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Forum: The Barrow-Downs 09-19-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 575
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
It's fascinating to read your account of the...

It's fascinating to read your account of the beginnings, Mithadan! I wasn't here for the start, but joined in January 2002 after reading about the Barrow-Downs in a magazine after the release of the...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 09-07-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 575
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
There is a Facebook group - private, so if you...

There is a Facebook group - private, so if you want to join, you need to contact one of us for an invitation. It's located here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2204573651/

Quite a few of us have...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-17-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,353
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Silmaril Minor Works -- 3 - Smith of Wootton Major

Like "Leaf", this tale definitely has autobiographical aspects, "translated" into a story of Faery. It was, however, written late in Tolkien's life, and has a completely different focus. It was...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 07-05-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
I'm not coming this year for two reasons: lack of...

I'm not coming this year for two reasons: lack of time, and the Corona situation in England. Sorry - hopefully next year!
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 07-02-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 488
Views: 90,946
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Hi there, Maril! Lovely to "see" you again! I've...

Hi there, Maril! Lovely to "see" you again! I've contacted the admins in hopes that one of them can help you - it may take a couple of days though...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-30-2021, 01:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
I would like to add a few thoughts gleaned from...

I would like to add a few thoughts gleaned from Scull and Hammond's "Reader's Guide" on this story before the thread goes "treeish" (appropriately?):

Tolkien himself confirms the allegorical...
Forum: The Books 06-18-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,303
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
I first read Hobbit and LotR in 1973 and was very...

I first read Hobbit and LotR in 1973 and was very disappointed to hear that Tolkien died just a few months later. In the fall of the same year I moved to Germany, had my Ballantine's box and reread...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-09-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
It certainly has an interesting take on the...

It certainly has an interesting take on the Catholic concept of purgatory - learning to work by the clock!
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-05-2021, 04:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Let's talk about the character of Niggle: ...

Let's talk about the character of Niggle:

In the very first sentence he is called a "little" man - I assume that does not refer to his body height, but to his lack of importance in the scheme of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-01-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Leaf Minor Works -- 2 - Leaf by Niggle

Thus Tolkien introduces the title character of this tale. The fact that he speaks very similarly of himself in the Foreword to the second edition of the LotR alerts us to the fact that the basic idea...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-01-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Interest in this discussion seems to be dying...

Interest in this discussion seems to be dying down, but before we move on, I will add my favourite lines, almost at the end of the story - which inspired me to cosplay Queen Agatha: That is such a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-26-2021, 02:22 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Thanks for the examples of greed and its...

Thanks for the examples of greed and its consequences, Legate! I didn't take the time to think about it - Thorin (and to a lesser extent, the other Dwarves) is certainly the character closest to this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-25-2021, 02:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Well, Roverandom was based on one of JRRT's...

Well, Roverandom was based on one of JRRT's children's toy dog, that was lost at the beach. The dog's adventures were made up to comfort him and explain where the dog had gone. I'm not aware of a...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-21-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
There is an actual battle scene in the story,...

There is an actual battle scene in the story, where Giles and the knights ride to the dragon's cave. Once again the knights are so concentrated on matters of "precedence and etiquette" that they did...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-19-2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Well, I feel a bit like I'm talking to myself -...

Well, I feel a bit like I'm talking to myself - what was that Gandalf said about speaking to the wisest person present?! But I like this story too much to quit yet...

Comparisons that remind me of...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-15-2021, 03:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,519
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
...bumping up to contribute to the Farmer Giles...

...bumping up to contribute to the Farmer Giles discussion.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-15-2021, 03:43 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Some years ago, I realised that there were...

Some years ago, I realised that there were numerous similarities between the tale of Giles and the movie Shrek. I found the thread in which I shared the insights I found (and lectured on in German),...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-13-2021, 02:07 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
There are numerous contrasts between the knights,...

There are numerous contrasts between the knights, whose task it is to protect the kingdom, and Giles. One of them is the matter of protocol - the knights need "official" notice and don't act...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-11-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
The acquisition of those objects is a matter of...

The acquisition of those objects is a matter of luck, isn't it? And Bilbo is said to have a good deal of luck, though it would not suffice without his courage.

I am always amused over the...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-04-2021, 11:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Estelyn smiled to see familiar faces as she...

Estelyn smiled to see familiar faces as she looked about the room, but she sighed to realize that there was so much space for more party guests. She walked over to the portal and gazed out...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-04-2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 4,147
Views: 673,489
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Welcome to the Downs, Nikolasha! Now I'm curious...

Welcome to the Downs, Nikolasha! Now I'm curious - as I've been on the Downs, active both as a member and as a moderator for many years, I would love to know what your father's user name was! Maybe...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-03-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,003
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Let's move on to the main adventure - enter...

Let's move on to the main adventure - enter Chrysophylax Dives! The thing that I noticed right away upon rereading this is the difference between expectation and reality of adventures. The idea of...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-30-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 763
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
The party thread is now open. Come on over!

The party thread is now open. Come on over!
Forum: The Books 04-30-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,028
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
The party thread is now open. Come on over!

The party thread is now open. Come on over!
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-30-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 763
Posted By Estelyn Telcontar
Silmaril Invitation to a Birthday Party

You are invited to join the Downs forum in celebrating its 21st birthday! The party thread is located on the Barrow-Downs Announcements section of the forum and will open on May 1st for all members....
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