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Forum: The Books 08-20-2019, 04:44 PM
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Mountains of Iron?

Mountains of Iron?
Forum: The Books 08-08-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
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As does the pretentiously Frenchified name...

As does the pretentiously Frenchified name Sackville itself. I would venture that one of Otho's ancestors changed it from Sackton or Sackham (or possibly Sackby, but I don't think they were a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-29-2019, 10:40 AM
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When written it was Sept 22 Gregorian, just a day...

When written it was Sept 22 Gregorian, just a day off the equinox; the Shire Reckoning was invented after the book was finished.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-29-2019, 09:12 AM
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It wasn't until rather later in the process that...

It wasn't until rather later in the process that Tolkien started using an almanac (for 1942) to keep things like sunrise/sunset and the lunar phases straight.

Even so, he consciously cheated once:...
Forum: The Books 07-26-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 61
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Two elves: Miriel and Maedhros. Also Maglor...

Two elves: Miriel and Maedhros. Also Maglor depending on version. Nienor together with Turin and Denethor. And (some say) Hurin. That gets us to three and four.

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Also, Brandir might count...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-18-2019, 09:58 AM
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At least externally, AAm and GA were mined...

At least externally, AAm and GA were mined extensively for main Silmarillion text; this of course was the consequence of Tolkien's inevitable tendency to expand "annals" into "historical narrative."...
Forum: The Books 07-18-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 910
A unique event which sparked a metaphysical...

A unique event which sparked a metaphysical crisis and a full-on Ring of Doom debate. There was never any likelihood that Finwe would commit suicide!
Forum: The Books 07-16-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
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"Young King" - the practice was much more general...

"Young King" - the practice was much more general than just the Angevins - was a way of ensuring the succession. As the West Franks moved away from their Germanic traditions, particularly that of...
Forum: The Books 07-16-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
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Hadn't copped to that one particularly, but there...

Hadn't copped to that one particularly, but there were other areas where T didn't really think through the ramifications of Valinor. Such as, Feanor and Fingolfin nearly coming to blows over being...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-03-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
Mandos doesn't kid around.

Mandos doesn't kid around.
Forum: The Books 07-02-2019, 07:44 PM
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Another thought- it's perhaps significant that...

Another thought- it's perhaps significant that Turin composed the Laer cu Beleg in Sindarin, not Hadorian. Although the fact that the only one around to hear was Gwindor might have influenced that!
Forum: The Books 07-02-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 6
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Note also that in Rohan, it's the King's...

Note also that in Rohan, it's the King's designated minstrel who does laments (both for Eorl, and for Theoden). I'm not seeing ordinary Riders spontaneously composing them.
Forum: The Books 07-01-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
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Turin made and sang a lament for Beleg- but was...

Turin made and sang a lament for Beleg- but was that his Edainic heritage, or Elvish upbringing?

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Gondor is elsewhere poetically referred to as the "land of...
Forum: The Movies 06-26-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 100
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So, if wood-elves are made of wood, that means...

So, if wood-elves are made of wood, that means they weigh the same as a duck... so BURN THEM!
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-26-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
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Eorl was the father of Brego at least-- but ALL...

Eorl was the father of Brego at least-- but ALL the Rohirrim? What, was the guy Abdul-Aziz? And even he wasn't the father of all the Saudis, just the myriad members of the House of Saud.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-15-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,337
...and against her will, as well, so it's rape...

...and against her will, as well, so it's rape piled on top of incest.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-13-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 38
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Are authors nice to their characters? Nope. ...

Are authors nice to their characters? Nope. Just ask Shakespeare. Or George RR Martin.

In the Silmarillion, damn near everybody dies. Maeglin is one of the few who actually deserves it.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-07-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 38
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One was a noble hero, if horribly unlucky, and...

One was a noble hero, if horribly unlucky, and the other was a traitorous cur?
Forum: The Books 06-07-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,272
Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't...

Unlike the movie version, the Nazgul weren't engaging in wanton murder across the Shire. They were not supposed to draw attention! Their one and only job was to find the Ring, not kill random...
Forum: The Movies 06-04-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 42
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I like Colm Meany a lot too (also from the Alan...

I like Colm Meany a lot too (also from the Alan Parker films)- but Fr. Francis wasn't Irish, he was born Welsh and raised in Spain.
Forum: The Movies 05-29-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 42
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Cavalry has remained useful in certain niche...

Cavalry has remained useful in certain niche roles, right down to the war in Afghanistan. Horse was used widely in WWI on the Eastern Front and in Palestine with wide-open spaces to maneuver in. ...
Forum: The Movies 05-28-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 42
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Catholicism was basically omitted entirely. I'm...

Catholicism was basically omitted entirely. I'm not entirely sure if it even pointed out that Fr Francis was RC and not Anglican. As to Tolkien's stance on 'dramatisation' - well, the film ends in...
Forum: The Movies 05-28-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,623
Well, I've seen it. It's a pretty thing, but very...

Well, I've seen it. It's a pretty thing, but very slight. Lovely sets and costumes, competently acted (except by Jacobi, who phoned it in)... but really pretty empty. Most significant, I think, isn't...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-28-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 977
I'm not sure that Elendil usurped the role- he...

I'm not sure that Elendil usurped the role- he was after all the eldest surviving descendant of Elros. And if that was in the female line, well- that would apply to Tar-Miriel too. (Tolkien played...
Forum: The Books 05-25-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,366
I wouldn't call that "redemption," that's just a...

I wouldn't call that "redemption," that's just a guarantee against recidivism.

Possibly the only "redemptive deaths" in Tolkien are those of Turin and Boromir. Gollum was acting fully in accord...
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