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Forum: The Books 07-08-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By mhagain
This kind of framing device is a common enough...

This kind of framing device is a common enough trope, at least in my own personal reading experience. Moorcock used it as well, for example the "Opium eater of Rowe Island" introduction to "Warlord...
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,609
Posted By mhagain
Gollum definitely met Sauron in person, he knew...

Gollum definitely met Sauron in person, he knew how many fingers he had.
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 01:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,609
Posted By mhagain
Yes, Elbereth almost definitely came from Gildor...

Yes, Elbereth almost definitely came from Gildor and company in both cases, although when the Hobbits meet the Elves Frodo is shown to have previously known the name and known that it signified they...
Forum: The Books 11-15-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
Posted By mhagain
Melkor was probably at the height of his powers...

Melkor was probably at the height of his powers as the Dark Lord of Utumno, in the years before the coming of the Elves and even before the founding of Valinor. At that time he was able to make an...
Forum: The Books 11-11-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,813
Posted By mhagain
I don't believe this signifies anything. At the...

I don't believe this signifies anything. At the time, Tolkien was in the habit of reusing place and personal names from the real world and from real world myths in his stories. That's where Mirkwood...
Forum: The Movies 11-06-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,857
Posted By mhagain
I have this as well but haven't watched it. I...

I have this as well but haven't watched it. I think I'm still traumatized by the full-length Jackson movies. To answer the OP, the last thing we need is even more unnecessary bloat. Jackson's...
Forum: The Movies 10-21-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,919
Posted By mhagain
Return of the King, the movie, already had too...

Return of the King, the movie, already had too much going on in it. Deciding to end Two Towers with Helms Deep meant that a lot of that book had to be moved into Return, and in turn Towers had to be...
Forum: The Movies 09-13-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,546
Posted By mhagain
What about them? They're fresh! They are not...

What about them? They're fresh!

They are not for eating!

What about their legs? They don't need those. Ooh! They look tasty!

Get back, scum! The prisoners go to Saruman. Alive and unspoiled.
Forum: The Movies 09-12-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 72,359
Posted By mhagain
Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly...

Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly specified.

I don't know about this next bit, but I would assume that "can do anything" is defined in such a way that "if we catch you doing anything like...
Forum: The Books 09-05-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,622
Posted By mhagain
I'm very suspicious of the "everything must be a...

I'm very suspicious of the "everything must be a Maia" mindset.

Don't forget that the Maiar were members of the Ainur, they were the first-made, they existed before the universe, and they took...
Forum: The Movies 08-11-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,261
Posted By mhagain
And also in the book, the sons of Elrond and...

And also in the book, the sons of Elrond and Rangers of the North went with Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead/etc.
Forum: The Movies 08-10-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,554
Posted By mhagain
Because what the world really needs, at this...

Because what the world really needs, at this crucial pivotal moment when fate hangs in the balance, is a 40 minute pie fight and some platform game moves. Because we wouldn't do anything that wasn't...
Forum: The Books 08-06-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,756
Posted By mhagain
Well yes... And no. "Maiar" isn't a...

Well yes... And no.

"Maiar" isn't a taxonomic classification; it just signifies Ainur who went into the world but not including the 15 most powerful. So any claim that a particular individual is a...
Forum: The Movies 07-26-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,437
Posted By mhagain
What the Hobbit movies really needed most was the...

What the Hobbit movies really needed most was the Dwarves doing a song and dance routine during the Smaug chase in Erebor. It's already slapstick enough so why not go all the way?
Forum: The Movies 07-21-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,548
Posted By mhagain
I think the answer Tolkien might have given you...

I think the answer Tolkien might have given you would go something like: "Middle-earth is our Earth and the sun rises in the morning just the same".

That aside, it's quite explicit in the books...
Forum: The Movies 07-12-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,226
Posted By mhagain
The Hobbit should have been two movies, and two...

The Hobbit should have been two movies, and two short movies at that. The ultimate failure of the trilogy lay in not trusting viewers, and not trusting the strength of the source material. Peter...
Forum: The Books 05-19-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,481
Posted By mhagain
The Silmarillion also states that Finrod was the...

The Silmarillion also states that Finrod was the first of the Eldar met by Men, but this might be one of those cases where Tolkien had something more specific in mind, in this case maybe "Eldar in...
Forum: The Books 05-17-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,481
Posted By mhagain
Yes, there's text in, I think, HoME XII that...

Yes, there's text in, I think, HoME XII that confirms this, the Sea of Rhûn was one of the stopping-off points on the Great March. The Cirdan material in XII is the place to look, IIRC.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-16-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,724
Posted By mhagain
You forgot about Ar Pharazôn's army in the Caves...

You forgot about Ar Pharazôn's army in the Caves of the Forgotten. I guess everybody does. Hence the name.
Forum: The Books 02-05-2020, 12:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,413
Posted By mhagain
You've found a plot hole! Bad writing! The...

You've found a plot hole! Bad writing! The Internet!

But more seriously, no, it actually doesn't give off sufficient light. This is consistent with the original description in The Hobbit, where...
Forum: The Books 02-03-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,828
Posted By mhagain
The "common tongue" is Adûnaic, or more...

The "common tongue" is Adûnaic, or more precisely, "Westron" is quite obviously what "Adûnaic" means in Adûnaic, with the element "Adûn" meaning "West". The name "Westron" is just a translation.
...
Forum: The Books 01-16-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,647
Posted By mhagain
I'm very upset about this, I'm crying right now....

I'm very upset about this, I'm crying right now. CJRT was the perfect son to his father, and in many ways he was just as important as his father. He was the co-creator, he was the custodian, and he...
Forum: The Books 03-19-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,481
Posted By mhagain
There is of course also this reference in one of...

There is of course also this reference in one of the original drafts:
Forum: The Books 01-28-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,673
Posted By mhagain
No no no no no. The Valar and Maiar are...

No no no no no.


The Valar and Maiar are of the same order: they are both Ainur who were created before the world and who came into the world when it was made real.


So any statement about...
Forum: The Movies 05-11-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,218
Posted By mhagain
Likewise relieved. I watched all three...

Likewise relieved.

I watched all three movies with grim fascination as they gradually got worse and worse, continually astonished at how on earth PJ was going to top each moment of slapstick in...
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