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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
Found it! Finally. Treason of Isengard, 71: the...

Found it! Finally. Treason of Isengard, 71: the "New Plot" of August 1940. Tolkien first wrote that Riders D and E "attack the inn but fail," but struck it out and replaced it with "get Bill Ferny...
Forum: The Movies 10-22-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
From the very intro to the first movie: "And nine...

From the very intro to the first movie: "And nine rings were gifted to Men, who above all else desire power."

BZZZZZT!!!!! Wrong!

Have they read nothing of what Tolkien himself said? Over and...
Forum: The Movies 10-21-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
They could, without too much restructuring, have...

They could, without too much restructuring, have made the Swan-knights a visual presence in Minas Tirith, distinctive in their armor (something like, maybe, Gothic plate), with a recognizable leader...
Forum: The Books 10-21-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Merry was always the level-headed, practical one....

Merry was always the level-headed, practical one. He was the organizer of the 'conspiracy', he found the house at Crickhollow, he had the sense to come look for Frodo when he was overdue, he made...
Forum: The Books 10-15-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
It's also the case that Tolkien said (can't find...

It's also the case that Tolkien said (can't find the source at the moment) that a significant factor in Arnor's later weakness was that it was stunted in childhood, by the massacre of most of its...
Forum: The Books 10-14-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
I rather think that Sauron was desperately trying...

I rather think that Sauron was desperately trying to regroup after his surprise dis-embodiment in Numenor, and scraping up enough troops just to deal with Gondor. And the notion of offensive ops...
Forum: The Movies 10-12-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 852
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'Nuff said.
Forum: The Books 10-09-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Pippin. So clever, so much potential, if he...

Pippin. So clever, so much potential, if he would ever just grow up.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 10-08-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,438
However, the later texts take the "it is said"...

However, the later texts take the "it is said" form; and Tolkien does not always mean that those "it is saids" are really true- sometimes they represent the wishful thinking of later generations. ...
Forum: The Books 10-08-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,309
You do realize that the picture of Durin's Doors...

You do realize that the picture of Durin's Doors in the published book was drawn by one of the publisher's professional artists, not by Tolkien?
Forum: The Books 09-15-2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
The two Wraiths who were in Bree the night the...

The two Wraiths who were in Bree the night the hobbits were there knew very little. According to the Hunt For the Ring, Khamul and four others had entered the Shire and, after Frodo escaped across...
Forum: The Movies 09-14-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,940
Difficult to tell, since while Tolkien would have...

Difficult to tell, since while Tolkien would have been well aware of the original meaning of "spoil" (loot), there's no reason to think that PBJ were, so in the movie-universe "not eaten" might have...
Forum: The Movies 09-09-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 48,477
Not any more, apparently: REPORT: Amazon's Lord...

Not any more, apparently: REPORT: Amazon's Lord of the Rings Parts Ways With Tolkien Scholar Tom Shippey (https://www.cbr.com/report-tom-shippey-out-at-amazon-lord-of-the-rings/)
Forum: The Books 09-07-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Agree. In our haste to shove everything into a...

Agree. In our haste to shove everything into a pigeonhole, we mustn't overlook that there are probably other cubbies Tolkien didn't see fit to tell us about, and other things that don't fit into any...
Forum: The Books 09-07-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
The Beorians had pledged themselves to the...

The Beorians had pledged themselves to the service of the House of Finarfin; that of Marach/Hador became lords of Dor-Lomin as vassals of the House of Fingolfin. The Haladin had no interest in being...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
One thing to keep in mind is that, as The Hunt...

One thing to keep in mind is that, as The Hunt For the Ring tells us, the Ringwraiths were under orders to operate covertly. Not quite "never let anyone see you," but rather "do not draw attention...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
There is a note somewhere in HME where Tolkien...

There is a note somewhere in HME where Tolkien wrote that there were at most 8 Balrogs total.
Forum: The Movies 09-02-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Or explicit gore, or frontal nudity, or....

Or explicit gore, or frontal nudity, or....
Forum: The Books 09-02-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
I would think more of an emo band. "OMG! They're...

I would think more of an emo band. "OMG! They're like The Smiths, but even more depressing!"
Forum: The Books 09-02-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,809
This is a very common misperception, which PJ...

This is a very common misperception, which PJ picked up and ran with- but it's in error. Tolkien was explicit (it's somewhere in HME or UT) that the Pony burglary was carried out by Bill Ferny,...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-30-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,893
Not necessarily: Denethor, Theoden, Faramir all...

Not necessarily: Denethor, Theoden, Faramir all married at best on the level and probably slightly downhill. Elrond? Judgment call: a half-Elf marring a full Elf, but on the other hand Elrond is the...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-29-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,893
Why should we believe Nellas even survived the...

Why should we believe Nellas even survived the First Age? Most of Doriath's population was eradicated, given the Dwarven sack and the 2nd and 3rd Kinslayings. The Silmarillion says that the...
Forum: The Books 08-29-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Don't be misled by the movies. PJ could only...

Don't be misled by the movies. PJ could only envision the Nine as physical foes- which in general they were not. Their weapon was sheer overpowering unmanning disabling FEAR (plus some sorcery by...
Forum: The Books 08-28-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 708
They also had lethal archers, armed with steel...

They also had lethal archers, armed with steel bows.
Forum: The Books 08-27-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 708
The books tell us that the Dwarves "awakened from...

The books tell us that the Dwarves "awakened from sleep" the Balrog of Moria, circa TA 1980, so clearly not a Second Age option.

Smaug could not have been born in the First Age except at the very...
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