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    "to be rid of the name of thief that was put on me"

    My gut says this primarily refers to Gollum screaming "thief" at Bilbo as he escapes to the dwarves out of the mountain past Gollum. But no one was there to hear Gollum. If so, Bilbo internalized Gollum's criticism, which suggests that the legality/legitimacy of ownership/possession of the...
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    Happy Mother’s Day to all moms

    I was in the habit of checking out books from my middle school library, whose collection was as small, and the stacks about as short, as you would imagine. Mostly now-long-forgotten tripe. My mom said, “every other book you read should be something that really feeds your mind.” And she pointed...
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    Hobbit Summer Camp?

    Not sure where to ask this question. Not sure if I have missed any announcements, or what is going on, but I suspect that, with the cancellation of a lot of summer camps for a lot of kids this summer, that there may be more demand for Hobbit Camp this year than usual. Does anyone know when...
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    Production Babies

    Flammifer and Lawler presently have a really excellent and quite "illuminating" bicker going on in the thread Spells Have Always Been Cast. As Lawler said a few hours ago, Prof. Corey has mentioned that the medieval view of light and sight was that it was cast out from the eyes, and that...
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    Things you were totally confused about

    upon first reading. For me, at least, and your mileage may vary, there was a wide variety. I did not know that Strider and Aragorn were the same person. It's true. I was quite young and had poor reading comprehension and grooming. My graduate school had a course book store, the U-store...
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    "March Madness"-style Arthur

    Has anyone ever seen a listing of who-beats-who in Le Morte d'Arthur? Like ... 67. Sir Tristram smote Sir Ban 68. Sir Tristram smote Sir Bors 69. King Arthur smote Sir Palamides ... Etc. Or like a smiting table? Sir Lancelot 114, Sir Tristram 72, Sir Lamorak 49... Just curious. Not sure...