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    Thread: Nichelle Nichols has died
Post: Nichelle Nichols has died

The first Lt. Uhura has finally passed on to the next mission. https://www.tvinsider.com/1054399/nichel...rek-uhura/
Michael Star Trek 3 69 July 31st, 2022, 06:23 PM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Fans gonna be fans and try to explain everything before they have all the facts. That's half the fun of being a fan, isn't it?
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 35 6,325 July 28th, 2022, 07:55 PM
    Thread: Do the dwarves look different in the Hobbit than the LOTR?
Post: RE: Do the dwarves look different in the Hobbit th...

I think they look a little more refined in the Hobbit films. They had to give each character some personality, since the story is about 13 dwarves (and 1 hobbit). The dwarves in the LoTR movies all lo...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 88 July 28th, 2022, 07:53 PM
    Thread: Amazon is ruining LOTR?
Post: RE: Amazon is ruining LOTR?

Well, Peter Jackson's movies didn't ruin the books. They portrayed Middle-earth in a very different way from Tolkien's stories (and after many years Christopher Tolkien finally admitted that he detest...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 57 July 28th, 2022, 07:50 PM
    Thread: Video: Trailer for "Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves"
Post: Video: Trailer for "Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Am...

Who needs heroes when you have thieves? [Video: http://DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Trailer (2023)] The cast includes: Chris Pine (the Bard) Michelle Rodriguez (the Barbarian) Regé-Jean Page (the Paladin...
Michael General Movies 0 111 July 28th, 2022, 07:41 PM
    Thread: Video: Trailer for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"
Post: Video: Trailer for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever...

Looks amazing. [Video: http://Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever ...c Con 2022]
Michael Super Hero Movies 0 119 July 24th, 2022, 01:32 AM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

I don't recall Morgoth wielding lightning as a weapon. But I don't know of any specific prohibition against fallen Ainur using lightning in any way. Most of the examples of lightning associated with ...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 337 July 24th, 2022, 01:30 AM
    Thread: Hobbit ineffectual and non productive workers?
Post: RE: Hobbit ineffectual and non productive workers?

I don't think Orcs would have allowed Hobbits to maintain their 6-meal-per-day diet plan. Sharkey's Men (the Ruffians) weren't numerous enough to actually enslave the Shire, so they couldn't control t...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 158 July 24th, 2022, 01:27 AM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Or people can watch it right here. [Video: http://The Lord of the Rings: The Rings ...CC Trailer]
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 35 6,325 July 24th, 2022, 01:19 AM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

I'm not aware of any other official role for the fair.
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 386 July 24th, 2022, 01:17 AM
    Thread: Video: Trailer for "Strange World"
Post: Video: Trailer for "Strange World"

I saw this trailer with Thor: Love and Thunder and it's piqued my interest. [Video: http://STRANGE WORLD Trailer (2022) Disney] I'm surprised it's not getting more discussion among adults. It seemed...
Michael Disney and Pixar Movies 0 51 July 22nd, 2022, 02:18 AM
    Thread: Michael's Thoughts on "Thor: Love and Thunder"
Post: Michael's Thoughts on "Thor: Love and Thunder"

I've read mixed reviews on this film thus far but saw it yesterday with some of my family. Overall we enjoyed the movie experience. And I must say this is the first time I've ventured back into a publ...
Michael Super Hero Movies 0 31 July 22nd, 2022, 02:15 AM
    Thread: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Michael's thoughts)
Post: RE: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Michael's thoug...

I haven't found any motivation to try watching the new show again. We've been watching other things. Since we signed up for Netflix, we've binged on a number of shows. Our latest choice is Stranger Th...
Michael Star Trek 4 136 July 22nd, 2022, 01:40 AM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

The LoTR narrative seems ambiguous to me. When Sauron dies (after the Ring is destroyed), his spirit wells up "like a mountain of darkness" and is "crowned with lightning". And here is how Tolkien d...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 337 July 22nd, 2022, 01:35 AM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

Tolkien only wrote stories about 2 full moots. One was the Entmoot Treebeard called after he encountered Merry and Pippin - and there wasn't much narrative substance to the story. The other tale was g...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 386 July 18th, 2022, 02:22 AM
    Thread: Were Shadowfax and Bill the Pony shoed?
Post: RE: Were Shadowfax and Bill the Pony shoed?

