whilst it was an entertaining visual spectacle, it rendered poor Smaug rather impotent.
Same with the Goblins, and their apparent inability to defend...
Forum: The Movies 07-09-2016, 01:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,568
Posted By Aaron
If you could change ONE thing in The Hobbit triology

What would it be? Because, let's face it, the movies are an appalling mess, raised above mediocrity solely by the practiced hand of its amazing cast.

So, what would you change?
Me myself, I would...
Forum: The Books 06-27-2016, 02:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,858
Posted By Aaron
I have also found myself really intrigued by...

I have also found myself really intrigued by Bolg.
Especially as Tolkien, rather than painting the Orcs and Goblins as completely evil, noted how the dwarves matched them for cruelty during their...
Forum: The Books 06-25-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,858
Posted By Aaron
Favourite minor character?

With such a rich world as Middle Earth, there are many characters who only appear fleetingly, who we never get a chance to learn much about, but nevertheless make a massive impression on us as...
Forum: The Movies 03-08-2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,068
Posted By Aaron
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/bp/the-promise--hobbi...

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/bp/the-promise--hobbit--filmmakers-broke-to-evangeline-lilly-211339686.html
To her credit, she did the best she could with the material she was given. But it's sad she...
Forum: The Movies 03-07-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,068
Posted By Aaron
I heard that the actress was quite insistent that...

I heard that the actress was quite insistent that she not be given a romantic subplot, but upon actually filming the thing was told that was precisely their plan.
The truth of this I don't know, but...
Forum: The Books 02-26-2016, 02:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,467
Posted By Aaron
Concerning Mewlips

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil was certainly an odd read for me, and one which proved very hit and miss. But I can say with confidence that my absolute favourite poem was The Mewlips. A creepy little...
Forum: The Movies 02-20-2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,068
Posted By Aaron
Absolutely agree. A female character is not, by...

Absolutely agree. A female character is not, by sheer virtue of her gender, a representation of all womankind, and I resent the weird PR speak which often suggests that this is the case. A strong...
Forum: The Movies 02-20-2016, 03:32 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,068
Posted By Aaron
If they wanted a strong female character - which,...

If they wanted a strong female character - which, I'm sorry to say, Tauriel wasn't - why not have an orc or goblin character?
Let's say they were going more by the books, and having Bolg as the...
Forum: The Books 11-01-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,691
Posted By Aaron
No need to be sorry! This whole thread is about...

No need to be sorry! This whole thread is about the perception of the individual. Friendly disagreements are par the course :)

But as to how I came to my own perception of old Tom?
Childish...
Forum: The Books 10-30-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,691
Posted By Aaron
Perhaps the literary function of Bombadil was, in...

Perhaps the literary function of Bombadil was, in fact, entirely dependant on the reader's own perceptions of him - and, by extension, nature.
Readers with a romanticised view of the natural...
Forum: The Movies 10-30-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,787
Posted By Aaron
The sad thing is that the changes really took...

The sad thing is that the changes really took away from the gravity of Thorin's moral decay in the book.
In the book, the Lake-Towners - aside from the Master - treat the Dwarves as returning heroes...
Forum: The Books 09-27-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,691
Posted By Aaron
Boots How do you perceive Tom Bombadil?

I know a great many topics have been made on the subject of Tom's purpose in the narrative, and his origins. But I felt, for a change of pace, that we might talk about how we - as readers - see him,...
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