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Forum: The Books 11-22-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By mhagain
This isn't actually the case for catholics,...

This isn't actually the case for catholics, though. Biblical creationism is very much not a thing, and literal biblical creationism very much less so.


There's something of an overview here:...
Forum: The Movies 10-28-2021, 01:21 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 88,629
Posted By mhagain
I'm going to keep an open mind, not pre-suppose...

I'm going to keep an open mind, not pre-suppose whether I'll like it or not, and at least watch it for what it is. If it's good, I'll enjoy it. It won't be the books, it won't be the same story as in...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 09-15-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,912
Posted By mhagain
My first time reading order was the Hobbit, the...

My first time reading order was the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings. I accept that this is very unusual, but it does give me a different perspective on approaching the Silmarillion.
...
Forum: The Movies 08-20-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 88,629
Posted By mhagain
The Silmarillion has rape, attempted rape,...

The Silmarillion has rape, attempted rape, incest, lust, nudity: it doesn't pull any punches and gives the lie to notions of Tolkien as some kind of puritan prude.

The old complaint that the...
Forum: The Movies 08-15-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 973
Posted By mhagain
It's also possible that season 2 might be in...

It's also possible that season 2 might be in completely different parts of Middle-earth making the switch easier to pull off.
Forum: The Books 08-06-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,533
Posted By mhagain
I'm hugely stoked for this. Two intriguing...

I'm hugely stoked for this.

Two intriguing tidbits from the preview are indications that it was Sauron, not Melkor, at the original Fall of Men, and that Ingwe, Finwe and Elwe were not first...
Forum: The Books 07-08-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,822
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: 5,113
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: 5,113
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: 3,350
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: 9
Views: 2,985
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: 3,977
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: 2,820
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: 8,814
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: 272
Views: 88,629
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: 3,094
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: 3,122
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: 4,716
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: 3,341
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: 3,275
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: 3,354
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: 2,989
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: 11,938
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: 11,938
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 Rhűn 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: 3,449
Posted By mhagain
You forgot about Ar Pharaz˘n's army in the Caves...

You forgot about Ar Pharaz˘n's army in the Caves of the Forgotten. I guess everybody does. Hence the name.
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