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Darkstone
Immortal


Aug 12 2013, 4:25pm

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There is a reference in The Hobbit. [In reply to] Can't Post

Actually Gollum lived on a slimy island of rock in the middle of the lake. He was watching Bilbo now from the distance with his pale eyes like telescopes.
-Riddles in the Dark

Going with the conceit of The Red Book as a found manuscript, Middle-earth must have telescopes. Of course the fallacy of that line of reasoning is then Middle-earth must also have express trains.

(And I so wanted to see a mantle clock in AUJ!)

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.



(This post was edited by Darkstone on Aug 12 2013, 4:29pm)


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Aug 13 2013, 7:02pm

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Don't forget about the narrative voice.... [In reply to] Can't Post


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Actually Gollum lived on a slimy island of rock in the middle of the lake. He was watching Bilbo now from the distance with his pale eyes like telescopes.
-Riddles in the Dark

Going with the conceit of The Red Book as a found manuscript, Middle-earth must have telescopes. Of course the fallacy of that line of reasoning is then Middle-earth must also have express trains.

(And I so wanted to see a mantle clock in AUJ!)



We can also read that as an intrusive allusion made by the narrator. No need to imagine telescopes in Middle-earth. For the record, I have also looked for Bilbo's mantle clock, assuming it was a dwarvish invention purchased by Bilbo's father for his mother.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Na Vedui
Rohan


Aug 13 2013, 9:48pm

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Not Starbucks but... [In reply to] Can't Post

.... Shirebucks.

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