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  1. Marielle

    Isildur's Knowledge

    Last week we spent some time musing why Isildur called the Ring "an heirloom of the North Kingdom" rather than "mine". Could this be evidence that Isildur is unaware of the great rings' tendencies to prolong mortal life? As a king, he would naturally consider his important possessions -- his...
  2. Marielle

    The One Where the Archivist Babbles On About Paper Preservation

    (of course I miss the session on 6/16 where we actually talk about archives and archival preservation!) Catching up on this week's session, Corey spent a brief moment discussing the likely condition of Isildur's scroll and, as I am professionally interested in such matters, I'm going to throw...
  3. Marielle

    Boromir's Prudence

    Listening to Episode 137, as we carefully considered Boromir's response to Aragorn's (rather gentle) challenge, I had a thought that I never had before. Could it be that Boromir, though yes proud and imperfect, is actually being rather prudent here? Consider the situation from his point of...
  4. Marielle

    The Madness of the Horses

    Catching up on the last few sessions, I was as concerned as many seemed to be of the idea that Glorfindel intentionally drove the Nazgul's mounts mad at the river. This seems highly problematic for a number of reasons, most notable: 1) the death of nine creatures might seem like a small price...
  5. Marielle

    Would Frodo See Gandalf in the Wraith World?

    In Session 97, we joked about the "thickness chart" (like the pediatrician's pain chart) in Gandalf's evaluation of Frodo's health, in particular imaging Gandalf asking how solid he appears to Frodo. But mightn't Gandalf appear more real to Frodo in the Wraith World, as the Nazgul or Glorfindal...
  6. Marielle

    Marquette University Tolkien Fans Oral History Project

    One of my Archival Listservs made me aware of this project today, and I thought that this community would be a great source of participants! https://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/Mss/JRRT/fandomoh.php To participate, you will have to be interviewed by an Marquette archives employee. If...
  7. Marielle

    Does Aragorn Know His Kin Are Dead?

    A few sessions back, we discussed Strider's reaction to the Nazgul: "They will come on you in the wild, in some dark place where there is no help. Do you wish them to find you? They are terrible!" The hobbits looked at him, and saw with surprise that his face was drawn as if with pain, and...
  8. Marielle

    Dwarrow Halls

    I have no fixed idea how we should differentiate the two major dwarven settlements in Season 3 from each other, much less from Khazad-dum and the other dwarven places we'll have later, but I do have some ideas for inspiration. Mostly, I absolutely adore the Weta work on set design from the PJ...
  9. Marielle

    Turgon Across the Age

    First of all, I want to thank cellardur for prompting me to think about Turgon's actions throughout the Silmarillion in a completely new light. It's definitely food for thought, but I think he can be interpreted in several ways, and we get the fun of deciding which interpretation we go with. To...
  10. Marielle

    Concerns About Season Four

    I'm really starting to doubt the idea we can get to the Battle of Sudden Flame in 13 episodes. I know the execs keep joking that this season is "Of Beleriand and its Realms" season, but honestly. We have to rescue Maedhros and establish the new equilibrium between the Feanoreans and the other...
  11. Marielle

    Petty Dwarf Storylines

    Earlier this season, the execs expressed interest in developing storylines for the Petty Dwarves, culminating in their recruitment by Sauron and eventual slaughter in one of the upcoming battles, leaving Mim and his sons alone. I don't have a full story in mind, but I have the rough beginnings...
  12. Marielle

    Feanorean Storylines

    Question: do we deem it wise to attempt to tell full, nuances, multi-season stories for each of the Feanoreans? There’s a rather large number of them still running around, even after this season’s finale, and I suspect it might be wiser to focus on only a few. I propose three: Maedhros: this...
  13. Marielle

    Aegnor

    I still think I like Scott Eastwood for Aegnor... hard to find a pic of him completely clean shaven, but I think this is close enough...
  14. Marielle

    Galadriel

    Re-watching some previous sessions from this Season, and I think it might behoove us to consider more fully the character arch we have in mind for Galadriel. She and Mairon are two of our longest running characters, after all, and her development will be a constant in the series, even if often...
  15. Marielle

    Why Don't You Call?

    While I don't doubt that pride could be a factor in the hobbits not calling on Tom Bombadil immediately upon realizing their peril in the Barrow Downs, I'm not sure we weren't being too harsh on them in class last week. Perhaps it's a side effect from a childhood full of such stories as...
  16. Marielle

    The Far Swift Sunrise

    I've been thinking a lot about last week's class, and I've finally managed to put into words the sense I always had reading Frodo's vision of the far green country. I think it's a promise. Frodo has a very long, very hard road ahead of him. His story is going to be compared to Beren One-Handed...
  17. Marielle

    Oaths

    So oaths are starting to become a big deal in SilmFilm: we obviously have Feanor's Oath in episode one, and we're not that far away from Finrod's promise to Barahir, and Beren's to Thingol. How ought we to convey that oaths are binding in this world, even above and beyond one's own sense of...
  18. Marielle

    Balrogs

    I've been thinking a lot about Balrogs since the last session. Originally, I wanted 12, but now I think I want 9 -- and we should set up some parallels between the and the future Ringwraiths. There's already some there: terrifying servants of evil, who use shadow and fear as weapons and are...
  19. Marielle

    The Swan Ships

    So we've been talking a lot in other forums about the Kinslaying, the Ship Burnings, and all the rest, but we've been neglecting the poor ships themselves! They're meant to be the Teleri equavalent of the Silmarils, so they've got to be beautiful, and transport a great number of Noldor back to...
  20. Marielle

    House of Finarfin

    Dan Stevens is Finarfin and Holliday Grainger is Earwen. We have three sons, possibly a younger version of a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and possibly a grandson to cast here. House of Finarfin: Finrod Angrod Eldalote Orodreth (unless we plan on having him born later) Aegnor (young)...
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