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Grondy says: The first post of this thread got lost in the move of 2004.

Allyssa's question was:
If you could ask just one question what would it be?
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MelliotSandybanks replied:

That is a tough one, Allyssa. I would probably be so tongue tied that actually got to see him, and would not be able to get a question out. I'll have to come back to you on that.
Well, I first thought that I'd ask whether or not Balrogs had wings. But thinking about it, I don't want to know the answer! So I guess I'd ask what Tom really was.....
That is a great question. I have always wondered about that. Jumping Flame Smilie
I would like to know how powerful he concidered Gandalf to be when he wrote the Hobbit. Did he already have the Istari idea of Gandalf there from the beginning, or was that something he developed later when writing LotR.
It's just that in one part of the Hobbit, the whole company are trapped up some trees by a group of wargs. At that point Gandalf is contemplating leaping on top of them in the hope that his fall kills one or two of them. Very noble, but not exactly leaping to your death battling a Balrog. It always struck me as something an Istari wouldn't really consider.
I thought that was going to be my question, 42... LOL!

I'd shout it out loud: FOR GOD SAKE, JRR, TELL ME WHAT I AM!!! Very Big Grin Smilie

No, I really would like to know what Tom really is. But I doubt if Tolkien would know that himself. Of course, if he doesn't know it, nobody knows... Smoke Smilie
What about Goldberry? Did we ever find out where she came from or is "river daughter" it?
That's something that I've always wanted to know.
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It's just that in one part of the Hobbit, the whole company are trapped up some trees by a group of wargs. At that point Gandalf is contemplating leaping on top of them in the hope that his fall kills one or two of them. Very noble, but not exactly leaping to your death battling a Balrog. It always struck me as something an Istari wouldn't really consider.

That's right! I thought that Gandalf seemed a lot more vulnerable in The Hobbit, but I never gave it much thought. Now that you've mentioned it, Valedhelgwath, yeah, it does seem rather odd.

As for the question to JRRT....well, I'd like to know what happened to me in the end. Did Earendil kill me, or did my appetite lead me to a rather painful and daft suicide. Sad Smilie Or maybe I'm still lurking in the South somewhere! Big Smile Smilie

Then I'd put on a disguise and go back to him with a different question, and ask for the names & details of the Nazgul, particularly the Witch King. And whether Gandalf would have been able to kill the Witch King.

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There are so many questions to ask, really. So you're right, Golly, we'd have to keep inventing disguises to go back! Tongue Smilie
I like Golly's 'old crone' disguise she is wearing in Gimli's Role Playing Guild, especially the Grocho glasses, except a hooked nose with a hairy wart on it, per Snow White's apple bearing nemesis, might have been almost as good. Very Big Grin Smilie
Hey, good idea G! Thumbs Up Smilie I'll keep it in mind for my next disguise when Gimli kicks the Karaoke Monster out of his tavern for hogging the megaphone. Cool Smilie
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Well. my question would be, will Elves and Humans be reunited somewhere at the end of time, and in what sort of a world?
hmmm, very good question, Eryan.
I'd say:
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"Hello Mr. Tolkien, *shakes hand*.. I only have one question Sir so I better make it good, please give me a few moments....Ok I have one, I don't know if you know of all this Internet lark, but basically I run this really cool site that's all about your books *shows Mr. Tolkien the website*, so, what do you think?"
And of course his response would be...
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"Hmmm, I'd say that's 'One Site To Rule Them All', *laugh*, get it? ... One site to rule them all *laughs again*...
And in my little fantasy world, perfection Wink Smilie
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am laughing too hard to respond.
*reads* LOL!
*reads it again* ROFLMAO!!

Very Big Grin Smilie Great one, Taz! And you're right, of course. Big Smile Smilie
lol Orc With Thumbs Up Smilie
I think I would just ask him, to come over for dinner, and promise that Matthew would cook something special. If he accepted I would just see where the conversation led. Of couse we would only discuss ME

Or I might just ask him to describe the first time that he knew that he saw his wife, and describe how he knew she was the right one for him. Guess I am just a romantic. I would love to hear him tell the story. I have read, it in different books and articles, but to hear JRR tell it must be facinating.

I might also just ask him to what his favorite story was and have him read part of it to my family and me. Wouldn't that be exciting to hear JRR reading his favorite parts of ME to you? Wow. That would be ideal to me.

I would also like to hear him read his rendition of Beowolf. I have heard that was facinating as well. I have always love that story, and have read it several times.

I always seem to be interested in people that are more intelligent than myself and just want to sit around and listen to what they have to say, in hopes of learning something new, and gaining another insight. I would be in such AWE of just listening to Tolkien speaking for even 3 minutes. That would be like a dream come true.
One thing I'd ask him is what colour Legolas' hair is. It is never stated in the book.

I've seen some right debates over this one. Each artist who interprets Tolkien them self has to make their mind up what colour hair they thought he had and you always get people moaning that they imagined him with the opposite colour.

