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Forum: The Books 09-22-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,764
Posted By CSteefel
I read LOTR back in 1965. Discovered the books...

I read LOTR back in 1965. Discovered the books somehow and then disappeared into my grandfather's bomb shelter (which he built in the nuclear war scare in the earliest 1960s, despite being located...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2021, 09:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 23,299
Posted By CSteefel
This seems reasonable to me. Not being able to...

This seems reasonable to me. Not being able to follow the Fellowship into the Chamber, he would have likely made his way to what he knew to be the exit point from Moria. He did something similar...
Forum: The Books 09-22-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,826
Posted By CSteefel
It should be noted that Galadriel held all in her...

It should be noted that Galadriel held all in her gaze, but Aragorn and Legolas showed no embarassment or discomfort. I assume based on Aragorn's statement later on the Tongue when they were...
Forum: The Books 09-05-2010, 10:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,764
Posted By CSteefel
I can certainly buy into the idea that overall...

I can certainly buy into the idea that overall Tolkien is conservative, rural to some extent, and even anti-modernist, but how does this have anything to do with "bourgeois values" one way or the...
Forum: The Books 08-29-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,165
Posted By CSteefel
I think the comparison with Osgiliath is pretty...

I think the comparison with Osgiliath is pretty good, and reinforces some of the comments above about the idea that Annuminas was probably not as easily defensible as Fornost.

Anyway, repeating...
Forum: The Books 04-26-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,842
Posted By CSteefel
Even in Middle Earth, dilution is the solution...

Even in Middle Earth, dilution is the solution...
Forum: The Movies 04-26-2010, 10:01 PM
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Views: 291,343
Posted By CSteefel
But Tolkien accomplishes this without making...

But Tolkien accomplishes this without making Gandalf look weak, and more importantly, with out destroying much of the meaning behind Gandalf's return as the White Rider, as PJ was able to do...

By...
Forum: The Books 04-26-2010, 09:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,835
Posted By CSteefel
This is what I would argue--Bilbo aged rapidly...

This is what I would argue--Bilbo aged rapidly once the One Ring was destroyed. After all, Gollum managed to live another 70 years after losing the Ring, despite having survived 500 years or so...
Forum: The Books 04-26-2010, 09:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,097
Posted By CSteefel
This is what I would say. In fact, Saruman sent...

This is what I would say. In fact, Saruman sent about 100 Orcs as I recall. He was presumably not planning on intervention from the Rohirrim, because 1) Wormtongue supposedly had things under...
Forum: The Books 11-21-2009, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,823
Posted By CSteefel
I think this is right. In the first age, the...

I think this is right. In the first age, the Noldor took on Morgoth himself, and Sauron was only a lieutenant. In the Second Age, the Numenoreans were in some fashion blessed by the Valar for their...
Forum: The Books 11-11-2009, 09:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
In any case the reference seems to be something...

In any case the reference seems to be something resembling a more or less permanent threat to Bree, so not the Black Riders.

Probably parsing things too much here, but I suppose it could be...
Forum: The Books 11-10-2009, 08:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
This discussion now belongs in RPG. Better to...

This discussion now belongs in RPG. Better to stick with the "facts" as actually stated or implied (or not) by Tolkien...
Forum: The Books 11-09-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
Right about Sarn Ford--I have been reading too...

Right about Sarn Ford--I have been reading too much in the Unfinished Tales recently, where Tharbad is discussed quite a bit.

Otherwise, one interpretation is that the foes that would freeze one's...
Forum: The Books 11-08-2009, 10:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
One argument against this last interpretation is...

One argument against this last interpretation is that in fact the Rangers were unable to keep the Black Riders from overrunning Bree. The Witch King swept the Rangers away at Tharbad, and then a few...
Forum: The Books 11-08-2009, 11:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
Or one could interpret this slightly differently,...

Or one could interpret this slightly differently, given when Gandalf makes his statements. Perhaps this is Gandalf's way of saying that the King who has returned aims to clean things up, pointing...
Forum: The Books 11-07-2009, 05:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
I myself did not necessarily interpret Gandalf's...

I myself did not necessarily interpret Gandalf's report of the Rangers visiting Deadmen's Dike as anything having to do with sweet memories. To me it seemed to be another part of their regular tour...
Forum: The Books 11-06-2009, 11:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
Yes, and I agree that I can find no other...

Yes, and I agree that I can find no other specific reference to what these enemies would be... To the south, there are ruffians to be sure, but as stated, more than a day's march. To the east it...
Forum: The Books 11-06-2009, 10:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,757
Posted By CSteefel
I don't think of those Bree ruffians as...

I don't think of those Bree ruffians as characters who would "freeze your heart". Somehow I mostly thought of much more evil and dangerous being from the north, for example up near Deadman's Dike. ...
Forum: The Books 10-29-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,816
Posted By CSteefel
Yes, I agree there is no direct link here between...

Yes, I agree there is no direct link here between the sword and being able to pass through the Paths of the Dead. I am suggesting more of a parallel here, that just as he has inherited Elendils...
Forum: The Books 10-28-2009, 11:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,816
Posted By CSteefel
But I also see this in the context of what...

But I also see this in the context of what follows a few days later, when Aragorn bearing the Narsil announces himself as the heir of Isildur and thus earns the right to pass the Paths of the Dead. ...
Forum: The Books 10-12-2009, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,842
Posted By CSteefel
While the comments of Lindir are interesting, as...

While the comments of Lindir are interesting, as several have pointed out, they can be interpreted in several different ways.

More interesting to me are the actions of those Elves when faced with...
Forum: The Books 10-09-2009, 08:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,842
Posted By CSteefel
Not that I want to defend Celeborn all that much,...

Not that I want to defend Celeborn all that much, but at the time of the writing of the LOTR, I believe that Celeborn had been present at the sack of Doriath (later this seems to have changed, with...
Forum: The Books 10-05-2009, 09:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,452
Posted By CSteefel
Yes, I see now the passage about joining...

Yes, I see now the passage about joining Gil-Galad in Lindon, which does seem to be the last (1969).

There seem to be 3-4 versions of the Galadriel and Celeborn story--I personally like the...
Forum: The Books 10-05-2009, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,819
Posted By CSteefel
In this regard, I have always thought it a little...

In this regard, I have always thought it a little strange that Gandalf failed to tell the Dwarves that he found Thrain in Dol Goldur. This was years before the adventure with Smaug...
Forum: The Books 10-05-2009, 12:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,452
Posted By CSteefel
But I read this in the Unfinished Tales last...

But I read this in the Unfinished Tales last night. Somewhere I saw that some of Tolkien's comments on Galadriel came in 1967, shortly before he died. This was part of what I read last night (I...
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