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    Thread: Do the dwarves look different in the Hobbit than the LOTR?
Post: RE: Do the dwarves look different in the Hobbit th...

(July 28th, 2022, 07:53 PM)Michael Wrote: 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 ho...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 368 August 2nd, 2022, 04:41 PM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

(July 18th, 2022, 02:22 AM)Michael Wrote: 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 ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 July 22nd, 2022, 04:47 AM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

(July 14th, 2022, 09:19 PM)Michael Wrote: Even in Roman society, tax collection was something of a trade rather than a mere governmental function. I suspect that Tolkien imagined local communities b...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 July 17th, 2022, 01:42 PM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
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(July 9th, 2022, 08:08 AM)Travis Stephens Wrote: There had to be some organizational governmental structure in the Shire other than what was mentioned.  Someone had to pay the Shirriffs,12 men total...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 July 11th, 2022, 06:09 PM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
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(June 26th, 2022, 11:11 PM)Michael Wrote: The fact the Shire preserved the institution of the Thainship for over a thousand years is significant. The fact they evolved a bureaucracy that handled the...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 June 27th, 2022, 06:22 AM
    Thread: Size of Hobbit characters
Post: RE: Size of Hobbit characters

(August 19th, 2016, 05:06 PM)Mordomin Wrote: Jaak Wrote:And 3 may enter abreast is a sensible width for a corridor: it means 2 may pass each other without effort. Did Lonely Mountain contain other t...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 15 1,769 June 26th, 2022, 04:01 AM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

(June 24th, 2022, 02:39 AM)Mordomin Wrote: This a fascinating discussion, and I don't disagree with anything said thus far.  But I notice, what is to me, a glaring omission:  families.  In my opinio...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 June 25th, 2022, 04:53 PM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
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(June 22nd, 2022, 08:35 PM)Michael Wrote: You make an interesting point, Jaak. But I don't think Tolkien meant to imply the Shire-folk developed a sophisticated theory of government. Local villages ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 June 25th, 2022, 07:37 AM
    Thread: Hobbit Anarchy
Post: RE: Hobbit Anarchy

Compare shires of quite recent date. England got elected county councils in 1889. Till then, the main self-government of shires was quarter sessions... and the bench was appointed in shires, but in pr...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 18 1,081 June 19th, 2022, 11:07 AM
    Thread: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?
Post: RE: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?

(January 3rd, 2021, 09:47 AM)Bacchus Wrote: It is not at all obvious that Elrond would have been able to defeat Isildur in combat.  Nor is it obvious that Isildur was by that point alone and unable ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 1,515 January 3rd, 2021, 05:59 PM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

(December 17th, 2020, 11:14 AM)Bacchus Wrote: (December 16th, 2020, 11:16 AM)Michael Wrote: Aragorn traveled alone. Neither of these comparisons strike me as particularly on point. I think we can ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 2,389 December 25th, 2020, 08:21 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

There was a story internal explanation why Boromir should have travelled at all, and overcome objections. But even if Denethor yielded to his heir, he should have insisted on Boromir having a bodyguar...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 2,389 December 12th, 2020, 03:35 PM
    Thread: NEW FORUM ISSUES (post here) MAY 27, 2019
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(November 14th, 2020, 05:35 PM)Michael Wrote: Sorry for letting that fall through the cracks. This appears to be the designed behavior. The pagination links like [1] [2] [3] always point to the sam...
Jaak Forum Feedback and Issues 9 1,678 December 11th, 2020, 04:48 PM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

I see nothing odd about Ringwraiths taking care about horses. Of the 9 Walkers, only 1 was a servant - Samwise Gamgee - and he specifically of Frodo, not generally of Fellowship. The oter 7 did withou...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 10,125 November 22nd, 2020, 09:11 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: Why did Boromir travel alone?

He was the Heir of Gondor! Armies must have been available. Yes, they were logistically not appropriate for the wilds west of Isengard - but if 9 was appropriate to accompany Frodo, why didn´t Gondor ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 2,389 November 21st, 2020, 05:54 PM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

In Hunt for the Ring, the 9 Ringwraiths travelled together, accompanied by their 9 horses but nobody else. Not even any spare horses. In ordinary service, where Ringwraiths exercise command over a num...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 10,125 November 21st, 2020, 02:40 PM
    Thread: Casting of Tolkien's Lost tales and Simarils
Post: RE: Casting of Tolkien's Lost tales and Simarils

