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Petty Dwarf

Nov 10 2017, 2:07am

Post #651 of 656 (8476 views)
Thanks! I have! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm enjoying the site very much, but I have to ask...

In my profile page, it gives me an option to choose between "less filling" and "tastes great", and again between "elves and dragons" or "cabbages and potatoes". What do these choices mean in the context of this site?

"No words were laid on stream or stone
When Durin woke and walked alone."

Forum Admin / Moderator

Nov 10 2017, 3:23am

Post #652 of 656 (8466 views)
Questions that need answering... [In reply to] Can't Post

The questions aren't important, they're just for fun

"Tastes great" and "less filling" are references to the ubiquitous ad campaign that Miller Lite Beer ran in the 80s. Pretty much every American who remembers that era remembers the ads full of people yelling those two slogans at each other. So that one is just the PTB of the site having a silly little joke (and showing their age, now, since so many younger people don't even recognize it).

The other question actually comes from The Lord of the Rings book, when the Gaffer is telling Sam not to get too enthralled with Bilbo's tales. "Elves and dragons! Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you. Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters or you'll land in trouble too big for you." In that case, the choice is between the stay-at-home cosy life, or one of adventure.



Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

Petty Dwarf

Nov 10 2017, 3:47am

Post #653 of 656 (8435 views)
Elves an dragons for me [In reply to] Can't Post

I left the other one alone for now. Maybe next year. :p

"No words were laid on stream or stone
When Durin woke and walked alone."

Mari D.
The Shire

Aug 18, 4:12am

Post #654 of 656 (1530 views)
Ah, there's an official thread for introductions ... :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello everyone Smile

So, what to tell?

I first read Lord of the Rings when I was about 10 years old, and liked it. Then, nothing much happened until I got really into Fantasy novels as a teenager. I became a Tolkien nerd for a few years ... I was reading everything I could get my hands on, Silmarillion, letters, biography, poems ... I got as far as beginning to read the first HOME books, which I had to order, as our city library didn't have them (why not?? I thought they really should have them) ... Also, I was active on a German message board called "Elronds Haus" that existed at the time. I even wrote some fanfiction Wink

At the time I was reading the 2nd or 3rd HOME book, I became a Christian, and with the same passion got into all things Christian and biblical. [I'm not trying to convert anyone here, just to tell my story as it is. I hope that's okay.] I was then for some years quite content being primarily passionate about God. Learning more was easy and rewarding. Until at some point, having found answers to my easy questions, the ones remaining were only the complicated ones. Finding answers became work ... or maybe I've just grown older and less energetic about research. Whatever the reason, it's nice now to sometimes focus on a hobby that is less complicated, but that I can very much identify with, like novels my favourite author wrote ... and it's also interesting to observe how the Tolkien fandom is developing.

As the Hobbit movies were being produced I began reading the news at TORn regularly, occasionally skimming through the forums as well. After the last movie came out I thought the stream of news would dry up, but lo and behold! There comes a TV series! And now I wanted to participate in discussions, and finally created an account of my own.

I'm not a Tolkien nerd as I once was, so I'll try not to be overly know-it-all, because right now, I really do not know it all anymore like I used to. I still appreciate Tolkien and his works though. My other interests at the moment are psychology, environmental protection, new technology, Bible topics and sometimes other things like writing.

I look forward to exchanging thoughts with you! (As I have quite a high opinion of the members of these forums already Blush)

Thanks for having me! :)

(This post was edited by Mari D. on Aug 18, 4:15am)

Forum Admin / Moderator

Aug 18, 2:04pm

Post #655 of 656 (1515 views)
Greetings, Mari! [In reply to] Can't Post

And welcome to TORn! (Although you've actually been hanging around here for while, glad you de-lurked. Cool)

Yes, just when we were wondering if things were winding down, all of a sudden something new pops up - and there will be more questions, and answers, and questions again! Laugh


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Aug 20, 8:46pm

Post #656 of 656 (1449 views)
Welcome, Mari! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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