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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,222
Posted By Formendacil
Leaf I know I've made comments to this effect before...

I know I've made comments to this effect before in other chapters... but I really can't believe this thread received so few comments! I am completely open to arguments that say this is the single...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,395
Posted By Formendacil
"Homeward Bound" is quite short--even by the...

"Homeward Bound" is quite short--even by the standards of denouement RotK (is it the shortest? I'm typing on my phone in the car, so I'm not sure). It's not quite the farewell tour of "Many...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter Yesterday, 06:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,543
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe The emotional response begun for me in "The...

The emotional response begun for me in "The Steward and the King" continues in "Many Partings," which is a bittersweet journey backward through the lands we covered in the previous books, all the way...
Forum: Quiz Room Yesterday, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
Each of these are middle children (i.e. neither...

Each of these are middle children (i.e. neither the eldest nor the youngest?)
Forum: Quiz Room 03-20-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
I'm afraid it's purely a guess from theme, first...

I'm afraid it's purely a guess from theme, first letter, and "half-wise."
Forum: Quiz Room 03-20-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
Could 5. be Sam's sister, Daisy?

Could 5. be Sam's sister, Daisy?
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-19-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,998
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree Rereading the previous chapter, I was struck by...

Rereading the previous chapter, I was struck by the number of those for whom "The Field of Cormallen" was their most deeply moving chapter. And I get it, but that sentiment for me is far stronger in...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,739
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril It's fascinating to reread this thread with its...

It's fascinating to reread this thread with its high praise for this chapter and mentions of it being personal favourites--because the thing that struck me most while I was rereading "The Field of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-16-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,744
Posted By Formendacil
I think the use of the terms "leech" and...

I think the use of the terms "leech" and "leechcraft" have more to do with Tolkien evoking the ancientry of Gondor than using bloodsucking worms medicinally.

And! A little bit of quick googling...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-14-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,126
Posted By Formendacil
Appropriately enough, considering its pivotal...

Appropriately enough, considering its pivotal role, "Mount Doom" has seen more discussion in this thread about metaphysics and ethics than pretty much any other CbC thread--and scarcely any other...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-13-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,843
Posted By Formendacil
Dark-Eye It feels a bit incongruous after rereading this...

It feels a bit incongruous after rereading this thread to go back to talking about "The Land of Shadow," so I'll ease into it by not completely agreeing with past-Formendacil. The Ring is not...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-12-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,855
Posted By Formendacil
The Eye "The Tower of Cirith Ungol" always surprises me...

"The Tower of Cirith Ungol" always surprises me when I come to it, because after the epic drama of Book V, my memory always makes Book IV out to have been a little drab by comparison. But this...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,662
Posted By Formendacil
Not a lot struck me as I finished Book V this...

Not a lot struck me as I finished Book V this time--beyond the thought that that may mean this is the most expendable chapter of Book V, the very one in which the host of the West assaults the Gates...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-10-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
Is 3. the Forsaken Inn?

Is 3. the Forsaken Inn?
Forum: Quiz Room 03-10-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
Given that both "branch" and "bark" point at...

Given that both "branch" and "bark" point at trees, and given that the Water points us to central parts of the Shire, we seem to be looking for a tree-name near the Stockbrook. But, without the map...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,887
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree Tolkien's narrative choice to make the arrival of...

Tolkien's narrative choice to make the arrival of the black fleet at the Battle of the Pelennor a eucatastrophe is the cause of this chapter. For that reason, half of it really isn't in the movies,...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,744
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree The biggest surprise for me rereading "The Houses...

The biggest surprise for me rereading "The Houses of Healing" was how emotional I got--there were faint stirrings of tears at each of the awakenings. The whole chapter is emotional, and we start...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-10-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
5. looks like it might be either EREGION or...

5. looks like it might be either EREGION or HOLLIN.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-10-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,881
Posted By Formendacil
Before thinking about my reread, in response to...

Before thinking about my reread, in response to the ancient questions above about Gandalf's authority to put Imrahil in command, it seems to me that the context of their conversation is missing:...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-09-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,865
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree Structurally, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"...

Structurally, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields" starts with a fairly wide focus, following the Rohirrim into battle. It zooms in like a camera on a helicopter (or a Fell Beast) to Theoden as he is...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-09-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
1. Nienna My wife to Mandos 2. Esgaroth...

1. Nienna My wife to Mandos
2. Esgaroth Dwarves' alternative fumes
3. Isengard Oh, to be a lawn of Fangorn!
4. Gamgee The "oh, leg!" of grinding.
5. Himring Men's jewelry of the Gap
6. Brethil...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-09-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
No to Grubbs, no to Galpsi, no to Goodbodies. ...

No to Grubbs, no to Galpsi, no to Goodbodies.

You ARE on the right track with looking for neighbours to the Sandymans (Sandymen?).
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 03-09-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,685
Posted By Formendacil
"The Ride of the Rohirrim" builds slowly--we get...

"The Ride of the Rohirrim" builds slowly--we get a glimpse of their arrival in the eucatastrophe of the last chapter, but now we have to rewind to see how it comes about, the tension rising again...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-09-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
I actually had both Nienna and Isengard in mind...

I actually had both Nienna and Isengard in mind when I suggested revisiting those guesses--I did try to keep it indeterminate which ones or how many.

The "thanks to Stu" was, in fact, a reference...
Forum: Quiz Room 03-09-2019, 04:58 AM
Replies: 4,666
Views: 225,225
Posted By Formendacil
1. Nienna My wife to Mandos 2. Esgaroth...

1. Nienna My wife to Mandos
2. Esgaroth Dwarves' alternative fumes
3. Isengard Oh, to be a lawn of Fangorn!
4. The "oh, leg!" of grinding.
5. Himring Men's jewelry of the Gap
6. Brethil Sounds...
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