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  Thumbs Up Thread: This civil rights leader’s story should be a movie
Post: RE: This civil rights leader’s story should be a m...

Got some possibilities. I'd say pretty amazing movies could be made of the life of Frederick Douglass, or Robert Smalls and the theft of the Planter.
Alvin Eriol General Movies 1 24 July 25th, 2021, 11:28 PM
    Thread: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross
Post: RE: Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross

Is this something that was actually observed, perhaps by Cassini? I can't find any report of a cruciform object being observed on Titan. Or is it fiction? Can you provide a link or excerpt or somethi...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 6 43 July 6th, 2021, 04:04 PM
    Thread: Aliens' Chirality Prevents Long Stay on Earth
Post: RE: Aliens' Chirality Prevents Long Stay on Earth

Larry Niven wrote or co-wrote a story or 2 in which Earth colonists farmed on worlds whose native biota were nutritively incompatible. None I recall in "Known Space", but at least one in the "Leshy Ci...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 55 July 5th, 2021, 03:33 PM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Stunt injuries on the "Lord of the Rings" production? Are New Zealand's worker safety and injury compensation laws being obeyed? Includes a brief teaser synopsis of the period and events being depict...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 24 3,407 July 3rd, 2021, 10:31 PM
    Thread: Updating email
Post: Updating email

After some 20 years, I'm finally changing my primary email address. The old one, 20 years old, is in one of the domains listed in that email issue announcement, and is also in a domain that was bought...
Alvin Eriol Forum Feedback and Issues 3 76 June 30th, 2021, 06:50 PM
    Thread: Star Trek languages
Post: RE: Star Trek languages

I seem to have a vague memory of seeing some kind of glyphs printed on the Romulan ships of TNG and later incarnations, which we are to understand are supposed to be Romulan equivalents of ship names ...
Alvin Eriol Star Trek 4 131 June 29th, 2021, 10:27 PM
    Thread: Dragons in the Train of Gil-galad
Post: RE: Dragons in the Train of Gil-galad

Actually, I can't see that participation by Ents, esp. if you count Huorns, on Sauron's side can be ruled out. Remember Treebeard's warnings about "black-hearted" Ents to Merry and Pippin. IIRC JRRT m...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 211 June 22nd, 2021, 01:11 PM
    Thread: Why are there no spinning space stations?
Post: RE: Why are there no spinning space stations?

(June 5th, 2021, 02:36 AM)Michael Wrote: I've occasionally wondered what it would take to set up a chain of habitats between Earth and Mars, between Earth and Venus, and between Mars and the asteroi...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 14 313 June 6th, 2021, 02:43 PM
    Thread: Donut-Shaped Planet Baffles Scientists
Post: RE: Donut-Shaped Planet Baffles Scientists

It shouldn't be possible. A planet is just a self-gravitating sphere of cold matter formed in the vicinity of a molecular hydrogen/dust/starforming region. There's enough mass there to generate enough...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 3 70 June 1st, 2021, 05:31 PM
    Thread: Why are there no spinning space stations?
Post: RE: Why are there no spinning space stations?

(May 27th, 2021, 11:29 AM)DrTonyMcCaffrey Wrote: Thanks so much, Alvin, for the interesting information on this topic. What do you think of the Kerbal Space Program design used in the movie "Stowaw...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 14 313 May 27th, 2021, 02:57 PM
    Thread: Why are there no spinning space stations?
Post: RE: Why are there no spinning space stations?

(May 18th, 2021, 10:08 PM)Michael Wrote: Short of an alien civilization trying to repress human advancement, nothing off the top of my head. Well, since I already invoked Larry Niven, the Pierson's ...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 14 313 May 27th, 2021, 11:54 AM
    Thread: Why are there no spinning space stations?
Post: RE: Why are there no spinning space stations?

The first serious proposal for a centrifugal space station (already recognizing long-term weightlessness could be a problem for humans) was in 1903. Naturally, there were some other technical issues t...
Alvin Eriol From New Science to New Sci-Fi 14 313 May 27th, 2021, 11:21 AM
    Thread: The mouth of Sauron's horse
Post: RE: The mouth of Sauron's horse

I'm thinking it could be a critter of the same general derivation as maybe the "fell beasts" on which the Ringwraiths flew, i.e. some survivor or revived (genetically engineered? augmented with some '...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 453 May 18th, 2021, 02:27 PM
    Thread: The alphabets of Middle Earth languages
Post: RE: The alphabets of Middle Earth languages

Pull out your copy of Lord of the Rings, (or, Return of the King if you've got the traditional three volumes), and check out Appendix E for an explanation of 2 basic writing systems featured. There we...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 141 May 7th, 2021, 10:12 PM
    Thread: Video: Fictional starship sizes comparison
Post: RE: Video: Fictional starship sizes comparison

