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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 6, 3:41pm

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As I listen again to the Harper Collins Audio versions of The Lord of the Rings, I am struck by the many brilliant bits of dialogue our Professor gave to his characters. Somehow though, the lines, in spite of their depth or brilliance, often are not made as grand pronouncements, rather—don’t blink or you’ll miss it—as throwaway lines, as if such are the ordinary fare of everyday speech.

One such line, is what Theoden (lightheartedly, I think) says of Hama and Eomer in TT:

”The guilty shall bring the guilty to judgement.”

One could make an entire lecture (or sermon ;) ) about this line.

Do you have any favourite one line bits of dialogue or words straight from the narrator to share, from any of Tolkien’s works?


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Ataahua
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Sep 6, 7:56pm

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'His cat, he calls her, but she owns him not.' [In reply to] Can't Post

I adore this sly line about cat 'ownership' during an ominous section of the book. I imagine cat owners around the world let out a collective smirk when they came across it for the first time. Cool

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 7, 2:51am

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Do we know whether JRRT kept, but was not kept by, cats?


Ataahua
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Sep 10, 1:57am

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A quick Google search says he owned neither a cat or a dog. [In reply to] Can't Post

But he certainly picked up that quirk about cats' attitudes. Cool

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


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cats16
Valinor


Sep 10, 5:32am

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"I liked white better." [In reply to] Can't Post

There are many little nuances in how a line like that can be read by a reader's "inner voice" that is serving as the narrator. Yet it captures so much of Gandalf the Grey, for me.

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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 11, 4:00am

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“Merry wished he was a tall rider like Eomer, and could blow a horn or something, and go galloping to his rescue.” ROTK The Ride of the Rohirram

I love this phrase, in which Tolkien captures all at once Merry’s frustration, youthfulness, naďveté, and heart. It has the rustic tone I reckon the inner-voice of a hobbit would have.


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Sep 11, 8:05pm

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“I don't keep water in my pockets." [In reply to] Can't Post

Missed it the first 2 or 3 readings. Been laughing ever since. Laugh



Hamfast Gamgee
Grey Havens

Sep 16, 11:18pm

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But one I have always liked is Boromir's comments in the Ring goes South after he and Aragorn have moved some snow with there bare arms, 'and doughty men too. Though lesser men with spades might have served you better,' shown his pride but also a little humility and a sense of humour!


nothinglikethesun9
The Shire

Oct 1, 9:07pm

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I have not heard it was the fault of the elves.


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Oct 2, 1:37pm

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Tolkien was definitely not a cat-person [In reply to] Can't Post

Beyond the portrayal of cats in the person of Tevildo and his cohorts in the Lost Tales, and the cats of Queen Berúthiel, Tolkien wrote in a letter to Allen and Unwin in 1959, in response to an inquiry about a Cambridge cat breeder who had asked if she could register a litter of Siamese kittens under names taken from The Lord of the Rings:


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My only comment is that of Puck upon mortals. I fear that to me Siamese cats belong to the fauna of Mordor, but you need not tell the cat breeder that.


(Presumably the reference to "Puck" is a reference to the character from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, which is interesting given Tolkien's well-known ambivalent feelings toward Shakespeare.)

'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


Ataahua
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Oct 3, 9:19pm

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my feelings about Siamese cats aren't all that far from Tolkien's - that particular breed gives me a weird vibe. Not sure why.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction

 
 

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