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Forum: The Movies 07-31-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,453
Forced "diversity" of melanin levels is just part...

Forced "diversity" of melanin levels is just part of the faddish silliness of the age, and gets a lot of people very exercised about trivialities. I am more concerned about the writing- and what I...
Forum: The Books 07-31-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,087
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's just about officially here

On the Project Muse website, where you can pre-order the e-version (available in ca. 2 weeks), and read brief excerpts:

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/48264

Hard copies from Duke University...
Forum: The Movies 07-24-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,453
Do you really think this show is going t deal in...

Do you really think this show is going t deal in complex metaphysics and sophisticated cosmology?

These are people who still think bearded Dwarf women were a Peter Jackson joke (as stated just...
Forum: The Movies 07-14-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Dear god, that breastplate! Have the costume...

Dear god, that breastplate! Have the costume designers never seen so much as a picture of real armor?
Forum: The Movies 07-11-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,453
Explain to me again what Miriel is doing alive at...

Explain to me again what Miriel is doing alive at the same time as Celebrimbor?
Forum: The Books 07-11-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,246
So was "John"

So was "John"
Forum: The Books 06-24-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
This is nothing more than a repackaging of...

This is nothing more than a repackaging of previously-published material. It appears to be a HarperCollins initiative, and no unpublished manuscripts are involved.
I also expect that "Lives of the...
Forum: The Books 06-20-2022, 10:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,698
Sort of a necrobump, but- I'm not sure...

Sort of a necrobump, but-



I'm not sure I read it that way. It seems that there is a difference between invisibility- an automatic function of the Ring when donned by a Man (or Hobbit) - and...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 06-19-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,904
Up until quite recently, the Sixties (and among...

Up until quite recently, the Sixties (and among traditionalists the Eighties), no Englishmen who considered himself or aspired to be a gentleman would be without his handkerchief. This was separate...
Forum: The Movies 06-17-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
I stand corrected. Still, there is no Appendices...

I stand corrected. Still, there is no Appendices warrant for brothers, plural.
Forum: The Books 06-17-2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
What Hu said. Also, when Tolkien wrote The...

What Hu said.

Also, when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit it was just a magic invisibility ring with no connection to the unnamed Necromancer at all.
Forum: The Books 06-17-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
That I think is the key. If the owner of a...

That I think is the key. If the owner of a trademark, in particular, and to a rather lesser degree a copyright, can be shown in court not to have enforced it, to have let infringements slide in the...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-17-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 28,876
I do think that that is a wonderful passage, both...

I do think that that is a wonderful passage, both for Tolkien's language, almost poetic, and that, especially for a new reader, one is along with Frodo for the first time given the feel of the...
Forum: The Movies 06-17-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Brothers? That's odd- because no matter which...

Brothers? That's odd- because no matter which version of the Finarfinian genealogy you care to use, not one of them is mentioned in the Appendices, supposedly Amazon's only permitted source.
Forum: The Movies 06-12-2022, 12:44 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
On nomenclature: This is an area which I thinks...

On nomenclature:
This is an area which I thinks provides substantial evidence that this show is not "in good hands" at all, notwithstanding the comments of assorted podcasters whom Amazon lavishly...
Forum: The Movies 06-12-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Yes; I think strict quotas would produce better...

Yes; I think strict quotas would produce better television.
Forum: The Movies 06-10-2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Some context, from Amazon Studios' 'Inclusion...

Some context, from Amazon Studios' 'Inclusion Policy':
Forum: The Movies 06-10-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Morfydd Clark (Galadriel): "Rings of Power is...

Morfydd Clark (Galadriel):
"Rings of Power is more of a message to the patriarchy, and the old cultural guard. A message that says we are no longer going to play fiddle to a white man's vision. This...
Forum: The Movies 06-07-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
In this connection, it's worth reading Verlyn...

In this connection, it's worth reading Verlyn Flieger's paper where she speculates that the Notion Club Papers may have been another idea for a frame-story to replace Aelfwine, but one which remained...
Forum: The Movies 06-07-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
That's rather a broad brush, don't you think? It...

That's rather a broad brush, don't you think? It is part and parcel of Amazon's contempt for Tolkien's creation, the "lore," that they run roughshod over everything including his admittedly Euro-...
Forum: The Movies 05-24-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,270
And they say 'slippery slope' arguments are...

And they say 'slippery slope' arguments are invalid.....
Forum: The Movies 05-22-2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Turning off comments is always a pregnant...

Turning off comments is always a pregnant indication.
Forum: The Movies 05-21-2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
Errrrr- Smeagol was a Stoor.

Errrrr- Smeagol was a Stoor.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 05-18-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,164
Which would still be better than what Amazon is...

Which would still be better than what Amazon is making.
Forum: The Movies 05-18-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 116,963
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