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    Thread: Video: The Lord of the Rings set to Thriller
Post: RE: Video: The Lord of the Rings set to Thriller

(October 27th, 2022, 11:04 AM)Michael Wrote: Yes. Yes, it CAN be done! It HAS been done! This is a pretty old video but I still love watching it every year. [Video: http://The Lord of the Rings set...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 274 October 29th, 2022, 11:23 PM
    Thread: Linguistic questions.
Post: RE: Linguistic questions.

(October 21st, 2022, 12:40 PM)Michael Wrote: I'm not a linguist, either, but I do know there are different dialects. So that influences how the words are combined. I'm not aware of any official gro...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 219 October 21st, 2022, 09:35 PM
    Thread: Linguistic questions.
Post: RE: Linguistic questions.

(October 19th, 2022, 08:41 PM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: Interesting speculation about an Elvish use of "Daniel"! Thank you!  ^_^
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 219 October 19th, 2022, 11:51 PM
    Thread: Linguistic questions.
Post: Linguistic questions.

Okay, so I'm not sure how many understand the linguistic rules for Sindarin but I have some questions in case anyone does: "mountain-home" in Sindarin would be Barorod, yes? Would it be contracted at...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 219 October 19th, 2022, 01:34 AM
    Thread: New Blog Post: How Faithful is Amazon’s Rings of Power to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Books?
Post: RE: New Blog Post: How Faithful is Amazon’s Rings ...

In my opinion, if you can't procure the rights to make the show accurate then just don't do it or make something else (it's how we got Star Wars).
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 2,569 October 19th, 2022, 01:23 AM
    Thread: The Last Homely House
Post: RE: The Last Homely House

(October 14th, 2022, 01:17 PM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: Agreed. We know that Elrond had retreated before Sauron's host to the gorges of the upper tributaries of the Bruinen, possibly already called Imladri...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 230 October 17th, 2022, 01:01 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(October 12th, 2022, 08:06 PM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: 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 gestu...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 October 17th, 2022, 12:31 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

To be fair, we do see Galadriel use her Ring to enhance her power and thus create a mirror of The Girdle of Melian.  That's a defensive measure for sure.
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 998 October 17th, 2022, 12:29 PM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(October 14th, 2022, 10:45 PM)Bacchus Wrote: That strikes me as a double FU to the book fans. They have admitted they kinda wanted to do that.  They purposefully made Sauron Halbrand and not Annatar...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 October 17th, 2022, 12:26 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(October 11th, 2022, 11:46 AM)gzhindra Wrote: I am quite disappointed with the movies, especially return of the king. I don't like the way characters were changed from the book. Aragorn, Elrond, Gim...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 October 11th, 2022, 12:21 PM
    Thread: The Last Homely House
Post: RE: The Last Homely House

(October 7th, 2022, 06:18 PM)Mordomin Wrote: Which version/vision of Rivendell did Tolkien have?  The one seen in "The Hobbit", or the refuge/stronghold that is depicted in "The Silmarillion" and se...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 230 October 7th, 2022, 07:08 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(October 6th, 2022, 09:29 PM)Michael Wrote: I should point out that Peter did bring the Elf-Dwarf hostility into main focus in the Hobbit films. It worked much better in those movies. It was a bigge...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 October 6th, 2022, 09:34 PM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(October 6th, 2022, 09:14 PM)Michael Wrote: On the other hand, it does offer the showrunners almost absolute freedom to do whatever they want [outside the bounds of most of Tolkien's Middle-earth]. ...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 October 6th, 2022, 09:32 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(October 6th, 2022, 09:02 PM)Michael Wrote: I don't believe the Seven and Nine were originally intended for domination. The Noldor didn't believe in that. Tolkien wrote that Sauron took the Seven an...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 998 October 6th, 2022, 09:28 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(October 6th, 2022, 08:42 PM)Michael Wrote: Yes, there were too many speaking parts in the book for a dramatic adaptation, but that doesn't excuse the change in tone for both story and world. The an...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 October 6th, 2022, 09:25 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(October 5th, 2022, 09:47 AM)Bacchus Wrote: 1. The statement is variously called the Curse of Mandos, the Doom of Mandos, and the Prophecy of the North. The first two formulations connote an active ...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 998 October 5th, 2022, 11:54 AM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(October 4th, 2022, 07:02 AM)Bacchus Wrote: As far as the curse being lifted following the War of Wrath, it is at best only partially so. The first paragraph regarding the fencing of Valinor and the...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 998 October 4th, 2022, 01:26 PM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(October 3rd, 2022, 07:35 AM)Bacchus Wrote: Mordy, while you’re absolutely correct that the Stranger being either Gandalf or Sauron is wildly anachronistic, the show runners have already made an abs...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 October 3rd, 2022, 03:23 PM
    Thread: Why did Elendil live so long?
Post: RE: Why did Elendil live so long?

