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    Thread: My First Book!!! The Road Goes Ever On and On A New Perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien a
Post: RE: My First Book!!! The Road Goes Ever On and On ...

I think Michael among others has commented on how Tolkien's Anglo-Saxon influences on his fiction seem to get all the attention (partly because casual commentators pick up on the fact he was a profess...
Alvin Eriol Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 5 178 November 21st, 2022, 12:19 PM
    Thread: Bob Chapek has to go
Post: RE: Bob Chapek has to go

Looks like Chapek is out and Iger’s back https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/...ns-as-ceo/
Alvin Eriol Politics 5 183 November 21st, 2022, 11:16 AM
    Thread: My First Book!!! The Road Goes Ever On and On A New Perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien a
Post: RE: My First Book!!! The Road Goes Ever On and On ...

Congratulations! What would you say that your book uniquely brings to the table in terms of understanding Tolkien and "where he was coming from," that Shippey, Carpenter, Kocher, Hammond, Scull, JRRT...
Alvin Eriol Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 5 178 November 19th, 2022, 01:30 PM
    Thread: Linguistic questions.
Post: RE: Linguistic questions.

It would be even more understandable if Men such as the Bëoreans, who had adopted Sindarin, had named him. Men being Men, one would expect more rapid proliferation of diverse dialects and idioms, and ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 185 November 9th, 2022, 04:08 PM
    Thread: A Whole New Energy Economy Could Emerge
Post: RE: A Whole New Energy Economy Could Emerge

The Carnot principle, which follows from the second law of thermodynamics, limits the amount of work a heat engine can produce, as a function of the ratio of the absolute temperatures of the heat sour...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 4 201 October 25th, 2022, 10:09 PM
    Thread: Micro nuclear reactors powering medicine
Post: RE: Micro nuclear reactors powering medicine

Wasn't that the premise for "The Six Million Dollar man"? Steve Austin's "bionics" were supposedly powered by little nuclear power sources, as the intro for every episode reminded us, when the Geiger ...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 4 46 October 25th, 2022, 10:01 PM
    Thread: Linguistic questions.
Post: RE: Linguistic questions.

I don't claim to know much Sindarin, but I've picked up a bit, especially for toponymy (which is where I think most new Tolkien fans encounter it, i.e. on the maps and in place-names) I would think t...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 185 October 19th, 2022, 08:41 PM
    Thread: The Last Homely House
Post: RE: The Last Homely House

Agreed. We know that Elrond had retreated before Sauron's host to the gorges of the upper tributaries of the Bruinen, possibly already called Imladris even before it was inhabited, during the Eregion ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 191 October 14th, 2022, 01:17 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

Bravo! Not to mention, why did the Elves go to Helm's Deep to begin with? I could kinda see Galadriel and Celeborn making a strong conciliatory gesture to the Rohirrim who (in the book) were so suspic...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 581 October 12th, 2022, 08:06 PM
    Thread: Why did Elendil live so long?
Post: RE: Why did Elendil live so long?

Elendil was also descended from Elros via the distaff line of the Lords of Andúnië, who therefore were on average longer-lived than the common Númenóreans. It does appear that particularly virtuous ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 391 October 2nd, 2022, 12:52 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

Okay, so who knows who this Z. J. Sums is, or his/her/ze's qualifications to make such judgements? Why even dignify the clutter of frankly annoying clickbait articles hyped on every web page nowadays,...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 581 September 20th, 2022, 10:33 AM
    Thread: Elvish skin colour?
Post: RE: Elvish skin colour?

(September 15th, 2022, 06:32 AM)gzhindra Wrote: The Silmarillion describe's Eöl as a Teleri elf, so i do not think that he qualifies as moriquendi. I dont know what Tolkien intended, but there is so...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 353 September 15th, 2022, 09:07 AM
    Thread: Elvish skin colour?
Post: RE: Elvish skin colour?

The 'Dark Elves' were those who, neither themselves nor their ancestors, ever went to Aman and saw the light of the Two Trees. These would include the Avari who refused to even start the Great Journey...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 353 September 14th, 2022, 10:22 AM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Amazon is reportedly imposing a 72-hr delay for review on their website, of all comments about 'Rings of Power'. Amazon states it is trying to filter out trolls and bots before the comments go live. ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 37 7,437 September 5th, 2022, 12:37 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(August 29th, 2022, 05:23 PM)gzhindra Wrote: I think that Celebrimbor  and the guild, suffered because of his lack of vision and messing around with  people (Sauron) and things (rings of power) that...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 844 August 29th, 2022, 08:44 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(August 29th, 2022, 07:06 AM)gzhindra Wrote: The silmarillion, of the Voyage of Eärendil,  page 254: "They were admitted again to the love of Manwë and the pardon of the Valar; and the Teleri forgav...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 844 August 29th, 2022, 04:56 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(August 27th, 2022, 05:32 AM)gzhindra Wrote: Its stated that  after the war of wrath the curse is laid to rest. I don´t think the curse had any effect in the second age. Could you tell us where that...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 844 August 28th, 2022, 12:49 PM
    Thread: Favorite songs from the LOTR series
Post: RE: Favorite songs from the LOTR series

