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Forum: The Books 06-17-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By Morthoron
That's the thing about Tolkien -- or at least in...

That's the thing about Tolkien -- or at least in the early 70s when I first started reading his works as an adolescent -- he sends you down rabbit holes (or perhaps hobbit holes would be more...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 06-15-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4,134
Views: 534,440
Posted By Morthoron
Happy birthday. Hope you have an enjoyable day...

Happy birthday. Hope you have an enjoyable day with no regrettable mithadventures.
Forum: The Books 05-31-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 910
Posted By Morthoron
A hearty congratulations to you, WCH!

A hearty congratulations to you, WCH!
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-26-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,826
Posted By Morthoron
Yes, but was Beorn buried with a Silmaril? It...

Yes, but was Beorn buried with a Silmaril? It seems nearly every dead personage in The Hobbit got one. Like costume jewelry. After all, Feanor could have sold the rights in perpetuity to a Chinese...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-23-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,616
Posted By Morthoron
When I read those interactions, I considered...

When I read those interactions, I considered Tolkien was parodying the more stylized and formulaic knightly challenges preceding a tilt that one finds in Mallory or Chrétien de Troyes. That both...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-17-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,826
Posted By Morthoron
Fanficolfin, Fingolfin's alter ego at Eldamar's...

Fanficolfin, Fingolfin's alter ego at Eldamar's Saturday night open mic comedy revue:

"Hey, nothing smells worse on a hot Summer's day than Tirion upon Túna."

Ba-dump-tisch

"I just flew in...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 117,100
Posted By Morthoron
1. Speculation? :rolleyes: It is not speculation....

1. Speculation? :rolleyes: It is not speculation. Beleriand no longer exists. Drowned. Broken in the War of Wrath, and what little remained was destroyed by Eru. That whole drowning Numenor flap....
Forum: The Books 05-09-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 117,100
Posted By Morthoron
*Sighs* The thread that refuses to die. I will...

*Sighs* The thread that refuses to die. I will give you some finality, anything further is simply arguing for arguing's sake. Direct quote:

"And thus it came to pass that the Silmarils found their...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-01-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 824
Posted By Morthoron
The Dark Elf, in a fey mood as ever, shuddered as...

The Dark Elf, in a fey mood as ever, shuddered as he entered and beheld the garish throng; but he shook off the grim foreboding of having to lounge with the overly cheery Hobbits for yet another...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-30-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,616
Posted By Morthoron
I mentioned this in my very first post in this...

I mentioned this in my very first post in this thread. The "Little Kingdom" Tolkien refers to is believed to be a real place: Frithwuld's Surrey, a 7th century sub-kingdom of Mercia.



Well,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-28-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,616
Posted By Morthoron
The original meaning of "dux" was military leader...

The original meaning of "dux" was military leader (before it became attached to the aristocracy (duke in English, duc in French). So, King Arthur is referred to in some early texts as dux bellorum...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-25-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,616
Posted By Morthoron
I have a hard cover copy of the U.S. Nelson...

I have a hard cover copy of the U.S. Nelson Doubleday, Inc. edition (1976), and the color frontispiece and end covers by Baynes are excellent. The Baynes illustrations (both color and black and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-22-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,616
Posted By Morthoron
I do love that Giles' dog is named Garm after the...

I do love that Giles' dog is named Garm after the fierce and bloody guardian of Hel's Gate in Norse myth, who was loosed during Ragnarök and battled to the death with Tyr. In Tolkien's tale, Garm is...
Forum: The Books 04-15-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Morthoron
Yes, the Beckett reference was pretty funny. As...

Yes, the Beckett reference was pretty funny. As far as Tolkien and Eärendil, once again we can bemoan the professor's scattershot approach to writing and look wistfully to what might have been -- or...
Forum: The Books 04-11-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Morthoron
Professor Verlyn Flieger presents "Waiting for Earendel" for The Tolkien Society

If you have an hour or so, this is a recent presentation by Dr. Flieger. As always, very interesting and worthwhile....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=131d2hdD-7s
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-11-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,950
Posted By Morthoron
I would suggest a poster who has been on this...

I would suggest a poster who has been on this forum less than a month referring to people as "ignorant" several times over the course of a thread proves my point about someone like yourself coming...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-11-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,950
Posted By Morthoron
That's all you should have said in the first...

That's all you should have said in the first place. I am uninterested in the rest of your argument. Have a nice day.
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-11-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,950
Posted By Morthoron
I recommend you watch what you say regarding...

I recommend you watch what you say regarding referring to other posters as ignorant. The Wikipedia post was a quick reference just to point out issues that I am sure the majority of the long-time...
Forum: The Books 03-31-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,180
Posted By Morthoron
Hello Boro: I think the issue with the Dead...

Hello Boro:

I think the issue with the Dead Marshes is that it's not merely the land retaining remnants and vague recollections of previous inhabitants, like Hollin, for instance.

Frodo was...
Forum: The Books 03-29-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,180
Posted By Morthoron
In regards to the Dead Marshes, of course Tolkien...

In regards to the Dead Marshes, of course Tolkien was referring to his horrid experience in WWI seeing dead bloated soldiers staring lifelessly as they bobbed up from the murky water at the bottom of...
Forum: The Books 03-17-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,218
Posted By Morthoron
Perhaps you should read the bible a bit more. The...

Perhaps you should read the bible a bit more. The lessons one usually derives from the book haven't seemed to hit home as of yet.
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 02-25-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4,134
Views: 534,440
Posted By Morthoron
Thanks, Gal and Inzil. Sixty-one years old...

Thanks, Gal and Inzil.

Sixty-one years old today. I can now officially....

1) Yell at kids for stepping on my lawn.
2) Start every conversation with a comment on the weather.
3) Walk into a...
Forum: The Books 01-20-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,912
Posted By Morthoron
Starbucks. They met at a Starbucks. I'm sure...

Starbucks. They met at a Starbucks. I'm sure there was one in Rhosgobel and another by Carrock. And another in Laketown. The only one that closed was in the Withered Heath. The franchise just...
Forum: The Books 01-16-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,926
Posted By Morthoron
Tolkien was fairly Victorian in worldview. The...

Tolkien was fairly Victorian in worldview. The old forms were his comfort zone. He rarely went to see films, didn't drive a car, and was a devout Pre-Vatican II Catholic.

Thus "touching your cap"...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,695
Posted By Morthoron
*Sighs in exasperation* Alas, even the most...

*Sighs in exasperation*

Alas, even the most noble of causes must suffer the slings and arrows of religious misfortune....


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