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    Thread: The Expanse
Post: RE: The Expanse

(December 6th, 2021, 01:39 AM)Michael Wrote: I've read that the first season is the hardest one to watch. I've thought about jumping into season 2, getting into that, and then going back to season 1...
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 7 717 December 6th, 2021, 07:51 PM
    Thread: The Expanse
Post: RE: The Expanse

Thank you!  Nice to be checking out the site again.  I've dropped off from all my message boards.  We're all getting swallowed up by Facebook/Metaverse. I WOULD strongly recommend this show though.  ...
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 7 717 December 3rd, 2021, 11:32 AM
    Thread: The Boys
Post: RE: The Boys

Dystopian could apply - certainly to the superheroes themselves.  Fallen heroes.  Definitely dark. I keep thinking that MAYBE I'll go back and try to watch it through again.  We'll see.
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 3 287 December 3rd, 2021, 11:30 AM
    Thread: The Expanse
Post: RE: The Expanse

Not as conversant a group as I remember.  Oh well... As I continue on (watched 3 last night, to get me through episode 11 of season 2 - 21 of 56 released episodes so far)... I've run into a couple sp...
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 7 717 December 2nd, 2021, 02:30 PM
    Thread: The Expanse
Post: RE: The Expanse

Following up - to me, it sort of has a Robert Heinlein vibe.  Some of his early novels that involve expansion within the solar system - as well as elements of Starship Troopers.
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 7 717 November 30th, 2021, 02:04 PM
    Thread: Bill Crosby
Post: RE: Bill Crosby

Do you mean Bill Cosby or Bing Crosby?
Valandil Actors 3 430 November 29th, 2021, 08:51 PM
    Thread: Star Trek: Lower Decks
Post: Star Trek: Lower Decks

Anyone watching this?  Comments/thoughts? I've watched it with one of my sons.  We binged through season 1 at the end of summer and saw the first episode of season 2.  He kept watching it away at col...
Valandil Star Trek 1 368 November 29th, 2021, 08:47 PM
    Thread: The Boys
Post: The Boys

Did anyone watch? I watched the first two episodes.  But life is full, and it didn't remain a priority.  Maybe I'll get back to it someday. I had almost forgotten about it until I started watching a...
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 3 287 November 29th, 2021, 08:44 PM
    Thread: The Expanse
Post: The Expanse

I'm coming late to this party.  I JUST started watching "The Expanse" on Amazon Prime.  It is very, VERY good!  I'm only through Season 2, Episode 2 right now, but really loving it.  Gripping storylin...
Valandil Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 7 717 November 29th, 2021, 08:40 PM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

And led the Nazgul right into the secret places where they lived. Which I don't think would have been castles or castle ruins... too easy to find.
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 January 21st, 2017, 02:53 AM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Hmmm... I would guess not, based on how JRRT introduces Bree in FOTR. Maybe I should revise that opinion of Tharbad. On the other hand though - the circumstances are different. Though Bree is close...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 January 2nd, 2017, 03:30 AM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Michael Wrote:Role playing gamers love to turn Tharbad into some sort of cosmopolitan backwater where thieves guilds and sorcerers guilds abound. I don't think it lost the Dunadan element until the v...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 January 1st, 2017, 01:21 PM
    Thread: Michael's Review of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
Post: Michael's Review of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Boomstick Wrote:I liked it better than Force Awakens, for sure. I would have cut out Forest Whittaker's character and his whole "extremist rebel faction." Completely distracting, out of place, and add...
Valandil Star Wars 16 807 December 31st, 2016, 02:01 PM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Another thought I just had... I wonder if the people who abandoned Tharbad in 2912 settled mostly along the outskirts of Dunland. And maybe these become the ones who traveled northward, through Bree,...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 December 31st, 2016, 01:38 PM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Michael Wrote:Well, setting aside the discussion about the word "ranger" (I think that would be an interesting thread on its own), one has to ask just how much backsliding the Dunedain would have done...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 December 31st, 2016, 01:32 PM
    Thread: LOTR turns 15 years
Post: LOTR turns 15 years

Mordomin Wrote:The closest I have come (so far) to a girl who liked Tolkien was one who claimed that she was an expert on LotR. I expressed surprise that she had liked the books. She said, "There ar...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 10 669 December 31st, 2016, 01:15 PM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Valandil Wrote:Gilraen's age is actually given - see Appendix B for the year of her birth (and death). I suspect that Gilraen died unusually early for a Dunedain woman of her time. I think her life ...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 December 30th, 2016, 01:43 PM
    Thread: Elrond's and Arathorn trying to rid of the ring of Doom
Post: Elrond's and Arathorn trying to rid of the ring o...

