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Forum: The Books 02-22-2004, 12:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,813
Posted By Lost One
The idea that Dale and Erebor in any substantial...

The idea that Dale and Erebor in any substantial way protected Rivendell always seemed odd to me. If you look at the map, it makes no sense at all: an attacking army from practically any direction...
Forum: The Books 02-17-2004, 06:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,484
Posted By Lost One
The idea that Gandalf was the only member of the...

The idea that Gandalf was the only member of the Istari faithful to his trust was an idea Tolkien developed some time after writing LOTR, as part of his tendency to play up a fiew major figures -...
Forum: The Books 01-24-2004, 06:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,543
Posted By Lost One
Sting I think the nearest Tolkien gave to an answer are...

I think the nearest Tolkien gave to an answer are Aragorn's last words: 'Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. Farewell!'. This was cold...
Forum: The Books 01-24-2004, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,320
Posted By Lost One
Sting I think there is a need to separate the Doom of...

I think there is a need to separate the Doom of Mandos from the general problems of Middle-earth caused by the presence of Morgoth. The Sindar, Nandor, and even Avari back across the mountains could...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 01-23-2004, 05:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,699
Posted By Lost One
Sting Back in the First Age the non-flying Glaurung...

Back in the First Age the non-flying Glaurung demolished Nargothrond, by anyone's reckoning a harder job than Rivendell or Lorien. True, it was as part of an assault by Morgoth, but he was the...
Forum: The Books 01-20-2004, 04:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,806
Posted By Lost One
Sting Kaiserin - I'm not aware of any source for...

Kaiserin - I'm not aware of any source for Celeborn being Noldor and part Vanyar, as you suggest. He's Sindarin in LOTR and most writings, and Teleri in a late development, but always a relation of...
Forum: The Books 01-19-2004, 05:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,921
Posted By Lost One
Sting I don't think it necessarily follows at all that...

I don't think it necessarily follows at all that the lieutenant of Barad-dur (as fortress/palace) was the second in command for Mordor the state (he is nowhere called the lieutenant of Mordor, and...
Forum: The Books 01-19-2004, 04:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,806
Posted By Lost One
Sting I don't think most Sindar are necessarily...

I don't think most Sindar are necessarily fair-haired. However, Thranduil and Logolas are conected in some way to the leading family of the Sindar/Teleri who do appear to be fair - silver-haired, if...
Forum: The Books 01-18-2004, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,210
Posted By Lost One
Sting In LOTR there is talk in the Green Dragon of...

In LOTR there is talk in the Green Dragon of 'giants' seen walking on the borders of the Shire.
Forum: The Books 01-15-2004, 05:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,028
Posted By Lost One
Sting I think people tend to overlook the fact that...

I think people tend to overlook the fact that hobbit society is pretty stratified, and a small group of leading families dominate the scene: these are essentially the families related to Bilbo as...
Forum: The Books 01-12-2004, 04:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,999
Posted By Lost One
Sting I think that, in the Letters at least (sorry, I...

I think that, in the Letters at least (sorry, I don't have them to hand to quote), Tolkien is quite explicit that the choice is Frodo's. Exercising free will was a crucial thing for him. And if...
Forum: The Books 01-12-2004, 04:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,753
Posted By Lost One
Sting The problem with Gandalf somehow distracting...

The problem with Gandalf somehow distracting Saruman from Narya is that he was trapped in Saruman's place of power and, by his own explicit admission in recounting his tale at Rivendell, was...
Forum: The Books 01-12-2004, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,122
Posted By Lost One
Sting I find it interesting that Yavanna is said to...

I find it interesting that Yavanna is said to have sent spirits among the kelvar and olvar, i.e. to inhabit animals as well was plants, which suggest (or even downright states) that is isn't just the...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2004, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,549
Posted By Lost One
Sting I think Tolkien was here nodding at the many...

I think Tolkien was here nodding at the many folkloric stories of the 'fairy-wife': other-worldly ancestresses who one day vanish from their husband and children. The Angevin/Plantagenet dynasty...
Forum: The Movies 01-09-2004, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,233
Posted By Lost One
Sting He is on record as saying he had 12 scenes...

He is on record as saying he had 12 scenes missing from the theatrical version, so there is plenty of potential for the EE. I have been trying to think what they might be: Theoden, of course, and...
Forum: The Books 01-09-2004, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,309
Posted By Lost One
Sting Someone asked about where Gildor lived, and...

Someone asked about where Gildor lived, and speculated it was in Rivendell. I had always assumed he was an inhabitant of Lindon, and the wandering Companies were just straying back over the...
Forum: The Books 01-09-2004, 05:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,753
Posted By Lost One
Sting The accounts in 'Unfinished Tales' and LOTR are...

The accounts in 'Unfinished Tales' and LOTR are manifestly incompatible and there is nothing to be gained by far-fetched attempts to reconcile them. Saruman did not know Gandalf had the Red Ring in...
Forum: The Movies 01-05-2004, 04:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,333
Posted By Lost One
Sting Meela - Cirdan was there. If you look carefully...

Meela - Cirdan was there. If you look carefully in the last scene, there is a red-robed, bearded elf behind Elrond, Galadriel and Celeborn. I missed him first time, but a poster on this board...
Forum: The Movies 01-04-2004, 10:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,447
Posted By Lost One
Sting There are a couple of one-line Gondorians in ROTK...

There are a couple of one-line Gondorians in ROTK who might turn out to be Imrahil or Beregond in the EE, so there is still hope.
Forum: The Movies 01-03-2004, 05:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,333
Posted By Lost One
Sting Most missed absentees

By which I don't really mean missing favorite characters (there are plenty of 'I love Glorfindel' threads), so much as ones whose absence had an additional resonance. My candidates are the...
Forum: The Books 01-03-2004, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,699
Posted By Lost One
Sting Suicide in Middle-earth

I was reading about medieval suicide over Christmas (I like to get into the festive mood), and, of course, saw ROTK, which started me thinking about suicide in Tolkien. The first port of call is,...
Forum: The Books 01-02-2004, 06:15 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,747
Posted By Lost One
Sting In the same section of the Silmarillion, 'Of Aule...

In the same section of the Silmarillion, 'Of Aule and Yavanna', once the ents are accounted for, Yavanna and Manwe remember in the Song their thoughts 'taking wing like birds together'. Manwe says...
Forum: The Books 01-01-2004, 06:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,747
Posted By Lost One
Sting Dwarves and ents are rational peoples, but not...

Dwarves and ents are rational peoples, but not Children or Ainur: why should there not be a race of sentient eagles on the same basis?
Forum: The Books 01-01-2004, 06:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,321
Posted By Lost One
Sting This may be completely wrong (for which I...

This may be completely wrong (for which I apologise in advance), but wasn't the story of Dior and the Ruin of Doriath one of the parts of the legendarium that Tolkien had barely revisited? and thus...
Forum: The Books 01-01-2004, 06:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,117
Posted By Lost One
Sting The problem with the Fourth Age, which Tolkien...

The problem with the Fourth Age, which Tolkien may have found dispiriting when he began to think about another story, is that it's downhill all the way. Aragorn's reign is a sort of pinnacle when...
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