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Forum: The Books 09-15-2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
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The two Wraiths who were in Bree the night the...

The two Wraiths who were in Bree the night the hobbits were there knew very little. According to the Hunt For the Ring, Khamul and four others had entered the Shire and, after Frodo escaped across...
Forum: The Movies 09-14-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,377
Difficult to tell, since while Tolkien would have...

Difficult to tell, since while Tolkien would have been well aware of the original meaning of "spoil" (loot), there's no reason to think that PBJ were, so in the movie-universe "not eaten" might have...
Forum: The Movies 09-09-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 46,602
Not any more, apparently: REPORT: Amazon's Lord...

Not any more, apparently: REPORT: Amazon's Lord of the Rings Parts Ways With Tolkien Scholar Tom Shippey (https://www.cbr.com/report-tom-shippey-out-at-amazon-lord-of-the-rings/)
Forum: The Books 09-07-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Agree. In our haste to shove everything into a...

Agree. In our haste to shove everything into a pigeonhole, we mustn't overlook that there are probably other cubbies Tolkien didn't see fit to tell us about, and other things that don't fit into any...
Forum: The Books 09-07-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
The Beorians had pledged themselves to the...

The Beorians had pledged themselves to the service of the House of Finarfin; that of Marach/Hador became lords of Dor-Lomin as vassals of the House of Fingolfin. The Haladin had no interest in being...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
One thing to keep in mind is that, as The Hunt...

One thing to keep in mind is that, as The Hunt For the Ring tells us, the Ringwraiths were under orders to operate covertly. Not quite "never let anyone see you," but rather "do not draw attention...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 446
There is a note somewhere in HME where Tolkien...

There is a note somewhere in HME where Tolkien wrote that there were at most 8 Balrogs total.
Forum: The Movies 09-02-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Or explicit gore, or frontal nudity, or....

Or explicit gore, or frontal nudity, or....
Forum: The Books 09-02-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
I would think more of an emo band. "OMG! They're...

I would think more of an emo band. "OMG! They're like The Smiths, but even more depressing!"
Forum: The Books 09-02-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
This is a very common misperception, which PJ...

This is a very common misperception, which PJ picked up and ran with- but it's in error. Tolkien was explicit (it's somewhere in HME or UT) that the Pony burglary was carried out by Bill Ferny,...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-30-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,150
Not necessarily: Denethor, Theoden, Faramir all...

Not necessarily: Denethor, Theoden, Faramir all married at best on the level and probably slightly downhill. Elrond? Judgment call: a half-Elf marring a full Elf, but on the other hand Elrond is the...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-29-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,150
Why should we believe Nellas even survived the...

Why should we believe Nellas even survived the First Age? Most of Doriath's population was eradicated, given the Dwarven sack and the 2nd and 3rd Kinslayings. The Silmarillion says that the...
Forum: The Books 08-29-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Don't be misled by the movies. PJ could only...

Don't be misled by the movies. PJ could only envision the Nine as physical foes- which in general they were not. Their weapon was sheer overpowering unmanning disabling FEAR (plus some sorcery by...
Forum: The Books 08-28-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
They also had lethal archers, armed with steel...

They also had lethal archers, armed with steel bows.
Forum: The Books 08-27-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
The books tell us that the Dwarves "awakened from...

The books tell us that the Dwarves "awakened from sleep" the Balrog of Moria, circa TA 1980, so clearly not a Second Age option.

Smaug could not have been born in the First Age except at the very...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-26-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,150
Originally he was called Galdor (a name Tolkien...

Originally he was called Galdor (a name Tolkien used for several Elves at various times), and for a long time Galdor/Legolas* was simply a messenger from Mirkwood, not the king's son (in the same way...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-26-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,150
AIUI, the Elves just aren't very big on pomp and...

AIUI, the Elves just aren't very big on pomp and ceremony. Note that Celeborn and Galadriel rose to greet the Fellowship as was, we are told, Elvish custom, and were dressed very simply. Even going...
Forum: The Books 08-25-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,039
Aha! Now we have the answer! Balrogs were full...

Aha! Now we have the answer! Balrogs were full of hydrogen, hence the flames!
Forum: The Books 08-25-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
I'm not entirely sure Saruman was "going after"...

I'm not entirely sure Saruman was "going after" the Shire, not before his fall. Certainly he found it profitable to prop up Lotho, rather like big nations today operate in the Third World, but I...
Forum: The Books 08-21-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,039
Well, in that context, I would observe that the...

Well, in that context, I would observe that the leading reported cause of death among Balrogs (3 out of 3 cases) is plummeting.
Forum: The Books 08-19-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,039
There's yet a further level of meaning- all his...

There's yet a further level of meaning- all his life, he suffered from plantar warts.
Forum: The Books 08-19-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 416
I think if you want dreams-cum-reality material,...

I think if you want dreams-cum-reality material, The Notion Club Papers is a gold mine. Including learning dead languages via dream.
Forum: The Books 08-19-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 416
That, I think, was because Rohirric was an...

That, I think, was because Rohirric was an ancestral form of Westron (rendered in-book as Anglo-Saxon and English)- and a rather overgenerous notion of modern Anglophones' capacity for the...
Forum: The Books 08-19-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,039
I think you're not seeing the forest for the...

I think you're not seeing the forest for the trees. Tolkien's code was much more straightforward, direct numerology associated with his being a seer and prophet. He put it right on the fly-leaf of...
Forum: The Books 08-12-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Exactly. It's like hunting for enemy warships...

Exactly. It's like hunting for enemy warships using spy satellites: if you don't already have a pretty good idea where they are, good luck. The ocean is a big place.
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