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Old 04-12-2021, 02:26 PM   #4121
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White Tree Hello!

I am Ring Bearer, I joined this forum to post just one reply--like many here I believe.

The Forum is older than me.


I don't think The Hobbit Trilogy is considered to be a great series among the fans but that is what got me(and I believe many of my generation) into the Fandom--about 8 years ago.

I have only read "The Hobbit", I was too young to read hefty books like LOTR back in 2013. I do intend to read them someday. I don't think I'll read the Silm tho, have read too much of the "One Wiki To Rule Them All".

Love all 6 movies and it was actually a Movie Prediction by Mister Underhill in 2000 that got me into this forum--I believe that post was read by Peter Jackson bcoz it did find its way into the movie.

Since I was toddler when the original trilogy came out--I was never interested in it until I watched the "Riddles in the Dark" scene too many times on TV in 2013(was running continuously before DoS was too be released I believe).

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Old 04-12-2021, 02:35 PM   #4122
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Hi Ring Bearer! Welcome to the Downs. I'm always fascinated by communities appealing to people younger than them, so double welcome in fact.

Around here you will find people who hate the Hobbit movies but loved the LOTR ones, who hate the LOTR ones but love the books, and no doubt who hate LOTR and think Tolkien shout have stuck with The Hobbit alone. All views are welcome, which is great if you're inclined to go off on random tangents (like me... hi).

I'm really curious now - what was the prediction? :O I knew a fanfic way back that predicted 'Frodo falls off the ledge in Mount Doom' in 2002, so this is fascinating.

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Old 04-12-2021, 02:54 PM   #4123
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I am Ring Bearer, I joined this forum to post just one reply--like many here I believe.

The Forum is older than me.


I don't think The Hobbit Trilogy is considered to be a great series among the fans but that is what got me(and I believe many of my generation) into the Fandom--about 8 years ago.

I have only read "The Hobbit", I was too young to read hefty books like LOTR back in 2013. I do intend to read them someday. I don't think I'll read the Silm tho, have read too much of the "One Wiki To Rule Them All".

Love all 6 movies and it was actually a Movie Prediction by Mister Underhill in 2000 that got me into this forum--I believe that post was read by Peter Jackson bcoz it did find its way into the movie.

Since I was toddler when the original trilogy came out--I was never interested in it until I watched the "Riddles in the Dark" scene too many times on TV in 2013(was running continuously before DoS was too be released I believe).

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Fascinating.

We used to speculate (excuse me, I left my porch rocker and cane around here someone... going to want them if we're talking about "when I was your age") about "Downer babies"--i.e. the children of the Downers joining the forum some day. Granted, I am assuming here that you're not a literal Downer baby, the fact that you're actually younger than the forum does make you the closest comparison I think we've seen yet.

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Old 04-12-2021, 03:27 PM   #4124
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Hello Ring Bearer good to see another new face around here.
Can you link the thread in question? I'd like to see this prediction.
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:55 PM   #4125
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Hi Ring Bearer! I want to echo the welcome, and the plea for posting the prediction thread. Is it the one you linked in your very first post here?
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:53 PM   #4126
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Hi Ring Bearer! Welcome to the Downs. I'm always fascinated by communities appealing to people younger than them, so double welcome in fact.

Around here you will find people who hate the Hobbit movies but loved the LOTR ones, who hate the LOTR ones but love the books, and no doubt who hate LOTR and think Tolkien shout have stuck with The Hobbit alone. All views are welcome, which is great if you're inclined to go off on random tangents (like me... hi).

I'm really curious now - what was the prediction? :O I knew a fanfic way back that predicted 'Frodo falls off the ledge in Mount Doom' in 2002, so this is fascinating.

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Can you link the thread in question? I'd like to see this prediction.
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Hi Ring Bearer! I want to echo the welcome, and the plea for posting the prediction thread. Is it the one you linked in your very first post here?
Yeah that same link.

I didn't know that links need to be linked...

Here it is--http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthr...oto=nextoldest
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:48 PM   #4127
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Hello,
nice to meet you all. I'm Paul, I'm new and of course I am a fan of basically everything even softly related to LOTR as many people here...I guess.

