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Forum: The Books 08-15-2017, 09:51 AM
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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 07-21-2016, 06:43 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I think you've struck something very interesting...

I think you've struck something very interesting here, because it evokes the situation of the proles in Nineteen Eighty-Four who are not actually as oppressed as the more affluent and educated Party...
Forum: The Books 07-21-2016, 12:36 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I can't find statements to this effect. Khamūl...

I can't find statements to this effect. Khamūl was an Easterling, but no reference to him in Unfinished Tales, which, to the best of my knowledge, is the only text in which he is named, says that he...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 08:03 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I think it's more like a painkiller being taken...

I think it's more like a painkiller being taken by a person who isn't in pain, imagining an Elf doesn't experience the same kind of confusion, inattention, poor concentration, or need to "cudgel...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 07:38 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I said "a pipe meant an aid to thinking", not "a...

I said "a pipe meant an aid to thinking", not "a pipe meant thinking."
All I meant was that Elves probably did not need an "aid to thinking" because perhaps they had clearer thoughts and greater...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 07:28 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Yes; it's definitely worth remembering the...

Yes; it's definitely worth remembering the remarks in Letter 155 that in Gondor "when the 'Kings' came to an end there was no equivalent to a 'priesthood': the two being identical in Nśmenórean...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 06:43 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Exactly; "the Democratic People's Republic of...

Exactly; "the Democratic People's Republic of Mordor" comes to mind, although I doubt Sauron bothered with such pretence. I suppose Professor Tolkien might be arguing that strong political ideologies...
Forum: The Books 07-19-2016, 11:30 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
Hello all, I thought I would mention some...

Hello all,

I thought I would mention some other interesting notions I've come across in my studies, particularly which arose during my PhD emendations (by the way, I'm pleased to say that...
Forum: The Books 01-14-2016, 05:23 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
Elmo posted this in the "Who are the 'wild men'?"...

Elmo posted this in the "Who are the 'wild men'?" thread.

This reminded me of another remark from Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages:

In the essay "Fear of Difference, Fear of Death: The Sigelwara,...
Forum: The Books 12-28-2015, 04:30 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
It might be worthwhile to consider a "modern"...

It might be worthwhile to consider a "modern" movement in which the leader himself was effectively the object of worship, however. The idea of a "Cult of Personality" seems to reflect Sauron's...
Forum: The Books 12-26-2015, 07:43 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
Thanks for everyone's thoughts so far. When I get...

Thanks for everyone's thoughts so far. When I get a chance I'll dig up some more interesting bits and pieces.

While I have the opportunity, however, I should comment on this:

Thanks William...
Forum: The Books 12-13-2015, 07:47 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
You're quite right, of course. I'd forgotten...

You're quite right, of course. I'd forgotten this. I'd really like to see what Professor Tolkien actually wrote. In my head I'd gained the impression that, as you suggest, Shagrat delivered the...
Forum: The Books 12-12-2015, 07:23 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
A very apt way of putting it. Your statement that...

A very apt way of putting it. Your statement that "we can infer a lot, mutatis mutandis, about the latter from the description of the former" is an excellent point, and I actually wrote a short...
Forum: The Books 12-09-2015, 09:00 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Well hopefully I can stimulate some public...

Well hopefully I can stimulate some public discussion first.

I finished reading the book today, and I quite recommend it, although some background knowledge of literary theory, Victorian...
Forum: The Books 12-07-2015, 07:14 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
"Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages"

Hello everyone,

Has anyone read Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages, a book of critical essays edited by Jane Chance and Alfred K Siewers and published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2005?

I stumbled upon...
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