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Forum: The Books 05-11-2022, 10:11 AM
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Note though the apparent goof on Tolkien's part:...

Note though the apparent goof on Tolkien's part: as you point out, Eradan and Herion were born when there was still a King, and the Stewards were still using Quenya names. I suppose, if one had to...
Forum: The Movies 04-16-2022, 12:40 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
Oh, horrors!

Worser and worser


Amazonís Rings of Power Script & Audition Videos - See What Theyíre Doing to Tolkien!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlHYvpL4KwY
Forum: The Books 04-11-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
I think what I had most of all in mind was The...

I think what I had most of all in mind was The Wanderings of Hurin (HME XI), where the bitter old man manipulates the folk of Haleth into destroying themselves, in revenge for the deaths of his...
Forum: The Books 04-05-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
What I was saying, though, was not simply that...

What I was saying, though, was not simply that Morgoth won in a battlefield sense, but that he succeeded in perverting one of the greatest of Men: ruining Hurin, turning him into an agent of evil,...
Forum: The Books 03-26-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
A couple of thoughts: 1) Melkor ultimately...

A couple of thoughts:

1) Melkor ultimately was the source of all evil in Arda, and, closer to this, the origin of evil in Men (the Fall). But this of course applied generally. What was specific...
Forum: The Movies 03-25-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 63,305
Holy psilocybin trip, Batman! (Thanks for...

Holy psilocybin trip, Batman!

(Thanks for that, Hu)
Forum: The Books 03-19-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,681
What's interesting about those slips (there are 3...

What's interesting about those slips (there are 3 of them) is that they represent the backs of "City of Oxford Air Raid Precautions Warden's Report Forms"- and in his letter to Christopher he...
Forum: The Books 03-02-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 866
Priscilla Tolkien RIP

The last of the Professor's children has gone to join him: his youngest, and only daughter, Priscilla. She was 92.

In childhood, Prisca owned a family of stuffed koalas named the Bingos, which may...
Forum: The Movies 02-28-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
The only possible counter-evidence, or at least...

The only possible counter-evidence, or at least the one snippet which has been thus proffered, is the "polished vambrace" with which Imrahil discovers that Eowyn is still alive.

That said, there...
Forum: The Movies 02-27-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
Tolkien's world is clearly set in the age of...

Tolkien's world is clearly set in the age of mail- everyone wears it, including the most advanced smiths in the world, the Dwarves.

From this I would have to conclude that Middle-earth, just as it...
Forum: The Movies 02-27-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
Well, I think that for me the gestalt - good...

Well, I think that for me the gestalt - good choice of words, thank you - is the problem. It isn't any one detail, but the pattern created by all the details. And that pattern goes beyond getting...
Forum: The Books 02-25-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,681
Provisional date

FWIW, after various COVID and supply-chain related delays, the provisional publication date is now mid-August
Forum: The Movies 02-22-2022, 08:06 PM
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Views: 107,601
Hear, hear. It does seem that one detail out of...

Hear, hear. It does seem that one detail out of very, very many is generating a lot of heat and very little light, ridiculously because it isn't really any more or less important than any of the...
Forum: The Movies 02-22-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
BTW, Corey Olsen is dead wrong; Tolkien...

BTW, Corey Olsen is dead wrong; Tolkien absolutely, positively did write that Dwarf-women were bearded. War of the Jewels, p. 205.



Note that means that Dwarf kids have beards too!
Forum: The Movies 02-22-2022, 12:32 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
I don't want to raise the temperature in here,...

I don't want to raise the temperature in here, but you are getting very close to name-calling.

Yes, it absolutely is political. One confusion of our confused and angry age seems to be the...
Forum: The Movies 02-21-2022, 11:17 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
Well, I'm at least spared an accusation of...

Well, I'm at least spared an accusation of inconsistency, since I hate the Jackson movies!
Forum: The Movies 02-21-2022, 12:02 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 107,601
I rather take exception to that. There can be...

I rather take exception to that. There can be other motivations which have nothing to do with "knee-jerk racism," starting with a wish to see Middle-earth rendered as its creator envisioned it. And...
Forum: The Movies 02-21-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
Yes, but note Appendix B: "when the Shadow...

Yes, but note Appendix B: "when the Shadow passed, Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lorien over Anduin in many boats. They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its...
Forum: The Books 02-21-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
"The Lord of the Rings... was fortieth on the...

"The Lord of the Rings... was fortieth on the American Library Associationís list of the one hundred books likely to be challenged or banned during the twentieth century."
Forum: The Movies 02-21-2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
Do remember also that between her ban/refusal at...

Do remember also that between her ban/refusal at the start of the Second Age, and the fall-of-Numenor era the TV show is set in, Galadriel had had over three millennia to think things over.
Forum: The Movies 02-18-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,589
Hannibal only had to ship his across the Strait...

Hannibal only had to ship his across the Strait of Gibraltar.... and they weren't much bigger than big horses. Oh, and they all froze to death.
Forum: The Books 02-18-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Fair point. Which interacts with the where- the...

Fair point. Which interacts with the where- the option to destroy was only available at the Sammath Naur, which Tolkien tells us is where the Ring was at the absolute maximum of its power, and where...
Forum: The Movies 02-17-2022, 10:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
Yes, one could cobble together a Second Age...

Yes, one could cobble together a Second Age storyline from Appendices A and B. Especially since, as per the showrunner, the series only takes place in the last century or so of the Age: Isildur's...
Forum: The Movies 02-15-2022, 06:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,941
"Dori Harfoot" - at a time when, if halflings...

"Dori Harfoot" - at a time when, if halflings existed at all - was millennia before the Hobbits adopted Westron around the settling of Bree, is just a cardinal illustration of the fact that the...
Forum: The Books 02-15-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
2/3? Sam gave it up voluntarily. Gandalf didn't...

2/3? Sam gave it up voluntarily. Gandalf didn't reference it because of course it hadn't yet happened. But Sam rather proves the larger point: his humility is proof against the Ring's temptation.
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