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Old December 3, 2011, 22:39   #21
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By the way, one of the kids in my son's class is called Ori - same as one of the dwarves from The Hobbit. Amusingly, his parents were unaware of the connection

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Old December 4, 2011, 00:43   #22
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By the way, one of the kids in my son's class is called Ori - same as one of the dwarves from The Hobbit.
How tall is he?
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Old December 4, 2011, 04:08   #23
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How tall is he?
So sure the kid is a he, are you?
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So sure the kid is a he, are you?
The poster said "Amusingly, his parents were unaware of the connection".
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Old December 5, 2011, 00:02   #25
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The poster said "Amusingly, his parents were unaware of the connection".
I think Buzzkill was joshing me. The kid does not have a beard, for what that's worth

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Old December 14, 2011, 00:50   #26
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Tuor again; this time his arrival at Turgon's halls at Nevrast, which were deserted when Gondolin was founded.

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Now Tuor came to the ruins of a lost road, and he passed amid green mounds and leaning stones, and so came as the day was waning to the old hall and its high and windy courts. No shadow of fear or evil lurked there, but an awe fell upon him, thinking of those that had dwelt there and had gone, none knew whither: the proud people, deathless but doomed, from far beyond the Sea. And he turned and looked, as often their eyes had looked, out across the glitter of the unquiet waters to the end of sight. Then he turned back again, and saw that the swans had alighted on the highest terrace, and stood before the west-door of the hall; and they beat their wings, and it seemed to him that they beckoned him to enter. Then Tuor went up the wide stairs, now half-hidden in thrift and campion, and he passed under the mighty lintel and entered the shadows of the house of Turgon; and he came at last to a high-pillared hall. If great it had appeared from without, now vast and wonderful it seemed to Tuor from within, and for awe he wished not to awake the echoes in its emptiness. Nothing could he see there, save at the eastern end a high seat upon a dais, and softly as he might he paced towards it; but the sound of his feet rang upon the paved floor as the steps of doom, and echoes ran before him along the pillared aisles.
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Tuor again; this time his arrival at Turgon's halls at Nevrast, which were deserted when Gondolin was founded.
Wow. Reading that now had me enchanted.
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Old December 18, 2011, 15:37   #28
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Maybe many of you have seen this before but in case not:
Not a literary quote but from a letter to a German publisher who in 1938 wanted to know if Tolkien was of Aryan decent.

"if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people. My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject, which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride." -Tolkien
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"That was the last time in those wars that he passed the doors of his stronghold, and it is said that he took not the challenge willingly; for though his might was greatest of all things in this world, alone of the Valar he knew fear. But he could not now deny the challenge before the face of his captains; for the rocks rang with the shrill music of Fingolfin's horn, and his voice came keen and clear down into the depths of Angband; and Fingolfin named Morgoth craven, and lord of slaves. Therefore Morgoth came, climbing slowly from his subterranean throne, and the rumour of his feet was like thunder underground. And he issued forth clad in black armour; and he stood before the King like a tower, ironcrowned, and his vast shield, sable unblazoned, cast a shadow over him like a stormcloud. But Fingolfin gleamed beneath it as a star; for his mail was overlaid with silver, and his blue shield was set with crystals; and he drew his sword Ringil, that glittered like ice."
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Yes, that one's a classic.
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