I was always partial to Bilbo's ballad of Eärendil, partly because it mentioned so many Silmarillion elements and the Blessed Realm that otherwise remained covert and only hinted at in the book's text...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 219 August 20th, 2022, 11:44 AM
    Thread: No nudes in the LOTR petition
Post: RE: No nudes in the LOTR petition

(August 11th, 2022, 12:53 AM)Michael Wrote: You can add the the bath scene at Crick Hollow to your list of nude scenes in Tolkien's LoTR. I thought of that, but skipped it thinking all the nekkidnes...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 801 August 18th, 2022, 12:45 PM
    Thread: Betelgeuse getting ready to supernova?
Post: RE: Betelgeuse getting ready to supernova?

Well, by now it's pretty clear a supernova explosion wasn't imminent! Astronomers continue to study Betelgeuse and learn more about what goes on in that type of star. Ars Technica has a follow-on art...
Alvin Eriol General Discussions 6 1,415 August 12th, 2022, 07:00 PM
    Thread: Could Jeff Hunter made star a sucess?
Post: RE: Could Jeff Hunter made star a sucess?

(August 11th, 2022, 12:49 AM)Michael Wrote: I've never understood why the Jeffrey Hunter Star Trek wasn't greenlighted. Yes, I've read the books that explained all that, but it comes down to the cho...
Alvin Eriol Star Trek 5 282 August 11th, 2022, 04:34 PM
    Thread: No nudes in the LOTR petition
Post: RE: No nudes in the LOTR petition

Funny, I see nothing said about nudity in the petition. The book BTW had at least 3 scenes involving nudity. 1. Sam, Merry, and Pippin after Tom Bombadil rescued them from the barrow-wight 2. Gandal...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 801 August 8th, 2022, 03:04 PM
    Thread: Could Jeff Hunter made star a sucess?
Post: RE: Could Jeff Hunter made star a sucess?

Definition of success? Was Star Trek TOS a failure by any reasonable measure, other than only running three seasons in an era when a show might run at least a decade? I agree Star Trek might well hav...
Alvin Eriol Star Trek 5 282 August 6th, 2022, 07:38 PM
    Thread: Nichelle Nichols has died
Post: RE: Nichelle Nichols has died

One thing hit me: she was 89?! She was 34 y.o. in 1967 when the 2nd season aired? I coulda sworn she was in her 20's. Lovely lady, on top of everything else. The closest thing Trek TOS boasted IMO to...
Alvin Eriol Star Trek 5 257 August 3rd, 2022, 09:25 PM
    Thread: Nichelle Nichols has died
Post: RE: Nichelle Nichols has died

Now who will open hailing frequencies? Amazing lady who helped make (2nd & 3rd season) Star Trek TOS what it was!
Alvin Eriol Star Trek 5 257 July 31st, 2022, 09:41 PM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

Maybe the lightning at Minas Morgul was Sauron bestowing the “powerup” on the Witch-King, as well as the signal for his hosts to march on Gondor. It could be that WK could only make lightning at a ce...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 967 July 23rd, 2022, 10:12 AM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

(July 15th, 2022, 11:25 AM)gzhindra Wrote: (July 14th, 2022, 09:28 PM)Michael Wrote: From "Akallabeth": It seems to me the text leaves it to the reader to decide where the deadly lightning came f...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 967 July 15th, 2022, 12:44 PM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

(July 12th, 2022, 04:50 PM)badlands Wrote: Was Sauron a Valar? He was of the same order, one of the Ainur, that is, what we'd call angelic beings in Tolkien's world. Of those who descended into the ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 967 July 12th, 2022, 07:42 PM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

Akallabêth states that lightning slew men in Nùmenòr in those days. Given that the Valar were not allowed to slay Men deliberately, that tells me they weren't in control of it. Whether they could (or...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 967 July 12th, 2022, 11:22 AM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

"Nyeh nyeh Manwë, ya missed me missed me nowya gotta kiss me!! PPPPPTTTTTP!!" I don't think the Valar actually control the lightning. They would not be slaying Nùmenòreans, especially apparently almo...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 967 July 11th, 2022, 11:59 AM