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Just noticed the last date this was updated [22 Dec 2006|01:52am]

[ mood | excited ]

For kicks, what are some of your favorite quotes from Tolkien's work for whatever reasons. Give reasoning behind the selections and feel free to add as they come to you. It can be how it relates to you, your views, what you feel Tolkien was conveying, if it moved you and how, etc.
For me, at the moment I have handy:
"It was a pale morning: in the East, behind long clouds like lines of soiled wool stained red at the edges, lay glimmering deeps of yellow. The sky spoke of rain to come; but the light was broadening quickly, and the red flowers on the beans began to glow against the wet green leaves" from Chapter 7, In the House of Tom Bombadil.
It stood out to me this time around because of the detail in describing the scene but more importantly the unique stylistic choice of the words - they are very original, or it seemed so to me. Relating the sky to soiled wool can bring to mind so many sensations: sight, smell, particularly smell, and touch. So it gives a deep impression of physical tangiable-ness without having to say all that directly. Also the extra detail of the red against the green combined with the wetness...since flowers don't glow unless there has been rain anyone who's gone outside after or before a rain storm can understand the glow that's being mentioned. Glow of sunlight coupled with morning moisture. All that aside, it's merely poetic and good writing. I might add some later.
So what do others think?

A palantir is a dangerous tool, Saruman!

Okay, guys. [20 Dec 2004|12:23pm]

[ mood | geeky ]

Now that I'm on winter break, it's time for me to become an uber-geek, hence the post. Okay, here's a question, if you care to answer:

Which of all the LoTR movies is your favorite and why? (this answer can include the specifications of "Extended Edition" or "Theatrical Edition.")

Which of the six books that make up LoTR is your favorite and why? (You know how each book is separated into two parts? Which of the parts is your favorite?)

(And also, if you start writing about RoTK EE please try to keep it fairly spoiler-free for those of us who don't have it yet. I expect I'll get getting it for Christmas, but go ahead and gush, because I am looking forward to it in a huge way. =D)

Hope you hear from you all soon.

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Okay, all you well-read folks... [14 Jul 2004|08:28pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Random: I know that the quest of Bilbo and the dwarves in The Hobbit happened from the years 2941-2942 (Third Age). What month was it that the dwarves reached Bilbo's and left on the quest? I cannot remember for the life of me. Any help on this exceedingly random question would be much appreciated.

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[22 Jun 2004|10:32pm]

As a follow-up to calaquende's question about Tom Bombadil (yeah, it was like in March, but better late than never!), I came upon this essay which argues that Tom is actually Aulë.

Who is Tom Bombadil?

Comments? I'd love to know what people think about this conclusion (although I realize there never will be anything remotely resembling a final answer regarding this, unless Tolkien handed a little piece of paper to his lawyers with instructions that it shouldn't be read until the 200th anniversary of his death or something crazy like that.) It's a problem that will always persit, and I half-expect that's exactly what Tolkien was trying to do.

Anyway, thoughts?
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[22 Jun 2004|10:26pm]

Hello, all!

Just wondering if anyone here'd be more well-informed than I about this:

Has any indication been given by Peter Jackson about what scenes in TRotK will be extended come November, and if there are any moments from the books which will be added? *cough* scouring of the Shite *cough* banishment of Sauruman *cough* Excuse me, I seem to have developed a cough.

Any revelation(s) would be most appreciated.
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Soooooo... [03 Jun 2004|04:28pm]

Alright, if you had to pick a character from any of Tolkien's works, who would you pick?

I'd pick Samwise Gamgee. ^.^
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[28 May 2004|03:47pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Random question inspired by calaquende's random question: Just for curiosity's sake, what is your absolute favourite quote? Can be from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Silmarillion, etc etc.

.... come on.. humor me ^.^

"Ai! ai!" wailed Legolas. "A Balrog! A Balrog is come!"

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[22 May 2004|10:17pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Random question: Which of Tolkien's books concerning Middle-earth is your favorite? And if it's "The Lord of the Rings", which book therein is your favorite, if you had to pick?

This includes any/all Tolkien books/publications you can think of.