Shadowfax was not the last of the Mearas. He was merely the leader of the Mearas in his time. Theoden's horse (Snowmane, I think) was also one of the Mearas.
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 162 July 18th, 2022, 02:16 AM
    Thread: In the tradition of "Thumbelina of the Doorways..."
Post: RE: In the tradition of "Thumbelina of the Doorway...

Veronica 707. I like it.
Michael Renaissance and Ghost House Pictures 1 65 July 18th, 2022, 02:12 AM
    Thread: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse
Post: RE: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse

It depends on whether the characters have been trademarked. If they are trademarked there are limits to how long the trademarks can be renewed. Copyrights are applicable to illustrations, stories, pr...
Michael General Discussions 7 119 July 18th, 2022, 02:08 AM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

And the new trailer/teaser was released earlier today. [Video: http://The Lord of the Rings: The Rings ...rime Video] I think Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is speaking with Elrond (Robert Aramayo) at ab...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 35 6,325 July 14th, 2022, 09:41 PM
    Thread: Indiana Jones5
Post: RE: Indiana Jones5

Your guess is as good as anyone else's, but so far IMDB doesn't have anything to say on the topic. It would be an interesting twist to the story if Disney/Lucasfilm were to sneak Pratt in as a younger...
Michael General Movies 1 56 July 14th, 2022, 09:35 PM
    Thread: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse
Post: RE: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse

I believe the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate still controls Tarzan. Zorro is owned by Sony. I think Disney will do just fine with Mickey Mouse. They'll probably rebrand as "The Original Mickey Mouse" o...
Michael General Discussions 7 119 July 14th, 2022, 09:30 PM
    Thread: Sauron defying lightning at the temple
Post: RE: Sauron defying lightning at the temple

From "Akallabeth": Quote:Now aforetime in the isle of Numenor the weather was ever apt to the needs and liking of Men: rain in due season and ever in measure; and sunshine, now warmer, now cooler, an...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 337 July 14th, 2022, 09:28 PM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

Even in Roman society, tax collection was something of a trade rather than a mere governmental function. I suspect that Tolkien imagined local communities banding together to do what needed to be done...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 386 July 14th, 2022, 09:19 PM
    Thread: Were Shadowfax and Bill the Pony shoed?
Post: RE: Were Shadowfax and Bill the Pony shoed?

Horses were domesticated thousands of years before horseshoes were first invented. And the earliest known horseshoes were made of leather or cloth. I don't know if Tolkien knew that, but I suspect he...
Michael J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 162 July 14th, 2022, 08:58 PM
    Thread: Time-Travel Through the Metaverse!!!
Post: RE: Time-Travel Through the Metaverse!!!

Although we do welcome authors' participation in our forums, merely dropping a link (even if only to Amazon) isn't going to do much for marketing. Authors, whether self-published or traditionally publ...
Michael Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 1 88 July 14th, 2022, 08:55 PM
    Thread: Lightyear the movie
Post: RE: Lightyear the movie

I don't know if people are being fair to movies right now. Even though most viewers probably don't think about the pandemic any longer, it's still going on. It's had a profound effect on the way socie...
Michael General Movies 1 58 July 14th, 2022, 08:53 PM
    Thread: About time
Post: RE: About time

I really need to finish watching this movie.
Michael General Movies 1 59 July 14th, 2022, 08:48 PM
    Thread: Has quality of film making gone down?
Post: RE: Has quality of film making gone down?

I think there is a definite shift in visual quality. I noticed this difference while watching Aquaman in the cinema. It didn't look right to me. Unfortunately, after noticing that oddness, I couldn't ...
Michael General Movies 2 119 July 14th, 2022, 08:42 PM
    Thread: Wokeness is ruining Disney parks
Post: RE: Wokeness is ruining Disney parks

I wouldn't say no one was bothered by the lack of major Asian actors. It's occasionally a topic of discussion in the entertainment Web. Here's a Screenrant article from 2020: Firefly: Why Characters ...
Michael Politics 6 564 July 14th, 2022, 08:37 PM
    Thread: Passing of Andre Norton, March 17, 2005
Post: RE: Passing of Andre Norton, March 17, 2005

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do anything this year to commemorate Andre's birth, death, or life, other than a few minor edits here and there. And then some spammer came and despoiled this discussio...
Michael Andre Norton 49 31,346 July 1st, 2022, 11:12 PM