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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 03:46 PM
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Posted By littlemanpoet
Smith was written in the late 60s, so Tolkien was...

Smith was written in the late 60s, so Tolkien was no doubt aware of Vatican II.

I still hold with my general approach that the plot, them, and characters, and milieu are all of a piece, and this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 04:32 AM
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Posted By littlemanpoet
Alf Prentice should have been Master Cook, and...

Alf Prentice should have been Master Cook, and had to wait for old Nokes to retire, even though he was the one prepared for the role, and no doubt would have performed it even better than his own...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-22-2021, 04:34 AM
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Posted By littlemanpoet
I have read an article somewhere (Mythlore...

I have read an article somewhere (Mythlore magazine, or a book?) in which it was speculated that the Great Kitchen and its Master Cook stood in for the Church and its Priest. I don't think I agree,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-18-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By littlemanpoet
Smith is my favorite of everything written by...

Smith is my favorite of everything written by Tolkien, and that's saying something because I love so much of what he wrote.

I remember when I was younger, identifying with 'one of the boys,' who...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-13-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,251
Posted By littlemanpoet
A modern motif. I can imagine that before time...

A modern motif. I can imagine that before time keeping the theme could be the same, but with sunrise and sunset being the standard.



The only other description of purgatory I know of is...
Forum: The Books 06-07-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,610
Posted By littlemanpoet
I had not reread it before I posed my question,...

I had not reread it before I posed my question, so thank you, Huinesoron, for quoting the text. It appears that you are correct.

My thought was that if the name Elbereth does have greater power...
Forum: The Books 06-06-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,610
Posted By littlemanpoet
On what in the story is this conclusion based?

On what in the story is this conclusion based?
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-06-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,251
Posted By littlemanpoet
C.S. Lewis is known to have described Tolkien as...

C.S. Lewis is known to have described Tolkien as a little man soon after their introduction. It is not lost on me that my own nickname in this group bears a marked resemblance to it.


I place it...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-06-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,603
Posted By littlemanpoet
The Discarded Image

I've been meaning to post about this for a few days. I've been thinking about Tolkien's treatment of animals in FGoH, which has been commented on by others on this thread.

When Tolkien wrote and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-01-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,603
Posted By littlemanpoet
Word choices here and there

In this reading, I'm fascinated by Tolkien's word choices:

Distinguished

"There was more time then, and folk were fewer, so that most men were distinguished."

Distinguished, here, has a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-24-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,603
Posted By littlemanpoet
Many years ago now, I bought a second hand copy...

Many years ago now, I bought a second hand copy of Tolkien's "Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham," copyright 1967, Ballantine Books. I reread Farmer Giles of Ham for the umpteenth time...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-14-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 13,992
Posted By littlemanpoet
Elempi stared at the dark haired woman who had...

Elempi stared at the dark haired woman who had sat beside him. He seemed to recognize her from the Downs, one special corner of them. He searched his mind. He thought of a big, lumbering, blonde and...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 03-28-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 13,992
Posted By littlemanpoet
Elempi was glad that Bethberry had invited him to...

Elempi was glad that Bethberry had invited him to the party. He used his palantir to watch the beginnings of this new unexpected party.
He wondered if he might go in the garb of Eodwine of Rohan? ...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 12-17-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,232
Views: 411,821
Posted By littlemanpoet
Robocalls that don't identify their source up...

Robocalls that don't identify their source up front. :mad:
Forum: The Books 05-19-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,179
Posted By littlemanpoet
I'm drawn to this thread again because I'm...

I'm drawn to this thread again because I'm reading "The Scouring of the Shire" for the 6th time.

I'm struck by the modern feel of it compared to the rest of the book. It has a similar feel, to...
Forum: Elvenhome 03-25-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 610
Views: 149,502
Posted By littlemanpoet
Have we killed our interest with too much...

Have we killed our interest with too much hardship?
Forum: Elvenhome 03-12-2016, 07:36 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Rowenna

So Scyld was in a bad temper; at least toward her. Fair enough, she thought. They all deserved to be in a bad temper, considering the nuisance of the flood and rains.

"Let's go have a word with...
Forum: Elvenhome 03-09-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 610
Views: 149,502
Posted By littlemanpoet
It's pretty much dark. Maybe people have...

It's pretty much dark. Maybe people have lanterns (they existed at the Long expected party), but that would be about it.
Forum: Elvenhome 03-05-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Rowenna

"Such an astute comment," Scyld heard from behind him. It was Rowenna. "Yes, we're being flooded."

He looked at her sidewise with that sardonic expression of his.

"So are you going to stand...
Forum: Elvenhome 03-03-2016, 11:59 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Eodwine sighed with relief. He put his hand on...

Eodwine sighed with relief. He put his hand on his shoulder. "Thornden, you are a rock. I thought that we would have to have everybody climb onto the roof. I give you the power to do as you see...
Forum: Elvenhome 02-25-2016, 05:26 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Eodwine was wakened by the ruckus. He leaned up...

Eodwine was wakened by the ruckus. He leaned up on his elbows. Saeryn was stirring. What was he hearing? He focused. Wake! Wake! We are flooded! Wake! Maybe he was just dreaming. He shook...
Forum: Elvenhome 02-23-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Rowenna could not sleep. She tossed and turned...

Rowenna could not sleep. She tossed and turned on her straw mattress. She was surprised that all her movements didn't waken any of the others. She turned over one last time and closed her eyes,...
Forum: Elvenhome 02-22-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 610
Views: 149,502
Posted By littlemanpoet
I'd like us to wrap up this Day soon, if we can. ...

I'd like us to wrap up this Day soon, if we can.

What still needs to happen?

I've just been scanning a little bit about Anglo-Saxon culture, such as sleeping arrangements. Apparently, actual...
Forum: Elvenhome 02-21-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 59,665
Posted By littlemanpoet
Eodwine watched Saeryn come to the table. She...

Eodwine watched Saeryn come to the table. She looked tired. He had told her to come when she could. Maybe he should have said ‘come the first moment you can.’ Maybe that would have made a...
Forum: Elvenhome 02-20-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 610
Views: 149,502
Posted By littlemanpoet
Yes, Eodwine is waiting and not showing a thing,...

Yes, Eodwine is waiting and not showing a thing, and Saeryn is oblivious. Perfect set up. ;)
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