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    Thread: Did Sam consider suicide?
Post: Did Sam consider suicide?

"He looked on the bright point of the sword. He thought of the places behind where there was a black brink and an empty fall into nothingness. There was no escape that way. That was to do nothing, not...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 954 November 11th, 2020, 06:19 AM
    Thread: There goes the Neighborhood
Post: There goes the Neighborhood

I wonder why the Numenoreans settled right next to Mordor. And the Faithful at that! Surely if anyone settled that close to the Dark Realm, it would be the Black Numenoreans or ar-Pharazon's followers...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 1,228 November 1st, 2020, 06:52 AM
    Thread: Sam and His Rope
Post: Sam and His Rope

The Fellowship is about to set out from Rivendell, and Sam frets about not having any rope. And he says to himself, it's too late to get any. I've wondered about that since the first time I've read i...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 1,024 September 2nd, 2020, 07:59 PM
    Thread: Aragorn acting OOC
Post: Aragorn acting OOC

Just rereading The Two Towers. Aragorn changes character when with the Rohirrim. Fanfic writers would say he was a bit OOC (out of character), becoming almost impulsive and hasty. But now I'm startin...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 745 September 2nd, 2020, 12:34 AM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

Dwarf using a pot as a makeshift helmet: Bain Pot Head. A swift footed Dwarf wielding a ladle : Bori Walker Black Ladle!
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,560 August 15th, 2020, 08:12 AM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

The Frying Pan of Durin! 🤓😁 Cast iron or forged steel?
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,560 August 13th, 2020, 12:48 PM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

(August 7th, 2020, 08:50 AM)Bacchus Wrote: Presumably Gimli’s axe was a two-handed weapon. Robert is using a one-handed axe, which probably isn’t much worse than a sword for a mounted warrior. That ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,560 August 8th, 2020, 12:48 AM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

I just had this funny notion of Thorin and Co doing the Axe Gang Dance from Kung Fu Hustle. Wouldn't it be amazing if a bunch of people dressed as Dwarves at a convention and started the Axe Gang Danc...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,560 August 7th, 2020, 04:14 AM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

So the Gang is preparing to ride from Meduseld to battle Saruman. "How shall I come to the battle? I wish I could walk and not bump like a sack at Gandalf's saddlebow." "A safer seat than many, I gu...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,560 August 6th, 2020, 07:17 AM
    Thread: Propagating by Tree Cuttings
Post: Propagating by Tree Cuttings

I wonder that the White Tree was not propagated by cuttings. It's an ancient art in horticulture, and since the fruits of the White Tree seldom are viable, cuttings become an important method.
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 570 July 25th, 2020, 09:16 AM
    Thread: Nindalf
Post: RE: Nindalf

Heh, I guess everyone is kinda speechless, lol!
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 567 July 22nd, 2020, 11:18 PM
  Big Grin Thread: Nindalf
Post: Nindalf

I wonder how many twelve year old boys looked at the map in Lord of the Rings, saw "Nindalf (Wetwang)" and started giggling? Yes, I know "wang" probably means marsh or bog in this context, but I'm al...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 567 July 21st, 2020, 02:36 AM
    Thread: The Elven Light Foot
Post: RE: The Elven Light Foot

I just had this funny idea that Legolas has huge feet that distribute his weight so that he doesn't sink in the snow. Just a silly notion that popped into my head.
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 31 5,061 July 12th, 2020, 02:28 AM
    Thread: Did Boromir stop at Isengard on his way to Rivendell?
Post: RE: Did Boromir stop at Isengard on his way to Riv...

I wonder if Boromir stopped at Bree? Probably not. He seemed a bit surprised by the Hobbits at Rivendell. I wonder what route he followed up in Eriador? All I know is that he was at Tharbad. Did the ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 968 April 26th, 2020, 04:59 AM
    Thread: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-mounds?
Post: RE: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-moun...

I have this weird vision, that if Bombadil had been in the movie, we get to the point where he says to the Hobbits, "CAST OFF THESE COLD RAGS! RUN NAKED ON THE GRASS!" Then we see Elijah Wood running...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 3,964 April 21st, 2020, 10:19 PM
    Thread: The Longest Day in Chang'An
Post: RE: The Longest Day in Chang'An

Wow. Now I feel I have to look out for either the novel or the series. I just finished "The Three Body Problem", a hard science fiction novel by a Chinese author, Cixin Liu. It's really good. The Chin...
Coconut Ent Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 6 2,268 April 20th, 2020, 08:25 PM
    Thread: Would any volcano do?
Post: RE: Would any volcano do?

