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Forum: The Books 08-17-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By Formendacil
There's an assumption--not stated as...

There's an assumption--not stated as such--running through some of the posts that I think is worth teasing out: namely, that the temptations must have involved the Ring. Is that certain? Obviously,...
Forum: The Books 08-16-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By Formendacil
Well, I'll start with a softball: Aragorn, if...

Well, I'll start with a softball: Aragorn, if tempted (since he doesn't seem fazed by anything that I recall and he DOES have a history in Lórien) is tempted as they all are with abandoning the quest...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,168
Posted By Formendacil
I take your broader point about entry into faerie...

I take your broader point about entry into faerie as not being a journey made alone in all cases (though I think that Tolkien's own journey is better characterised as alone than as with companions...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,168
Posted By Formendacil
I suppose, without having defined any terms, I...

I suppose, without having defined any terms, I can't complain of inciting any quibbling!

By "private," I meant "not shared." Of course, even that it not strictly accurate: the same star is passed...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-24-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,168
Posted By Formendacil
Given how Smith grew out a small story meant to...

Given how Smith grew out a small story meant to illustrate something in Macdonald even as it was turning out Tolkien didn't think Macdonald had things right, and given how he quibbled over Lewis's...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-23-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,168
Posted By Formendacil
There was nothing to the same level as the...

There was nothing to the same level as the post-Vatican II change of liturgy, but the tinkering started already during the 1960s (traditionalists have had to fix a date of "nothing after which" and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-13-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,094
Posted By Formendacil
Because of its anomalous nature as the sole...

Because of its anomalous nature as the sole allegory in Tolkien's corpus (to say nothing of the scorn visited on allegories by him) Leaf by Niggle always stands out as somehow the easiest and the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-12-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,788
Posted By Formendacil
My desire to reply to this topic hasn't been...

My desire to reply to this topic hasn't been delayed so much as my reading has! The anticipation of Progeny #2 somehow left less reading time than his appearance has, so I am now caught up on Farmer...
Forum: The Movies 06-11-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,134
Posted By Formendacil
I am cautiously, well, not optimistic exactly (I...

I am cautiously, well, not optimistic exactly (I wasn't that in 2000 and have yet to be given any reason to change my stance re: adaptations), but I am curious to see how well this does relative to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-11-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 47,212
Posted By Formendacil
Well, we ARE told elsewhere--in this same...

Well, we ARE told elsewhere--in this same chapter, I believe--that Hobbit parents are rather easygoing. But, perhaps, this laxity on Frodo's part is proof of that rare temperament amongst Hobbits for...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 05-14-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5,199
Views: 554,133
Posted By Formendacil
I'm around and game to play--though, this time, I...

I'm around and game to play--though, this time, I am NOT an aspiring Mod. Though I should be available for Day-ly play, there's a reasonable chance I will have some distractions that prevent me from...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 124,522
Posted By Formendacil
Ah, but the speculative Hui-theory is that the...

Ah, but the speculative Hui-theory is that the Silmaril is but the core of the Arkenstone: the cut facets must be some non-Silmaril material that frames it but not the perfectly round Silmaril...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-05-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,294
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe The Silmarillion, in what is a frustrating yet...

The Silmarillion, in what is a frustrating yet accurate mirror of real world mythologies, is the sort of thing that is best read when you already know the stories and yet you become familiar with the...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-04-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4,147
Views: 683,651
Posted By Formendacil
Welcome, Nikolasha (and, for that matter,...

Welcome, Nikolasha (and, for that matter, paul10)!

You say your father remembered this as a good site for Tolkien discussion. Does that make you a second generation 'Downer? (Or does that mean...
Forum: The Books 05-03-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,448
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien I was just thinking of this book, and how its...

I was just thinking of this book, and how its timing (I was still thinking of "spring, 2021") would line up nicely with this mini-Downs revival, but, alas, a check of the release date now says...
Forum: The Books 05-02-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 124,522
Posted By Formendacil
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The Dead rise to fulfill their oaths. ;)

I don't think there's any real in-canon support for the Arkenstone being a Silmaril. This is fairly clearly intended to not be the case. As much as it's...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-01-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By Formendacil
Boots 'Tis custom, they say, once a year, for the...

'Tis custom, they say, once a year, for the Wights and and Corpses of the Barrow-downs to gather and toast good health (an oxymoron--or a paradox) to the black niche they name their home, each one...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-30-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 684
Views: 21,210
Posted By Formendacil
I agree with Legate's basic premise: that the...

I agree with Legate's basic premise: that the infodrops are the main source of potential imbalance. I think G55 did great with figuring them out as the game went along, and I think the hardest thing...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 684
Views: 21,210
Posted By Formendacil
Ghost

Ghost
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
NO, I WILL NOT! HAUNTING THE LIVING MEANS THE...

NO, I WILL NOT! HAUNTING THE LIVING MEANS THE GAME IS OVER BUT WE CAN'T SPOIL IT BUT I WANT ANSWERS!!!

(ghost)

:p
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
ARE THOSE CONCESSION SPEECHES!? DID WE...

ARE THOSE CONCESSION SPEECHES!? DID WE WIN!?!!!???

(ghost)
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
And if we're all wrong, it's an honour to have...

And if we're all wrong, it's an honour to have gone down together.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
++Morsul And well-played game whomever the...

++Morsul

And well-played game whomever the last Wolf is. Fiendishly close even.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
Well, we're down to ten minutes... I'm going to...

Well, we're down to ten minutes... I'm going to vote Morsul. The psychology just seems to match today's moods (and respective authors) better.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-29-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 10,689
Posted By Formendacil
It is distressingly similar to being Live with a...

It is distressingly similar to being Live with a vote, but after having suffered the infinity of dying!

I kind of miss being the Ghost!
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