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  1. Olorgando

    Lord of the Rings on Prime Updates (Thanks Varking!)

    I need some search help here. I have this bee in my bonnet that somewhere on TTF there must be a thread which may also show this map, but definitely shows several others. It might be that rather than the other maps being explicitly shown as Varking did with this one, the post contained a link to...
  2. Olorgando

    M-e Hangman game

    That capital R at the beginning gave it away, or actually the whole short first sentence: "I -- R--- s-n -- --r-." That's why I try to avoid names in my challenges. 🤓 -------- -- --- ---- ------- --- ----, --- --- ---- ----- -- --- -----(-)-----, ---- --------- --- --- --- ------- ---- ---...
  3. Olorgando

    The JOKE and MEME Thread

    Ooooooooookayeeeee ... So this is a satire site or what? I mean, I've occasionally read some things I considered to be a side-splitting satire, only to find out that people meant the stuff seriously … o_O
  4. Olorgando

    What book are you reading right now?

    Re-reading Tom Shippey's 2003 revised and expanded 3rd edition of his seminal book "The Road to Middle-earth", which I had ordered in April of last year. This one concentrates on the aspect of JRRT being one of the leading philologists of the English language of the 20th century, something many...
  5. Olorgando

    Contributions to the world of Tolkien

    Very thin, in my case. Even my wife never got through the (older) German translation of LoTR that I bought her decades ago, not even half of "Fellowship". Same for the one or two people I can remember who had "confessed" to giving the book a try. My sporadic mentioning of my having done so (and...
  6. Olorgando

    Did Túrin really have a beard?

    Who was neither Elf nor Adan, rather a (heavily disguised) Maia, as were all the Istari. Wearing "costumes", so to speak. Saruman at least must have opted for the beard variant, as apparently he and Gandalf were repeat confused for one another in Fangorn Forest. Radagast is never described in...
  7. Olorgando

    M-e Hangman game

    The Hobbit chapter 15 "The Gathering of the Clouds" I am Roäc son of Carc. Carc is dead, but he was well known to you once. It is a hundred years and three and fifty since I came out of the egg, but I do not forget what my father told me. Now I am the chief of the great ravens of the mountain...
  8. Olorgando

    M-e 21 questions (or "Who or what am I")

    Welcome to the thread, StarGift! :) But I must dampen your enthusiasm just a tad: Please only one question per post; please no new questions until the challenger has replied, or another member has also posted a question. And in total, if there are three or four unanswered questions to be seen in...
  9. Olorgando

    M-e Hangman game

    N please
  10. Olorgando

    M-e 21 questions (or "Who or what am I")

    I am an object. 1. Are you a weapon? No 2. Are you bigger than a hobbit? Yes 3. Are you made primarily of wood? No 4. Are you made primarily out of stone? Yes 5. Are you a building? No 6. Are you decorative? Possibly, but that's not my main function 7. Are you a natural feature? No
  11. Olorgando

    any names in Tolkien's work starting with J or X? Did he exclude J due to his first initial? Who knows? Or Jesus?

    Oh yes, and on TV even: Bettina Tietjen (but pronounced Teet-yen), co-host of a monthly talk show from 1997 until it was integrated into another format in 2019, losing its name, which for the longest time had her name in the title - though it was her first name for a couple of years. She...
  12. Olorgando

    The Two Trees of Valinor

    Awks. I was useless in RPGs even back when they were not online (got my first PC just over 30 year ago). And I didn't go online until about 6 years ago.
  13. Olorgando

    Did Túrin really have a beard?

    Túrin was about 36 when he died, in 501 First Age, having been born in 465 FA (according to Robert Foster's "Guide"). That would be quite a delayed adolescence (though, then again, it might explain some of his rash impulses - except that there are people in the news these days, twice his age...
  14. Olorgando

    Tolkien chose to hide Frodo's awakening at the field of Cormallen

    Confounding expectations, is my spontaneous response. Something that he seemed (seems) to have done very much in the view of many early (and also later) critics, much to their annoyance in innumerable ways. Their pathetically querulous non-understanding has been thoroughly shredded by the likes...
  15. Olorgando

    The Two Trees of Valinor

    Hi, Talierin. I'm curious, is your member name a one-letter-off reference to the near-legendary pre-Anglo-Saxon British (Celtic) bard Taliesin? I must confess that my first "knowledge" of that name stems from the album title of one of my favorite Rock bands, Deep Purple, their second, 1968...
  16. Olorgando

    which is better? Children of hurin or The silmarillion?

    If I understand your "or" distinction above correctly, then JRRT did both. And as Frodo and Sam mused about pretty much this topic on, of all places, the stairs of Cirith Ungol, another stroke of genius in depiction by JRRT, Frodo and Sam were still in the continuing great tale that went back to...
  17. Olorgando

    any names in Tolkien's work starting with J or X? Did he exclude J due to his first initial? Who knows? Or Jesus?

    As a native speaker of New High German (as well as New High(?) English), I have not been able, off the cuff, to think of usage of the J in the middle of modern German words. For J used at the end of words, I only have a vague suspicion that this may be limited to the westernmost edge of what can...
  18. Olorgando

    Christopher Tolkien Dead at 95

    Oh yes, very much so. Because over more than 40 years (starting with The Silmarillion, 1977) he did - read (very appropriate term) published - so much. Tom Shippey, in his 1992 second edition of "The Road to Middle-earth", the first edition having been published in 1982, after "Unfinished Tales"...
  19. Olorgando

    The JOKE and MEME Thread

    Too much "dragon" stuff percolating - I think I do not care
  20. Olorgando

    which is better? Children of hurin or The silmarillion?

    Sam's statement at the end of LoTR "Well, I'm back", is the most powerful ending, massively so for being so low-key, of any (author-published) book I've ever read. But the end of "The Children of Húrin", the last paragraph, is the only thing written that can stir cynical old me to tears, even...
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