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Forum: The Books 05-01-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,256
He did reply twice in this topic, but that's the...

He did reply twice in this topic, but that's the only example I could find:

http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?t=16609


The constant reposting is bizarre. Perhaps the answers are...
Forum: The Books 04-13-2017, 06:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,991
I realise that this comment was made 10 years...

I realise that this comment was made 10 years ago, but I often see the Hobbits' use of umbrellas mentioned as some kind of unwarranted intrusion from the "modern world". However, collapsible...
Forum: The Books 04-13-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,569
It was during what Christopher Tolkien calls the...

It was during what Christopher Tolkien calls the "Fourth Stage of Writing" that the idea of Aragorn first appeared, although JRR Tolkien had been puzzling over Strider's (AKA Trotter's) real identity...
Forum: The Movies 01-17-2017, 04:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,119
I would have thought that the Appendices were...

I would have thought that the Appendices were fair game, since they ARE part of "The Lord Of The Rings". I am unaware of any copyright law that says that only certain parts of a book are adaptable. ...
Forum: The Books 11-21-2016, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,103
The writing is brilliant. I think what put...

The writing is brilliant. I think what put Tolkien off continuing the story was that it would have implied that the mere IDEA of Sauron was potent, even though the actual Sauron no longer had a...
Forum: The Books 06-07-2016, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,275
Arthur C. Clarke and C.S. Lewis corresponded ...

Arthur C. Clarke and C.S. Lewis corresponded between 1943 and 1954 (some of the letters have been published: http://www.amazon.com/Narnia-Space-Odyssey-Between-Arthur/dp/0743475186).

Clarke met...
Forum: The Books 01-25-2016, 07:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 17,950
If you play the Tolkien tape of The Ring Verse...

If you play the Tolkien tape of The Ring Verse backwards you can clearly hear him saying "Nazgul Nine ... Nazgul Nine ... Nazgul Nine..."
Forum: The Books 01-22-2016, 03:59 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 17,950
I have read Ms Seth's earlier book, as well as...

I have read Ms Seth's earlier book, as well as her latest writing on Tom Bombadil.

In the book, she spends several chapters trying to puzzle out whether the Balrog had wings, as if this was a...
Forum: The Books 10-09-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,948
Try these quotes for size: Gandalf says,...

Try these quotes for size:

Gandalf says, "The ring wants to be found. It wants to return to its Master," and also "The Ring was trying to get back to its Master. It had slipped from Isildur's hand...
Forum: The Books 06-22-2015, 03:17 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 21,859
I would say that the Rings were never intended...

I would say that the Rings were never intended for mortals. They were originally made to corrupt the Elves, and the life-stretching was probably tied to the Elves’ desire to preserve things. One has...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-21-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,185
Yes, thank you for bringing this forum back! I...

Yes, thank you for bringing this forum back! I didn't know it was back until I tried it just now. I wasn’t aware there was a Facebook page ( and I googled extensively with no joy, but anyway - yay!)
Forum: The Books 01-02-2015, 11:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,786
A good question. I suppose it is because no one...

A good question. I suppose it is because no one is incapable of being defeated. Sauron himself is defeated, while carrying the Ring.

It seems that Bombadil is immune to the effects of the...
Forum: The Books 09-04-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,886
Saruman (also a Maia) was tempted by the Ring too...

Saruman (also a Maia) was tempted by the Ring too ... and he never even got near it!

So let's dismiss the idea that a Maia wouldn't be influenced/tempted.
Forum: The Books 09-03-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,305
Interesting thoughts, denethorthefirst. There...

Interesting thoughts, denethorthefirst. There certainly seems to be a wide range of opinion as to when the Rammas was built. The earliest date, as you point out, would have been after the fall of...
Forum: The Books 10-03-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,906
I definitely class Gollum's death as one of those...

I definitely class Gollum's death as one of those events that are both foreshadowed (by the author) and also foretold (by a character). In this case it's also a curse, as Zigûr describes. I also...
Forum: The Movies 05-20-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,662
Zaentz has owned the movie rights since c. 1976 -...

Zaentz has owned the movie rights since c. 1976 - and certainly sued various people long before PJ's films were a twinkle in PJ's eye.
Forum: The Books 10-30-2012, 05:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,217
Sauron actually managed it TWICE while the Ring...

Sauron actually managed it TWICE while the Ring existed. His physical body was killed twice:

Once in the destruction of Númenor (SA 3319).

And then again 22 years later (SA 3341) when he was...
Forum: The Books 05-08-2011, 02:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,461
I think it says more about the immense popularity...

I think it says more about the immense popularity of "The Lord of the Rings" than anything else.

I notice that one of the other books on the list is "The Da Vinci Code", which is nothing but a...
Forum: The Movies 02-09-2011, 04:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,508
Yes, it's a bit hard to make a film when the...

Yes, it's a bit hard to make a film when the director is in hospital.
Forum: The Books 02-04-2011, 03:42 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 18,710
Anyone in the UK can. It's a bit harder if you...

Anyone in the UK can. It's a bit harder if you live anywhere else in the world...
Forum: The Movies 01-30-2011, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,749
Yes, New Zealand gets to nominate its own...

Yes, New Zealand gets to nominate its own citizens as knights since they are still part of the British Honours System. Who else are they going to nominate apart from Peter Jackson? Russell Crowe? ...
Forum: The Books 01-25-2011, 04:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,655
Aragorn and Beowulf make for a good comparison. ...

Aragorn and Beowulf make for a good comparison.

You could do worse than to read this:

http://we-are-not-long-here.blogspot.com/2010/12/in-which-i-post-another-essay.html
Forum: The Books 01-24-2011, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,825
Seriously, Mein Kampf had close to zero impact on...

Seriously, Mein Kampf had close to zero impact on history. Hitler the man had huge impact, but his book is a joke that would bore the pants off the most dedicated Nazi. Sure, The Communist...
Forum: The Movies 01-20-2011, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,993
I think one of the false assumptions many people...

I think one of the false assumptions many people make is somehow assuming that flight by Eagle would be more or less instantaneous. It's a bird, not a jet aircraft! It has to stop, eat, rest. So...
Forum: The Books 01-03-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,806
Four things: 1. Frodo didn't have Gandalf...

Four things:

1. Frodo didn't have Gandalf standing next to him at the Cracks of Doom!

2. Frodo was supposed to destroy the Ring, not just give it away. If Bilbo had been asked to destroy the...
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