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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 06:37 AM
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1) If we really want to be picky, Tolkien was...

1) If we really want to be picky, Tolkien was never "South African", because the Union of South Africa wasn't created until 18 years after his birth. He was born in the Orange Free State, which was...
Forum: The Books 05-24-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
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The wonderful term I've heard for the movement -...

The wonderful term I've heard for the movement - which goes far beyond academia, although it originated there - is disintegrationism. Basically weaponized Adorno.

Not that Prof. Gibberish linked...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-20-2020, 07:59 AM
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It's worth pointing out that even in the QS...

It's worth pointing out that even in the QS proper, and the Annals, the post-LR material tends toward a closer focus with more dialogue and psychology, as in the Finwe/Miriel story; or in the...
Forum: The Books 05-20-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,691
Given the Neldoreth simply means "Beechwood," it...

Given the Neldoreth simply means "Beechwood," it could easily have been used twice at different times by different populations without reference to one another. Vide the very common placenames...
Forum: The Books 05-18-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
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HME XII 391. However, these "Late Writings" also...

HME XII 391. However, these "Late Writings" also mention, in slightly greater detail, the sojourn of the Peoples of Beor and Marach (Hador) on the shores of the Sea of Rhun during their much later...
Forum: The Books 05-14-2020, 09:51 AM
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Is it just me, or does it look like somebody...

Is it just me, or does it look like somebody (Tolkien himself?) has gone through and reinforced some but not all of the original blurred pencil with bolder, black pencil?
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-02-2020, 04:11 PM
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The Faithful assassinating people in their beds...

The Faithful assassinating people in their beds feels way more Martiny than Tolkienish.
Forum: The Books 04-29-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
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Mind you, given the length of a Numenoran royal...

Mind you, given the length of a Numenoran royal generation, the comparable span of RL generations would only cover ~half as many years. And the Jacobites are still pushing Franz von Bayern well over...
Forum: The Books 04-28-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
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In RL, can anyone think of a populated region in...

In RL, can anyone think of a populated region in Europe that ever enjoyed four-plus centuries of uninterrupted peace?
Forum: The Books 04-26-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
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As Benjamin Franklin said, "Don't believe...

As Benjamin Franklin said, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."

Going back to the source (Appendix A & B) we have

2000 Nazgul besiege M Ithil
2002 City falls
2050 Earnur rides...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-24-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 59
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Well, I was about 9 or 10, and read a lot (we...

Well, I was about 9 or 10, and read a lot (we didn't have TV). So I was a regular at our little post library, which had some wonderful books thanks to the way the Army had stocked them in the late...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-23-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
One certainly gets the impression from the...

One certainly gets the impression from the Turinssaga that the Men of Hithlum all died in the Nirnaeth, and their women, children and elderly all became thralls of the Easterlings, save some few...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-23-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 23
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hS- there is however the sentence "Bright...

hS- there is however the sentence "Bright Earendil was then lord of the people that dwelt nigh to Sirion's mouths:" which as a practical matter meant all the surviving west-Elves of Middle-earth...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-23-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
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Okay, yes. That certainly raises a material...

Okay, yes. That certainly raises a material point- in Valinor, a race of immortals would have had no need for any concept of succession, save as a sort of hangover from the Great Journey and before....
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-22-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 23
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Okay, Noldorin High-kingship. Originally of...

Okay, Noldorin High-kingship.

Originally of course Finwe. With the rebellion this became Feanor/Fingolfin as rivals in Beleriand, Finarfin in Valinor. Feanor dies and Maedhros resigns his claim....
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-21-2020, 01:41 PM
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There certainly is historical precedent for...

There certainly is historical precedent for semi-Salic succession, i.e. that a claim could pass through a female, but the female herself could not claim it.

Of course, one could also view Noldorin...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-21-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 673
True enough; but I think T really wanted G-G to...

True enough; but I think T really wanted G-G to be a Finarfinian, more "noble" than the headstrong Finfolfinian house, and more closely connected to his favorite Elves Galadriel and Finrod.
...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-20-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
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There's also the "Middle-earth is really Morocco"...

There's also the "Middle-earth is really Morocco" one.
Forum: The Books 04-09-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 8
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Then again, Bombadil could simply be a nonsense...

Then again, Bombadil could simply be a nonsense name, coined not by Tolkien but by little Michael, the original doll's owner.
Forum: The Books 04-07-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
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With the caveat that the BoLT was very early and...

With the caveat that the BoLT was very early and in a LOT of areas superseded. In particular, its Valar owe a lot more to RW pagan pantheons, including the bloodthirsty war-Valar Makar and Measse;...
Forum: The Books 04-06-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Add to this that both in old sources (e.g. the...

Add to this that both in old sources (e.g. the Heidrikssaga) and in Morris' House of the Wolfings "Mirkwood" represented the doubtful and treacherous border region between the Goths and the orc-like...
Forum: The Books 04-05-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,636
Strength and speed. Men have greater muscle...

Strength and speed. Men have greater muscle density and mass both, have longer legs proportionally and have pelvises better adapted to running, jumping and kicking. If we extend the discussion to...
Forum: The Books 04-05-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,636
Well said. Kim's paper is nothing more or less...

Well said. Kim's paper is nothing more or less than race-based trolling: factually incorrect and intellectually dishonest.
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,636
That, at least, is an easy one: when it comes to...

That, at least, is an easy one: when it comes to competitive athletics, certainly soccer and the like, men are better at them. Fact of biology, and Nature doesn't care that it's not fair. They...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
To call the W-K a dwimmerlaik was also an insult,...

To call the W-K a dwimmerlaik was also an insult, since it implies that he was nothing more than a phantasm, an illusion, a false creation of Sauron's (like the mock-Eilenel that ensnared Gorlim)...
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