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Forum: The Books 03-20-2019, 11:01 AM
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Another problem with trying to push the Beleriand...

Another problem with trying to push the Beleriand thing too hard: Smaug was a winged, flying dragon, something which already in the Quenta Noldorinwa (contemporary with the start of The Hobbit)...
Forum: The Movies 03-19-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
I did like making Bilbo more than a bit tipsy at...

I did like making Bilbo more than a bit tipsy at his birthday party.
Forum: The Books 03-19-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
You know, it's just possible to make a case that...

You know, it's just possible to make a case that in the very earliest stages of writing The Hobbit, or at least making the original version of the Wilderland Map,Tolkien had Beleriand in mind. The...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,744
Etymology:

Etymology:
Forum: The Books 03-16-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,322
While we're at it, what Tolkien clearly had in...

While we're at it, what Tolkien clearly had in mind was the classic Anglo-Saxon silver penny of about 1.3-1.5 grams. The word used in the Gospel is the unhelpful argyria "silver coins;" but almost...
Forum: The Books 03-16-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,537
Warning: Neither Arda Reconstructed nor "Airryn"...

Warning: Neither Arda Reconstructed nor "Airryn" can be taken literally, because both operate on the false premise that the texts published in HME represent the totality of JRRT's manuscripts, and...
Forum: The Movies 03-14-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Tolkien wouldn't have worn very much in terms of...

Tolkien wouldn't have worn very much in terms of gear: far less than a ranker. His khaki wool service uniform - with necktie(!) and a peaked cap: steel helmets wouldn't be authorized for officers for...
Forum: The Movies 03-13-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Couple of points re: the second trailer Why...

Couple of points re: the second trailer

Why cast an actor who looks nothing whatsoever like Tolkien? Christ, they could at least have dyed his hair blonde.

Why cast an American as Edith? And...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-13-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,844
One thing I find very interesting about Book VI...

One thing I find very interesting about Book VI is that, up until the Field of Cormallen, the viewpoint remains with Sam as it had since Shelob. It's as if Frodo by this point is no longer...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,662
Dividing your force between two hills: not...

Dividing your force between two hills: not optimal, but if the hills aren't very big, too small to get your whole force on just one, then you have a choice: deploy them as Aragorn did, or deploy them...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,883
I agree; Imrahil was the Senior Surviving...

I agree; Imrahil was the Senior Surviving Officer, both given the elevated status of the Principality of Dol Amroth as the premier peerage of the realm, as well as his being Denethor's and Faramir's...
Forum: The Movies 03-10-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
Tolkien had been 'borrowing' from real-world...

Tolkien had been 'borrowing' from real-world languages beginning with The Hobbit and its pilfering of Dwarf-names from Voluspa. But it wasn't until he wrote Appendix F (which actually began as part...
Forum: The Books 03-09-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 661
I think villainy makes all the difference- not in...

I think villainy makes all the difference- not in the power to re-embody himself, but in whether his spirit would be admitted to Valinor where the Valar would restore his previous status.

Gandalf...
Forum: The Movies 03-09-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
Returning to Balin's tomb: actually, it fails in...

Returning to Balin's tomb: actually, it fails in a couple of respects (as T himself later acknowledged): first, the primary inscription, like the BoM, is in English, rendered in phonetic cirth (the...
Forum: The Movies 03-09-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Or to portray Father Francis as a bigoted,...

Or to portray Father Francis as a bigoted, tyrannical ogre. And probably a pedophile.
Forum: The Movies 03-08-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
Well, in terms of place names all I can think of...

Well, in terms of place names all I can think of are two from the First Age (Nogrod and Bar-en-Nibin-noeg), with neither of which the Elves were on especially good terms. I reckon the folk of Hollin...
Forum: The Movies 03-08-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
Or reproducing the Book of Mazarbul as tengwar...

Or reproducing the Book of Mazarbul as tengwar and angerthas transliterations of English.



Hadhod(rim) was the polite word, a phonetic Sindarization of Khazad. cf. Hadhodrond, "vault of the...
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 937
Not a strong lesbian trans-woman of color? ...

Not a strong lesbian trans-woman of color? Sexist homophobe pig!
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 937
When I said Glorfindel was "uniquely dangerous,"...

When I said Glorfindel was "uniquely dangerous," I didn't mean that his power was dangerous to Nazgul in particular, but rather that Glorfindel in particular was dangerous to Nazgul: High-elven...
Forum: The Movies 03-07-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
Aha! There are no fewer than FIVE maps! One of...

Aha! There are no fewer than FIVE maps! One of them is just geographic features with no names at all, and two (identical) just the names of the geographic features with no political nomenclature,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-07-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,144
Heralded by a cock crowing, welcoming the dawn. ...

Heralded by a cock crowing, welcoming the dawn. Not just Rohan; the Sun has come at last after days of opressive Darkness and despair. (And of course, to Tolkien, a symbolic reference to the...
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 937
Well, yes; but even in direct combat matchups,...

Well, yes; but even in direct combat matchups, there's a certain rock-paper-scissors dynamic, like the classic infantry-cavalry-artillery triangle. Glorfindel was uniquely dangerous to the W-K,...
Forum: The Books 03-07-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 190
When we are rankly speculating, we can invent any...

When we are rankly speculating, we can invent any excuse! :p

Maybe Folco was a blabbermouth and they couldn't trust him to keep the secret.
Forum: The Movies 03-07-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Guarantee: they will de-emphasize his intense...

Guarantee: they will de-emphasize his intense religious belief to the vanishing point.

Good odds that they'll have the TCBS all serving in the same unit on the Somme, and one will die in...
Forum: The Movies 03-07-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 15,789
The only time-frame I can think of which would...

The only time-frame I can think of which would have Numenor AND Minas Anor + Ithil would be if they are doing the Fall of N - Exile -Last Alliance. Which wouldn't actually be a bad story to tell.
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