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Forum: The Movies 03-19-2019, 12:10 PM
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Posted By denethorthefirst
- I liked that FotR shortened the timeline in the...

- I liked that FotR shortened the timeline in the beginning. In the books 17 years went by (T.A. 3001 - 3018) till Gandalf figured out that the Ring might be the One. I never found it believable that...
Forum: The Books 03-12-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
Maybe for the same reasons why they sent them in...

Maybe for the same reasons why they sent them in human bodies in the first place, to experience the world from a human perspective, to share all the bodily experiences, the pains and limitations that...
Forum: The Books 03-12-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
Because Tolkien wrote that the Istari aged. For...

Because Tolkien wrote that the Istari aged. For example Saruman had black hair when he arrived in Lindon in ca 1000 T.A. but by the time of the War of the Ring his hair was almost completely white....
Forum: The Books 03-10-2019, 12:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
Yes, he was quite happy. But we are talking about...

Yes, he was quite happy. But we are talking about the hypothetical case of a bodyless Radagast after the eventual death of his body. Why would he not be willing to return? He cant really "do"...
Forum: The Books 03-09-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
Then we are in agreement. But the question...

Then we are in agreement. But the question remains if Radagast would be able to reach Valinor and/or if the Valar would allow his return. Tolkien wrote that only Gandalf stayed true to the mission....
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
I do not think that it matters if he became a...

I do not think that it matters if he became a villain or not. Gandalf the Grey certainly did not become a villain, but he still was not able to reembody or reincarnate himself (after the death of his...
Forum: The Books 03-06-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,073
Posted By denethorthefirst
It was clearly implied that the Battle at the...

It was clearly implied that the Battle at the Morannon was a suicide mission that had no chance to succeed without the destruction of the One Ring. Saurons forces outnumbered the forces of Gondor and...
Forum: The Books 03-01-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,904
Posted By denethorthefirst
I get what you mean, but your analogy is not...

I get what you mean, but your analogy is not quite right. You cannot compare the Rohirrim with Sauron. Cirion made a pact with good Men, he did not betray his Faith, the founding mission of Gondor...
Forum: The Books 03-01-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,904
Posted By denethorthefirst
I can't really support your judgement of Cirion....

I can't really support your judgement of Cirion. I always had the impression that he was a very wise, competent and responsible Steward. In my opinion the gifting of Calenardhon was not a "selling...
Forum: The Books 02-23-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,778
Posted By denethorthefirst
How likely is it that Doriath on its own, without...

How likely is it that Doriath on its own, without the help of the Noldor to occupy and distract Morgoth, would have been able to oppose the power of Angband? Morgoth completely crushed all the elven...
Forum: The Books 02-19-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,778
Posted By denethorthefirst
But if that was the case, why was Manwe not...

But if that was the case, why was Manwe not willing to communicate that clearly to the Noldor (or their leadership)? Just meet them and say: "Yes Feanor, you are right, Melkor must be punished and...
Forum: The Books 02-19-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,778
Posted By denethorthefirst
What If: The Noldor never leave

While reading the SIL and browsing the forum, I have always wondered how the story would have played out if the Noldor had made the decision not to leave Valinor. Maybe Feanor has a slightly...
Forum: The Books 02-19-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,671
Posted By denethorthefirst
Even an Elda as powerful as Celebrimbor could not...

Even an Elda as powerful as Celebrimbor could not create "power" ex nihilo. So the power of the 19 Rings had to come from somewhere. Sadly, Tolkien never explained that, as he never in detail wrote...
Forum: The Books 02-19-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,649
Posted By denethorthefirst
The statement from Tolkien that Sauron claimed to...

The statement from Tolkien that Sauron claimed to be Morgoth returned in the Third Age always strikes me as odd. I have an idea what Tolkien maybe tried to accomplish here, that Sauron usurped his...
Forum: The Books 02-18-2019, 04:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,238
Posted By denethorthefirst
Tolkien never gave us a number regarding the...

Tolkien never gave us a number regarding the Maiar, but I always imagined that there must be a lot of them, obviously a lot more than the Valar. Including Melkor there are 15 Valar. So how many...
Forum: The Books 02-17-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,339
Posted By denethorthefirst
If I remember correctly Tolkien stated that the...

If I remember correctly Tolkien stated that the power of some of the older Eldar (and especially if they had been re-housed, for example Glorfindel) was comparable to that of some of the Maiar....
Forum: The Books 02-14-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By denethorthefirst
What do we know about Radagast? We know that...

What do we know about Radagast?

We know that he was one of the Istari, a Maia that was incarnated in a human body. That means that he was, for all intents and purposes, essentially human, although...
Forum: The Books 02-14-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,036
Posted By denethorthefirst
How powerful was Gandalf? To answer that question...

How powerful was Gandalf? To answer that question we have to differentiate between Olorin the Maia and Gandalf (the Grey) in his incarnated human form. I personally dont think that Olorin (before his...
Forum: The Books 06-25-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,627
Posted By denethorthefirst
Of course, you are right. Sauron made the prudent...

Of course, you are right. Sauron made the prudent calculation to feign surrender, because he realized that he would probably lose the war. But he "surrendered" on his own, because he calculated that...
Forum: The Books 06-25-2018, 03:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,627
Posted By denethorthefirst
Regarding Sauron and Numenor, Tolkien actually...

Regarding Sauron and Numenor, Tolkien actually wrote in a Letter that "Sauron's personal 'surrender' was voluntary and cunning: he got free transport to Númenor! He naturally had the One Ring, and so...
Forum: The Books 05-11-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,860
Posted By denethorthefirst
I do not think that there were "evil" Dwarves in...

I do not think that there were "evil" Dwarves in Middle-Earth. We have to remember that the recorded history of Middle-Earth has largely an elvish perspective and from an elven point of view the...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,020
Posted By denethorthefirst
Yes, i am aware of that. I also read the...

Yes, i am aware of that. I also read the Unfinished Tales. Of course the incarnation is meant to be a sacrifice. Still, the whole suicide mission aspect only makes sense if the Valar promised to...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2018, 02:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,020
Posted By denethorthefirst
Another thing that i find curious: Tolkien wrote...

Another thing that i find curious: Tolkien wrote that the Istari aged, albeit very slowly. When Saruman appeared in Lindon he had black hair but by the time of the War of the Ring it had gone...
Forum: The Books 05-06-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,656
Posted By denethorthefirst
I do not think that Goldberry is an Ainu (or one...

I do not think that Goldberry is an Ainu (or one of the Ealar, for that matter, i.e. a naturally discarnate being), because it is stated that she has a mother (the "River-Woman"). My Head-Canon is...
Forum: The Books 04-30-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,734
Posted By denethorthefirst
Yes, quite a bit all over the place :) But let me...

Yes, quite a bit all over the place :) But let me explain.

Tolkien stated in his writings (Osanwe-Kenta, among others if i remember correctly) that Elves have a higher degree of control over...
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