Among the specifically Lost Tales not in Silmarillion or later works... Fall of Gondolin is briefly mentioned in Silmarillion, but quite briefly. Among the many named characters of Fall completely exc...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 1,100 November 19th, 2020, 03:51 PM
    Thread: NEW FORUM ISSUES (post here) MAY 27, 2019
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(November 20th, 2019, 01:00 PM)Jaak Wrote: It seems impossible to reach threads more than a year old. Tolkien forum shows threads of last year, on 2 pages. It is possible to choose to show threads f...
Jaak Forum Feedback and Issues 9 1,678 November 14th, 2020, 05:23 PM
    Thread: Casting of Tolkien's Lost tales and Simarils
Post: RE: Casting of Tolkien's Lost tales and Simarils

(June 6th, 2020, 02:20 AM)badlands Wrote: Who would cast as in major roles of these two books?  Who would cast as the star crossed lovers Beren and Luthien?  Beren : I would cast Oscar Isaac , the p...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 4 1,100 November 14th, 2020, 05:17 PM
    Thread: Did the Nazgul know?
Post: RE: Did the Nazgul know?

How did Aragorn know that "all" blades that pierce Witch-King perish? How many times had Witch-king suffered non-fatal wounds from bladed weapons which were retrieved by his enemies to see that the bl...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 15 2,595 January 27th, 2020, 05:30 PM
    Thread: "Young Galadriel" cast for new Amazon series
Post: RE: "Young Galadriel" cast for new Amazon series

(December 21st, 2019, 03:33 PM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: Gally supposedly was born sometime during the Ages of the Trees, and was the youngest of Finarfin's children. She was a fully grown mature nis by th...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,853 December 26th, 2019, 05:55 AM
    Thread: "Young Galadriel" cast for new Amazon series
Post: RE: "Young Galadriel" cast for new Amazon series

How much has Galadriel aged since Second Age? Was Galadriel young when Feanor asked for what she ended up giving to Gimli instead? Feanor DID see her young, for he was the elder brother of her father....
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,853 December 19th, 2019, 05:40 PM
    Thread: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-mounds?
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(December 2nd, 2019, 04:31 PM)Travis Stephens Wrote: We know that the Barrow contained (at least) 4 Witch-King killing daggers and perhaps 1 Witch-King killing sword in the sword that was laid acros...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 4,621 December 6th, 2019, 07:46 PM
    Thread: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-mounds?
Post: RE: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-moun...

(November 27th, 2019, 02:57 AM)Travis Stephens Wrote: I guess an even better question would be why did the Men of Arnor bury nifty Witch-King killing weapons in the Mounds in the first place.  There...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 4,621 November 27th, 2019, 08:48 AM
    Thread: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-mounds?
Post: RE: Why didn't the Rangers plunder the Barrow-moun...

(November 16th, 2019, 12:43 PM)Mordomin Wrote: Why didn't the Ranger do this?  Could they have been unaware of the threat?  Or did they not have have the strength? Did not have the strength. In time...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 21 4,621 November 20th, 2019, 02:17 PM
    Thread: NEW FORUM ISSUES (post here) MAY 27, 2019
Post: RE: NEW FORUM ISSUES (post here) MAY 27, 2019

It seems impossible to reach threads more than a year old. Tolkien forum shows threads of last year, on 2 pages. It is possible to choose to show threads from the beginning, which reveals the links to...
Jaak Forum Feedback and Issues 9 1,678 November 20th, 2019, 01:00 PM
    Thread: Who had seen any simaril at the end of age III?
Post: RE: Who had seen any simaril at the end of age III...

(October 27th, 2019, 02:47 PM)Mordomin Wrote: Clever!  And how about Pippen?  If Feanor did make the Palantiri, and one was being used by as unskilled a mind as Pippen, perhaps the 'default' view wa...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 1,426 October 27th, 2019, 06:00 PM
    Thread: Black Hand in dwarf ***?
Post: RE: Black Hand in dwarf ***?

(May 22nd, 2019, 11:02 AM)Michael Wrote: I think the "invisibility" was more an act of will, an intentional shifting or partial shifting into incorporeality. It is connected with fading, but Tolkien...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,620 May 28th, 2019, 01:56 AM
    Thread: Black Hand in dwarf ***?
Post: Black Hand in dwarf ***?

Do Rings of Power have power of impalpability? They do not confer impalpability on wearer. As experienced by Frodo, when assailed by Smeagol. Three Rings do not make wearer invisible. But they do mak...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,620 May 14th, 2019, 02:25 PM
    Thread: Whence the Nine?
Post: Whence the Nine?

Bacchus Wrote:Going back to my original argument, consider this passage, also from OTROP.JRRT Wrote:The Dwarves indeed proved tough and hard to tame; they ill endure the domination of others, and the ...
Jaak J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 39 3,623 May 14th, 2019, 01:58 PM