(January 3rd, 2020, 10:32 PM)Mordomin Wrote: The weird thing about this is that my family was discussing volcanoes at breakfast this very day. My mother noticed a recipe for "Pork Vesuvius" on the ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 839 April 20th, 2020, 03:32 AM
    Thread: Nephilim
Post: Nephilim

Quote:   “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”   ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 1 427 April 20th, 2020, 01:13 AM
    Thread: Spoils of War
Post: RE: Spoils of War

This is the documentary I saw, regarding traditional iron smelting in Africa. The whole village got involved, including even the ladies who brewed plenty of beer to keep up the bellowers' strength! [V...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 600 April 16th, 2020, 07:09 AM
    Thread: Wizards in the Early Third Age
Post: Wizards in the Early Third Age

"When maybe a thousand years had passed, and the first shadow had fallen on Greenwood the Great, the Istari or Wizards appeared in Middle-earth. It was afterwards said that they came out of the Far We...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 524 April 4th, 2020, 01:50 AM
    Thread: Elrond's Porch
Post: RE: Elrond's Porch

I don't suppose the porch is also where Glorfindel goes to have an after lunch nap? Singing about the Blessed Land in the Hall of Fire? He's actually *been* there! He's heard the originals, rather t...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 1,609 March 14th, 2020, 09:25 PM
    Thread: Spoils of War
Post: Spoils of War

Just finish rereading The Two Towers. So Eomer and Co wiped out Ugluk et al. They burn the bodies... and leave the equipment behind. Recently I watched a documentary how African people used to smelt...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 600 March 14th, 2020, 09:20 PM
    Thread: Elrond's Porch
Post: Elrond's Porch

So I'm rereading the books again, and just realized the Council of Elrond takes place in the porch of the House. Funny how I never noticed it before.  I'd always thought a secret council would be in ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 1,609 February 19th, 2020, 11:11 PM
    Thread: Frodo's broken sword
Post: RE: Frodo's broken sword

All this time I thought "it was unharmed" referred to the Witch King! Now I know! 🌞
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 667 February 19th, 2020, 08:02 PM
    Thread: Frodo's broken sword
Post: Frodo's broken sword

Quote:“By Elbereth and Lúthien the Fair,” said Frodo with a last effort, lifting up his sword, 'you shall have neither the Ring nor me!" Wasn't his sword supposed to have perished back at Weathertop ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 667 February 19th, 2020, 08:40 AM
    Thread: Just saw Rise of Skywalker
Post: Just saw Rise of Skywalker

Just saw The Rise of Skywalker. The story's a bit messy.  Not as good as The Last Jedi, which I absolutely loved and rate higher than Empire Strikes Back. Palpatine being alive wasn't foreshadowed ...
Coconut Ent Star Wars 7 1,607 December 23rd, 2019, 02:22 PM
    Thread: The Rohirrim sang as they slew
Post: The Rohirrim sang as they slew

Dashing through the foe On your horse as you slay Over the fields we go Fighting all the way Sword on shield shall ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A slaying song to fight ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 1 603 December 20th, 2019, 08:42 PM
    Thread: How to out-Legolas Legolas
Post: How to out-Legolas Legolas

It's from an Indian movie called "Bahubali". [Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPnIHed_Voo] Surfing on a shield? Pffftt. :bg:
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 1 1,485 February 25th, 2019, 12:22 AM
    Thread: Why didn't Isildur go back to Rivendell the same way Frodo did?
Post: Why didn't Isildur go back to Rivendell the same w...

Quote: I estimate the sea route to be about 100 mi (~40 leagues) march from Osgiliath to Pelargir, then 1600 water mi from Pelargir to Mithlond, then 600 mi (200 leagues) from Mithlond to Imladris by ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 71 8,411 June 28th, 2018, 12:29 AM
    Thread: Why didn't Isildur go back to Rivendell the same way Frodo did?
Post: Why didn't Isildur go back to Rivendell the same w...

Isildur also had the option of sailing down Anduin to Pelargir, then north Tharbad and up the river. Or he could sail up to the Gulf of Lune, very near to Annuminas. It saves a lot of walking! Why ...
Coconut Ent J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 71 8,411 June 25th, 2018, 04:36 AM