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Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-15-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,016
Posted By Selmo
“Hoot twice like a barn-owl and once like a...

“Hoot twice like a barn-owl and once like a screech-owl”.

Barn owl and screech-owl are two different names for the same bird.
They don't hoot, they screech.

Does this explain Bilbo's confusion...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-08-2012, 05:25 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 14,502
Posted By Selmo
What would I be in Middle-Earth? Let me...

What would I be in Middle-Earth?

Let me think;
I'm rather short and a little tubby, I had brown curly hair (it's gray now), I like to wear bright colours, I enjoy good simple food, five meals a...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 01-10-2012, 05:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,888
Posted By Selmo
I once worked with someone who was well aquainted...

I once worked with someone who was well aquainted with the Tolkien family. Her husband had been a collegue of Professor Tolkien at Oxford.

It's one of my great regrets in life that I didn't find...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 12-09-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,353
Posted By Selmo
A vaguely amusing discussion, but quite...

A vaguely amusing discussion, but quite pointless.

Isn’t this just a bit of hyperbole?
It’s a wild exaggeration to emphasise that Gandalf’s eyebrows were very bushy, written in that way to...
Forum: The Books 11-09-2011, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,241
Posted By Selmo
It would not matter to the Gondorians whether the...

It would not matter to the Gondorians whether the Dunlendings and the Rohirrim were related or not, so long as they could persuade themselves that the useful group were almost their equals and the...
Forum: The Books 11-09-2011, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,241
Posted By Selmo
Should Gondor have given Calenardhon to the...

Should Gondor have given Calenardhon to the Dunlendings?


Yes, they should, but they didn't. The idea would never enter their minds.

Gondor would not see the Dunlendings as either a threat...
Forum: The Books 08-18-2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 14,025
Posted By Selmo
Estelyn, I think you're right about Eowyn's use...

Estelyn, I think you're right about Eowyn's use of the familiar pronoun.

However, you're wrong about the demise of such things in the English language.
I live just a little to the north of...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 06-13-2011, 03:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,263
Posted By Selmo
I voted for Thingol. Of all the Elves who...

I voted for Thingol.

Of all the Elves who remained in Middle Earth, he alone had been to Amman, had met the Valar and had experienced the Light of the Two Trees. He exhibited all the atributes of...
Forum: The Books 06-13-2011, 03:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 35,966
Posted By Selmo
Tolkien also knew that the meaning of words could...

Tolkien also knew that the meaning of words could shift over time and change differently in separated cultures.
The Elves of Amman and Singolo's people had the same language in the begining but when...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-26-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,184
Posted By Selmo
I prefer not to regard the inclusion of Moria on...

I prefer not to regard the inclusion of Moria on the doors as a mistake on the part of Tolkien.

We know of the inscription from Frodo's contribution to The Red Book of Westmarch, written some...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2011, 06:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,390
Posted By Selmo
Hello, Aiea. Sauron was powerful but not...

Hello, Aiea.

Sauron was powerful but not omniscient. He had war on a scale not seen since the Last Alliance to think about so he could not watch everything.

It seems that Sauron could not...
Forum: The Books 05-10-2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 35,966
Posted By Selmo
Hello, SlverGlass. The time would not...

Hello, SlverGlass.



The time would not seem long to Legolas, he's an immortal Elf.

The passing of time would mean nothing to him but, as Inziladun has said, the passing of his friends of The...
Forum: The Books 04-01-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,840
Posted By Selmo
The Hobbits' fireweed is almost certainly to be...

The Hobbits' fireweed is almost certainly to be Rosebay Willowherb, Chamaenerion angustifolium, also known in the UK as fireweed and sparkweed. Tolkien would have been very familliar with it.
...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 03-02-2011, 04:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,123
Posted By Selmo
Minas Morgul wasn't the old capital of Gondor;...

Minas Morgul wasn't the old capital of Gondor; that was Osgiliath.

When Gondor was founded and Osgiliath established, the Gondorians built two fortresses at the feet of the mountains on either...
Forum: The Books 10-22-2010, 04:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,059
Posted By Selmo
Our knowledge of the inscriptions on the West...

Our knowledge of the inscriptions on the West Door of Moria and on Balin's tomb comes from that part of The Red Book written by Frodo several years after he saw them.

A lot had happened to Frodo...
Forum: The Books 10-07-2010, 02:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 28,783
Posted By Selmo
[QUOTE=Vultur;640325]and he fell upon the towers...

[QUOTE=Vultur;640325]and he fell upon the towers of Thangorodrim, and they were broken in his ruin."QUOTE]

This could be a piece of hyperbole, a completely over-the-top exageration of Ancalagon's...
Forum: The Books 09-03-2010, 06:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,673
Posted By Selmo
In my time as a youngster and as a leader in a...

In my time as a youngster and as a leader in a youth organisation, I've learned, played and taught a few dozen military-style bugle calls used during camps.

Just like the Buckland alarm call, most...
Forum: The Books 06-25-2010, 03:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,111
Posted By Selmo
There was still a significant population of elves...

There was still a significant population of elves at Rivendell. Not enough to send an army to Gondor's aid but pehaps enough to give some assistance to Dale and the Mirkwood elves.

If the Misty...
Forum: The Books 04-22-2010, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,047
Posted By Selmo
Did Aragorn need to be warned? He knew the...

Did Aragorn need to be warned?

He knew the Ring's power and he knew Boromir's character.
He would have been well aware of the possibility of Boronir falling to the lure of the Ring. Boromir had...
Forum: The Books 03-19-2010, 06:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,188
Posted By Selmo
Perhaps the river wasn't enchanted. but poisoned...

Perhaps the river wasn't enchanted. but poisoned by Elven industry.

It could be the answer to the recent thread "Waste". :D

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Forum: The Books 03-08-2010, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,010
Posted By Selmo
If Sauron had won, the Valar would not have...

If Sauron had won, the Valar would not have intervened for the reasons already given and as Elrond made clear at the conference at Rivendell. Sauron's power could be ended only by the people of...
Forum: The Books 01-28-2010, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,156
Posted By Selmo
In The Hobbit, after leaving The Shire Bilbo and...

In The Hobbit, after leaving The Shire Bilbo and the Dwarves pass through a region where "Inns were less frequent". This suggests that there were more than just The Forsaken Inn on the road passed...
Forum: The Books 01-20-2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,620
Posted By Selmo
The hedge wasn't planted as a protection against...

The hedge wasn't planted as a protection against the Old Forest but against any threat from the East.

When the Hobbits first moved into The Shire, they had the river Brandywine as a protective...
Forum: The Books 01-19-2010, 06:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,730
Posted By Selmo
I don't think that Ted Sandyman, or any other...

I don't think that Ted Sandyman, or any other Hobbit, faced any legal sanctions as a result of the occupation of The Shire. It would be difficult to decide who had co-operated willingly with...
Forum: The Books 01-11-2010, 05:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,647
Posted By Selmo
- Smoking: It's a myth that many dangerous...

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Smoking:
It's a myth that many dangerous chemicals are added to modern cigarettes. There are more than enough products of burning natural tobacco to account for all the health problems....
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