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by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: In Memoriam: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
Replies: 1
Views: 4032

In Memoriam: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

Find a Grave: J.R.R. Tolkien Thirty-nine years ago on this date passed the former Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, a brilliant philologist, and perhaps the greatest writer of fiction of the 20th Century, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. His works have inspired millions of readers in a most ...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Move to Middle-Earth
Replies: 80
Views: 101696

It was announced yesterday morning-- Official Discussion: Riders of Rohan news from Kate Paiz --that the release of the Riders of Rohan expansion has been moved from September 5th to October 15th: Thanks to some great efforts from beta players, we’ve identified issues that we think need to be addres...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Mythcon 42
Replies: 24
Views: 16984

Sorry, no, I am not. It appears that plans to attend the banquet were dropped after Voronwë's book wasn't chosen to be a finalist. :(

I hope you have a wonderful time, though. :)
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Christopher Tolkien speaks!
Replies: 5
Views: 5804

A very excellent article, Voronwë. Thank you for sharing it with us. :) He also received his father's papers after the death: 70 boxes of archives, each stuffed with thousands of unpublished pages. Narratives, tales, lectures, poems of 4000 more or less complete lines, letters and more letters, all ...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Orcs riding horses?
Replies: 12
Views: 9366

I had assumed horses were for the Nazgûl, too. :help: But Sauron had lots of other non-Orcish humanoid henchcreatures. Mouth of Sauron was riding a horse, for one. Orcs on horses doesn't seem right to me because I imagine horses would be terrified of them, and of Wargs. But I suppose the Nazgûl are...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Audible LOTR
Replies: 3
Views: 6061

Re: Audible LOTR

eborr wrote:...when I read the books I skip these sections, finding them undifying, yet when I "hear" them, it works so much better...
That's why I recommend reading the poems/songs aloud. :)
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900
Replies: 5
Views: 9737

It was a bright sunny day in San Francisco yesterday, if a bit breezy as is not unusual. We enjoyed the exhibit very much. If you haven't viewed the video found at the bottom of the webpage linked above, I recommend you do so. It is a very good representation of the exhibit.
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900
Replies: 5
Views: 9737

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900

The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900

I thought that folks in the San Francisco Bay Area might like to know about this exhibit at the Legion of Honor. It runs through June 17th. My wife and I plan to see it this coming Thursday.
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Move to Middle-Earth
Replies: 80
Views: 101696

The Riders of Rohan expansion is now available for pre-order. The pre-order will be available through September 2nd. The expansion goes live on September 5th.

Click to see the trailer on YouTube.
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sun May 27, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: LOTR Quotes, or, do I know how to use HoF's search?
Replies: 19
Views: 13353

As one exits my home he/she sees above the front door a wooden plaque that states: North with the wind in the left eye and a blessing on your footsteps! (This is one of the things that Goldberry tells the Hobbits as they leave the House of Tom Bombadil.) Coincidentally enough, my front door opens to...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Sun May 13, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Golfimbul's Rabbit Hole
Topic: Take me out to the ballgame!
Replies: 1563
Views: 375726

Hullo, Tom. I might even see you there. :) Frelga, in an effort to save you from fruitlessly combing the stands in search of Tom Bombadil in a green and gold baseball cap, I thought I'd let you know that Tom and his pretty lady will not be in attendance at this afternoon's game. Yes, I have the tic...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Fri May 04, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: The Cinemacon footage
Replies: 89
Views: 33490

The Hobbit, to make it consistent and give it the feeling of "otherworldliness“
Otherworldliness? Don't these guys know that the events depicted in Tolkien's mythology take place on our own planet?
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Thu May 03, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: General Hobbit Movie Info (AVOID IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS)
Replies: 2780
Views: 638184

First, a description (and picture!) of a prototype for the key that is used to enter the secret entrance to the Lonely Mountain: http://www.herr-der-ringe-film.de/v3/de/news/tolkienfilme/news_86786.php "Image removed at the request of Warner Bros." :( "Gehen Sie mit mir ins Bibliothe...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Golfimbul's Rabbit Hole
Topic: Take me out to the ballgame!
Replies: 1563
Views: 375726

I believe the A's signed Señor Cespedes to a four-year deal. I suspect that he'll either be traded during the last year of that contract, or after the four years have expired he'll become a free agent and sign with a large market team for an ungodly sum of money. In any case, eventually he'll probab...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Which Shippey book should I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Yes, he makes that point, but he also definitely tries to argue that Tolkien is THE author of the century. Does he? I guess I'll have to go back and read it again. Some day. Of course I have a number of other books I'd like to read first, including your book which still resides on my Amazon Wish Li...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Golfimbul's Rabbit Hole
Topic: Take me out to the ballgame!
Replies: 1563
Views: 375726

I have to confess that I'm following baseball, or at least the A's, more closely than I have for several years. Of course lacking financial resources to pay for big stars they're relegated to the so-called "second division", just as they were for many years after Connie Mack broke up his t...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Which Shippey book should I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Unless he meant to say that Tolkien, though writing high fantasy based on the older sagas, was writing with 20th century sensibilities. Something along those lines. IIRC Shippey makes the point that the work of authors like Tolkien, Vonnegut, et al were informed by their experiences with WWI and WW...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Which Shippey book should I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Quite enjoying Author so far. I am also finding myself in agreement with his conclusion, that Tolkien was the author of the 20th century. But I will be the first to admit bias, since he's my favorite author. It's been awhile since I last read it, but doesn't Shippey explain that Tokien is not the a...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Silmarillion 2nd US Edition
Replies: 1
Views: 3669

Re: Silmarillion 2nd US Edition

One thing I'm not too happy with is the glossy paper. It reflects too much and makes it difficult to read without making a lot of adjustments while reading. Plus the book weighs a ton. I suggest putting the Nasmith illustrated version aside and picking up an inexpensive paperback copy for reading. ...
by Old_Tom_Bombadil
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: Viggo teaches an audience Aragorn's coronation song
Replies: 7
Views: 4978

Mr. Mortensen seems very engaging. His intonation, however, leaves much to be desired.