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  1. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What are you watching?

    OK, so Solar injured her back during a rehearsal, and I believe it was suggested she try pole dancing as a back-strengthening exercise. She liked it so much, she decided to study it seriously. After a year, she was able to perform this with her instructor (it's considered an art form in Korea...
  2. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What book are you reading right now?

    Hey -- that was humor! (maybe should be in quotation marks, admittedly). If you want paranoia, just keep in mind "they" can also track your purchases. 😧
  3. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What book are you reading right now?

    Well be careful -- "they" are watching: https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/fan-of-sci-fi-psychologists-have-you-in-their-sights-131342
  4. Squint-eyed Southerner

    The 2020 TTF Birthday Thread

    Happy Birthday, Arwen48!
  5. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Barbara Remington, Tolkien Illustrator

    I used to have the mural, but foolishly gave it to a girlfriend long ago.
  6. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Hobbits Described as Man

    Oh, right. That's what I get for trying to read while filling up at a gas station. :(
  7. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Hobbits Described as Man

    Thanks. I don't have that, but thought I read it somewhere. Maybe on line.
  8. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Hobbits Described as Man

    I believe Tolkien addressed this. It may be in the Letters. I'll try to find it, but may be a while.
  9. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Barbara Remington, Tolkien Illustrator

    Has died: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/books/barbara-remington-dead.amp.html Those covers were on my first copies.
  10. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Minas Morgul

    Mr. O seems to be absent, so :p
  11. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Was Frodo a hero?

    That's a relief -- guess I can stop looking for them then! :p
  12. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What IS Tom Bombadil?

    Since I dragged this thread from its grave, I suppose I should add something for future intrepid explorers of the catacombs. Someone in the early pages here likened TB to the Ents, which sounds odd, but the connection isn't as outlandish as it seems. Romance polarizes its characters into a...
  13. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Was Frodo a hero?

    Yes, the type/antitype duality isn't about opposites, but the prefiguring of a later person or event, a kind of theological typology particularly popular in the Middle Ages. It goes back at least to Paul, who called Adam the "figure";of Christ, who corrects his flaw. This is not limited to...
  14. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What IS Tom Bombadil?

    I almost wrote that! :p
  15. Squint-eyed Southerner

    "Lord of the Star Trek"?

    Better copyright that ASAP!
  16. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What IS Tom Bombadil?

    Dang -- here's another one: https://www.thetolkienforum.com/threads/tom-bombadil.10826/ I haven't compared them, to see if parts of that one were incorporated into the first.
  17. Squint-eyed Southerner

    "Lord of the Star Trek"?

    Stretch, or not? https://this.kiji.is/601435161909396577?c=592622757532812385 You decide.
  18. Squint-eyed Southerner

    The "Rule of Threes" As a Structural Principle

    Thanks, Nicolaus VI -- and welcome to the forum. Yes, Biblical typology certainly plays a part in Tolkien's works -- it informs much of Western literature. But Tolkien's letter I quoted in the OP points to a long and widespread tradition in folklore and myth, as indicated by Frye. Tolkien's...
  19. Squint-eyed Southerner

    Was Frodo a hero?

    You can take the priest analogy a step future, I think: just as Peter, who would have drowned in the "Galilean lake", if not saved by Christ, became the priest of the early Church, so Sam, who is pulled from the Anduin by Frodo, becomes the "priest", or at least apostle, of Middle Earth values...
  20. Squint-eyed Southerner

    What did Gandalf mean by Gollum's fate might have happened to many Hobbits?

    I finally got to it, so in the interest of completeness, append it here: https://www.thetolkienforum.com/threads/the-rule-of-threes-as-a-structural-principle.28804/#post-530807
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