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    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Here’s another story that might raise some eyebrows. https://micky.com.au/lord-of-the-rings-f...ordinator/
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 24 3,627 May 15th, 2021, 08:25 AM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

My hypothesis is that Sauron could still “walk unclad” even after Akallabeth. Evidence: we know that he was rendered discarnate by the Akallabeth, and that it took him a very long time to be able to...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 624 February 6th, 2021, 09:43 AM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

(February 4th, 2021, 12:01 AM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: Maybe 2 can carry him on a line between them....? Just what is the airspeed of an unladen fell beast, anyway? African or European?
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 624 February 4th, 2021, 12:13 AM
    Thread: Lugburz
Post: RE: Lugburz

(January 22nd, 2021, 12:14 AM)Michael Wrote: I don't believe Tolkien established anything as the official name for Sauron's seat of power. He didn't allow his servants to use his, name according to ...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 462 February 2nd, 2021, 05:21 PM
    Thread: The mouth of Sauron's horse
Post: RE: The mouth of Sauron's horse

Theoretically possible, but I judge it unlikely. The earliest conception of dragons in BOLT was as mechanical creations used in the attack on Gondolin, so it is at least within the realm of possibil...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 510 February 2nd, 2021, 11:15 AM
    Thread: The mouth of Sauron's horse
Post: RE: The mouth of Sauron's horse

Interesting. My first thought was that I didn’t recall anything to suggest that the Mouth’s mount was anything but a natural horse, but checking the text, I saw this. Quote: ...there rode a tall and...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 510 February 2nd, 2021, 09:22 AM
    Thread: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?
Post: RE: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?

It is not at all obvious that Elrond would have been able to defeat Isildur in combat. Attempting to do so and failing would likely be a far worse option than allowing Isildur to keep the Ring for now...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 590 January 3rd, 2021, 09:47 AM
    Thread: Did Sam consider suicide?
Post: RE: Did Sam consider suicide?

Well, there’s a difference between considering suicide and seriously considering suicide. Clearly, he considered it, but immediately dismissed the idea out of hand.
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 422 December 22nd, 2020, 12:08 PM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

(December 16th, 2020, 11:16 AM)Michael Wrote: Aragorn traveled alone. Gandalf traveled alone. I don't think solo travel is that exceptional in Tolkien's fiction. Neither of these comparisons strik...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 December 17th, 2020, 11:14 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

Yes, I’m aware that there is presented an internal explanation for Boromir to undertake the envoy, but I find it to be weak for the reasons I posted above. Regarding a bodyguard, again there is litt...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 December 15th, 2020, 11:02 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

(December 6th, 2020, 09:45 PM)Mordomin Wrote: It makes me wonder how many previous times Boromir had over-ridden the will of his father and the elders.  Perhaps the nature of the character of Boromi...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 December 10th, 2020, 11:02 AM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

Heh. In over 20 years on these forums, that has to be the fastest you’ve ever conceded one of my contentions. :)
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 5,075 December 6th, 2020, 09:40 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

I’ll grant the dream argument up to a point. One of the two brothers should have gone. I maintain, however, that the decision to send Boromir over Faramir makes no sense to the internal context of the...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 December 6th, 2020, 02:11 AM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

(November 22nd, 2020, 07:06 PM)Michael Wrote: Perhaps they rode the horses to death. Perhaps their power (or Sauron's power) helped to sustain the horses. Or maybe they just relied on forage. With o...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 5,075 December 4th, 2020, 09:13 PM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

Well played, Alvin. You as well, Mordomin
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 December 4th, 2020, 08:45 PM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

So the only one of your cited articles to discuss Trump’s alleged control of state parties is almost four years stale. The more current articles more or less boil down to assumptions that Trump will n...
Bacchus Politics 31 1,033 November 25th, 2020, 01:20 AM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

I don’t think this theory stands up to scrutiny. The same President who has shown a wildly chaotic organization at the Cabinet and subCabinet level has built a pervasive organization at the state leve...
Bacchus Politics 31 1,033 November 23rd, 2020, 10:12 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

I’m in agreement with bot Michael and Alvin. This is a classic case of my pet internal/external model of explanation. Internal to the story, there is simply no way that Boromir should have travelled a...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,008 November 23rd, 2020, 09:43 AM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

August, the bigger challenge for P-E Biden will be the near certainty of facing a divided government. Despite the loss for Trump, Republicans gained seats in the House and will almost certainly retain...
Bacchus Politics 31 1,033 November 12th, 2020, 12:21 PM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

To elaborate a bit on the signature question, I have never seen nor am I aware of any jurisdiction in the US that requires that the ballot itself be signed. For in-person voting (the only kind I have ...
Bacchus Politics 31 1,033 November 12th, 2020, 12:06 PM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

The only problem with that analysis, Michael, is that it isn’t very relevant to the question at hand. The observation/declaration that an axe is no weapon for a rider comes from Legolas. Rohirric cava...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,232 August 11th, 2020, 10:56 PM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

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.
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,232 August 7th, 2020, 08:50 AM
    Thread: Nindalf
Post: RE: Nindalf

(July 21st, 2020, 02:36 AM)Coconut Ent Wrote: 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" probabl...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 445 July 24th, 2020, 07:08 PM
    Thread: Should the U.S. government pay state government expenses?
Post: RE: Should the U.S. government pay state governmen...

There is absolutely a need for federal aid to the states for coronavirus related economic dislocation. The problem is how to properly target such aid to coronavirus related matters, rather than as a b...
Bacchus Politics 7 606 June 11th, 2020, 12:57 PM
    Thread: What did Thorongil have against Saruman?
Post: RE: What did Thorongil have against Saruman?

Denethor need not have perceived Thorongil as a potential claimant for the throne. Denethor certainly perceived Thorongil as a rival for the trust and admiration of Ecthelion and therefore disliked hi...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 674 June 11th, 2020, 12:07 PM
    Thread: Luthien was related to Legolas
Post: RE: Luthien was related to Legolas

(June 10th, 2020, 11:53 PM)badlands Wrote: Wasn’t Elrond a relative? Or, distant one? A relative of whom? Luthien certainly. Legolas? That’s the same question with the same answer...we have no direc...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 513 June 11th, 2020, 11:46 AM
    Thread: Sauron's favorites
Post: RE: Sauron's favorites

This question hangs an awful lot of importance on one word uttered by a low level soldier regarding a general or even field marshal in the same army and that general’s perceived relationship to the CI...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 628 June 11th, 2020, 11:41 AM
    Thread: Arkenstone vs the Simarils
Post: RE: Arkenstone vs the Simarils

(June 11th, 2020, 11:16 AM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: My take has always been that the Arkenstone was more "inspired" by the idea of the Silmarils borrowed from The Silmarillion, much as  the Wood-Elves' Ki...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 6 678 June 11th, 2020, 11:27 AM
    Thread: Why Rivendell?
Post: RE: Why Rivendell?

We don’t know how far or in what direction the Orcs took Celebrian, so we don’t know where the sons rescued her. The most likely explanation is that the sons deemed Redhorn impassible, either because ...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 623 June 11th, 2020, 11:10 AM
    Thread: Did Denethor 'look' for Boromir using the Palantir?
Post: RE: Did Denethor 'look' for Boromir using the Pala...

(June 10th, 2020, 05:22 PM)Michael Wrote: The Palantiri would have been dangerous for anyone who was unskilled in their use and lacking any authority over them. But Gandalf wasn't sure of what he ha...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 13 1,084 June 11th, 2020, 11:05 AM