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Forum: The Books 11-25-2021, 10:43 AM
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But then (just to play Devil's Advocate),...

But then (just to play Devil's Advocate), Numenor's corruption and downfall can be traced directly to its expansion back to the Great Lands and their endemic infection with Morgoth/Sauron taint. ...
Forum: The Books 11-25-2021, 08:37 AM
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Now that it's officially public, I can talk about...

Now that it's officially public, I can talk about what's in it in a bit more detail. This is the third and last of the 'synoptic' time-schemes Tolkien made, in other words using parallel columns to ...
Forum: The Books 11-25-2021, 07:26 AM
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Yes. it's happening. Although not until springtime

Yes. it's happening. Although not until springtime
Forum: The Books 10-08-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 25
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Second post because utterly unconnected to the...

Second post because utterly unconnected to the first:

While Tolkien wavered as to precisely the rates at which Elves (and Numenoreans) matured, the consistent thread in all of these writings is...
Forum: The Books 10-08-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 25
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However, in trying to assign weight to various...

However, in trying to assign weight to various things Tolkien wrote down, one can't go exclusively by chronology, because it's certainly the case that T had in his mind, and committed to paper,...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 09-30-2021, 04:00 PM
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Congratulations!

Congratulations!
Forum: The Books 09-23-2021, 07:44 AM
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Views: 2,415
I think that in general Tolkien's late writings...

I think that in general Tolkien's late writings became much too concrete and literal for his own good. The "Dome of Varda" is a gimcrack replacement for the original flat-earth cosmology.
Forum: The Books 09-20-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 61
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All his life, Tolkien was prone to making...

All his life, Tolkien was prone to making "fencepost errors" or what IT types call "off-by-one" errors. They plagued his work on the Lord of the Rings' chronology. This is another example.
Forum: The Books 09-17-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
Yes, it all still works. Tolkien had covered...

Yes, it all still works. Tolkien had covered most of his bases with Thingol's Edict and the Noldor adopting Sindarin for everyday speech. The invocation of Varda Tintalle, by any name, still marks...
Forum: The Movies 09-14-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,111
RotK, compared to the better 2003 film

This vid really is about Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which RK beat out for Best Picture, but which I and many critics think was actually the best film made in the first decade of...
Forum: The Books 09-12-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
A puzzle. In another late text, Of Dwarves...

A puzzle.

In another late text, Of Dwarves and Men, Tolkien contrasts the "High Eldar" of Valinor with the Eldar of Middle-earth; I'm not sure that that distinction appears elsewhere. It also...
Forum: The Books 09-12-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 61
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Except that in this very quote he wrote "the High...

Except that in this very quote he wrote "the High Elves, the Eldar." Which if anything is a new use of "High Elves," which in all other cases I can think of is restricted to the Calaquendi, the "High...
Forum: The Books 09-12-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 61
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Interesting, given that by this time he had long...

Interesting, given that by this time he had long determined that the Nandor were indeed Eldar.
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 09-10-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,119
Late 90s, the Great Balrog Wings Flame War was...

Late 90s, the Great Balrog Wings Flame War was still going. Although the nastiest battlefield was rec.arts.books.tolkien (anyone even remember Usenet?)
Forum: The Books 09-08-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
Let's rephrase that: was not at all traveled as...

Let's rephrase that: was not at all traveled as an adult, that is after his war service in France. He only got a passport in 1949, needing it to go to Dublin as an examiner. He never again left the...
Forum: The Books 09-08-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
Nicotiana has flowering variants which are common...

Nicotiana has flowering variants which are common garden plants, and it is said that it grew wild in Gondor, having been brought from Numenor for its fragrant flowers (it is not any sort of...
Forum: The Books 09-08-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,415
Tolkien was contemplating metatextualism before...

Tolkien was contemplating metatextualism before post-modernism was a thing. But he was never able really to carry it through (although there is a taste of it in the LR Prologue).

Personally I...
Forum: The Books 09-07-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,415
And then of course there is also the...

And then of course there is also the "common-base-of-assumptions" definition, not really the same as FAN above, which would essentially mean the published Silmarillion augmented by UT because that is...
Forum: The Books 09-07-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
It also says that both were gathered by hand, and...

It also says that both were gathered by hand, and no metal tools were used in the process. You can't do this with maize, trust me; those stalks are brutally thick. And the "haulm" or leftover stalks...
Forum: The Movies 09-06-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 618
There has long been in Britain a constant...

There has long been in Britain a constant circulation between stage, film and television, far more than in the US (where an actor who moves on from TV to film has in effect been "promoted from the...
Forum: The Books 09-06-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
While the essay "On Lembas" in HME XII is earlier...

While the essay "On Lembas" in HME XII is earlier than these, sometime in the 1950s, (I am inclined to later rather than earlier, with or after the later part of the Narn), nothing in it contradicts...
Forum: The Books 09-06-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
Nah, wheat (explicitly). Don't be fooled by UK...

Nah, wheat (explicitly). Don't be fooled by UK usage "corn" = "any grain"

I can testify that ca. 1969 Britons simply didn't eat maize/sweet corn - except those who had lived among Americans.
Forum: The Books 09-05-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
also, that Ingwe was Imin's great-grandson. And...

also, that Ingwe was Imin's great-grandson. And confirmation that Aragorn, Denethor, Boromir and Faramir were all genetically beardless. (Take that, Viggo's designer scruff!)
Forum: The Books 09-05-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,217
All right: just to disturb the 'canonicity'...

All right: just to disturb the 'canonicity' applecart further: Gil-galad's name, in very late (ca 1969) writing, was Finwain. Which raises new questions about his parentage.

Another: the Great...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 09-04-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,994
What a great quote! Is that from the Flieger...

What a great quote! Is that from the Flieger annotated Smith? I should have bought it years ago; I could have used that quote in my paper.
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