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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 07:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,345
Posted By Formendacil
One of the best passages in The Lord of the Rings...

One of the best passages in The Lord of the Rings is Sam's unwitting revelation of the Ring to Faramir. This chapter is all about Fararmir (and, by extension, about Gondor), and as Sam rightly notes,...
Forum: Quiz Room 10-07-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4,303
Views: 195,310
Posted By Formendacil
If 6. is not a dragon, could it be Gollum? He...

If 6. is not a dragon, could it be Gollum? He hides a golden ring and wants a riddle answered?
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 10-06-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By Formendacil
With the CbC one-man reread continuing, I found...

With the CbC one-man reread continuing, I found another one that I not only use all the time, but that has become a category of thought: "dishevelled dryad loveliness." The beauty of an overgrown...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-06-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,369
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" is the name of the...

"Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" is the name of the chapter, but the passage it draws itself from gets the least attention on this thread. Fair enough: Ithilien and Faramir and Mumakil are all new and...
Forum: Quiz Room 10-02-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4,303
Views: 195,310
Posted By Formendacil
Could "M" be the "Man in the...

Could "M" be the "Man in the Moon?"
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-29-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,540
Posted By Formendacil
If "The Passage of the Marshes" was a travel...

If "The Passage of the Marshes" was a travel chapter, "The Black Gate is Closed" is the opposite: a chapter taking place mostly in a single spot, usually for a shorter duration of time.

This is...
Forum: Quiz Room 09-29-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4,303
Views: 195,310
Posted By Formendacil
Could 7. be "Glorfindel and the Three...

Could 7. be "Glorfindel and the Three Bears?"
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-27-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,815
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye If I had to pick a "least favourite" chapter in...

If I had to pick a "least favourite" chapter in all The Lord of the Rings, I might just pick "The Passage of the Marshes." Not because it's a bad chapter or an unnecessary chapter or a chapter...
Forum: The Books 09-26-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 574
Posted By Formendacil
Question Even as much as I agree with the general...

Even as much as I agree with the general reasoning here that the Elves probably killed for safety reasons, I'm wondering about "let them lie," as Inziladun puts it. It doesn't seem very Elven, for...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-26-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,244
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye There's a certain amount of analysis that could...

There's a certain amount of analysis that could be done, dredging up these ancient threads and seeing how the Chapter-by-Chapter project went in its original attempt. The threads gradually get...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-24-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,176
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye In contrast to the majority of the posts on this...

In contrast to the majority of the posts on this thread, which got swept up into speculation about the palantiri, I'm going to consider more how Tolkien places this chapter, so that after a period of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-24-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,053
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand I almost have nothing to say here-- and not just...

I almost have nothing to say here-- and not just because I said it all 14 years ago in one of the earliest posts of my Downsian existence! There's something about the most important chapters that...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-23-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,897
Posted By Formendacil
1420! "Flotsam and Jetsam" this time around, reminded...

"Flotsam and Jetsam" this time around, reminded me especially of "The Last Debate," where Gimli and Legolas tell Merry and Pippin of their offscreen adventures with Aragorn, reversing the situation...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,779
Posted By Formendacil
I definitely agree--and I think that the mental...

I definitely agree--and I think that the mental impression of the chapter having so much going on in it, which feels as though it drags long through the night, is why, upon actually reading it, it...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,351
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Although I argued, only a thread ago, that the...

Although I argued, only a thread ago, that the denouément of Book III doesn't come until after "The Voice of Saruman," there is nonetheless something of a denouément feel to "The Road to Isengard,"...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-19-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,779
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Like some of my ancient predecessors on this...

Like some of my ancient predecessors on this thread, my first thought reading through this time was that "Helm's Deep" is a rather short chapter--and, related to that, reading it through, it always...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-15-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,360
Posted By Formendacil
Shield Two things stood out for me on this reread: ...

Two things stood out for me on this reread:

First, does Gandalf have control of the weather or just really good timing?



And also:
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-11-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,629
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf As excellent a chapter as "The White Rider" is, I...

As excellent a chapter as "The White Rider" is, I sort of get where Tolkien is coming from in identifying it as a weaker point in the story, sandwiched as it is between two stellar chapters. Indeed,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-10-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,649
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf Few chapters in The Lord of the Rings exist as...

Few chapters in The Lord of the Rings exist as completely in their own world as "Treebeard"--including the Bombadil chapters, the Lórien chapters, the Mordor chapters. It's a gift of Tolkien that his...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-09-2018, 04:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,644
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand I had to go looking to find this thread--turns...

I had to go looking to find this thread--turns out it was the most recently added to LotR thread, other than the ones I've gone through already--and I only have myself to blame!

The whole thread...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-06-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,802
Posted By Formendacil
Shield If "The Departure of Boromir" was the last gasp...

If "The Departure of Boromir" was the last gasp of Book II (and there was some considerable discussion in that thread about the placement of the chapter and the aptness of Peter Jackson's decision to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-05-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,262
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand An emotionally affecting chapter, and a pivotal...

An emotionally affecting chapter, and a pivotal moment in the narrative--Rimbaud asks earlier (you know, years ago) which thread of the story one enjoys most and my answer shall be as indecisive as...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-04-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,934
Posted By Formendacil
I read this chapter before the long weekend and...

I read this chapter before the long weekend and find that if I had sharp impressions this time around, they are dulled by the passage of the weekend. AND I find that, despite some scintillating...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-03-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,149
Posted By Formendacil
I think this is spot-on, but only one-half of the...

I think this is spot-on, but only one-half of the binocular vision. Aragorn isn't just the mentor: he's also a protagonist in his own right. I think you're right that it's not Frodo who loses his...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-28-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,201
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree This is a transitional chapter, not a blockbuster...

This is a transitional chapter, not a blockbuster like some, but it's got more than a little action, between the River, Gollum, and the orks on shore. Having grown up canoeing down the Red Deer River...
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