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Forum: The Books Yesterday, 03:39 PM
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With the caveat that the BoLT was very early and...

With the caveat that the BoLT was very early and in a LOT of areas superseded. In particular, its Valar owe a lot more to RW pagan pantheons, including the bloodthirsty war-Valar Makar and Measse;...
Forum: The Books 04-06-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
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Add to this that both in old sources (e.g. the...

Add to this that both in old sources (e.g. the Heidrikssaga) and in Morris' House of the Wolfings "Mirkwood" represented the doubtful and treacherous border region between the Goths and the orc-like...
Forum: The Books 04-05-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
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Strength and speed. Men have greater muscle...

Strength and speed. Men have greater muscle density and mass both, have longer legs proportionally and have pelvises better adapted to running, jumping and kicking. If we extend the discussion to...
Forum: The Books 04-05-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,883
Well said. Kim's paper is nothing more or less...

Well said. Kim's paper is nothing more or less than race-based trolling: factually incorrect and intellectually dishonest.
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,883
That, at least, is an easy one: when it comes to...

That, at least, is an easy one: when it comes to competitive athletics, certainly soccer and the like, men are better at them. Fact of biology, and Nature doesn't care that it's not fair. They...
Forum: The Books 04-04-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 197
To call the W-K a dwimmerlaik was also an insult,...

To call the W-K a dwimmerlaik was also an insult, since it implies that he was nothing more than a phantasm, an illusion, a false creation of Sauron's (like the mock-Eilenel that ensnared Gorlim)...
Forum: The Books 03-29-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
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Well, in terms of durability the 50th Anniversary...

Well, in terms of durability the 50th Anniversary leather-bound deluxe US Houghton Mifflin one-volume is very well constructed indeed, although maybe a bit too "nice" - and bulky - for a daily...
Forum: The Books 03-27-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Sadly, the standards of bookbinding have...

Sadly, the standards of bookbinding have descended very, very r4apidly over the last 30 years or so.

If you really want a last-forever reading copy, see if you can find one surplused from a...
Forum: The Books 03-22-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 13,279
Malaria means literally "bad air," because it was...

Malaria means literally "bad air," because it was believed by the ancients to be caused by the noisesome vapors of swamps and marshes.
Forum: The Books 03-21-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 13,279
Long before Pasteur, people had observed that...

Long before Pasteur, people had observed that contact with or proximity to infected people, or objects associated with them, led to contagion. Quarantine was used a thousand years before germ theory!...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-20-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Tolkien had a passing notion to give the Dark Elf...

Tolkien had a passing notion to give the Dark Elf some very un-elflike traits including constant sore throats, and name him Garglin, but rejected the idea.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-14-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Uffington is late Bronze/early Iron Age, and has...

Uffington is late Bronze/early Iron Age, and has been believed to be such since before Tolkien ever went up to Oxford (confirmed in the 1990s). Even Saxon and early Norman writings refer to it as...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-14-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Tolkien unequivocally said that the theatre of...

Tolkien unequivocally said that the theatre of action was "the North-west of the Old World, east of the Sea," and that the Shire lay at "the approximate latitude of Oxford;" putting both together...
Forum: The Books 03-14-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 19,229
Pullman's attitude reminds me very much of...

Pullman's attitude reminds me very much of Moorcock's "epic Pooh" putdown, and I think both come from a similar place: they are didactic writers, polemicists as much as novelists, and they can't...
Forum: The Books 03-11-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
I like it. Althogh I'm surprised that neither...

I like it. Althogh I'm surprised that neither mentioned Tolkien's most direct lift from Beowulf, admittedly not in TH itself: the guard's challenge in Rohan. (In the draft, Tolkien rendered it in...
Forum: The Books 03-08-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 798
Excellent! Thank you! Especially...

Excellent! Thank you!

Especially significant- and Clausewitzian - were his comments on the "morale battle," and why it is dispositive in warfare*- something that Tolkien knew, and PJ evidently did...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-05-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,088
However, the Nine had all been distributed long...

However, the Nine had all been distributed long ere the final days of Numenor. The Nazgul had already appeared ca. SA 2250, a thousand years before
Forum: The Books 02-12-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 805
No. He painted or drew very little for The Lord...

No. He painted or drew very little for The Lord of the Rings- and for "Fangorn" he just recycled an old picture of Taur-nu-Fuin from the 20s!
Forum: The Books 02-01-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Define "Middle Ages". In the early centuries...

Define "Middle Ages". In the early centuries practically every place in the West recently ruled by the Roman Empire spoke Latin, except for Britain. Already, though, demotic vulgar Latin differed...
Forum: The Books 01-26-2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 548
The "Star of the Dunedain" was worn as a badge by...

The "Star of the Dunedain" was worn as a badge by the Dunedain, but it appears to have been a quartermaster-issue item, not an ancient relic. Elessar much later gives one to Sam, so it must have...
Forum: The Books 01-19-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
I posted this on another forum, but thought I...

I posted this on another forum, but thought I would share it here. This is what I will remember: his wit, his intellect, and above all his kindness. (As well as extraordinary skill at saying "no"...
Forum: The Movies 01-19-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,239
At this point it's all speculation, since we have...

At this point it's all speculation, since we have no clue what the new legal arrangements or dramatis personae are going to be. Remember, CRT never relinquished the position of literary executor,...
Forum: The Movies 01-18-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,239
Perhaps so, but Baillie and Michael George are...

Perhaps so, but Baillie and Michael George are still on the board, and the impression I get of Adam is that his attitude is rather like his father's.

Simon on the other hand....
Forum: The Movies 01-16-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,239
I'm basically expecting this to be every bit as...

I'm basically expecting this to be every bit as bad as the Hobbit movies, crossed with The Last Jedi and Ishtar.

That leaves room to be pleasantly surprised.
Forum: The Books 01-16-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
“Therefore in this world I cannot think of a...

“Therefore in this world I cannot think of a reason
Why my soul does not blacken when I seriously consider
All the warriors, tested at war,
How they suddenly sank to the floor,
The brave kinsmen....
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