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Forum: The Books 10-18-2017, 08:07 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
Is there any evidence that they weren't? By...

Is there any evidence that they weren't? By somebody, if not the Dśnedain? I don't think the text says anything either way, unless I'm forgetting something.

If Arda is Earth, then presumably they...
Forum: The Movies 10-15-2017, 05:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 129
Posted By Zigūr
I think this is likely as well. The Hobbit and...

I think this is likely as well. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were already famous texts before the films. Putting aside the fact that they would have to almost completely invent the plot from...
Forum: The Movies 10-13-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 71
Posted By Zigūr
Surely it would have made more sense to have not...

Surely it would have made more sense to have not included the Dead at all, and simply to have had Aragorn arrive with boatloads of reinforcements. Not as much of a spectacle, but it wouldn't induce a...
Forum: The Books 10-11-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 281
Posted By Zigūr
It might also be worth pointing out that it's...

It might also be worth pointing out that it's unclear which "Void" Morgoth was cast into at the end of the First Age.

Professor Tolkien doesn't actually resolve this dichotomy within the text.
...
Forum: The Books 10-06-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 281
Posted By Zigūr
As usual, we can find interesting information, if...

As usual, we can find interesting information, if not answers, in "Myths Transformed". In part (iii) of 'Notes on motives in the Silmarillion', Professor Tolkien defines the Void as "a conception of...
Forum: The Books 10-02-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By Zigūr
I think something like the second scenario seems...

I think something like the second scenario seems fitting. While I imagine Sauron would not have even admitted the existence of the Valar to his minions unless he had to, I can see him constantly...
Forum: The Books 10-02-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By Zigūr
This topic was discussed here: ...

This topic was discussed here:
http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?t=18770
My opinion is that Sauron's realm would have eventually torn itself apart through internal strife and civil war. A...
Forum: The Books 09-27-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By Zigūr
Yes, and this is consistent with the rest of...

Yes, and this is consistent with the rest of Butterbur's quote:
"the Rangers have all gone away, folk tell me. I don't think we've rightly understood till now what they did for us. For there's been...
Forum: The Books 09-27-2017, 01:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By Zigūr
Dunland, it would seem. Butterbur observes that...

Dunland, it would seem. Butterbur observes that "newcomers and gangrels [...] began coming up the Greenway last year". However, those among them who were "bad men, full o' thievery and mischief" were...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By Zigūr
I could be wrong, but I don't think there's...

I could be wrong, but I don't think there's anything about judgement in the Halls of Mandos. In any event, I don't think it was the role of the Valar to judge them.

It's worth remembering that...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By Zigūr
It doesn't really answer the question, but the...

It doesn't really answer the question, but the essay 'Aman', published in Morgoth's Ring, discusses the idea that, because of the different way time is perceived in the Blessed Realm, a Man's entire...
Forum: The Books 09-13-2017, 06:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By Zigūr
The implication I take from this is that the...

The implication I take from this is that the spiritual or moral side of the kingship would wither away, and that perhaps even Eldarion may have been more an administrator than anything.

I don't...
Forum: The Books 08-15-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,955
Posted By Zigūr
I have something in the spirit of recent thread...

I have something in the spirit of recent thread revivals. In the thread Sauron's Great Miscalculation (http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?t=19065) there was some discussion of Sauron's Orc...
Forum: The Books 08-14-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,781
Posted By Zigūr
Yep. I think virtually everything we know about...

Yep. I think virtually everything we know about the Variags is:
1. They lived in Khand.
2. They were Men.
3. They were allies of the Wainriders, and that's assuming the "Men of Khand" of the...
Forum: The Books 08-14-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,781
Posted By Zigūr
That's a good find. I suppose that adds more fuel...

That's a good find. I suppose that adds more fuel to the fire about what implications, if any, the choice of the word "Variag" has.

Nonetheless it doesn't explain the recurring linking of the...
Forum: The Books 08-14-2017, 02:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,781
Posted By Zigūr
If you'll permit me to raise a point here...

If you'll permit me to raise a point here Morthoron, there's no evidence I can see that the Variags of Khand fought with axes. Of the scant times they or their land is mentioned, axes are never...
Forum: The Movies 07-04-2017, 01:04 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,176
Posted By Zigūr
As an Australian I was familiar with David Wenham...

As an Australian I was familiar with David Wenham prior to his appearance as Faramir because he was the first love interest in a soapy TV show called SeaChange.

I think the only cast members I was...
Forum: The Books 06-30-2017, 02:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
Yes, I suppose the "king and god" aspect covers...

Yes, I suppose the "king and god" aspect covers that. Sauron wanted both temporal power and divine worship, so it would make sense for him to clearly occupy the simultaneous positions of deity and...
Forum: The Books 06-29-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
Perhaps a 'god works in mysterious ways'...

Perhaps a 'god works in mysterious ways' explanation?

Did they even know that their 'god' was personally directing their campaign against Gondor?

One thing I think this raises is the issue of...
Forum: The Books 06-29-2017, 06:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
He almost certainly had; the reserves thrown into...

He almost certainly had; the reserves thrown into the fray by Gothmog of Morgul are said to have been mustered "for the sack of the City and the rape of Gondor".

Perhaps they were acclimatised to...
Forum: The Movies 06-15-2017, 02:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,176
Posted By Zigūr
Yes, for me a lot of the "spirit" is found in...

Yes, for me a lot of the "spirit" is found in Professor Tolkien's particular use of language, which for me at least is rather "music to my ears", and the dignity and high seriousness of much of the...
Forum: The Books 06-08-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
I can't believe I overlooked that. I was going to...

I can't believe I overlooked that. I was going to include Mirkwood, but then I thought "Wait, Legolas was there." How could I have forgotten Gimli?

Certainly the Ring wasn't guaranteed to control...
Forum: The Books 06-08-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
I suspect that the impression the Captains of the...

I suspect that the impression the Captains of the West gained, that the Mouth of Sauron would "gather all that remained of the West under his sway", suggests that, in actual fact, everything between...
Forum: The Books 06-07-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
I suspect that without the One there was a much...

I suspect that without the One there was a much higher possibility of resistance being maintained despite his victory, even as desperate and isolated pockets. With the One in his possession he would,...
Forum: The Books 06-05-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,909
Posted By Zigūr
Both addressing Orcs and getting back to the...

Both addressing Orcs and getting back to the topic

That's a good point. The main instance which comes to mind of successful assaults by heavier soldier-Orcs is that recorded in Appendix A:

The...
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