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Forum: Novices and Newcomers 07-04-2020, 09:41 AM
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I don't find many at all that measure up to...

I don't find many at all that measure up to Tolkien, but there is Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clark.
Forum: The Books 06-26-2020, 04:53 PM
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Here's a taste: [Tolkien] began with linear...

Here's a taste:

[Tolkien] began with linear time-schemes, that is, listing all of each day’s events in a single sequence. As the story grew in narrative complexity, however, these proved...
Forum: The Books 06-23-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
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During the later part of the writing of The Lord...

During the later part of the writing of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien found that in order to keep all of his characters' movements synchronized - always with scrupuolus care to travel distances - he...
Forum: The Books 06-23-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
To which perhaps could be added The Chronology of...

To which perhaps could be added The Chronology of the Lord of the Rings, hopefully to appear in Tolkien Studies before long.
Forum: The Books 06-22-2020, 02:49 PM
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New Tolkien book coming!

As in, actually by JRR Tolkien, not just about him.

The Nature of Middle-earth is a collection of late writings, in both the metaphysical and literal senses of the title: Tolkien's musings on the...
Forum: The Movies 06-19-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 216
My favorite role of his, I think, was as Sam...

My favorite role of his, I think, was as Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire. That one earned him a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination
Forum: The Movies 06-19-2020, 07:10 AM
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RIP Sir Ian Holm

Ian Holm, Bilbo Baggins (as well as Ash, Sam Mussabini, Lear and a plethora of others) has died of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was 88.
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Forum: The Books 06-16-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
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That last, from the Shibboleth, is a powerful...

That last, from the Shibboleth, is a powerful argument; perhaps it left an impression in my mind without my consciously remembering it.

It certainly reinforces the idea that works like the QS and...
Forum: The Books 06-15-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
Well, as to the survival of Numenorean lore,...

Well, as to the survival of Numenorean lore, besides the general statement in Akallabeth that "all their learning" went down under the wave (which of course does allow for whatever Elendil's flotilla...
Forum: The Books 06-15-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
[Tom] had now wandered into strange regions...

[Tom] had now wandered into strange regions beyond their memory and beyond their waking thought, into times when the world was wider, and the seas flowed straight to the western Shore; and still back...
Forum: The Books 06-14-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
And interesting exercise, at a late date, trying...

And interesting exercise, at a late date, trying to reconcile RW and FW aspects of his cosmology. I think this represents his "final" word on the matter.

Unfortunately, changing round the early...
Forum: The Books 06-09-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 867
More on round-world vs flat-world

Just re-listened for the first time in forever to Tolkien's 1966 radio interview. Here it is; the relevant bit starts at the 7 minute mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFexwNCYenI (it helps if...
Forum: The Books 06-03-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
Middle-earth was calqued upon western Europe, in...

Middle-earth was calqued upon western Europe, in fact is feigned to have been a prehistoric western Europe... where, historically, the invaders and ravagers always came from the south and the east. ...
Forum: The Books 06-03-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
That passage, in particular, reflects Churchill's...

That passage, in particular, reflects Churchill's quip about "separated by a common language." Comments about the racial implications of the "squint-eyed-Southerner" at Bree invariably come from...
Forum: The Books 06-02-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
Fair point. What's Hades and demons when you can...

Fair point. What's Hades and demons when you can have crocodiles, sharks, stingrays, snakes, spiders, octopi, jellyfish, toads, Tasmanian devils, dingos, kangaroos, drop-bears, enraged koalas,...
Forum: The Books 06-02-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
Woses. Adorno was one of the great...

Woses.



Adorno was one of the great intellectual villains of the 20th Century. May he burn for all eternity in whichever circle of Hell is reserved for Marxist academics.
Forum: The Books 06-02-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
Not so. Aredhel (formerly Isfin) was tagged "The...

Not so. Aredhel (formerly Isfin) was tagged "The White Lady" because she always wore white. Her hair was black, like nearly all Noldor; and the Noldor and the Sindar/Teleri both, according to...
Forum: The Movies 05-31-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 653
Very revealing that PJ would contrast "boring...

Very revealing that PJ would contrast "boring dialogue scenes" with doing "something cool."

And this (during filming): "We believe that Gollum is going to be even bigger than Jar-Jar Binks." :eek:
Forum: The Books 05-25-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
1) If we really want to be picky, Tolkien was...

1) If we really want to be picky, Tolkien was never "South African", because the Union of South Africa wasn't created until 18 years after his birth. He was born in the Orange Free State, which was...
Forum: The Books 05-24-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
The wonderful term I've heard for the movement -...

The wonderful term I've heard for the movement - which goes far beyond academia, although it originated there - is disintegrationism. Basically weaponized Adorno.

Not that Prof. Gibberish linked...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-20-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,685
It's worth pointing out that even in the QS...

It's worth pointing out that even in the QS proper, and the Annals, the post-LR material tends toward a closer focus with more dialogue and psychology, as in the Finwe/Miriel story; or in the...
Forum: The Books 05-20-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,179
Given the Neldoreth simply means "Beechwood," it...

Given the Neldoreth simply means "Beechwood," it could easily have been used twice at different times by different populations without reference to one another. Vide the very common placenames...
Forum: The Books 05-18-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,179
HME XII 391. However, these "Late Writings" also...

HME XII 391. However, these "Late Writings" also mention, in slightly greater detail, the sojourn of the Peoples of Beor and Marach (Hador) on the shores of the Sea of Rhun during their much later...
Forum: The Books 05-14-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,179
Is it just me, or does it look like somebody...

Is it just me, or does it look like somebody (Tolkien himself?) has gone through and reinforced some but not all of the original blurred pencil with bolder, black pencil?
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-02-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,266
The Faithful assassinating people in their beds...

The Faithful assassinating people in their beds feels way more Martiny than Tolkienish.
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