I have to admit I saw the first movie before starting reading the books (full version of course)...so I am not one of those despise the movies. To be honest I like them. Yes of course they are not so complete as the books...but I guess that's happen always...not just in Tolkien's world.

I also like to say always that I became more passionate about LOTR in forums, blogs and chats...because thanks to the knowledge of other fans I learned more and more (such as starting - years ago - learning a bit of elvish). So thanks in advance for your sharings. I will send a thank you card to the one that will reveal me something I don't know yet.

So, super excited to be here, discover more and meet cool people
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:04 PM   #4128
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Hi Paul! Mae govannen, and welcome to the Downs! If you're looking for Tolkien lore, I'd say you've come to the right place. I am no loremaster, but I have learned quite a lot from hanging around this place. Very happy to see more LOTR enthusiasts here, you are always welcome in all the forums: go lore digging in Books, or talk about the movies in Movies, or hang a turn by Mirth or Quizzes or Quotes for some fun games.
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:33 AM   #4129
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Hi Paul, and I am just seconding Galadriel55 here in welcoming you. I'd say she is being unnecessarily humble and I think pretty much everyone here is a loremaster of sorts. So I very much invite you to take a look around, dig for questions and answers, ask those of your own and share your own discoveries and insights. You will surely found many local Barrow-Wights interested in discussing nearly any aspects of the vast lore of Arda.

And as for the films - I daresay we are a mixed bunch here, but even those who are rather on the critical side (I would count myself among them) aren't opposed to discussing them, and perceive and appreciate many of the films' positive elements.

So welcome to the 'Downs, and enjoy your stay!

P. S. As for revealing something you did not know yet, just taking a shot here - do you know what Amon Lanc is?
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:29 AM   #4130
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Do you know who Pervinca Took is?
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Old 05-04-2021, 04:15 PM   #4131
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Hello, everyone! I'm Nikolasha (I couldn't think of a good Tolkien related username, sorry). My dad was a massive Tolkien fan and had... just about every book by or about him that one can have, so I grew up reading Smith of Wootton Major and the Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Roverandom (my childhood dog was named Roverandom, in fact) but never actually read LOTR because my dad hounded me constantly to read them.

Well, a few years ago I finally did. I'm currently reading them again with a friend, and exchanging feverish discussions every week (mostly about Sam--we both really love Sam) and realized I'd like to see what other people have to say. I remember my dad talking about this site a great deal when I was younger. I was pretty surprised that it's still here and still active, but definitely glad to see it.
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Old 05-04-2021, 04:32 PM   #4132
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Hello, everyone! I'm Nikolasha (I couldn't think of a good Tolkien related username, sorry). My dad was a massive Tolkien fan and had... just about every book by or about him that one can have, so I grew up reading Smith of Wootton Major and the Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Roverandom (my childhood dog was named Roverandom, in fact) but never actually read LOTR because my dad hounded me constantly to read them.
Welcome, Nikolasha!
I also credit my father with introducing me to Tolkien, though with me, it was The Hobbit and LOTR that I read first, with the others coming much later.

This is hands down the best place to discuss Tolkien I know.

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I second that. Welcome aboard, Nikolasha, and please do share your thoughts about Sam! I was also introduced to Tolkien by my parents, though for me LOTR was the first one. It would be fascinating for me to find out what you think of LOTR as a first time reader - that time for me was long enough ago that the impression has worn off under the impressions of re-reads.
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Welcome, Nikolasha (and, for that matter, paul10)!

You say your father remembered this as a good site for Tolkien discussion. Does that make you a second generation 'Downer? (Or does that mean that--GASP--some people only lurked?!)
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Welcome, Nikolasha (and, for that matter, paul10)!

You say your father remembered this as a good site for Tolkien discussion. Does that make you a second generation 'Downer? (Or does that mean that--GASP--some people only lurked?!)
Thank you!

I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure he did have an account. He was very, very into Tolkien and pretty outspoken, so I doubt he lurked!
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I second that. Welcome aboard, Nikolasha, and please do share your thoughts about Sam! I was also introduced to Tolkien by my parents, though for me LOTR was the first one. It would be fascinating for me to find out what you think of LOTR as a first time reader - that time for me was long enough ago that the impression has worn off under the impressions of re-reads.
Thank you!

