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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 11:27 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,329
Posted By Formendacil
Compared to the dramatic crescendo of Howard...

Compared to the dramatic crescendo of Howard Shore's music rising in the movie as Elrond declares "you shall be the Fellowship of the Ring" at the end of the council, the book's selection of the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-12-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,160
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien I love world-building, and watching Tolkien's...

I love world-building, and watching Tolkien's world-building in particular, so "The Council of Elrond," like "The Shadow of the Past" before it, isn't something I've ever minded reading, but I'll...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-09-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,452
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril Not an essential chapter, plotwise--perhaps not a...

Not an essential chapter, plotwise--perhaps not a likely candidate for "only chapter on a desert island" either--but a beautiful one. Though we visited Rivendell in The Hobbit, though we'll stay here...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-08-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,393
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Apparently, since 2008, this has been the one...

Apparently, since 2008, this has been the one chapter of Book I that no one had very much to say about. ;) If one takes that fact at face value, it's a bit baffling, because the pre-2008 discussions...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-08-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,651
Posted By Formendacil
This is a good point, and I think this actually...

This is a good point, and I think this actually shows that a line the movies invented and made popular was actually in keeping with the books: "A wizard is never late, nor is he early: he arrives...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-05-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,122
Posted By Formendacil
Question It boggles the mind to see that "A Knife in the...

It boggles the mind to see that "A Knife in the Dark" never broached a second page of discussion here, because were you to maroon me on a desert island with but a single chapter of The Lord of the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-05-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,736
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Nothing leapt out at me specifically with "I must...

Nothing leapt out at me specifically with "I must write about that on the Downs" reading through this chapter, and rereading the thread has not prompted anything distinct either (though this is one...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-04-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 18,252
Posted By Formendacil
Struth! I remember being about 16 and...

Struth!

I remember being about 16 and thinking "surely, the things I'm noticing for the first time in THIS reread are the last things I'll ever notice for the first time in this book--I've got to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-03-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,886
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Two things struck me this time: 1. What a...

Two things struck me this time:

1. What a *long* day this is for the Hobbits: they wake up in a Barrow, they get rescued by Tom Bombadil, run around naked in the grass, march all day over...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-02-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,105
Posted By Formendacil
White-Hand A question that comes up earlier in the thread is...

A question that comes up earlier in the thread is about the nature of Merry's dream or memory of the soldier of Cardolan who died speared by the men of Carn Dűm--this is something Verlyn Flieger...
Forum: The Books 07-31-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By Formendacil
There are good chunks that date back before...

There are good chunks that date back before 1937--and, certainly, the overall structure of the "Quenta Silmarillion" is basically the 1937 text, but Tolkien expanded quite a bit (especially from...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-26-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,012
Posted By Formendacil
Ring A couple minor points struck me on this reread,...

A couple minor points struck me on this reread, and refreshing myself on this thread there was one major one, which I shall get to last.

First, it amuses me to note that, reading "The Old Forest"...
Forum: The Books 07-26-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien Huinesoron's overview of the books is generally...

Huinesoron's overview of the books is generally accurate, and his main point that it comes down to what you want is spot-on.

Personally, I think The Book of Lost Tales volumes are the most...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-23-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,848
Posted By Formendacil
Question You know, I was kind of surprised, reading this...

You know, I was kind of surprised, reading this thread again, that the big thing that occurred to me during this readthrough has apparently not occurred to anyone else--so, it's possible, maybe I'm...
Forum: The Books 07-22-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye Dredging up a VERY old (but timeless) thread to...

Dredging up a VERY old (but timeless) thread to note how 100% spot on alatar's assessment of Peter Jackson's adaptation methods were: he just didn't know it would be The Hobbit!

Since I'm here,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-22-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,651
Posted By Formendacil
Sting Rereading this old thread, not because I have...

Rereading this old thread, not because I have anything that cropped up on my reread to say, though that is why I read it, but because I have something to say one the very old topic of Sam and Pippin...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-22-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,039
Posted By Formendacil
Question At the end of "Three is Company," Frodo is...

At the end of "Three is Company," Frodo is pressed by Gildor to take companions with him; at the start of this chapter, we discover the Elves were also pressuring Sam to do the same.

What about...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-20-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,427
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe I had nothing to say for "A Long-Awaited Party,"...

I had nothing to say for "A Long-Awaited Party," and then somehow a whole grocery list of thoughts occurred for "The Shadow of the Past." Skim-reading through the thread (and getting side-tracked...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-20-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 19,768
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien Alas! I have been tripped up. I think your second...

Alas! I have been tripped up. I think your second quote, from "Aldarion and Erendis" is probably at the heart of some of my foiled hunch.

Your speculation, Huinesoron is rather fascinating: the...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-19-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Mind is like a Lumber-room

Posting this in Novices & Newcomers because it deals more with the reader's experience of the text than with the text itself, but if the mods deem it misplaced, please move it elsewhere.

Over in...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-19-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 19,768
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe After far too long (a couple years, I think), I'm...

After far too long (a couple years, I think), I'm rereading The Lord of the Rings (though, of course, having read it so much in my formative years, it's not as if I've forgotten it!) and having both...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-17-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 3,221
Views: 255,735
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye Miserable! We had the power go out yesterday...

Miserable! We had the power go out yesterday afternoon (in 95°F with humidity outside and a 10-day infant inside). Mercifully, it came back in what was probably only ten second or so, but... man,...
Forum: The Movies 06-18-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,968
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Nah, the real twist will come (at the end of...

Nah, the real twist will come (at the end of season three or four) when Aragorn is killed and Evilagorn takes his place as part of some long con to infiltrate Lórien--but it turns out that Arwen is...
Forum: The Books 04-11-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 748
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe Ever since we got wind of Beren and Lúthien, I...

Ever since we got wind of Beren and Lúthien, I wanted this, just to round out the set of the three great tales, but I didn't think it would actually happen, since the vibe from Beren and Lúthien...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-10-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2,221
Views: 179,685
Posted By Formendacil
Yup--I know it is a heavy burden, but I can still...

Yup--I know it is a heavy burden, but I can still participate.
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