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Forum: The Books 09-26-2019, 06:24 PM
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Posted By obloquy
Yes! And based on the most recent episode (to...

Yes! And based on the most recent episode (to which I linked) the discussion is by no means superficial. In that episode the host made reference to, as I recall, the Athrabeth, the Sil, the...
Forum: The Books 09-26-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By obloquy
Amon Sul: A Tolkien Podcast

Amon Sul (https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/amonsul) is a Tolkien podcast hosted by an Orthodox priest who seems to have a very solid grasp of Tolkien's work.

I got kinda bored with the first...
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,891
Posted By obloquy
I've always attributed WK's confidence to his own...

I've always attributed WK's confidence to his own flawed judgment, rather than any real perception of spiritual superiority on his part. He was lucky Gandalf was so committed to his Istarin role,...
Forum: The Books 03-06-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,891
Posted By obloquy
This is good perspective and certainly correct....

This is good perspective and certainly correct. But to be fair, and not to put the brakes on fun too much, even Tolkien did a good bit of direct power ranking. When these questions come up, I usually...
Forum: The Books 10-23-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,690
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: 2,177
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: 3,646
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: 3,646
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: 3,646
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: 4,651
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: 4,651
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: 7,044
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: 7,044
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: 7,044
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: 5,590
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: 8,110
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: 4,810
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: 4,810
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: 4,810
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: 4,836
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: 4,836
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: 4,836
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: 2,866
Posted By obloquy
Thanks, everyone. =)

Thanks, everyone. =)
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 12-29-2009, 05:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,866
Posted By obloquy
Forum: The Movies 12-13-2009, 04:28 PM
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Views: 201,698
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!
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