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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    Personally I see frightening numbers of people and groups these days who show a good deal of Orcishness, and they show it by extreme...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    Oh yes - I like Legolas and Gimli and their relationship, and the counting game is part of that. Also, as you point out, it's not really...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    What about their lives in the world? Do they have families? Do they love their mothers? Their wives? Their children? Do they bring up...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    Tolkien left the Orcs unfinished, in his own mind as well as in his writings. What we are left with is several concepts along the way...
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    One thing you forget, Flammifer: this is first and foremost Faramir's dream. It was Faramir who thought he should go find Imladris and...
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    Jim, I think Boromir is leery of "magic" or anything uncanny. I would guess that he trusts more in human strength and grittiness. He...
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    Rachel Port reacted to Jim Deutch's post in the thread What are the powers of the Ring? with Like Like.
    . . . IF they think like we do, with our bias towards reason and science. But we have little evidence of that. The Elves present should...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    Do they really value the vulgar - do they prefer what to us sounds ugly, or is it what they grow up with and learn so that other ways of...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread Wise groups.
    I don't understand how fanstasy fiction (not a genre I read, as a rule) can exist without readers having to use their imaginations...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    What the orcses were doing was the kind of thing they were doing in The Hobbit - haunting caves, bothering travellers, raiding villages...
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    Flammifer, where do you see that? I just reread the end of the Council and the next chapter until the Company sets out, and I don't see...
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    Rachel Port replied to the thread The Orc Problem.
    The Dwarfs are not children of Iluvatar either. How would your theory deal with them?
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    That's a great point. It's easy to forget that not everyone on the Council is in complete agreement, despite all being "good guys." If...
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    It's also worth noting that, according to the frame, we're reading an authored narrative. That is, the story justifies literary flourish...
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    So you go on. Gandalf, Elrond - all these folk have taught you to say so. For themselves they may be right. These elves and half-elves...
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