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Forum: The Movies 11-19-2017, 08:55 AM
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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: 75
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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: 75
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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
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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: 358
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: 75
Views: 1,029
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
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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: 75
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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: 358
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: 466
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: 376
Movie Analogy: A Photo Essay

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Forum: The Books 09-13-2017, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
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...
Forum: The Books 09-12-2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
It certainly wouldn't be unprecedented...

It certainly wouldn't be unprecedented historically for a great empire to be expanding its borders while at the same time rotting at the core - and the same went for Numenor. From Tolkien's viewpoint...
Forum: The Books 07-23-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
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Tolkien was almost certainly familiar with...

Tolkien was almost certainly familiar with Gildas' De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae, 'On The Ruin and Conquest of Britain', and this is what the 6th-century monk had to say, in part:


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Forum: The Movies 07-03-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,452
Ian Holm: Alien. And Chariots of Fire, for...

Ian Holm: Alien. And Chariots of Fire, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. And King Lear for which he received a BAFTA. And many, many more: I believe his knighthood came before LotR was...
Forum: The Movies 07-02-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,452
Weaving was also brilliant in Priscilla Queen of...

Weaving was also brilliant in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. As a drag queen, no less.

Elijah Wood's best pre-Frodo role was in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm opposite Christina Ricci. (A fine ensemble...
Forum: The Books 06-28-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,228
Elves, immune from greed? Um, re-read The...

Elves, immune from greed?

Um, re-read The Silmarillion.

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I think in very great part that's because the Darkness broke at dawn, and the un-planned sunshine rendered...
Forum: The Books 06-28-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,474
Indeed T somewhere wrote that Otho...

Indeed T somewhere wrote that Otho Sackville-Baggins was a lawyer.
Forum: The Books 05-28-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,054
Dunno. Since Tolkien was happy to let the...

Dunno. Since Tolkien was happy to let the Dwarves use Norse names, I have no problem envisioning them fighting in the Viking fashion, which made use of both the shieldwall and berserker rage. And...
Forum: The Books 05-11-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,761
Oh, yes; I have one on my wall. It's a copy of...

Oh, yes; I have one on my wall. It's a copy of one made in Germany dated 1640; the only metal pieces are the crownwheel escapement and the small lead foliot weights- the drive weight is a rock....
Forum: The Books 05-03-2017, 01:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,761
I don't suppose Tolkien was much of a techie,...

I don't suppose Tolkien was much of a techie, certainly not the sort who would be aware of the difference and relative dates of aneroid and mercury barometers. I think, at least at the time of the...
Forum: The Books 04-29-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,761
I think Faramir is correct; that isn't a clock...

I think Faramir is correct; that isn't a clock but a barometer beside the door.

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Forum: The Books 04-26-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,761
When mechanical clocks were first introduced in...

When mechanical clocks were first introduced in the West in the 14th century (in monasteries, to ring the bells of the canonical hours-- faces and hands came later), they caused no end of confusion...
Forum: The Books 04-25-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Mind you, even as Aragorn the heir of Isildur his...

Mind you, even as Aragorn the heir of Isildur his nickname remained Trotter throughout the drafts and typescripts and was only changed to Strider on the galleys.
Forum: The Books 03-22-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,553
Moreover, it's in the nature of pits that they're...

Moreover, it's in the nature of pits that they're hard to see unless you're close to them or on an elevation. Even minor declivities-- just ask William Prince of Orange.
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