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Forum: The Books 06-25-2006, 12:59 PM
Replies: 43
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Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Witch-king vs. Galadriel (and Gandalf)

I think a hint as to what would have happened in a duel between the Witch-king and Galadriel can be found in the the following passage. If I remember correctly, two of the Nazgul, including Khamul,...
Forum: The Books 06-10-2006, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,152
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Boromir, I still think it's more likely than not...

Boromir, I still think it's more likely than not that Círdan didn't use Narya, but you've convinced me it's possible that he might have.

I guess it's one of those things we'll never really be...
Forum: The Books 06-04-2006, 04:29 PM
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Views: 2,152
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
A few thoughts...

Aristotle's elements vs. Tolkien's elements

Tolkien tends to follow the Aristotelian concept of "elements" but with one difference: "fire" and "earth" are combined into one.

Examples are that...
Forum: The Books 06-03-2006, 10:40 PM
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Views: 2,152
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Cirdan and Narya

In Unfinished Tales, there is a slightly different version of Cirdán giving Narya to Gandalf. Cirdán says "It was entrusted to me only to keep secret, and here upon the West-shores it is idle..." So...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 12-11-2005, 09:42 PM
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Posted By Angry Hill Troll
To me one of the more interesting points of this...

To me one of the more interesting points of this Appendix, when I first read it many years ago about the same time the Silmarillion was first published, was that (correct me if I'm wrong about this)...
Forum: The Books 12-03-2005, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,564
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I think what may have led to the confusion is...

I think what may have led to the confusion is that in English terms such as "to depart", "to pass away", "to pass" are often used as euphemisms (polite synonyms) for "to die". Perhaps the...
Forum: The Books 11-18-2005, 12:56 AM
Replies: 262
Poll: Is Eru God?
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Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I voted yes. I'm a little bit surprised that...

I voted yes.

I'm a little bit surprised that nobody had yet posted this quote, which I've seen posted on many websites with essays on Tolkien and christianity:

It's getting a little bit late...
Forum: The Books 10-24-2005, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,069
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
thanks for the comments, Thinlómien I was...

thanks for the comments, Thinlómien

I was trying to think of what to write for Frodo, and realized that Frodo seems to be the only person who possesses or seeks the Ring, who never expresses a...
Forum: The Books 10-22-2005, 12:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,137
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I wasn't completely sure where to post this...

I wasn't completely sure where to post this myself, or what to title it... (I figured the title I chose would hopefully pique people's interest enough to look at the thread ;) )

I chose The Books...
Forum: The Books 10-22-2005, 10:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,069
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Ring tatersss and fishesss, my precious!

Gollum's fantasy about what he would do if he got the Ring back is actually somewhat similar to Sam's, when he is trying to rescue Frodo and looking out over Gorgoroth, and thinking about what a...
Forum: The Books 10-22-2005, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,137
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Those of you non-native speakers who have...

Those of you non-native speakers who have struggled through the books in English most definitely have my admiration! A lot of the vocabulary includes rather archaic words not commonly used or even...
Forum: The Books 10-21-2005, 10:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,137
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Tolkien Tolkien and the 'other' N-word ;)

A few years ago, near where I live, there was a rather amusing political flap. Someone, in a speech or interview, used the word "niggard". Apparently one of the people listening, not recognizing the...
Forum: The Books 09-19-2005, 08:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,131
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on this...

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on this point. In Morgoth's Ring, as the Valar are discussing the matter of Míriel's death and its cause and significance, prior to proclaiming "The Statute of...
Forum: The Books 09-12-2005, 10:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,582
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Well, one perhaps trivial explanation is that...

Well, one perhaps trivial explanation is that since Sauron (and for that matter Morgoth and Saruman) was bent on world domination, he couldn't achieve his ends by self-imposed isolation, so he had to...
Forum: The Books 09-11-2005, 09:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,582
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Shutting out the Big Bad World

Good thread topic, Esty!

I was about to start a thread on isolationism--namely, the tendency of civilizations in Tolkien's books to want to shut themselves off from the outside world and its...
Forum: The Books 08-28-2005, 01:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,840
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Well, seven or eight palantiri could be...

Well, seven or eight palantiri could be considered canonical. In the Palantiri section of UT, CT notes that in some of his father's manuscripts on the subject, it is mentioned that there is a Master...
Forum: The Books 08-04-2005, 11:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,759
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Gothmog II

Whatever Gothmog was, he almost certainly wasn't going by his real name. The original Gothmog was Morgoth's Lord of Balrogs, who killed Fëanor and Fingon, before himself being killed by Ecthelion (a...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2005, 09:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,286
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Going back to the original discussion on the...

Going back to the original discussion on the thread a little, one quote that popped into my head (and I can't quite remember for the life of me where it appears, probably in ROTK) that someone asks...
Forum: The Books 06-25-2005, 02:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,286
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
So are things getting better or worse? Well, my...

So are things getting better or worse? Well, my personal view is that a plausible case can be made for either side, which to me indicates that the answer isn't all that clear cut: some aspects of...
Forum: The Books 06-16-2005, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,785
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Good topic, Estelyn! Another example of...

Good topic, Estelyn!

Another example of needlework, is Míriel, the mother of Fëanor:



The quote above is from HoME X; a shorter and less descriptive version appears in the published...
Forum: The Books 05-22-2005, 08:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,206
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
There are some interesting patterns of things...

There are some interesting patterns of things that come in three's, including the elven rings and the Silmarils. Here's my symbolic interpretation in tabular form--each column are things that go...
Forum: The Books 04-27-2005, 08:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,334
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I tend to disagree with the Cold War analogy. ...

I tend to disagree with the Cold War analogy. The reason I say this has to do with the difference in the temperaments of those concerned. The Cold War, fortunately for all concerned, stayed "cold"...
Forum: The Books 04-11-2005, 10:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,334
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
I think a likely outcome would have been an arms...

I think a likely outcome would have been an arms race. Certainly Fëanor had the technical skills to continue to construct new and better weapons, to which he would have devoted all his energies...
Forum: The Books 03-04-2005, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,698
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
This raises another question that I've wondered...

This raises another question that I've wondered about: what were the relative strengths of the Noldor arriving in M-E with Feanor and Fingolfin, and the host of the west in the War of Wrath.

It...
Forum: The Books 08-18-2004, 06:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,932
Posted By Angry Hill Troll
Giving the Dwarves their due, Gandalf says the...

Giving the Dwarves their due, Gandalf says the following in "The Quest of Erebor" in UT
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