This is the second time I'm reading it, though the first time that I'm really stopping to analyze it. I don't know that 2 read-throughs are enough to really wrap my head around it--every chapter I come across tons of things that I had missed the significance of the first time around. My friend and I only just finished the Fellowship yesterday, so that's what's currently fresh in my mind. But what has stood out so far is all the foreshadowing, like how Gandalf very scrupulously doesn't promise to accompany them the whole way.

My Sam thoughts are mostly just a very emphatic GOD, I LOVE SAM. I remember watching the movies as a kid thinking "all those pots and pans must have been kind of heavy to carry to Mordor, I wonder why Sam brought them with him." As a adult with a pretty extensive cast iron pan collection, all I can think is that he must be VERY dedicated to making sure he and his companions (or really, mostly just Frodo) eat well. Which I find admirable, but also very endearing!
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Welcome, Nikolasha!
I also credit my father with introducing me to Tolkien, though with me, it was The Hobbit and LOTR that I read first, with the others coming much later.

This is hands down the best place to discuss Tolkien I know.

Enjoy yourself!
Thank you! I'm sure I will enjoy myself immensely.

It's cool to learn how many people were introduced to Tolkien by their parents! I imagine that one would enjoy his short stories more with a thorough LOTR education, so the Hobbit and LOTR coming first sounds like the way to do it!
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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 you can ask him - and maybe you'll inspire him to post again!
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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 you can ask him - and maybe you'll inspire him to post again!
Unfortunately, I have no idea I can't ask him (as he's dead), but it'd be cool to find his account on here some day! So I'll be keeping an eye out, but in the meantime I don't think I can be of any help, sorry.
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it'd be cool to find his account on here some day! So I'll be keeping an eye out, but in the meantime I don't think I can be of any help, sorry.
This is really cool and makes me grin. Riiight down at the bottom of the forum homepage there's a birthday ticker; if you keep an eye on it when your father's birthday rolls round you might see him cross it, potentially even with age listed for easy identification.

And welcome to the Downs! Hope you stick around a long time.

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Is the photo page still active tried searching couldn’t find it but a possibility?
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It's been down for quite a long time. Since it was hosted from a different domain, I'm doubtful it's recoverable.
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What a treat.

Corona shutdown has made it impossible to get a hairdresser appointment, and so I have made it a quest of mine to return my hair to its former glory.

Possibly this could be classified as an early mid-life crisis.
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You are amazing, sir. These should absolutely be archived for posterity. *can't bear to look at the youngsters' faces - and by youngsters, I mean everybody*

Looking good, Morsul!

And Rune, I wholeheartedly support you regrowing your hair to its former glory.

Anyway, I think it is amazing that we are having second-generation members. I wholeheartedly support the quest of finding your dad's trace, Nikolasha. That sounds like a great quest. Best would be if you could find some post he made, if he did. Anyway, welcome!
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Anyway, I think it is amazing that we are having second-generation members. I wholeheartedly support the quest of finding your dad's trace, Nikolasha. That sounds like a great quest.
Seconded!

To add to the now recovered photo page, I would add two threads that could also contain some info:

The photo thread: many photos got uploaded here and never made it to the "official" photo page.

The meeting thread: holds records of Downer moots and meetings, and also has some photos. If you think your father might have met up with other Downers, this is the place to look.

And to add to Hui's suggestion of the birthday ticker - all the birthdays show up on the calendar, where you can just scroll to the right day. It's kinda been stuck in 2012, but you can still flip through the months and check the birthdays. Not all members display their birthdays, but it could be a start.


Best of luck with the quest to find your dad, as well as your quest to somehow organize Silmarillion chronology!
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Oh ye of little faith.

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It isn't clear that Page 4 ever existed. For pictures which show as a Photobucket error image, you can right click > open link in new tab, then remove the "https://web.archive.org/web/20081221111918/" or similar to view it directly on Photobucket. This also works for the ones which have picked up a watermark; from Page 2, here's Morsul's.
Hm. I guess the Internet really doesn't forget!

I thought my pic was there at one time, but I could be mistaken. It's here on the forum anyway.
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