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Forum: The Books 08-12-2022, 05:39 PM
Replies: 26
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Posted By Formendacil
Tiny side-point: Mithrim could certainly be part...

Tiny side-point: Mithrim could certainly be part of the source for the treasure and refugees here, particularly after the Nirnaeth, but it's hardly alone: Nargothrond is the last bastion of the wider...
Forum: The Books 08-09-2022, 01:05 PM
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Views: 778
Posted By Formendacil
I would fear to put all my stock in "the Sons of...

I would fear to put all my stock in "the Sons of the Valar" as a definitive piece of evidence by itself, since it's easy enough to imagine "the Sons of the Valar" as a poetic description of the Host...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-08-2022, 05:32 PM
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Posted By Formendacil
Welcome, Nacilme! You arrive to a rather sleepy...

Welcome, Nacilme! You arrive to a rather sleepy dell, though I expect we shall see a goodly volume of posting in... oh... about two months, say. Perhaps, however, your new-not-new blood will help...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 08-08-2022, 05:26 PM
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Posted By Formendacil
If I bought solar panels for all the spam calls I...

If I bought solar panels for all the spam calls I get trying to sell my solar panels, I'd be able to power spaceflight...

I also consign to Mordor spam texts--either my cell number has been...
Forum: The Books 08-08-2022, 02:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 778
Posted By Formendacil
Thanks for pointing us toward the text: it's...

Thanks for pointing us toward the text: it's fascinating to me how Tolkien's late retelling of one of his most curiosity-provoking tales still reads to my own faulty memory as strikingly similar to...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-27-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,608
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe I have no idea, from a Watsonian perspective, why...

I have no idea, from a Watsonian perspective, why the Wight would dress three of the Hobbits in white garments, but my mental picture from a Doyleist angle has always associated the regarbed Hobbits...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 05-01-2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By Formendacil
Thumbs up 22 Years of the Barrow-Downs!

Esty is not around, so someone has to post it.

*Looks right... looks left... looks right again...*

I guess it's me.



The Barrow-downs is 22 years old today! That's something like your...
Forum: The Movies 02-22-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 117,511
Posted By Formendacil
This is the truest statement on this thread, I...

This is the truest statement on this thread, I think, and it is arguable that they're getting what they want, if so. If even the Huorns have been roused on the 'Downs, there is conversation aplenty!
Forum: The Movies 02-22-2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,749
Posted By Formendacil
By the same token (or should I say, "by the same...

By the same token (or should I say, "by the same Tolkien?"), he absolutely, positively... left the door open. Nature of Middle-earth, p.187:



The emphasis, if we trust Hostetter, on male...
Forum: The Movies 02-12-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,749
Posted By Formendacil
Silmaril Even beyond Lindon, I would say that "politician"...

Even beyond Lindon, I would say that "politician" just isn't really a dominant Elvish mode. The only things that you'd really call politicking among Elves happen during the exigencies of the Elder...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 02-11-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4,306
Views: 669,161
Posted By Formendacil
A three-Downer salute! That's quite the honour in...

A three-Downer salute! That's quite the honour in these latter days, and I am most appreciative.
Forum: The Movies 02-11-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,749
Posted By Formendacil
Even the Ents are fair to Saruman. Plenty of...

Even the Ents are fair to Saruman.

Plenty of time AFTER the show comes out to rip on the basis of known facts--there's no reason to do it on the basis of supposition.
Forum: The Movies 02-10-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,749
Posted By Formendacil
Tolkien If they really are going to condense the timeline...

If they really are going to condense the timeline of the 2nd Age into Isildur's lifespan AND if they're going for "young, impetuous, not yet wise old Galadriel" then, assuming I'm right that they...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 02-05-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,441
Posted By Formendacil
Off the top of my head, I daren't say it's the...

Off the top of my head, I daren't say it's the Akallabęth, "Of the Ring of Power & the Third Age" or Appendix A... but it's one of them. Probably the first.

And Inziladun is right that we don't...
Forum: Middle-earth Mirth 02-05-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,441
Posted By Formendacil
White Tree On the contrary, other than maaaaaybe around the...

On the contrary, other than maaaaaybe around the time of the Last Alliance, I've always imagined Gondor as the larger force. Some of this is no doubt that it is the Byzantium to Arnor's Rome. Some of...
Forum: The Movies 12-20-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,434
Posted By Formendacil
I went to opening night for all three of these...

I went to opening night for all three of these movies, I think. I went into the first as a worried 14-year-old, terribly afraid it was going to butcher my favourite books. I emerged relieved that the...
Forum: The Barrow-Downs 11-19-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,740
Posted By Formendacil
Pipe My entire 'Downsian tenure (nearing 17 years)...

My entire 'Downsian tenure (nearing 17 years) fits entirely into Mithadan's Third Chapter: Post-Movies. As such, I missed the heyday. But I did join pre-WereWolf!

Still, I think my experience of...
Forum: The Books 11-19-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,329
Posted By Formendacil
I think it's partly a case that, as Tolkien's...

I think it's partly a case that, as Tolkien's metaphysics around Elves got fancier and fancier, he became more and more leary of trying to explain Orks as a tortured derivative of them. Look at all...
Forum: The Books 08-17-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,227
Posted By Formendacil
There's an assumption--not stated as...

There's an assumption--not stated as such--running through some of the posts that I think is worth teasing out: namely, that the temptations must have involved the Ring. Is that certain? Obviously,...
Forum: The Books 08-16-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,227
Posted By Formendacil
Well, I'll start with a softball: Aragorn, if...

Well, I'll start with a softball: Aragorn, if tempted (since he doesn't seem fazed by anything that I recall and he DOES have a history in Lórien) is tempted as they all are with abandoning the quest...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,497
Posted By Formendacil
I take your broader point about entry into faerie...

I take your broader point about entry into faerie as not being a journey made alone in all cases (though I think that Tolkien's own journey is better characterised as alone than as with companions...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-25-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,497
Posted By Formendacil
I suppose, without having defined any terms, I...

I suppose, without having defined any terms, I can't complain of inciting any quibbling!

By "private," I meant "not shared." Of course, even that it not strictly accurate: the same star is passed...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-24-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,497
Posted By Formendacil
Given how Smith grew out a small story meant to...

Given how Smith grew out a small story meant to illustrate something in Macdonald even as it was turning out Tolkien didn't think Macdonald had things right, and given how he quibbled over Lewis's...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 07-23-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,497
Posted By Formendacil
There was nothing to the same level as the...

There was nothing to the same level as the post-Vatican II change of liturgy, but the tinkering started already during the 1960s (traditionalists have had to fix a date of "nothing after which" and...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-13-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,553
Posted By Formendacil
Because of its anomalous nature as the sole...

Because of its anomalous nature as the sole allegory in Tolkien's corpus (to say nothing of the scorn visited on allegories by him) Leaf by Niggle always stands out as somehow the easiest and the...
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