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Forum: The Barrow-Downs 02-12-2020, 04:55 PM
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Posted By Formendacil
My hearty thanks for being thrice-remembered...

My hearty thanks for being thrice-remembered here! Once was the time I would never have missed a day (let alone a birthday!) visiting the Downs, but I have grown treeish and yesterday slipped by.
Forum: The Books 02-01-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,133
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe This is soooooo not my project, and yet I found...

This is soooooo not my project, and yet I found myself pondering it on the train last night.

I think all we need to posit is that Tolkien wasn't quite as honest as we give him credit for. What if...
Forum: The Books 01-17-2020, 11:37 AM
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Views: 1,129
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien I've spent since last night trying to find words...

I've spent since last night trying to find words for this... the best I have come up with is something I wrote to a friend on Facebook last night:

"I have... a lot of thoughts about his passing....
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-03-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 17,722
Posted By Formendacil
I am surprised to discover I never replied to...

I am surprised to discover I never replied to this thread (that surely means I replied to some similar once)--but, a decade or more on, it's certainly not too late.

I came to Tolkien by way of...
Forum: Quiz Room 05-31-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 115,432
Posted By Formendacil
We have a winner! (Specifically, I had it...

We have a winner!

(Specifically, I had it phrased in my mind as "children of Dúnedain fathers and non-Dúnedain mothers--but that's just the rose by another name).

On to Urwen.
Forum: Quiz Room 05-31-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 115,432
Posted By Formendacil
You're on the cusp of it. Specific to their...

You're on the cusp of it. Specific to their shared mixed race situations, what do they have in common?
Forum: Quiz Room 05-31-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 115,432
Posted By Formendacil
Your last formulation is closest, though I have a...

Your last formulation is closest, though I have a more specific fact in mind--i.e. Earendil would NOT share it.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-28-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,770
Posted By Formendacil
Well, things are definitely going to change--if...

Well, things are definitely going to change--if nothing else, I daresay Meneldil would bend the knee to Miriel in a way he would not have to a child Valandil. And perhaps a few decades is all...
Forum: Quiz Room 05-24-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 115,432
Posted By Formendacil
Hmmmmmm... Eldarion, Elboron, Eldacar,...

Hmmmmmm...

Eldarion, Elboron, Eldacar, Galador
Forum: Quiz Room 05-23-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 115,432
Posted By Formendacil
Owners of Bag-End who gave it away while alive...

Owners of Bag-End who gave it away while alive (i.e. rather than dying and it being inherited):

Bilbo -> Frodo (when he left after The Party)
Lobelia -> Frodo (after she was freed from Lockholes...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-23-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,770
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree There's a few wrinkles here--first of which is...

There's a few wrinkles here--first of which is Tar-Míriel's age at the time of the Downfall. It was the shadow of age falling on Pharazôn that helped Sauron motivate him toward sailing West. He and...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-27-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8,995
Views: 381,745
Posted By Formendacil
I'm picking up an Eldacar son of Romendacil vibe...

I'm picking up an Eldacar son of Romendacil vibe here... but i might just be oversensitive to all things-dacil.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-22-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,497
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril The end of the book! Even after a laboured read,...

The end of the book! Even after a laboured read, even having reread so many times as to be able to quote passages, even with five chapters of endings behind us, it still seems to end too soon!
...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-21-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,730
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf I know I've made comments to this effect before...

I know I've made comments to this effect before in other chapters... but I really can't believe this thread received so few comments! I am completely open to arguments that say this is the single...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-21-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,570
Posted By Formendacil
"Homeward Bound" is quite short--even by the...

"Homeward Bound" is quite short--even by the standards of denouement RotK (is it the shortest? I'm typing on my phone in the car, so I'm not sure). It's not quite the farewell tour of "Many...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-21-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,736
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe The emotional response begun for me in "The...

The emotional response begun for me in "The Steward and the King" continues in "Many Partings," which is a bittersweet journey backward through the lands we covered in the previous books, all the way...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-21-2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 8,995
Views: 381,745
Posted By Formendacil
Each of these are middle children (i.e. neither...

Each of these are middle children (i.e. neither the eldest nor the youngest?)
Forum: Quiz Room 03-20-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 8,995
Views: 381,745
Posted By Formendacil
I'm afraid it's purely a guess from theme, first...

I'm afraid it's purely a guess from theme, first letter, and "half-wise."
Forum: Quiz Room 03-20-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 8,995
Views: 381,745
Posted By Formendacil
Could 5. be Sam's sister, Daisy?

Could 5. be Sam's sister, Daisy?
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-19-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,236
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree Rereading the previous chapter, I was struck by...

Rereading the previous chapter, I was struck by the number of those for whom "The Field of Cormallen" was their most deeply moving chapter. And I get it, but that sentiment for me is far stronger in...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,106
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril It's fascinating to reread this thread with its...

It's fascinating to reread this thread with its high praise for this chapter and mentions of it being personal favourites--because the thing that struck me most while I was rereading "The Field of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,403
Posted By Formendacil
I think the use of the terms "leech" and...

I think the use of the terms "leech" and "leechcraft" have more to do with Tolkien evoking the ancientry of Gondor than using bloodsucking worms medicinally.

And! A little bit of quick googling...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-14-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,042
Posted By Formendacil
Appropriately enough, considering its pivotal...

Appropriately enough, considering its pivotal role, "Mount Doom" has seen more discussion in this thread about metaphysics and ethics than pretty much any other CbC thread--and scarcely any other...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-13-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,475
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye It feels a bit incongruous after rereading this...

It feels a bit incongruous after rereading this thread to go back to talking about "The Land of Shadow," so I'll ease into it by not completely agreeing with past-Formendacil. The Ring is not...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-12-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,055
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye "The Tower of Cirith Ungol" always surprises me...

"The Tower of Cirith Ungol" always surprises me when I come to it, because after the epic drama of Book V, my memory always makes Book IV out to have been a little drab by comparison. But this...
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