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Forum: The Books 05-12-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By mhagain
I once posited Belecthor as a name that Tolkien...

I once posited Belecthor as a name that Tolkien might have used instead of Rog, if he'd ever finished the later tale of Tuor. It seems to fit nicely with a character known as "the strong", and both...
Forum: The Movies 02-21-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
That's one way of viewing it, I suppose. Maybe an...

That's one way of viewing it, I suppose. Maybe an attractive way if you're predisposed to hating and negative interpretation of what's being done here.

Another way might be to view it as a "show,...
Forum: The Movies 02-20-2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
The single strongest argument against a wise 2nd...

The single strongest argument against a wise 2nd Age Galadriel is how she's handled at the end of the 1st Age. That's a story that was developed in multiple variants, but whether she rejects the...
Forum: The Movies 02-17-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
It occurs to me that the First Age stuff is...

It occurs to me that the First Age stuff is easily solved. There's enough material in the LotR Appendices to form an outline that can be usable as a prologue, and then all that needs to be done is...
Forum: The Movies 02-16-2022, 10:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
Apologies for dragging up Hobbits again, but...

Apologies for dragging up Hobbits again, but Tolkien did describe them as clearly having a prehistory before they became known, having already divided into the three subtypes. As for where they are...
Forum: The Movies 02-14-2022, 02:43 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
... And the reason why you think the Hobbits...

... And the reason why you think the Hobbits depicted in this show will be west of the Misty Mountains is?

Go on, I'm waiting.



Given that I cited Of Dwarves and Men I might have thought...
Forum: The Movies 02-13-2022, 09:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
The "Hobbits where none should be" thing needs to...

The "Hobbits where none should be" thing needs to be addressed.

There is absolutely nothing in Tolkien stating there were no Hobbits in the Second Age.

Quite the opposite, the Of Dwarves and...
Forum: The Movies 02-12-2022, 07:51 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,118
Posted By mhagain
I'm not convinced at all. Amazon did a deal...

I'm not convinced at all.

Amazon did a deal with the Estate, but the Estate don't control the rights to the Hobbit nor to LotR. They're with whatever Saul Zaentz's company is called this week....
Forum: The Movies 02-07-2022, 10:01 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 108,495
Posted By mhagain
I'll bite - here's a top three. :cool: I...

I'll bite - here's a top three. :cool:


I want to see the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. There are so many cinematic scenes in that, from the arrival of Turgon, to the charge of Gwindor, to the...
Forum: The Movies 01-30-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 108,495
Posted By mhagain
This, basically. There's absolutely nothing wrong...

This, basically. There's absolutely nothing wrong with diversity, it's all in how it's done. To take two current or recent examples: Star Trek Discovery and The Expanse. Both present diversity as a...
Forum: The Books 11-22-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,876
Posted By mhagain
This isn't actually the case for catholics,...

This isn't actually the case for catholics, though. Biblical creationism is very much not a thing, and literal biblical creationism very much less so.


There's something of an overview here:...
Forum: The Movies 10-28-2021, 01:21 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 108,495
Posted By mhagain
I'm going to keep an open mind, not pre-suppose...

I'm going to keep an open mind, not pre-suppose whether I'll like it or not, and at least watch it for what it is. If it's good, I'll enjoy it. It won't be the books, it won't be the same story as in...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 09-15-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,722
Posted By mhagain
My first time reading order was the Hobbit, the...

My first time reading order was the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings. I accept that this is very unusual, but it does give me a different perspective on approaching the Silmarillion.
...
Forum: The Movies 08-20-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 108,495
Posted By mhagain
The Silmarillion has rape, attempted rape,...

The Silmarillion has rape, attempted rape, incest, lust, nudity: it doesn't pull any punches and gives the lie to notions of Tolkien as some kind of puritan prude.

The old complaint that the...
Forum: The Movies 08-15-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,871
Posted By mhagain
It's also possible that season 2 might be in...

It's also possible that season 2 might be in completely different parts of Middle-earth making the switch easier to pull off.
Forum: The Books 08-06-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,392
Posted By mhagain
I'm hugely stoked for this. Two intriguing...

I'm hugely stoked for this.

Two intriguing tidbits from the preview are indications that it was Sauron, not Melkor, at the original Fall of Men, and that Ingwe, Finwe and Elwe were not first...
Forum: The Books 07-08-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,168
Posted By mhagain
This kind of framing device is a common enough...

This kind of framing device is a common enough trope, at least in my own personal reading experience. Moorcock used it as well, for example the "Opium eater of Rowe Island" introduction to "Warlord...
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,315
Posted By mhagain
Gollum definitely met Sauron in person, he knew...

Gollum definitely met Sauron in person, he knew how many fingers he had.
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 01:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,315
Posted By mhagain
Yes, Elbereth almost definitely came from Gildor...

Yes, Elbereth almost definitely came from Gildor and company in both cases, although when the Hobbits meet the Elves Frodo is shown to have previously known the name and known that it signified they...
Forum: The Books 11-15-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,986
Posted By mhagain
Melkor was probably at the height of his powers...

Melkor was probably at the height of his powers as the Dark Lord of Utumno, in the years before the coming of the Elves and even before the founding of Valinor. At that time he was able to make an...
Forum: The Books 11-11-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,348
Posted By mhagain
I don't believe this signifies anything. At the...

I don't believe this signifies anything. At the time, Tolkien was in the habit of reusing place and personal names from the real world and from real world myths in his stories. That's where Mirkwood...
Forum: The Movies 11-06-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,155
Posted By mhagain
I have this as well but haven't watched it. I...

I have this as well but haven't watched it. I think I'm still traumatized by the full-length Jackson movies. To answer the OP, the last thing we need is even more unnecessary bloat. Jackson's...
Forum: The Movies 10-21-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,740
Posted By mhagain
Return of the King, the movie, already had too...

Return of the King, the movie, already had too much going on in it. Deciding to end Two Towers with Helms Deep meant that a lot of that book had to be moved into Return, and in turn Towers had to be...
Forum: The Movies 09-13-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,058
Posted By mhagain
What about them? They're fresh! They are not...

What about them? They're fresh!

They are not for eating!

What about their legs? They don't need those. Ooh! They look tasty!

Get back, scum! The prisoners go to Saruman. Alive and unspoiled.
Forum: The Movies 09-12-2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 108,495
Posted By mhagain
Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly...

Yes, I believe that's fairly explicitly specified.

I don't know about this next bit, but I would assume that "can do anything" is defined in such a way that "if we catch you doing anything like...
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