Mordomin Wrote:I have to disagree with you, Valandil. The Army of the Last Alliance entered Mordor from the north, after winning the Battle of the Dagorlad. They did not come over the mountains via ...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 2,269 December 28th, 2016, 01:01 PM
    Thread: Elrond's and Arathorn trying to rid of the ring of Doom
Post: Elrond's and Arathorn trying to rid of the ring o...

I had the impression there was a "main road" from Minas Morgul to Cirith Ungol, and that the route taken by Gollum, Frodo & Sam was an alternate "Secret Way". So I think any forces of Gondor / Ar...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 2,269 December 26th, 2016, 01:38 AM
    Thread: Business of Ranger women
Post: Business of Ranger women

Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 32 1,397 December 26th, 2016, 01:33 AM
    Thread: Interesting if flawed idea
Post: Interesting if flawed idea

Gildor Iglorion's wandering company of Elves sang of "Snow-white" in reference to Elbereth. But that couldn't be the same one associated with the seven Dwarves. My favorite Fairly Tales twist to Mid...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 852 December 26th, 2016, 01:17 AM
    Thread: When Did the Gate of Moria re-open?
Post: When Did the Gate of Moria re-open?

If anybody from Eriador wanted to visit Moria, I think most would have preferred taking the Redhorn Pass, and entering at the east gate - rather than traveling a few days through pitch-black tunnels t...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 15 1,338 December 26th, 2014, 01:55 AM
    Thread: Minas Ithil
Post: Minas Ithil

Although we're told that Minas Anor and Minas Ithil were fortresses, I don't think that Gondor in its early years expected them to be attacked. They also appear to have been palaces for the two broth...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 2,917 January 1st, 2009, 01:48 AM
    Thread: Prince or no Prince
Post: Prince or no Prince

I can't recall any place where Tolkien uses 'Prince' to describe a son or heir of a king. He seems to use the term exclusively for those who rule an area (perhaps a 'Principality') - while perhaps su...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 49 3,808 January 1st, 2009, 01:18 AM
    Thread: Ahrrr !
Post: Ahrrr !

No Mordomin, no ripping. But then, I'm not a true linguist, I just have a handy book: Ruth Noel's "The Languages of Middle Earth". Some point out imperfections in it, but it's a great start for a re...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 10 1,352 February 1st, 2008, 08:08 AM
    Thread: Will I ever finish this?
Post: Will I ever finish this?

Coconut Ent Wrote:???? So was Imrahil born before, or after the raid on Umbar? :crazy: In any case, I plead creative licence...:crazy: Or you can say it's another lad who just happens to be calle...
Valandil Fan Fiction and Poems 7 1,758 January 28th, 2008, 10:56 PM
    Thread: Will I ever finish this?
Post: Will I ever finish this?

CE - I just checked PoME myself... Imrahil was born in 2955 - so he would have been 25 at the time of Thorongil's raid on Umbar in 2980. I THOUGHT he would have been older than 23-24 at the time of L...
Valandil Fan Fiction and Poems 7 1,758 January 28th, 2008, 08:13 AM
    Thread: Visitors Come to Court
Post: Visitors Come to Court

Thank you Eldanuumea. Please let me know what you think of it once you've read through it. I need to take more time for them, but I've read quickly yours of Thorongil in Gondor and only scanned the ...
Valandil Fan Fiction and Poems 18 2,734 January 27th, 2008, 08:53 AM
    Thread: Thorongil in the Mark
Post: Thorongil in the Mark

But isn't the meaning clear enough? I don't pick up any indication that Theoden is just getting on a horse for the first time... I think that's saying this is when he started really riding 'with the ...
Valandil Fan Fiction and Poems 6 3,223 January 24th, 2008, 07:52 AM
    Thread: Caretakers of the Rings of Power
Post: Caretakers of the Rings of Power

In AE's story, Elrond could be doing so for the very same reason that Gil-galad probably does when he goes to war against Mordor - not wanting to bring it (for a couple reasons: risk of it being lost,...
Valandil J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 22 1,983 January 24th, 2008, 07:49 AM