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Colbert connects Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino with the Lay of Eärendil

Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Sep 4 2018, 7:03pm

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Colbert connects Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino with the Lay of Eärendil Can't Post

This is very cool. Colbert really does get it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmr_CtN1K3g

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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 4 2018, 7:25pm

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Well that's a subject line I didn't expect to see. [In reply to] Can't Post

Loved that! :)

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Sep 4 2018, 7:29pm

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Stephen Colbert is... [In reply to] Can't Post

...such a magnificent geek! Cool

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irasel
The Shire


Sep 5 2018, 1:00am

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Isn't Colbert confusing poems? [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that Colbert is confusing 'The Song of Eärendil' from the Lord of the Rings with the poem 'The Voyage of Éarendel the Evening Star' (aka Éalá Éarendel Engla Beorhtast) from The Book of the Lost Tales II and also with 'The Lay of Eärendil' from The Lays of Beleriand. I think he is mixing them all. The lyrics he sings are from the 'The Song of Eärendil'. The poem considered the origin of all the mithology is the much earlier 'The Voyage of Éarendel the Evening Star' though. Confusingly, he apparently refers to it as 'The Lay of Eärendil', which is a different poem. Or am I the one confused?


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Sep 5 2018, 4:43am

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I think you are overthinking it [In reply to] Can't Post

Bilbo's song is both the most complete and by far the best well known verse about Earendil. It is the direct descendent of the earlier poems and connects the origin of Tolkien's mythology to his best known work, The Lord of the Rings. That is what Colbert is saying, while also connecting the unusual meter of the verse with that of the rap song.

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

The Hall of Fire


irasel
The Shire


Sep 5 2018, 9:37am

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I guess my love for accuracy sees Colbert's explanation as an imprecise oversimplification. CoolWink


(This post was edited by irasel on Sep 5 2018, 9:38am)


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Sep 5 2018, 2:32pm

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A love of accuracy is no bad thing! [In reply to] Can't Post

(Says the person who spent hundreds of hours trying to trace the source of every line in The Silmarillion.)

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

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N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Sep 5 2018, 3:32pm

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Very nice! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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Nuradar
Rohan


Sep 7 2018, 2:41pm

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Stephen Colbert makes geekdom cool. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 11 2018, 11:21am

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*jaw drops... spreads to geeky handclapping* Only Colbert! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

He's a wealth of passion and creativity when it comes to Tolkien! Colbert is AWESOME! I'm SO happy to have someone with is platform and geekiness out there feeding us these treasures!

THANKS STEPHEN... and Thank You, VtF :D This is fantastic!



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