(October 2nd, 2022, 12:52 PM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: 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 Númenór...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 434 October 3rd, 2022, 01:02 AM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(October 1st, 2022, 02:16 AM)Mordomin Wrote: (September 29th, 2022, 09:19 PM)ZehnWaters Wrote: I'm thinking Sauron is Galadriel's human friend.  Which kinda means she's the one who drives him back...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 October 1st, 2022, 02:12 PM
    Thread: Why did Elendil live so long?
Post: RE: Why did Elendil live so long?

(October 1st, 2022, 04:33 AM)gzhindra Wrote: It's possible that Eru blessed Elendil. Even his burial site is blessed as well. Oh, true.  I forgot about that.
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 434 October 1st, 2022, 02:10 PM
    Thread: Is Aunt Petunia a muggle or squib or a bitter witch?
Post: RE: Is Aunt Petunia a muggle or squib or a bitter ...

(September 28th, 2022, 11:40 PM)Michael Wrote: I was unaware of Rowling's feelings about Vernon's family line. But like any author she can always change her mind, or find a way to bend her own rules...
ZehnWaters Harry Potter 7 249 September 29th, 2022, 09:21 PM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(September 29th, 2022, 04:51 PM)Mordomin Wrote: After I adjusted my thinking from a hardline "that's not the Tolkien I know" to a more accepting "let them tell their story and see if I like it", I a...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 September 29th, 2022, 09:19 PM
    Thread: Rings of Power
Post: RE: Rings of Power

(September 28th, 2022, 11:37 PM)Michael Wrote: It appears to me that the writers are living by the Uzi Rule - that, if Tolkien didn't specifically deny something happens, then they can say that it d...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 829 September 29th, 2022, 11:25 AM
    Thread: Why did Elendil live so long?
Post: RE: Why did Elendil live so long?

(September 28th, 2022, 11:59 PM)Michael Wrote: I'm not aware of any explanation from Tolkien but I've always felt it was because Elendil restored the honor and glory of the descendants of Elros. The...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 434 September 29th, 2022, 11:20 AM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(September 28th, 2022, 11:55 PM)Michael Wrote: OH, no no no no no. Removing Bombadil from the story was inexcusable Agree to disagree. Quote:And the council scene introduced inexplicable story elem...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 September 29th, 2022, 11:19 AM
    Thread: Why did Elendil live so long?
Post: Why did Elendil live so long?

Per the title. Why did Elendil live so long (322 years)? Was it simply because of the faithfulness of his line? If so, why didn't his grandson, Valandil, live as long (260 years)? Elendil didn't even ...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 434 September 28th, 2022, 01:03 PM
    Thread: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"
Post: RE: "Movies That Were Better Than the Book"

(September 20th, 2022, 10:33 AM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: We've had many a discussion on whether or not the themes were maintained, haven't we? Was it "streamlined", or butchered? Now I've often opined th...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 628 September 20th, 2022, 11:40 AM
    Thread: Is Aunt Petunia a muggle or squib or a bitter witch?
Post: RE: Is Aunt Petunia a muggle or squib or a bitter ...

(September 14th, 2022, 10:48 AM)Michael Wrote: Yes. Ancient traditions always have shadowy origins. Technically, I think Dudley's descendants might have a chance at developing magical abilities, si...
ZehnWaters Harry Potter 7 249 September 15th, 2022, 01:05 PM
    Thread: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?
Post: RE: Was Celebrimbor Dispossessed?

(September 14th, 2022, 10:45 AM)Michael Wrote: There were two curses. There was the curse applying to all the Noldor (lifted at the end of the First Age) and there was the curse applying to the fami...
ZehnWaters J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 40 998 September 15th, 2022, 01:02 PM