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    Thread: Why Gandalf silenced the hobbits in front of the voice of Sauron?
Post: RE: Why Gandalf silenced the hobbits in front of t...

I assume you meant the "Mouth of Sauron". Hobbits, plural? Only one, Pippin, was present before the Black Gate during the parley. Gandalf shushed him because he, by his outburst on seeing the mithri...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 85 May 10th, 2022, 12:49 PM
    Thread: Reformation of the orcs
Post: RE: Reformation of the orcs

...and if Eru would (could?) not, it would follow that Orcs were merely really sophisticated puppets manipulated by some fallen Ainu. Somewhere between Muppets or Jeff Dunham's 'Achmed the Dead Terror...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 153 May 9th, 2022, 03:39 PM
    Thread: Reformation of the orcs
Post: RE: Reformation of the orcs

There was of course the abortive attempt by Uruk officer Mar'n Loothar to launch an Orc reformation, by writing out ninety-five theses against forcible servitude and wars of conquest, and nailing them...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 153 May 5th, 2022, 03:46 PM
    Thread: Nazism, Arthurian myths, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien
Post: RE: Nazism, Arthurian myths, C.S. Lewis, and Tolki...

Not to mention, the Arthurian legends as we have them and visualize them were collected and transmitted to us over a century after the Norman conquest, some 8 centuries after whatever historical perso...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 130 April 29th, 2022, 09:51 AM
    Thread: Frodo a hero? Or, is Sam?
Post: RE: Frodo a hero? Or, is Sam?

(April 1st, 2022, 04:11 AM)epiphany24 Wrote: I'm sorry I'm such a millennial I want to "like" this post but couldn't find that option but I don't agree with number 4. Ya'll know way more about this...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 481 April 27th, 2022, 04:14 PM
    Thread: Tolkien a racist?
Post: RE: Tolkien a racist?

I just cited a hilarious letter JRRT wrote to a Nazi-era publisher in 1939 who expressed interest in The Hobbit, which sums up his feelings at least so far as 'anti-Semitism' is specifically concerned...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 91 April 27th, 2022, 02:42 PM
    Thread: Nazism, Arthurian myths, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien
Post: RE: Nazism, Arthurian myths, C.S. Lewis, and Tolki...

Oh, sure! Tolkien and Lewis were friends, albeit somewhat estranged in the last years of Lewis' life. Lewis liked to work with Arthurian legendarium elements at times (e.g. Perelandra and That Hideous...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 130 April 27th, 2022, 02:30 PM
    Thread: Tolkien’s hatred for allegories
Post: RE: Tolkien’s hatred for allegories

We've addressed this before, and I replied in some detail. Some of these were responses to questions you yourself had posed some time back. Here's one. Here's another! This one particularly addres...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 64 April 25th, 2022, 01:57 PM
    Thread: Gimli’s ignorance about Moria mines
Post: RE: Gimli’s ignorance about Moria mines

Balin and his companions went off without the sponsorship and approval of Dain and were basically on their own. As Gloin stated, they got periodic reports from Balin's expedition until they ceased, an...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 104 April 23rd, 2022, 11:05 AM
    Thread: Electric aircraft are a reality - what about electric spacecraft?
Post: RE: Electric aircraft are a reality - what about e...

Ion thrusters and plasma thrusters are electric low-thrust engines in use for mainly deep-space probes. The thrust developed by the current designs in use are low, but thrust can be sustained a relati...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 65 April 18th, 2022, 12:14 PM
    Thread: A Whole New Energy Economy Could Emerge
Post: RE: A Whole New Energy Economy Could Emerge

Interesting! As the art points out, additional work will be needed to scale the tech up to make it useful. How did they figure out it will hold power for 18 years? I guess when the package arrived i...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 2 47 April 13th, 2022, 12:08 PM
    Thread: The greatest elf king
Post: RE: The greatest elf king

One could also IMO make a case for Thingol. Rather than go in the relative safety of Aman, he protected and led the Elves who had chosen to remain in Beleriand in the face of increasing danger from Me...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 356 April 10th, 2022, 12:23 PM
    Thread: The greatest elf king
Post: RE: The greatest elf king

Of course, Ingwë wasn't in Middle-Earth very long after the Great Journey ended!
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 356 April 9th, 2022, 05:22 PM
    Thread: The greatest elf king
Post: RE: The greatest elf king

I'd say Gil-Galad, for whom you make a great case without even citing his self-sacrificing duel with Sauron, would be in close competition to Finrod, another peace-maker and conciliator and keeper of ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 356 April 6th, 2022, 09:23 AM
    Thread: Where are the other Balrogs?
Post: RE: Where are the other Balrogs?

