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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 12:20 PM
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This was so; in unpublished writing Tolkien said...

This was so; in unpublished writing Tolkien said that Ugluk was captain of Saruman's scouts and you get the impression that his company were sort of Isengard's Force Recon. Grishnakh had a similar...
Forum: The Books Yesterday, 11:30 AM
Replies: 19
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That would apply in "garrison" and peacetime...

That would apply in "garrison" and peacetime operations, perhaps even on the march. But the 'cohesion" BD is talking about is how a unit, or individual orc, responds to the shock of battle- the...
Forum: The Books 11-20-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 19
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But in that case you don't send your exploitation...

But in that case you don't send your exploitation reserve to the end of the logistical tether; you keep them near a supply base. It would make perfect sense for the W-K to keep his battle-reserve at...
Forum: The Books 11-20-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
In Deveraux's defense, it must be said that he is...

In Deveraux's defense, it must be said that he is explicitly criticizing the movies, with sidebars about the book (and how much more plausible Tolkien's version was).
Forum: The Books 11-17-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
The Lost Tales era really envisioned an "end...

The Lost Tales era really envisioned an "end time" which had already occurred, and Aelwine/Eriol was to have witnessed it.
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Oh my gosh: this cut is SO MUCH better! The...

Oh my gosh: this cut is SO MUCH better! The focus is on Bilbo and on the quest, it has drive and continuity, most of the bloat and tedium is gone, along with much of the silliness (although I wish...
Forum: The Books 11-13-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
Truth in television: Tolkien, as a communications...

Truth in television: Tolkien, as a communications officer in combat, knew very well about the 'fog of war' and the fact that participants don't know anything about what's going on beyond what they...
Forum: The Books 11-12-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
There really are only two "editions:" the...

There really are only two "editions:" the original, and more recent printings with a much better index. The actual letters are the same.

Although a new, expanded edition was proposed, including...
Forum: The Books 11-12-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
That opens a whole 'nuther can o' worms, because...

That opens a whole 'nuther can o' worms, because while the One Ruled the Nine, the Nine were by this time in Sauron's personal possession, and so he had direct and primary control over the wills of...
Forum: The Books 11-10-2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
More from Devereaux- this time analyzing...

More from Devereaux- this time analyzing (scathingly) the movies' Helm's Deep campaign and battle (short version- if movie-Theoden had "fought many wars," he sure didn't learn a single thing from any...
Forum: The Books 11-10-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Tolkien didn't hate the Arthurian matter; he...

Tolkien didn't hate the Arthurian matter; he regarded it as unsuitable as a "mythology for England" because it a) isn't English (in fact the English are the bad guys) and 2) explicitly involves...
Forum: The Books 11-10-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
It's an interesting idea- except Tolkien hated...

It's an interesting idea- except Tolkien hated everything French.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 11-08-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
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He liked his superlatives so much he gave us two...

He liked his superlatives so much he gave us two Eldests!
Forum: The Books 11-08-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Well, Tolkien also says (in Letters IIRC) that...

Well, Tolkien also says (in Letters IIRC) that one of the One Ring's powers was that of Command: an Aragorn wielding the One could not only have forced Rohan and Gondor to do his bidding, but...
Forum: The Books 11-08-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 578
Well, as CT commented with regard to a possible...

Well, as CT commented with regard to a possible link between the athel- in athelas and Anglo-Saxon ęšele "noble, royal" - it wouldn't have still been an Anglo-Saxon word by the time he was done with...
Forum: The Books 10-31-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
O orcs using sandworms from Arrakis. ...

O orcs using sandworms from Arrakis.

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What Sam actually said- replaced, thanks to PB's insufferable ego, by Hallmark-card glurge - was
Forum: The Books 10-31-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 578
People have constantly come up with this sort of...

People have constantly come up with this sort of nonsense, based on nothing more than sound coincidence; for example "Gondor is based on Gondar in Ethiopia." Um, no. (Especially if one is aware that...
Forum: The Books 10-30-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
We have at least one clue:the Nazgul were first...

We have at least one clue:the Nazgul were first sighted around SA 2250, or roughly 550 years after the First War. Now, I have no idea how long it took a Great King of Men to become a wraith, but it...
Forum: The Books 10-30-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
I agree, but would add that the Nine were not yet...

I agree, but would add that the Nine were not yet Ringwraiths at the time of the First War of the Rings; they hadn't yet been en-wraithened by long possession. But they were "kings, warriors and...
Forum: The Books 10-26-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,316
Found it! Finally. Treason of Isengard, 71: the...

Found it! Finally. Treason of Isengard, 71: the "New Plot" of August 1940. Tolkien first wrote that Riders D and E "attack the inn but fail," but struck it out and replaced it with "get Bill Ferny...
Forum: The Movies 10-22-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
From the very intro to the first movie: "And nine...

From the very intro to the first movie: "And nine rings were gifted to Men, who above all else desire power."

BZZZZZT!!!!! Wrong!

Have they read nothing of what Tolkien himself said? Over and...
Forum: The Movies 10-21-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
They could, without too much restructuring, have...

They could, without too much restructuring, have made the Swan-knights a visual presence in Minas Tirith, distinctive in their armor (something like, maybe, Gothic plate), with a recognizable leader...
Forum: The Books 10-21-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 934
Merry was always the level-headed, practical one....

Merry was always the level-headed, practical one. He was the organizer of the 'conspiracy', he found the house at Crickhollow, he had the sense to come look for Frodo when he was overdue, he made...
Forum: The Books 10-15-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 492
It's also the case that Tolkien said (can't find...

It's also the case that Tolkien said (can't find the source at the moment) that a significant factor in Arnor's later weakness was that it was stunted in childhood, by the massacre of most of its...
Forum: The Books 10-14-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 492
I rather think that Sauron was desperately trying...

I rather think that Sauron was desperately trying to regroup after his surprise dis-embodiment in Numenor, and scraping up enough troops just to deal with Gondor. And the notion of offensive ops...
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