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Forum: The Books 05-01-2021, 09:16 AM
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Or is Christopher saying that, without a bound...

Or is Christopher saying that, without a bound book ready to hand and his manuscripts in disorder, his father's memory couldn't keep it all straight? This would apply especially to the 'late...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-30-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,005
The Blunderbuss and the Four Wise Clerks of...

The Blunderbuss and the Four Wise Clerks of Oxenford: Tolkien here quotes, verbatim, the Oxford English Dictionary definition. The 'four wise clerks' is a reference to the Dictionary's four...
Forum: The Books 04-30-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Unfortunately, Ardalambion (Helge Fauskanger) and...

Unfortunately, Ardalambion (Helge Fauskanger) and Davis Salo are not trustworthy sources at all. A very great deal of what they claim to be "Elvish" of various flavours is speculative or outright...
Forum: The Books 04-30-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 15,795
Excellent catches! In the trade we would call...

Excellent catches! In the trade we would call this "pattern and practice."
To quote Blofeld, "One time is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
Forum: The Books 04-30-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 529
I think there is a tendency often to very much...

I think there is a tendency often to very much exaggerate the degree of Authorial Intent to be attached to the published text of the Lord of the Rings, as if "This is FINAL and OFFICIAL and...
Forum: The Movies 04-28-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 449
Views: 48,513
Unless you're from Scotland, or Somerset, or...

Unless you're from Scotland, or Somerset, or north Lancashire, or......
Forum: The Movies 04-20-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 65,974
That was just COVID.

That was just COVID.
Forum: The Books 04-20-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,556
I myself am not convinced that there are...

I myself am not convinced that there are "spirits" in the Dead Marshes, meaning some sort of sentience or even "life" albeit on a different plane. I think they are mere illusions, phantasms created...
Forum: The Books 04-20-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
It was long a dream of mine (and I suspect of...

It was long a dream of mine (and I suspect of Christopher's, I don't really think so IRO T pere), that Tolkien would be accepted for membership in the Club: the club which includes Dickens and Hardy...
Forum: The Books 04-20-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
But then, there's the thing: the movies start to...

But then, there's the thing: the movies start to go wrong right at that very point, and never get back on track. Overlooking the vile neologism of "gifted" as a verb, note that the entire monologue...
Forum: The Books 04-20-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 529
For me, anyway, my attitude is very...

For me, anyway, my attitude is very process-oriented. Tolkien's corpus, published and un-, is a collective artifact which was the work of one author's lifetime. Sometimes he changed his mind....
Forum: The Books 01-09-2021, 12:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,781
It also makes it apparent that Napoleon was a...

It also makes it apparent that Napoleon was a Black Numenorean from Umbar, which explains a lot.
Forum: The Books 01-08-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,781
Although it's not something the Church says much...

Although it's not something the Church says much about these days, it would have been known to any medievalist, and especially to a Middle English scholar like Tolkien since it features prominently...
Forum: The Books 01-07-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,781
Well, Tolkien defined the boundaries between four...

Well, Tolkien defined the boundaries between four Ages as the end of the physical presence of Satan, and the two reigns of a fallen angel. Surely the entry of Eru into Ea would be at least as...
Forum: The Movies 01-03-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 65,974
If this series ever gets to the last days of...

If this series ever gets to the last days of Númenor and the end of the Second Age, it certainly won't be in Season 1, which is what they're filming now.
Forum: The Movies 01-02-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 65,974
rotflmao!

rotflmao!
Forum: The Movies 01-01-2021, 12:27 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 65,974
No money in it.

No money in it.
Forum: The Movies 12-31-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 65,974
This is looking worse and worse and worse. Now...

This is looking worse and worse and worse. Now we hear of JJ Abrams' (indirect) involvement, doubtless advising the completely inexperienced showrunners...

And then there's the casting call for...
Forum: The Books 12-30-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,611
From the publisher's blurb: And a statement...

From the publisher's blurb:

And a statement by Carl H:


Note: The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor was frequently referenced by CT in HME; title notwithstanding, it's less about the...
Forum: The Books 12-29-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,611
This is all new material, not a repackaging. As...

This is all new material, not a repackaging. As CT said when HME XII came out, "The well is not quite dry. But I have gone on for long enough."
Forum: The Books 12-25-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
Well, yes-but... Aragorn doesn't actually...

Well, yes-but...

Aragorn doesn't actually engage in much "generalship," beyond ordering Angbor to march north to MT, and in his establishing the defensive formation before the Morannon. He is far...
Forum: The Books 12-25-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 895
Merry Rivendell Departure!

And a happy 2 Yule!

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Remarkably, the Company’s setting out on our Christmas Day was indeed originally a mere matter of arithmetical convenience. In early work,...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
I find the Tolkien Society's rather ostentatious...

I find the Tolkien Society's rather ostentatious non-endorsement, and some of its language, rather shall we say ironic given its both-feet plunge into the (misnamed) "Ring of Silvianus"-Lydney Park...
Forum: The Books 12-10-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
Can't have any of that icky religion stuff in...

Can't have any of that icky religion stuff in connection with Tolkien, you know.
Forum: The Books 12-03-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
Since the Corsair fleet supposedly numbered fifty...

Since the Corsair fleet supposedly numbered fifty "great ships" and scores of lesser ones, and since Aragorn packed them full (remember, the forces he sent marching north on foot were just the ones...
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