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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-07-2006, 11:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,428
Tolkien the Hyper-Calvanist

This is another interesting depature from Tolkien's traditional Christianity. Eru says very straightforward that:

This kind of moves toward the hyper-Calvanist position that minimizes the idea of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-06-2006, 12:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,448
Note that Tolkien also never fails to mention...

Note that Tolkien also never fails to mention that in Nienna's grief is something good, whether it be the learning of pity and endurance, or the wisdom that is mentioned when she visits Mandos....
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 10-05-2006, 11:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,448
It's interesting that almost all of the...

It's interesting that almost all of the discussion about the Valaquenta to this point has revolved around the first two paragraphs. Anyway, here are some observations that I had, that maybe will...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-22-2006, 06:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,428
I first tried to read the Silm back in high...

I first tried to read the Silm back in high school in the 80s. Unlike a few here, I loved the Ainulindale the first time I read it, and stumbled over the Valaquenta, giving up on the Silm until a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-08-2006, 11:25 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 49,751
Super Geek Recommendation

What about starting on the 15th, and catching the anniversary of the Silmarillion's publishing date?
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-05-2006, 02:22 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 49,751
If suggestions from a mostly-lurker may be...

If suggestions from a mostly-lurker may be entertained:


I think that a longer time is an excellent idea, but why tie down to a fixed period for each discussion. As the eariler chapter...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-26-2006, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,795
I've haven't posted in a while, although I've...

I've haven't posted in a while, although I've been faithfully lurking, but this chapter is one that's given me pause for thought.

I've thought about this a bit, and I think that maybe it doesn't...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-29-2005, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,900
I think that Denethor saw this as a lose-lost...

I think that Denethor saw this as a lose-lost situation for him. Either Sauron wins and D's out of power, losing his whole city in the bargain, or the forces of good win, the King returns to take his...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-03-2005, 11:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,071
I think that the idea of "joy of battle" is not...

I think that the idea of "joy of battle" is not unrelated to the very real phenomonon of "blood lust" that still occurs in the heat of battle to this day. I have not personally fought in a war, but...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-21-2005, 02:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 15,547
Formal Language

I don't have the books in front of my right now, but in one of the appendices, the one on the languages of Middle Earth, Tolkien explains that when the English translation switches to the more formal...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-14-2005, 11:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 15,547
I got the impression that the denial of the gift...

I got the impression that the denial of the gift of men was a curse based on their earlier treachery. Aragorn offered them a chance to redeem themselves and thus be released to wherever men go when...
Forum: The Books 05-20-2005, 08:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,465
Play by Ear

My vote is to play it by ear. I believe that the chapter material is what has caused the slow-down in postings, lately. Look at the most recent chapter - The Choices of Master Samwise - the thread is...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-23-2005, 12:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,653
Tolkien and Race

Not to open a can of worms, but this chapter seems to cry out for the discussion of Tolkien and race. I don't have access to his letters, but many on this board do, so maybe some of you can shed some...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-14-2005, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,917
While evil and complacent are not necessarily the...

While evil and complacent are not necessarily the same thing, this thought reminds me of the old quote "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

Resuming lurk...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 02-10-2005, 10:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,966
The Nature of Entwives

To quote an even small portion of Treebeard's quote:


The first thing this makes me wonder is if the entwives were physically different from the ents, and to a degree that they would not even...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 01-12-2005, 12:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,245
Gandalf's Last Stand

I'm confused. I thought that Gandalf had indeed defeated the Balrog, except that the Balrog, in his final blow up from the abyss, pulled Gandalf in after.

Here's something from the movie that...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 01-04-2005, 03:20 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 26,863
Of Philologists and Golden Rings

Firing up an old thread, are we?


I think that given that "...hobbits delighted in (elaborate family trees with innumerable branches)..." (Prologue) indicates that this sort of thing might...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 12-31-2004, 09:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 17,036
Ents vs. Tom: The Eldest

Since I sort of kicked off this discussion of the Ents vs. Tom Bombadill w/respect to age (at least in this thread), I thought I would add some rambling, barely coherent thoughts to the conversation....
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 12-16-2004, 07:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 17,036
Middle Earth Forests

I noticed last night that there's something strange about the forests of Middle Earth. There are three forests mentioned by name between The Hobbit and LotR, and all three are forboding and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 12-09-2004, 07:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,407
Orcs in the Appendix

Here's another data point for our discussion of the nature of orcs, albeit a small one. I finally finished reading the appendices of LotR last night, and came across an interesting sentance - one I...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 12-08-2004, 01:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,407
Orc Society

I don't think that it's that hard to imagine Orcish society. I see shamans capable of putting together potions and "draughts". They would have learned some lore from their masters and stolen some...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 11-23-2004, 10:32 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,650
Boromir not honest? I'm surpirised no one else...

Boromir not honest? I'm surpirised no one else has pounced on this one, yet. Or maybe everyone's got a little bit of Boromir burnout (TM me) after the last several weeks.

Seriously, this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 11-22-2004, 12:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,650
Songs and Swords

I agree that this chapter is more a conclusion of Book I than the beginning of Book II. According to my calender, there were five months between tehg publishing of FotR and TT. That's not too long to...
Forum: The Movies 11-19-2004, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,080
By all means. Have at it! Thanks. I...

By all means. Have at it!


Thanks. I was initiated in the Chapter-by-Chapter discussion, but everyting here is serving to magnify my enjoyment of the books.

One aspect of Moria that I...
Forum: The Movies 11-18-2004, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,080
Best Movie Setting

There are many and varying opinions about the many story changes made for the screenplay by PJ and his fellow writers. There have been great threads about the most egregious of these.

However,...
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