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Forum: The Books 12-13-2017, 04:25 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Zigūr
Letter 183 also offers this small morsel in...

Letter 183 also offers this small morsel in relation to the moral position of the participants in the War of the Ring:

This seems to imply, however vaguely, that Professor Tolkien considered Orcs...
Forum: The Books 12-07-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 355
Posted By Zigūr
I would imagine that the first message ("prisoner...

I would imagine that the first message ("prisoner captured at Cirith Ungol"), if it existed, was sent the conventional way, on foot. If it was sent on the 13th it might arrive on the 15th, as I...
Forum: The Books 12-07-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 355
Posted By Zigūr
A good post from Huinesoron. Here are a few...

A good post from Huinesoron. Here are a few things I've observed.

I suppose it would depend on whether Shagrat followed Gorbag's advice or ignored it. If he ignored it and sent a preliminary...
Forum: The Books 12-06-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 355
Posted By Zigūr
In this post...

In this post (http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showpost.php?p=703313&postcount=9), WCH pointed out to my gratitude that Sauron appears to have interrogated (and executed) Shagrat in person; Professor...
Forum: The Books 12-04-2017, 06:55 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 38,830
Posted By Zigūr
To take it further, there is in fact quite hard...

To take it further, there is in fact quite hard evidence of the existence of female Orcs from the pen of Professor Tolkien himself, as seen in the 'Munby Letter', quoted at the Tolkien Gateway here:...
Forum: The Books 12-01-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 38,830
Posted By Zigūr
What about Nurn? It was the largest part of...

What about Nurn? It was the largest part of Mordor, and was completely given over to farming to feed Sauron's armies.
Forum: The Movies 11-28-2017, 06:47 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,918
Posted By Zigūr
In all seriousness, I daresay it will be called...

In all seriousness, I daresay it will be called "The Lord of the Rings: <Insert Subtitle Here>" to get as many people as possible to watch it.
Forum: The Books 11-21-2017, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 353
Posted By Zigūr
I don't mean that I think it refers specifically...

I don't mean that I think it refers specifically to Sauron. I don't think that. I mean that in later years Men might argue that it referred specifically to Sauron to try to negate its importance.
...
Forum: The Books 11-21-2017, 04:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 353
Posted By Zigūr
The idea seems not wholly inconsistent with...

The idea seems not wholly inconsistent with Professor Tolkien's view of the declining moral fibre of Men as the Fourth Age wore on, although in connection with Boromir88's post I think it would only...
Forum: The Movies 11-16-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,918
Posted By Zigūr
That explains a lot indeed. I think the 2012...

That explains a lot indeed. I think the 2012 interview (mentioned in the article) suggests an attitude of resignation to the exploitation of his father's work, which seems fitting.

And, of course,...
Forum: The Movies 11-14-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,918
Posted By Zigūr
I can't substantiate this, but I feel like I...

I can't substantiate this, but I feel like I remember there being some kind of grey area due to the substantial overlap between The Silmarillion and the Appendices.

I think I've mentioned before...
Forum: The Movies 11-13-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,918
Posted By Zigūr
So, after all, it is just a "glorified fan...

So, after all, it is just a "glorified fan fiction" show, expanding little bits and pieces of narrative, not really an adaptation?

That destroys what little interest I had. All this will serve to...
Forum: The Books 11-12-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 466
Posted By Zigūr
The more I think about it, the more I question my...

The more I think about it, the more I question my own connection (Manwė, Tulkas, Ėonwė). I was thinking of this in comparison to Michael casting out Lucifer, but nothing quite like that happens in...
Forum: The Books 11-12-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 466
Posted By Zigūr
It seems to me that Manwė, Tulkas and Ėonwė all...

It seems to me that Manwė, Tulkas and Ėonwė all possess a degree of comparability with the archangel Michael, or at least fulfil comparable roles at certain times.
Forum: The Movies 11-07-2017, 03:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 257
Posted By Zigūr
I considered this as well, but "Tolkien...

I considered this as well, but "Tolkien Enterprises" has been called "Middle-earth Enterprises" since 2010. Personally I feel like this makes a misattribution somewhat less likely, but I agree that...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 11-03-2017, 07:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,255
Posted By Zigūr
This is arguably similar to the bodies of Balrogs...

This is arguably similar to the bodies of Balrogs with their flaming hair, and thus something of a recurring demonic trait. Perhaps Śmaiar manifested approximations of human bodies piloted by their...
Forum: The Movies 10-29-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 421
Posted By Zigūr
If they were to make some kind of fan fiction...

If they were to make some kind of fan fiction spinoff, it'd have to be called The Lord of the Rings: <SUBTITLE> or similar; otherwise I suspect very few people would see it. The "brand recognition"...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 10-26-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,255
Posted By Zigūr
I agree. I wish I could find that quote about the...

I agree. I wish I could find that quote about the difference between Valar marriages and those of the Eruhķni, but maybe I just imagined it...
Forum: The Books 10-18-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
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: 17
Views: 421
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: 11
Views: 333
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: 447
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: 447
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: 427
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: 427
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...
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