Just for fun. =)

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Hi [15 May 2004|05:01pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hi, I just joined this community. I love Lord of the Rings. I am sad to say that is the only Tolkien work I have read, other than The Hobbit. I've just started the Silmarillion, so that should be fun. I'm a fan of the movies as well, but the books will always be better! I can speak about...five words of Elvish, but I want to learn more. : ) off to read,

hugs and hobbits,


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[05 May 2004|11:57pm]

[ mood | pensive ]

I have a lot of questions about Tom Bombadil. I've been looking for more information on him, but am finding relatively little. I've read all about him in Fellowship and in The Tolkien Reader, but I'm not finding much else by means of supplementary material. What do you all know about him?

I know he says that he is Eldest, and that he was in Middle-Earth before the Elves passed westward and before the seas were bent. He was there before the Dark Lord (I'm assuming Morgoth) came. So what exactly is he? I'm sure he's not a Maia...but what else could he be? I'm just curious what you think. Anyway, yeah. Ring a dong dillo indeed.

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Wizards! [18 Mar 2004|02:19pm]

[ mood | geeky ]

Let's talk about wizards! Frankly, I think they're pretty great. I've been reading a lot about them lately. I was wondering what you all knew about the lesser mentioned wizards, i.e. Radagast and the Blue Wizards. I've read "The Silmarillion" and I've read the chapter on the Istari in "Unfinished Tales" but I can't find a whole lot about them, especially the Blue Wizards. I know there are named Alatar and Pallando, and they were sent by...Orome, I think? Eh, that's off the top of my head, so it may be wrong. Anyway, just thought it would be fun to start a discussion. =)

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Hi! [17 Mar 2004|07:05pm]

[ mood | silly ]

Hi there. I just found this community today, and I thought it would be fun to join. I love Tolkien, and especially book discussions, so I figured why not? Could be quite fun. Hrm, I'm already running out of interesting things to say...Well anyway, I look forward to discussions!

And in response to an earlier post, I was sad that all the Saruman parts were cut out of ROTK. Especially "The Voice of Saruman" part. Such a shame. I do hope it's in the extended edition. I think PJ did a good job bringing the movies to life, but yeah, books are invariably better. And there's just so much more to talk about with the books anyway. Well, I feel like I'm being an arse, so I'll stop for now. Can't wait to have fun with this, though. =)

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Glamdring - the blade of the King of Gondolin [01 Jan 2004|11:50pm]

R T0 the C0RE: What's Gandalf's sword called? I heard it once but forgot. ^^;
BohemianJAVA2: Glamdring!
R T0 the C0RE: Thanks
BohemianJAVA2: that's an awesome sword
R T0 the C0RE: ^^; Those things are just so hard to spell ^^;
BohemianJAVA2: oh, I forgot to go off on my ravenous fanboy Glamdring discourse
R T0 the C0RE: XD!
R T0 the C0RE: ^_^
BohemianJAVA2: not only did it become the blade of Gandalf the Grey during the Quest of Erebor
R T0 the C0RE: Make a post on the community
R T0 the C0RE: :-)
R T0 the C0RE: I think if we get a discussion going people will come
BohemianJAVA2: but it was in fact the blade once borne by Turgon, King of the ancient kingdom of Gondolin!
R T0 the C0RE: =D
BohemianJAVA2: oh yeah, good idea
R T0 the C0RE: Ohhhh
R T0 the C0RE: :D

Early in the first age, Turgon, son of Fingolfin High King of the Noldor Elves, was led by Ulmo Lord of the seas to a valley called Tumladen which was hidden from the sight of friend and foe alike by the Encircling Mountains. There Turgon founded the great city of Gondolin, and to ensure its safety, the King decreed that anyone who might somehow find the Hidden City would not be permitted to leave. The city prospered for close to four hundred years before it was betrayed by Maeglin* (Turgon's nephew by his sister Aredhel and the Dark Elf Eöl), and the Fall of Gondolin was brought on by the forces of Morgoth. When the blade Gandalf found in a troll-hoard during the Quest of Erebor (the quest in which Bilbo Baggins played a part) was brought before Elrond, the Master of Rivendell identified it as the very blade of King Turgon, now dead many thousand years! Even in the eons after Turgon had wielded the sword in the Wars of Beleriand, the orcs of the Dark Lord trembled at any utterance of its name, and the Grey Wizard bore it for the remainder of that quest and into the War of the Ring.

*Maeglin was captured by the spies of Morgoth, so...
A palantir is a dangerous tool, Saruman!

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