The other Balrogs were slain in the 1st Age. Glorfindel took one down (and died himself in the process) in the mountains surrounding Gondolin, Gothmog was slain by Ecthelion (who also died) in Gondoli...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 142 March 29th, 2022, 04:39 PM
    Thread: Frodo a hero? Or, is Sam?
Post: RE: Frodo a hero? Or, is Sam?

The short answer IMO is: (1) JRRT stated that Frodo was ultimately incapable of voluntarily tossing the Ring into the fire. His part was to get It that close to the place it could be destroyed, then ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 481 March 27th, 2022, 03:35 PM
    Thread: Kuru: the Laughing death ☠️
Post: RE: Kuru: the Laughing death ☠️

Quote:Kuru belongs to a class of infectious diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), also known as prion diseases. It was limited almost entirely to cannibals who ate human b...
Alvin Eriol Archeology and Prehistory 3 107 March 24th, 2022, 09:54 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

(March 14th, 2022, 03:01 AM)Michael Wrote: People will never agree on how dark-skinned Sam should be, (...) The problem with Sean Astin's casting, in terms of skin color, is that he completely whit...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 March 14th, 2022, 02:07 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

(March 8th, 2022, 08:23 PM)Michael Wrote: I can't imagine [JRRT] would have been happy with the casting of a white-skinned actor for Sam Gamgee. Interestingly, no one who purports to be a Tolkien pu...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 March 9th, 2022, 12:48 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

(February 23rd, 2022, 11:19 PM)bilbobaggins764 Wrote: (February 17th, 2022, 12:29 PM)badlands Wrote: https://thefederalist.com/2022/02/16/ama...ns-vision/ Is that possible? If i wanted to select...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 March 7th, 2022, 03:46 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

(February 20th, 2022, 07:43 AM)gzhindra Wrote: One of my favorite movies is Akira Kurosawa's Ran. It's based on King Lear, but it is a Samurai movie. I think it is a great movie and it still keeps s...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 March 7th, 2022, 01:21 PM
    Thread: Nine Threads of Gold
Post: RE: Nine Threads of Gold

This story was included in the Tolkien tribute collection After the King (Greenberg ed.)
Alvin Eriol Andre Norton 1 85 March 1st, 2022, 09:58 PM
    Thread: Is Tolkien anti- religious?
Post: RE: Is Tolkien anti- religious?

It seems clear the writer was looking to project his own poor opinions about "religion" wherever he could. JRRT refrained from making a concept of God (iirc" the one Person who is ever present and n...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 229 February 24th, 2022, 06:39 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

Yeah, I wouldn't expect say blonde Europeans and East Asians to be cast in drama based on sub-Saharan African traditional stories. To gzhindra's point, I would say that for a tale that is even more e...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 February 19th, 2022, 04:40 PM
    Thread: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision
Post: RE: Betrayal of Tolkien’s vision

Oh, perfectly possible! Just ask Tauriel, or XenArwen! I don't really have a huge problem with say black Dwarves or other actors of color playing Tolkien characters. (If there are also red Dwarves, w...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 598 February 17th, 2022, 04:27 PM
    Thread: Difference between elves
Post: RE: Difference between elves

(February 14th, 2022, 08:01 PM)Michael Wrote: If you're of the "elves have pointy ears" persuasion, then all an elf need do is wear a hat or a headband (ala Spock in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 359 February 17th, 2022, 10:24 AM
    Thread: Difference between elves
Post: RE: Difference between elves

(February 13th, 2022, 10:41 PM)Michael Wrote: One would need familiarity with a specific culture in order to recognize a member of that culture. So there's nothing innately "Elvish" about an Elf, in...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 359 February 14th, 2022, 02:58 PM
  Smile Thread: How did Sauron become a necromancer?
Post: RE: How did Sauron become a necromancer?

Quote:How did Sauron become a necromancer? Correspondence course. Online learning wasn't a 'thing', yet!  :D The previously cited "Laws and Customs" discussed what can happen to Unbodied Elven-fëa ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 219 February 13th, 2022, 03:38 PM
    Thread: Amazon's Wheel of Time Adaptation
Post: RE: Amazon's Wheel of Time Adaptation

I've watched the 1st few eppies now. They took a lot of liberties, to the point I'm a bit surprised "Robert Jordan's" widow, who IIRC is the literary estate and a consultant, didn't object. Let's just...
Alvin Eriol Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 2 67 February 11th, 2022, 04:48 PM
    Thread: Click to Edit?
Post: Click to Edit?

For the past few years, ever since a previous major upgrade (new version of VBulletin, IIRC), a good many older posts are showing up with just the notation "Click to edit". Furthermore, it appears tha...
Alvin Eriol Forum Feedback and Issues 1 70 February 10th, 2022, 01:15 PM