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    Thread: Slow down on Middle-earth articles at Xenite.Org
Post: Slow down on Middle-earth articles at Xenite.Org

Hope you get well soon Michael. It may be a small consolation to remember that Tolkien disliked allegories as much as you do.
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 10 1,310 June 28th, 2012, 08:48 AM
    Thread: Gollum drowned Frodo's parents
Post: Gollum drowned Frodo's parents

why would a river deter Gollum's progress? We know from a later Anduin episode that he was a good swimmer.
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 9,249 June 28th, 2012, 08:46 AM
    Thread: Xenite.Org Turns 15 on March 14, 2012 -- Let's Tweetabrate!
Post: Xenite.Org Turns 15 on March 14, 2012 -- Let's Twe...

I got your message about Twitter but unfortunately had such a busy day that I didn't have time to log on. Anyway, congratulations on what you've achieved. It's been wonderful.. And your mail mad me c...
shadowfax Xenite.Org Network 4 1,780 March 20th, 2012, 11:11 AM
    Thread: The Rohirrim sang as they slew
Post: The Rohirrim sang as they slew

I don't know if you're aware of this ... http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~chris...ngbook.pdf and check out "The Wild Ranger" short sample Quote:I once saw a Nazg^ul high up in the air And I shou...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 2,819 March 20th, 2012, 10:59 AM
    Thread: Tom Shippey interview - Hillsdale Collegian
Post: Tom Shippey interview - Hillsdale Collegian

A fascinating interview. I wasn't aware of Shippey's biography being so closely intertwined with Tolkien's.
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 914 March 20th, 2012, 10:52 AM
    Thread: The Physics Professor and the Beacon-hills
Post: The Physics Professor and the Beacon-hills

The beacons are of course not Tolkien's invention. So maybe if you want to study them it would be good to look at the real world examples.
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 1,479 February 15th, 2011, 12:30 PM
    Thread: Slavery issue in middle earth
Post: Slavery issue in middle earth

I don't think Orcs were killed because they were slaves. They were killed because they were Orcs and evil. I think we have debated on previous occasions whether or not Orcs are ultimately redeemable,...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 2,535 February 9th, 2011, 11:53 AM
    Thread: Question: Did Boromir fail, or was he redeemed by his sacrifice?
Post: Question: Did Boromir fail, or was he redeemed by ...

Agaricus Wrote:The answer is yes and yes. You can't have redemption without a previous failure, can you? Boromir failed in that he was unable to resist the lure of the Ring. He redeemed himself by sa...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 28 6,688 February 9th, 2011, 11:45 AM
    Thread: Chronicles of Narnia and Christian themes
Post: Chronicles of Narnia and Christian themes

It's been many years since I last read The Last battle but if I remember correctly, Eustace and Jill did have the rings but didn't actually use them. Furthermore, in the other books (apart from The H...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 1,801 February 9th, 2011, 11:40 AM
    Thread: Question: Faramir
Post: Question: Faramir

Bacchus Wrote:If he had been sent to Imladris instead of Boromir, would he have refused the Ring? What then would have hapenned? I assume he would have resisted the temptation to seize the ring. Mayb...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 12 1,836 December 10th, 2010, 01:40 PM
    Thread: Tolkien fansites beware: new copyright enforcement company
Post: Tolkien fansites beware: new copyright enforcement...

I have sometimes found in the more far flung and damper and darker corner sof the Internet, pages that are essentially spam but that paste vast quantities of text stolen from other websites, presumabl...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 756 December 10th, 2010, 01:33 PM
    Thread: Gollum's riddles
Post: Gollum's riddles

I think the passage on Cirith Ungol mentions that sometimes Orc captains would send Orcs her way intentionally to keep Shelob happy and make sure hunger didn't force her to expand her hunting grounds....
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 1,283 November 26th, 2010, 07:45 AM
    Thread: J.R.R. Tolkien cited in opening of legal commentary on
Post: J.R.R. Tolkien cited in opening of legal commentar...

Mordomin Wrote:That quote is wrongly attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien. It is spoken by a character of his, Gandalf the White, who has (in the story) died and returned to life. It is not reflective of th...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 10 1,016 November 19th, 2010, 12:06 PM
    Thread: C.S Lewis and Tolkien prejudice against mongols, blacks and muslims?
Post: C.S Lewis and Tolkien prejudice against mongols, b...

When mentioning Lewis, I assume you mean narnia specifically as race doesn't really come into any of his other books AFAIK. I think in THS, that Merlin once mentions the possibility of going to the Sa...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 2,517 November 19th, 2010, 09:34 AM
    Thread: Professor Stefan Arvidsson argues for Wagnerian influence on Tolkien
Post: Professor Stefan Arvidsson argues for Wagnerian in...