Cool! Even included the Ringworld! Not a spaceship, you say? It's capable of creating and manipulating powerful magnetic fields by a superconductor network embedded within its scrith construction mat...
Alvin Eriol General Discussions 1 216 April 21st, 2021, 06:18 PM
    Thread: Tumblr blog trolls Tolkien fans
Post: RE: Tumblr blog trolls Tolkien fans

Some joke. Beorn and his honey and beekeeping should have shut this one down instantly, by itself.
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 174 April 8th, 2021, 08:40 AM
    Thread: Dwarven names for Dwarven places
Post: RE: Dwarven names for Dwarven places

It wouldn't have been called "Moria" back then anyway, while the Dwarves lived and worked there and prospered with their new friendship with the Noldor. I figured Gandalf was translating "on the fly"...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 6 282 April 3rd, 2021, 10:37 PM
    Thread: Dwarven names for Dwarven places
Post: RE: Dwarven names for Dwarven places

JRRT kinda 'splained that (mostly in Appendix F) Dwarves were sort of secretive about their racial language bestowed on them by Aulë. They seldom revealed much about it to anyone else save really trus...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 6 282 March 20th, 2021, 06:19 PM
    Thread: Gehenna a real physical place in Israel?
Post: RE: Gehenna a real physical place in Israel?

The valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem to the southwest of the Temple Mount (joined in the south at the base of the hill by the Kidron valley to the east) was used in the days of the early, "wicked", kings...
Alvin Eriol Mythology and Folklore 2 141 March 1st, 2021, 10:34 PM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

(February 6th, 2021, 05:54 AM)Mordomin Wrote: While I like a Monty Python reference as much as the next person, now this thread is bugging me.  How DID Sauron get around, from Dol Guldur to the East...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 560 March 1st, 2021, 12:22 PM
    Thread: The Journey of Elladan and Elrohir
Post: RE: The Journey of Elladan and Elrohir

Yup, so they did! It was after the Council that the scouts hunted the environs for sign of the Nazgûl, and the 2 brothers went South and crossed the Mountains. Added: Did Elrohir and Elladan leave Ri...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 6 326 February 15th, 2021, 12:29 PM
    Thread: The Journey of Elladan and Elrohir
Post: RE: The Journey of Elladan and Elrohir

Note that when the hobbits and Strider arrived at Rivendell, and the Council was held five days later, Elrohir and Elladan were already gone afield. While we are to understand Aragorn and other scouts...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 6 326 February 13th, 2021, 11:39 PM
    Thread: Photographer Snaps Ulmo Appearing at Stormy French Coast
Post: Photographer Snaps Ulmo Appearing at Stormy French...

Well, the uninitiated said those waves breaking on a seawall on the Brittany coast during Storm Justine reminded them of that imposter Vala Poseidon! But we know the truth! UK Daily Mail article with...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 288 February 4th, 2021, 01:21 PM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

Maybe 2 can carry him on a line between them....? Just what is the airspeed of an unladen fell beast, anyway?
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 560 February 4th, 2021, 12:01 AM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

Don't see why not. Bear in mind JRRT stated in a Letter his 3rd Age physical form when he returned to Mordor was a big but not giant humanoid (not a big Eye!). Maybe that's how he escaped Dol Guldur a...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 560 February 3rd, 2021, 03:34 PM
    Thread: Lugburz
Post: RE: Lugburz

(January 31st, 2021, 11:06 PM)badlands Wrote: Probably Lord and Master. Or, worst, Papa. Heh! Bravo! There's always 'Uncle' or 'Big Brother'! Master? Maybe a la 'Robert Jordan's' Wheel of Time, th...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 409 February 1st, 2021, 07:34 AM
    Thread: Lugburz
Post: RE: Lugburz

(January 31st, 2021, 01:13 PM)Mordomin Wrote: I don't suppose that Melkor allowed his servants to call him "Morgoth", either. What name DID 'Sauron' allow?  Mairon? We did previously discuss & ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 409 January 31st, 2021, 11:40 PM
    Thread: The Fall of Gil-Gilad
Post: RE: The Fall of Gil-Gilad

Very nice! Best of all, Youtube includes links to lots of other well-done renderings of actual songs from Tolkien's Arda cycle set to music, or inspired by the Arda cycle.
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 1 285 January 27th, 2021, 03:05 PM
    Thread: Lugburz
Post: RE: Lugburz

Could well be. Barad-Dûr is Elvish. I guess to settle that question we'd need to see how it's listed in the postal code, telephone, and railway directories!
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 409 January 19th, 2021, 10:52 PM
    Thread: Elrond at the Battle for Ost-in-Edhil
Post: RE: Elrond at the Battle for Ost-in-Edhil

There was one mention of the forts along the Greyflood, in a passage telling us that the natives (Gwaithurim) were alienated and aggrieved by the massive tree-felling in the region by the Númenóreans ...
Alvin Eriol J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,168 January 14th, 2021, 01:19 PM