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Forum: The Books 12-18-2003, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,359
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe I didn't mean to imply that Gandalf 'knew' he...

I didn't mean to imply that Gandalf 'knew' he could defeat the Balrog, any more than Eowyn 'knew' her sword would kill the Nazgul King. Had they known, their acts become more mechanical than heroic....
Forum: The Books 12-18-2003, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,109
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Sting Saucepan and Squatter have done an admirable job...

Saucepan and Squatter have done an admirable job of defending Bilbo's accomplishments, and defining the true nature of his heroism.

I will just add that Bilbo's reception at Rivendell, and the...
Forum: The Books 12-18-2003, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,805
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Sting Finwe and Lhundardawen have poingnantly stated...

Finwe and Lhundardawen have poingnantly stated what I believe to be the greatest gift of literature, and the particular gift of LOTR; and that is the magic of being able to take truths from fiction,...
Forum: The Books 12-16-2003, 11:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,338
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe Well, squire, you make a person swear by that...

Well, squire, you make a person swear by that which they hold most dear. Gollum had only one thing in his life that he held dear, and that was the One Ring.

Ergo, that is what you have him swear...
Forum: The Books 12-16-2003, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,359
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Sting I LOVE this line! I wasn't suggesting that JRRT...

I LOVE this line! I wasn't suggesting that JRRT would want to change it, not at all. And I agree that his highest priority, then and always, was to aid Frodo in his mission, at whatever cost.

I...
Forum: The Books 12-16-2003, 03:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,359
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe FLY, you fools!

What did Gandalf mean when he spoke these words at the end of the chapter entitled "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum"?

If you could restate them, without the extreme brevity that his drastic circumstances...
Forum: The Books 12-16-2003, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,338
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Sting At the risk of being deleted for having nothing...

At the risk of being deleted for having nothing to add, I will just say that I agree that Sam could not have destroyed the ring, as he would not have been able to overcome its power any more than...
Forum: The Books 12-14-2003, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,805
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe Why do we read this stuff?

Without question much of our reading is done for the simple pleasure it affords, and for the escape from the humdrum of everyday life. I have read the Ring Trilogy straight through eleven times,...
Forum: The Books 12-13-2003, 10:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,818
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Sting Well, Saucepan Man, I bow to your greater...

Well, Saucepan Man, I bow to your greater erudition. I can see that to have any credibility on this site, I am going to have to read a lot more books about LOTR! I could use some help there. Many...
Forum: The Books 12-13-2003, 06:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,818
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe Thank you for the kind words, Lord of Angmar. ...

Thank you for the kind words, Lord of Angmar.

I do remember that JRRT disavowed any scent of 'allegory' in an interview; but nevertheless nobody writes in a vacuum, and I firmly believe that his...
Forum: The Books 12-13-2003, 05:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,818
Posted By Wisdom of Wizardry
Pipe I believe that the Gollum side of Smeagol teaches...

I believe that the Gollum side of Smeagol teaches us a lesson about the amazing endurance and toughness of Hobbits in general.

This was the One Ring, after all. Its power is so far above Hobbits...
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