I don't really know much about Wagner and I find his music somewhat inaccessible so won't venture onto the very thin ice of trying to say anything about Wagner himself, but I think it is perfectly val...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 1,280 November 19th, 2010, 09:14 AM
    Thread: Extent of Smaugs wealth
Post: Extent of Smaugs wealth

Jaak Wrote:Then we are around 45 tons of gold in one jar alone. 500 burglars would have had to carry out 90 kg each - and then have to deal with the main piles of treasure. How high is the pile Smau...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 2,197 November 5th, 2010, 07:35 AM
    Thread: Extent of Smaugs wealth
Post: Extent of Smaugs wealth

Fantasy Wrote:The problem is proportions. Distance. Smaug is huge. We can see the image of Bilbo. He appears almost man-height. Must be in the foreground. But how close. Then the stairs in the ...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 2,197 November 5th, 2010, 05:16 AM
    Thread: C.S Lewis and Tolkien prejudice against mongols, blacks and muslims?
Post: C.S Lewis and Tolkien prejudice against mongols, b...

shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 2,517 November 5th, 2010, 05:13 AM
    Thread: bad women and hobbits
Post: bad women and hobbits

Jaak Wrote:A Took had once taken a fairy wife or a goblin wife - it is not known which. and as far as I am aware, that is the only reference to fairys in all of the Middle-earth writings so it's not c...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 1,285 October 28th, 2010, 12:11 PM
    Thread: Mithril as Unobtainium
Post: Mithril as Unobtainium

Bacchus Wrote:I think Tolkien would have been aghast at the thought that he made no mistakes in his work. He was a well-known perfectionist, never completely happy with his finished product. He himsel...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,993 September 7th, 2010, 04:15 AM
    Thread: spiders of murkwoods
Post: spiders of murkwoods

Scottty Wrote:Or maybe it just takes a member of that species a long time to grow to great size? So only the really ancient ones are huge, and most of them never live that long. But that would mean Un...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,749 September 1st, 2010, 09:37 AM
    Thread: How many years was Arwen able to have children?
Post: How many years was Arwen able to have children?

Michael Wrote:Nor can I find anything like this. The Eldar supposedly could defer having children, but so can mortals. Ah yes, but the difference is that mortals can't really defer but they can just ...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 1,851 September 1st, 2010, 09:33 AM
    Thread: Are obsessive fans ruining the internet?
Post: Are obsessive fans ruining the internet?

shadowfax General Discussions 21 1,809 August 30th, 2010, 07:41 AM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: Being a Ringwraith

Michael Wrote:Their wills would have been crushed through the millennia of enslavement to their rings. I should think the personality of a Ringwraith at the beginning of his enslavement might be a bi...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 9,305 August 30th, 2010, 07:38 AM
    Thread: C.S. Lewis meets Sigmund Freud in "Freud's Last Session"
Post: C.S. Lewis meets Sigmund Freud in "Freud's Last Se...

august Wrote:The younger man is unfazed, having recently boldly satirized the eminent Dr. Freud in his own writing.... . Have I missed something, or which Lewis character is supposed to parodise Freud...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 1,187 August 30th, 2010, 07:32 AM
    Thread: How many years was Arwen able to have children?
Post: How many years was Arwen able to have children?

Michael Wrote:If only this month had more paychecks in it than last August. I'm not sure Tolkien provided any biological information sufficient to develop the theme of this discussion in the light of...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 1,851 August 30th, 2010, 07:29 AM
    Thread: spiders of murkwoods
Post: spiders of murkwoods

shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,749 August 13th, 2010, 07:04 AM
    Thread: How Many Dwarves?
Post: How Many Dwarves?

Michael Wrote:The only standing professional armies in late Third Age Middle-earth of which I am sure are those of Rohan and Gondor. And it might be argued that the Rangers of Eriador were a professi...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 35 3,610 August 12th, 2010, 01:57 PM
    Thread: How Many Dwarves?
Post: How Many Dwarves?

Alvin Eriol Wrote:While I suppose there were corps of dedicated professional warriors, I sort of had the idea nearly all adult male Dwarves trained from childhood & were warriors at need, & th...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 35 3,610 August 12th, 2010, 04:21 AM
    Thread: Disturbing article about ethics class based on Lord of the Rings
Post: Disturbing article about ethics class based on Lor...

Michael Wrote:I don't think all that can be blamed on bad journalism. I'm not aware of where Tolkien described his work as "medieval". He considered himself a classicist, not a medievalist. That is...
shadowfax J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 26 2,587 August 10th, 2010, 12:32 PM