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by Alatar
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Bad Books by Good Authors
Replies: 21
Views: 11389

Din, the later books by Pratchett are indeed excellent, in particular the Vimes novels. I think Nightwatch is probably his best book yet. I love it when a comedy author knows how to set you up with comedy, then pull out the rug to provide genuine emotion. You don't expect the emotional hit, and it's...
by Alatar
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan
Replies: 108
Views: 44349

I could scarcely bear to watch what PJ did to her, but that's another story. I've explained this before!!! Ok, it's just another excuse to post this... :) [The beast growls and approaches Théoden. Théoden looks up and is afraid. Éowyn leaps between them.] Éowyn: Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of ca...
by Alatar
Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Bad Books by Good Authors
Replies: 21
Views: 11389

Bad Books by Good Authors

Well, not necessarily "good" authors. We're not just looking at Austen and Dickens here :) What I mean is books by Authors whose books you normally enjoy that have disappointed you. Current example (and the inspiration for this post): "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton. I like M...
by Alatar
Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Silmarillion Discussion at The Hall of Fire
Replies: 511
Views: 158656

At the risk of annoying everyone... It seems there is a lot of discussion here of themes of good and evil, predestination and overarching metaphysical discussions. While these are all valid discussions in relation to the Silmarillion it seems to me that many of them deserve their own threads where t...
by Alatar
Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations of Austen
Replies: 935
Views: 318450

The famous opening line is about the best thing going in English literature. If you "get" that, you "get" Pride and Prejudice, and you "get" Jane Austen. When she says "in want of a wife", the word "want" had the meaning of "stands in need of&q...
by Alatar
Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Rebuilding Lives Through Music
Replies: 13
Views: 6636

Voronwë, if you have a performance that has been videotaped, I can help you convert to a web friendly format...
by Alatar
Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations of Austen
Replies: 935
Views: 318450

Thanks Hobby, but I'm making a point of reading this as I would any other book. What sticks, sticks and what doesn't I expect to become apparent as I progress. It's part of the experience of reading for me. If I was to go back and check, that would be like studying, and I'm reading this book from an...
by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: Arda Unmarred
Topic: Nature Pics
Replies: 2842
Views: 790268

Unfortunately Hobby you can't always know what resolution people are using. I would never use less than 1024x768 and I'm currently at 1280x1024 both at work and at home. At those resolutions I never have to scroll to view a pic.

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by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Teach me Elvish
Replies: 11
Views: 9241

I don't suppose you'd like to teach us Eru?
by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Tolkien and Irish Mythology - A Study
Replies: 31
Views: 19440

Padme, please feel free to jump in at any time. No previosu knowledge is required. We're simply reading a chapter at a time and exploring what parallels we see with Tolkien. The link to the text is in the first post.

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by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Teach me Elvish
Replies: 11
Views: 9241

Teach me Elvish

Is there anyone here who could give me a grounding in Sindarin? Following along with TTBKs score discussion has reawakened my desire to understand a little Elvish. I'm not looking to be fluent, merely to be able to translate the poems in the books and also the lyrics used in the Soundtrack. Bear in ...
by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Tolkien and Irish Mythology - A Study
Replies: 31
Views: 19440

Wow.

Thanks for that IS. I didn't know a quarter of that.
by Alatar
Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations of Austen
Replies: 935
Views: 318450

Well, I have read the first four chapters and decided to give a quick account now. I started to read the fifth, but it feels like a new section while the preceding four were very much linked. I may be wrong in this, but it felt like a natural section to deal with as a whole. I admit I am very surpri...
by Alatar
Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations of Austen
Replies: 935
Views: 318450

I'm not sure really Cerin, but I can commit to reading a chapter at a sitting if that sounds right? We each read the first chapter, then discuss with the group, then set a time by which we should attempt to read the next chapter. Actually, I have just checked and there are 61 chapters which would ma...
by Alatar
Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:40 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Calenders of Middle Earth
Replies: 10
Views: 9564

That would be no problem. If you like I can run a script to generate the calendar year with Dates and Events?

Let me know.

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by Alatar
Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Calenders of Middle Earth
Replies: 10
Views: 9564

There's a really nice perl module that may be of use for that Jnyusa. It converts dates to Shire calendar. Unfortunately it's probably not possible to get running on a PHPBBer site. http://backpan.perl.org/authors/id/T/TB/TBRAUN/Date-Tolkien-Shire-0.02.readme NAME Date::Tolkien::Shire.pm DESCRIPTION...
by Alatar
Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: Tolkien and Irish Mythology - A Study
Replies: 31
Views: 19440

Vison, I'm not really qualified to answer your question but I'll do my best. Dublin was certainly used by the Vikings as a major port and there are excavations of Viking dwellings there, but the Vikings never really "settled" Ireland. They plundered it frequently and it was in response to ...
by Alatar
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: Welcome to Our Messageboard! COME HERE FIRST
Topic: GREETINGS to our Newest Members!
Replies: 2767
Views: 710519

Why do I get the feeling Toby Hall will forever be referred to as NewToby...

You heard it here first folks...
by Alatar
Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations of Austen
Replies: 935
Views: 318450

I'd prefer no spoilers... I have seen the BBC TV series, but have little recollection of the specifics. My pace will probably be in spurts, I read quickly but infrequently. Mainly because I tend to come to bed late after checking the latest posts and I dislike disturbing Mrs Alatar by turning on the...
by Alatar
Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Lord of the Rings Musical
Replies: 125
Views: 110416

I agree with you Jewel. In fact I've already seen a stage production of Lord of the Rings. Granted it left out a lot but it was at least an hour shorter than this production will be. It was a production by the Canadian "Theatre Sans Fils" Company using a mixture of puppetry and live actors...