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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 07:51 AM
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To which I would simply respond: it's Tolkien's...

To which I would simply respond: it's Tolkien's universe, not ours. One which includes neither Shai-hulud from Dune, Nazgul tombs, dying Arwens nor isolated Orc societies on Tol Fuin.
Forum: The Books 12-12-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 72
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Let's not engage in the attempted retconning of a...

Let's not engage in the attempted retconning of a mid-20th century book by a very conservative old Edwardian. Tolkien's writing was androcentric, unless there was an especially good reason to make a...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
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Another thought, on the parley at the Black Gate:...

Another thought, on the parley at the Black Gate: If Sauron had recovered the Ring, Gandalf as Narya's keeper almost certainly would have been aware of it, just as Celebrimbor et al had been when it...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 332
The same unpublished time-scheme referenced above...

The same unpublished time-scheme referenced above also has this entry, for March 15:



So there were three separate messages: one announcing the capture, a second announcing the escape, and the...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
"Estel's" identity wasn't that much of a secret;...

"Estel's" identity wasn't that much of a secret; at best it was classified Confidential since it was known to all of Elrond's household, all the Dunedain, Gandalf, Galadriel, Celeborn, Haldir and...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 07:38 PM
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Fortunately for the good guys, there was only one...

Fortunately for the good guys, there was only one survivor of the mutual slaughter at Cirith Ungol- Shagrat, who took the confiscated items to Barad-dur and was promptly executed for his trouble...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 07:30 PM
Replies: 29
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There's also the case that Shippey brings up:...

There's also the case that Shippey brings up: while Shagrat and Gorbag react with apparent scorn at the "great Elvish warrior" leaving Frodo lying there- a "regular Elvish trick"- not long afterwards...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,407
The closest thing the European Middle Ages had to...

The closest thing the European Middle Ages had to "specialized shock troops" were the armored knights, especially in the 11th-12th centuries when there was very little that could oppose their charge...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Game of Thrones (and the Martin books) are much...

Game of Thrones (and the Martin books) are much better than that. Tolkien they're not, but then Martin didn't set out to write a Tolkien-esque world anyway. It's much more about sh!tty human...
Forum: The Movies 12-04-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Quite right, my bad. Loewe however was a...

Quite right, my bad. Loewe however was a brilliant composer, especially in stylistic pastiche to fit the setting.
Forum: The Movies 11-30-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
That only works if Elrond lied to Aragorn and...

That only works if Elrond lied to Aragorn and everyone else about his parentage, and saddled him with the undeserved taint of bastardy ("Yeah, I knocked up some tavern trollop in Bree."). Oh, and...
Forum: The Movies 11-28-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
The key thing about the "Jon Snow moment" is that...

The key thing about the "Jon Snow moment" is that it's sort of a Turin/Oedipus/Kullervo moment. You see, Jon's alleged father and everyone else has been lying, or duped, about his parentage since...
Forum: The Movies 11-26-2017, 06:26 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
What I still can't get my head around is the...

What I still can't get my head around is the Tolkien family (less Christopher) selling out like this, letting their birthright be turned to crap for a mess of 200 million pottages. Certainly Adam's...
Forum: The Movies 11-19-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Except that the TV rights were not sold 48 years...

Except that the TV rights were not sold 48 years ago: they were sold in 2017.
Forum: The Movies 11-19-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Actions like that are an unfortunate necessity...

Actions like that are an unfortunate necessity under current IP law: if the owner of a trademark doesn't act to protect it in cases like this, then the courts can find that the TM has been...
Forum: The Movies 11-18-2017, 11:28 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Good for JRD. He's always told it like he sees...

Good for JRD. He's always told it like he sees it.
Forum: The Movies 11-18-2017, 04:29 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
Hey, I wonj't be disappointed at all, since I...

Hey, I wonj't be disappointed at all, since I fully expect Young Aragorn: Lord of the Game of Ring Thrones to be utter crap.
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2017, 03:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 414
The difference is, the Lynch-DiLaurentis Dune was...

The difference is, the Lynch-DiLaurentis Dune was a commercial flop, indeed a box office disaster, whereas PJ's Rings flicks are some of the biggest moneymakers in history. That makes a big, big...
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
I wouldn't hold my breath for Silmarillion...

I wouldn't hold my breath for Silmarillion anything, because in that case CT isn't just his father's executor, he's also the co-author and therefore enjoys an absolute veto no matter what the...
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
It is, in fact, the Estate- probably not...

It is, in fact, the Estate- probably not unconnected with Christopher Tolkien's resignation as President at the beginning of August. The original JRRT-United Artists contract explicitly reserved the...
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,882
CT, as a political animal, is most definitely not...

CT, as a political animal, is most definitely not his father. Just take a gander at the causes the Tolkien Trust supports.

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I would say, rather, that (especially in the wake...
Forum: The Movies 10-29-2017, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 414
Oh, wunnerful. "Tolkien" movies comprising...

Oh, wunnerful. "Tolkien" movies comprising entirely third-rate fanfic.

Anyone who thinks Shadow of Mordor has any connection to Tolkien whatsoever beyond some nomenclature licensed from the Tower...
Forum: The Books 09-18-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
I don't think in Elessar's time, or even...

I don't think in Elessar's time, or even Eldarion's, the Dual Kingdom would have either the capacity or the intention to expand beyond what it's borders had been at the time of Sauron's return, a...
Forum: The Movies 09-14-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Movie Analogy: A Photo Essay

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Forum: The Books 09-13-2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
I suspect the Reunited Kingdom would have gone...

I suspect the Reunited Kingdom would have gone ahead and reasserted its ancient nominal claim to everything west of the Mountains, except Rivendell and Lindon, and Rohan by ancient treaty - easy...
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