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Forum: The Books 07-22-2021, 11:18 AM
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Inflation! My Ballantines ca. 1971 were 95 cents...

Inflation! My Ballantines ca. 1971 were 95 cents each.
Forum: The Books 07-22-2021, 10:59 AM
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But there is rather a difference between the very...

But there is rather a difference between the very common frame device of a story purported to come from an old book or manuscript (medieval authors regularly did this to claim authenticity, even when...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-17-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Although Tompkins and Atkins are not bad...

Although Tompkins and Atkins are not bad representations of Oxford faculty today, in terms of regard for Tolkien's legacy. While there are a handful who value his fiction, the Consensus Position is...
Forum: The Books 06-17-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 775
Are there any pre-1977 readers here?

Just a thought that came to me a few days ago: the difference of experience between people who read The Lord of the Rings before the Silmarillion came out, and those a bit younger. The experience, I...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-11-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 103
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Mind you, Frodo was about to turn the place over...

Mind you, Frodo was about to turn the place over to the Sackville-Bagginses and so probably wasn't all that upset if "minor damage" happened to occur.
Forum: The Movies 06-11-2021, 07:16 AM
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Views: 651
I may well watch this- in the same mode as that...

I may well watch this- in the same mode as that in which I watch Reefer Madness and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

(BTW, using Philippa Boyens as a script consultant is not unlike hiring the f/x guy...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-09-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Niggle is I think unique in Tolkien's career in...

Niggle is I think unique in Tolkien's career in that it is the only work I can think of which is explicitly religious.
Forum: The Books 06-06-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Well, Pippin is impetuous and tends to speak and...

Well, Pippin is impetuous and tends to speak and act without thinking- but he is very clever. Flighty and unreliable, unlike the steady Merry, but he's a bright one, not stupid at all.
Forum: The Books 06-05-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
Yes, that was the system he used consistently for...

Yes, that was the system he used consistently for most of the book, starting I believe at the time he wrote the episode in 'The Great River' where Sam is puzzled by the new moon and the passage of...
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-05-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
I think it's definitely autobiographical, and T...

I think it's definitely autobiographical, and T here is harping on his admitted faults: procrastination, "niggling" over details, unplanned Big Picture, being annoyed at mundane but useful work...
Forum: The Books 06-03-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
Yes and yes. JRRT sometimes used drawn symbols...

Yes and yes. JRRT sometimes used drawn symbols and sometimes abbreviations to keep track of lunar phases, but track them he did. I speculate in my paper, just a bit, about that second, deleted moon....
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 06-01-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
As he wrote to Hugh Brogan, “This university...

As he wrote to Hugh Brogan, “This university business of earning one’s living by teaching, delivering philological lectures, and daily attendance at ‘boards’ and other talk meetings, interferes sadly...
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-31-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,167
To date, Bakshi is the only one who picked up on...

To date, Bakshi is the only one who picked up on Tolkien's unpublished mention of Balrogs' fuzzy slippers.
Forum: Chapter-by-Chapter 05-31-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 70
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Well, Tolkien, like anyone born in 1892, would...

Well, Tolkien, like anyone born in 1892, would have spent his entire childhood and youthful ambulations avoiding stepping in road apples. The equine presence was kind of all-pervasive.
Forum: The Movies 05-30-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 73,584
Which means it's goin to be fan-fic, and can...

Which means it's goin to be fan-fic, and can never be anything but. Or worse than fan-fic, just standard TV hack-work, written not by fans but by people who don't give a rodent's rump about Tolkien....
Forum: The Books 05-30-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
"Southern hill" might refer to Amon Lanc, the...

"Southern hill" might refer to Amon Lanc, the hill in southern Mirkwood upon which Dol Guldur stood. Or just possibly the hill on which Edoras was built. If we need further south, the hill-like...
Forum: The Books 05-30-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
That's unclear. Currently the editors are...

That's unclear. Currently the editors are putting TS 18 to bed, and it will come later; but whether it will have to wait for TS 19 next year or will get a special issue to itself has yet to be...
Forum: The Books 05-27-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
Well, in The Hunt for the Ring Tolkien wrote that...

Well, in The Hunt for the Ring Tolkien wrote that the Nazgul did know this, whether by their own observation or because Sauron told them, but at any rate they began their search for "Baggins" in the...
Forum: The Books 05-27-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,135
New Tolkien coming!

I am pleased to be able to announce that Tolkien Studies has accepted my edition of JRRT's "Chronology of the Lord of the Rings" for publication. This is the manuscript from which Hammond and Scull...
Forum: The Movies 05-26-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 73,584
I think beyond any of those, it will fail due to...

I think beyond any of those, it will fail due to clueless showrunners and hack writers. It will be, to borrow from Douglas Adams, something almost, but not entirely, unlike Tolkien.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-26-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,167
Made under license from the Saul Zaentz Company...

Made under license from the Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Feanorian Enterprises, by Weta Workshop of Goblin-Town
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
I wasn't thinking so much of Gollum holding up...

I wasn't thinking so much of Gollum holding up under torture, as the fact that he had had the Ring for some 600 years and still wasn't a wraith.
Forum: The Movies 05-26-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 65,314
Even as nothing compared to the 50-episode...

Even as nothing compared to the 50-episode Tolkien parody Amazon will soon inflict on the world.
Forum: Novices and Newcomers 05-26-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,167
"Beorn is dead." --JRR Tolkien. Letter...

"Beorn is dead." --JRR Tolkien.



Letter 144
Forum: The Books 05-26-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,884
It strikes me that the Nazgul at the Fords were...

It strikes me that the Nazgul at the Fords were somewhat nonplussed by the fact that Frodo resisted at all. They withdrew at Weathertop not because Aragorn fought them off (curse you, PJ!) but...
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