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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-06-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots Tolkien is playing into a common medieval...

Tolkien is playing into a common medieval stereotype against millers. The miller was one of the most prosperous members of the average medieval community. He had a monopoly from the local lord to...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-01-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 248
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots In to the throng walked a well dressed and hooded...

In to the throng walked a well dressed and hooded dwarf. Strangely, or perhaps not, he was followed by a large dragon of ancient and imperial lineage who appeared to be laden down with a large...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-30-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots Hear, hear!

Hear, hear!
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-30-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I had never thought about that before. My...

I had never thought about that before.

My guess is that it is an additional personal identifier in case there was another Giles in town.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-29-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I subscribe to to the school of thought that says...

I subscribe to to the school of thought that says that translating knyaz as "prince" or "grand prince" is a piece of western snobbery which was intended to reduce the social and cultural standing of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-29-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots There is quite the rabbit hole you can disappear...

There is quite the rabbit hole you can disappear down on this topic...so here I go!

Basileus is not the original Greek word for king. The original word was "Anax," which while losing the status...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-28-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I too had noticed this oddity. In the notes...

I too had noticed this oddity.

In the notes in the 50th Anniversary Edition it says thusly:



I must admit I had never seen basileus as carrying that connotation before that footnote, and I...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 04-28-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots My condolences to her and her family.

My condolences to her and her family.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 04-27-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,170
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots Giles doesn't remind me of Bilbo so much as...

Giles doesn't remind me of Bilbo so much as Gaffer Gamgee.

It has been many a long year since I read the book, but it surprised me on this re-read how often I would read a passage and think to...
Forum: The Books 04-21-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I find the discussion of Tolkien's influence over...

I find the discussion of Tolkien's influence over the development of Dungeons & Dragons to be a very interesting topic.

Although, first, it needs to be said that the various settings that fall...
Forum: The Books 04-18-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots -and- The word "fan" given the wide...

-and-



The word "fan" given the wide variety of things and contexts that is can be used for to me has a connotation of trivializing my interest in Tolkien (or indeed anything else).

There...
Forum: The Books 04-18-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots For me, no, my standard of canon has not really...

For me, no, my standard of canon has not really changed although my opinions about some things within that canon have changed.

For me the biggest change I've had since my early days is an...
Forum: The Movies 04-17-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 66,238
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I think there are two points to be made about...

I think there are two points to be made about this.

The first is that there seems to have been an expectation that, it being HBO, they had to have nudity and casual sex in the show to establish...
Forum: The Movies 04-17-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 66,238
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots That was in the golden days of season one. ...

That was in the golden days of season one.

In my opinion it got substantially worse from there.

Of course, I could be justly accused of not knowing what I'm talking about since I gave up on...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-17-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,607
Posted By Kuruharan
He actually posted as recently as last year. ...

He actually posted as recently as last year.

His activity mostly stopped in late 2009 - early 2010.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-14-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 2,028
Views: 289,347
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I think today I may have topped my post count for some years...

Fashion can be very important in Italy.
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 04-14-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5,187
Views: 516,159
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I cannot play. I wish I could, but neither my...

I cannot play. I wish I could, but neither my personal nor professional life right now will admit to such a possibility.

But I, as usual, cannot rep Form because I've done it too recently...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 04-14-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,607
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I just have to say "Amen to this!" Being without...

I just have to say "Amen to this!" Being without the Downs was a distressing time...even though I don't check in to it nearly as often anymore. It is comforting knowing that it is still there. And...
Forum: The Books 01-28-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 763
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots Works for me. :D

Works for me. :D
Forum: The Books 01-19-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,356
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots We can't know for sure. They lived in the...

We can't know for sure.

They lived in the same general neighborhood for a long time so any number of places in western Mirkwood or the Anduin valley are possible.
Forum: The Books 01-15-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,375
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots I'd argue that even people who have earned it...

I'd argue that even people who have earned it through their deeds are just as prone to arrogance as anybody else.

They may just have a different set of pitfalls.
Forum: The Books 01-14-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,375
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots It means that demonstrating respect and offering...

It means that demonstrating respect and offering your service to somebody other than yourself is good for your soul because it gets you thinking about serving something outside your selfish desires....
Forum: The Movies 01-06-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 66,238
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots The Merry Wives of Gil-Galad..?

The Merry Wives of Gil-Galad..?
Forum: The Movies 01-03-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 66,238
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots That will probably be their excuse. Of...

That will probably be their excuse.

Of course, they probably feel they can also run wild with the other Men in Middle-earth who had more of Sauron's influence.
Forum: The Movies 01-01-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 66,238
Posted By Kuruharan
Boots Isn't that at least a little bit of a requirement...

Isn't that at least a little bit of a requirement for being a Tolkien fan?

You know...one might have hoped that the ignominious and universally reviled way in which Game of Thrones ended might...
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