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Forum: The Movies 09-20-2019, 10:44 AM
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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
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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
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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: 3,413
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: 3,413
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: 2,565
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: 11
Views: 2,082
Mountains of Iron?

Mountains of Iron?
Forum: The Books 08-08-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,914
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: 23,480
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: 23,480
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
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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
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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: 1,537
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: 1,537
"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: 1,537
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: 1,949
Mandos doesn't kid around.

Mandos doesn't kid around.
Forum: The Books 07-02-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
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: 810
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: 810
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: 19,185
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!
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-26-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,310
Eorl was the father of Brego at least-- but ALL...

Eorl was the father of Brego at least-- but ALL the Rohirrim? What, was the guy Abdul-Aziz? And even he wasn't the father of all the Saudis, just the myriad members of the House of Saud.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-15-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,088
...and against her will, as well, so it's rape...

...and against her will, as well, so it's rape piled on top of incest.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-13-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,088
Are authors nice to their characters? Nope. ...

Are authors nice to their characters? Nope. Just ask Shakespeare. Or George RR Martin.

In the Silmarillion, damn near everybody dies. Maeglin is one of the few who actually deserves it.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-07-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,088
One was a noble hero, if horribly unlucky, and...

One was a noble hero, if horribly unlucky, and the other was a traitorous cur?
Forum: The Books 06-07-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,605
Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't...

Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't engaging in wanton murder across the Shire. They were not supposed to draw attention! Their one and only job was to find the Ring, not kill random...
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