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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 07:36 AM
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It helps if one stops envisioning the Ringwraiths...

It helps if one stops envisioning the Ringwraiths as a death-metal album cover and more as black holes in reality. I agree that the movie Dementors get much closer than PJ ever did.
Forum: The Movies Yesterday, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Why not? Given that Jackson is even more crass...

Why not? Given that Jackson is even more crass and tasteless than George Lucas, I could totally envision him doing it.

(In real life, of course, the Elves of Mirkwood were fighting for their...
Forum: The Books 08-08-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
One might also consider, based on some passages...

One might also consider, based on some passages in Morgoth's Ring, the role of corrupted Elvish fear- whether those of Avari who had already turned to the Darkness before death, or those souls which...
Forum: The Books 08-07-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
The question arises, what were the "dreadful...

The question arises, what were the "dreadful spirits" that animated the werewolves?
Forum: The Books 08-07-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
And other times he did otherwise. Eru Iluvatar...

And other times he did otherwise. Eru Iluvatar can change the rules at will
Forum: The Books 08-07-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,847
However, Devereaux makes two salient points, both...

However, Devereaux makes two salient points, both relating to the fact that an army can be TOO big. 1) after you have completely invested the besieged fortress, any additional troops (not counting...
Forum: The Books 08-06-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 202
-rond meant "vault, vaulted space, dome" or the...

-rond meant "vault, vaulted space, dome" or the like from very early. Whether Elrond referred to a vaulted vave or the vault of the firmament, the root remained the same. Cf. Hadhodrond,...
Forum: The Movies 08-06-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 43,800
Oh, c'mon. Real Housewives of Armenelos? Keeping...

Oh, c'mon. Real Housewives of Armenelos? Keeping Up with the Curufinians? The possibilities are endless.
Forum: The Books 08-06-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 202
Could be worse- could have named every damn one...

Could be worse- could have named every damn one of them Ptolemy, and all the girls Cleopatra.
Forum: The Books 08-04-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 457
Just wondering, monks. Have you read Pynchon's...

Just wondering, monks. Have you read Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49? Or Eco's Foucault's Pendulum?
Forum: The Books 08-04-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
You are in effect saying "God can too create a...

You are in effect saying "God can too create a boulder so heavy He Himself can't lift it."
Forum: The Movies 08-03-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 43,800
Over the course of several seasons, they could do...

Over the course of several seasons, they could do both.
Forum: The Books 08-03-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Fair point. The most typical Gondorian we ever...

Fair point. The most typical Gondorian we ever meet is Ioreth- who could just as easily be a Bree-woman.

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Bree, however, was guarded- "'Strider' I am to one fat man...
Forum: The Books 07-31-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Last bit on Finrod: Tolkien changed his mind. ...

Last bit on Finrod: Tolkien changed his mind. Why? Not entirely sure, but probably related to his development of the family's Quenya names and the notion that Finwe would have given all his sons...
Forum: The Books 07-30-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
H&S know their bibliographical stuff, and I'm...

H&S know their bibliographical stuff, and I'm inclined to take their word for it barring very strong evidence contra. My guess is that not all the revisions Tolkien "prepared for" the 1966 edition...
Forum: The Books 07-30-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
I don't really disgree with anything you are...

I don't really disgree with anything you are saying, aside from the general comment that I dislike bright lines and pigeonholes, which often create an artificial impression of definition where there...
Forum: The Books 07-29-2020, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Except he didn't. My Second Edition has...

Except he didn't. My Second Edition has "Finrod," bold as brass. The correction to "Finarfin" was posthumous, in 1976 (originally only the UK edition; the change wasn't made to the H-M until the...
Forum: The Books 07-28-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
I'm not disposed to impose a rather artificial...

I'm not disposed to impose a rather artificial bright line of Publication as the be-all of 'canonicity,' especially since there are mistakes and inconsistencies even in the works that were published...
Forum: The Books 07-28-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Also, from that same tale: why Imrazor "the...

Also, from that same tale: why Imrazor "the Numenorean?" This was almost two thousand years after Numenor had ceased to be; and I would suggest he wasn't any more of Numenorean descent than any other...
Forum: The Books 07-28-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Oversight, or changing conceptions?

We know two things about Tolkien as a world-builder. 1) that his thinking developed over time and he continued tinkering with his creation; as CT said "No work of my father's could truly be said to...
Forum: The Books 07-28-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
But if so, not in a lasting way. We know that...

But if so, not in a lasting way. We know that with the loss of the Rings' power, Lothlorien became just an ordinary forest. Moreover, Celebrimbor could not have used any of the Three Rings for very...
Forum: The Movies 07-21-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Well, not entirely. The issue at the...

Well, not entirely.

The issue at the Pelennor was not that the Earth had stopped its daily rotation - Sauron couldn't do that! - but rather that the huge overcast of smoke and fume that Sauron...
Forum: The Movies 07-18-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Elladan and Elrohir came in response to...

Elladan and Elrohir came in response to Galadriel's summons to the Dunedain, missed Helm's deep and only knew vaguely that Aragorn was "in Rohan."

Besides, there's rather a dirrerence between a...
Forum: The Movies 07-18-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
What, can the Elves predict the future? Or...

What, can the Elves predict the future? Or teleport over 100s of miles?

Besides, as Legolas says at Helm's Deep, no Elves would come: their own homes were under attack.
Forum: The Movies 07-16-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 43,800
And the English of course should have been actual...

And the English of course should have been actual Westron.
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