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Forum: The Books 08-17-2021, 04:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,029
Posted By littlemanpoet
I disagree about Aragorn. He was a man of...

I disagree about Aragorn. He was a man of authority and power, and all of his aim was to fulfill his destiny. I would imagine that he, like Boromir, was tempted to take the Ring and to use it for...
Forum: The Books 08-16-2021, 04:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,668
Posted By littlemanpoet
To this day I remember back in about 1975, my...

To this day I remember back in about 1975, my brother, eight years my senior, making an educated guess that Sauron had been Feanor. Not a bad guess, considering, but no.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-08-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 42
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Posted By littlemanpoet
The Last Word

"He's gone at last! And I'm glad for one I never liked him. He was artful. Too nimble, you might say."

So Nokes gets the last word.

I had thought that it was also that way in 'Leaf By Niggle,'...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 08-05-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 42
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Posted By littlemanpoet
This never occurred to me before your unpacking...

This never occurred to me before your unpacking of it. After all, Smith, being autobiographical, is a metaphor for 'going somewhere' while not actually going there.

What did it mean for Tolkien...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-29-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
Ned

"You look like a giant, Dad," said his son, who had not spoken before.

The concluding phrase in this sentence seems strange. It sticks out to me. We know that the son had not spoken in this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-27-2021, 04:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
I can't find the quote from one of you, who...

I can't find the quote from one of you, who mentioned Smith's occupation as mere ironmonger. Did Tolkien perhaps choose his occupation because of the possible pun of himself being a 'word-smith?'...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-26-2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
:eek: It all comes back now. Thanks, Guinevere,...

:eek: It all comes back now. Thanks, Guinevere, for that.


This story seems autobiographical even if Tolkien would gainsay it. Could it be that Tolkien was partially blind to the 'leaving behind'...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
I wonder if you are objecting to patriarchal...

I wonder if you are objecting to patriarchal characters in a patriarchal society written by an author with an essentially patriarchal world view? I could imagine similar objections leveled against...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
I agree with Formendacil about Smith alone having...

I agree with Formendacil about Smith alone having access to Faerie, but I quibble over the word 'private.' Smith didn't have a private privilege or right to Faerie any more than any other citizen of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-23-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
Smith was written in the late 60s, so Tolkien was...

Smith was written in the late 60s, so Tolkien was no doubt aware of Vatican II.

I still hold with my general approach that the plot, them, and characters, and milieu are all of a piece, and this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-23-2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
Alf Prentice should have been Master Cook, and...

Alf Prentice should have been Master Cook, and had to wait for old Nokes to retire, even though he was the one prepared for the role, and no doubt would have performed it even better than his own...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-22-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
I have read an article somewhere (Mythlore...

I have read an article somewhere (Mythlore magazine, or a book?) in which it was speculated that the Great Kitchen and its Master Cook stood in for the Church and its Priest. I don't think I agree,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-18-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,297
Posted By littlemanpoet
Smith is my favorite of everything written by...

Smith is my favorite of everything written by Tolkien, and that's saying something because I love so much of what he wrote.

I remember when I was younger, identifying with 'one of the boys,' who...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-13-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,134
Posted By littlemanpoet
A modern motif. I can imagine that before time...

A modern motif. I can imagine that before time keeping the theme could be the same, but with sunrise and sunset being the standard.



The only other description of purgatory I know of is...
Forum: The Books 06-07-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,956
Posted By littlemanpoet
I had not reread it before I posed my question,...

I had not reread it before I posed my question, so thank you, Huinesoron, for quoting the text. It appears that you are correct.

My thought was that if the name Elbereth does have greater power...
Forum: The Books 06-06-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,956
Posted By littlemanpoet
On what in the story is this conclusion based?

On what in the story is this conclusion based?
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-06-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,134
Posted By littlemanpoet
C.S. Lewis is known to have described Tolkien as...

C.S. Lewis is known to have described Tolkien as a little man soon after their introduction. It is not lost on me that my own nickname in this group bears a marked resemblance to it.


I place it...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-06-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,866
Posted By littlemanpoet
The Discarded Image

I've been meaning to post about this for a few days. I've been thinking about Tolkien's treatment of animals in FGoH, which has been commented on by others on this thread.

When Tolkien wrote and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-01-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,866
Posted By littlemanpoet
Word choices here and there

In this reading, I'm fascinated by Tolkien's word choices:

Distinguished

"There was more time then, and folk were fewer, so that most men were distinguished."

Distinguished, here, has a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-24-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,866
Posted By littlemanpoet
Many years ago now, I bought a second hand copy...

Many years ago now, I bought a second hand copy of Tolkien's "Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham," copyright 1967, Ballantine Books. I reread Farmer Giles of Ham for the umpteenth time...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-14-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 16,260
Posted By littlemanpoet
Elempi stared at the dark haired woman who had...

Elempi stared at the dark haired woman who had sat beside him. He seemed to recognize her from the Downs, one special corner of them. He searched his mind. He thought of a big, lumbering, blonde and...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 03-28-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 16,260
Posted By littlemanpoet
Elempi was glad that Bethberry had invited him to...

Elempi was glad that Bethberry had invited him to the party. He used his palantir to watch the beginnings of this new unexpected party.
He wondered if he might go in the garb of Eodwine of Rohan? ...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 12-17-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,232
Views: 424,293
Posted By littlemanpoet
Robocalls that don't identify their source up...

Robocalls that don't identify their source up front. :mad:
Forum: The Books 05-19-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,513
Posted By littlemanpoet
I'm drawn to this thread again because I'm...

I'm drawn to this thread again because I'm reading "The Scouring of the Shire" for the 6th time.

I'm struck by the modern feel of it compared to the rest of the book. It has a similar feel, to...
Forum: Elvenhome 03-25-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 610
Views: 158,342
Posted By littlemanpoet
Have we killed our interest with too much...

Have we killed our interest with too much hardship?
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