I'd probably ask him about the Nazgul and their origins too. We only know a small amount and only know the name of one. The others are all nameless. They are the most interesting characters in the book to me.

But then we have to ask ourselves whether these characters would still hold the same charm if we knew too much about them. The Nazguls mysteriousness is what makes them interesting. Not knowing what colour Legolas' hair is makes us all imagine our own thing which has to be more interesting. If only people would accept the visions of others as they do their own.

In a way, I'm glad this is all hypothetical. Smile Smilie
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I'd probably ask him about the Nazgul and their origins too. We only know a small amount and only know the name of one. The others are all nameless. They are the most interesting characters in the book to me.
A second Nazgul was named as Khamul the Easterling, Luthien, if that is of any use to you.

I've actually got a book in which all nine are named, along with a detailed history of each. It's very interesting and convincing, except it was written as a game aid for Middle Earth Role Playing and was not written by any of the Tolkiens. For those that are interested, here are the names (because they are pretty cool)

Khamul the Easterling (named by Tolkien in UT)

THE EIGHT NAMES THAT TOLKIEN DID NOT GIVE HIS NAZGUL

1) Er-Murazor (the second son of Numenorian King Tar-Ciryatan) became the Witch King of Angmar
2) Adunaphel the Quiet (Numenorian Lady) became Ard Once Vain (of Vamag near Umbar)
3) Akhorahil (cousin of Er-Murazor) became Akhorahil the Storm King
4) Dendra Dwar (a Walim Easterling) became Dwar of Waw
5) Hoarmurath (Urd) became Hoarmurath of Dir
6) Ji Indur (Kiran Prince) became Indur Dawndeath, the Shadow of the South
7) Ulk Jey Ama (Chey wizard) became Ren the Unclean
8) Uvathar Achef (Variag Prince) became Uvatha the Hoseman.

REMEMBER... TOLKIEN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THESE NAMES
Will gimli get to mary a nice elven lass when he gets to the Grey Havens????
I'd ask just one question:

Who put this rotting corpse in my flat? Wink Smilie
Gimli, I am sure that when you get to the Grey Havens, you will have your pick of almost any elven lass.

Cute Plastic, Cute. Aren't there any questions, that you would want to ask Tolkien? Come on play along. Pllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeee Platsssstic, play along. Mellie starts to beg, and then remembers she is a Mommy, not an 8 year old. lol

There has to be something you would like to ask.
Valedhelgwath!

Khamul was the one I was talking about. He was the one the hobbits saw at the landing stage on the brandywine when they had crossed. You don't know the actual names of any of the others. "Witchking of Angmar", is only a title, not a name.

I'm only interested in what Tolkien wrote. After all, the names that somebody else gives them could be totally wrong from what Tokien would want it to be. As convincing as they might be, they don't catch my interest, I'm afraid.
No problem, Luthien.

I'd have imagined if Tolkien wanted names for the Nazgul he would have given them some (his work is after all, deeply descriptive in other fields). Anyone could name them anything they wished and it wouldn't mean a thing (almost like cheating). Having spent a long time playing MERP, however, I have got to know these names, so to me, these are the names they go by. Ard once Vain, Khamul and Uvatha in particular have crossed paths with my characters on several occasions (more accurately followed my paths as I've ran away) and those encounters to me are just as vivid as Frodo's encounter with them on Weathertop.
Okay Melly, I'd ask him if he actually had a real life as well. Wink Smilie
Very Big Grin Smilie You asked for it, Mellie!

Hmm. I kinda like your questions to Tolkien though, Mel. And about him reading from the Hobbit or LOTR, I heard some pieces and bits on the Net, and they rather disappointed me. Don't know why.
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And about him reading from the Hobbit or LOTR, I heard some pieces and bits on the Net, and they rather disappointed me. Don't know why.
Probably because, while he gave life to his written word, he not being a professional actor, could not fill his spoken word with life. Doing this takes a nack that most people don't have; this is especially so with dusty old acedemics. However, just because he couldn't do justice to his works when reading them, he still remains our hero for the more important achievement of imagining them and getting them down on paper for the enjoyment of future generations. Orc With Thumbs Up Smilie
*withstupid

Right again Grondy! (God I miss that smilie...) Na-na-na-na-na Smilie
You are right, Tommy. I did ask for it, but I just wanted a real question out of Plastic. He is always so insightful, that I would love to see what he would ask.

Perhaps Tolkien, could not act out the parts of his books, but while he was reading, maybe he could explain things as he went along. lol
Prowler posted Friday 28th July 2006 (07:57pm)
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We all know that fans 50 years ago wrote letters to Tolkien.Imagine that you can do same.
What would you write to JRRT?

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Rafael posted Friday 28th July 2006 (08:10pm)
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I cannot think of anything else but to thank him from the bottom of my heart. I would thank for the World he has given us, the books he made. But I might also beg him to continue and hereby deepen our reason for P.T.
I thought I wrote this here before, but I can't find it...in any case, I would take him to see PJ's movies and ask him what he thought of them. He writes about the abominable BBC portrayal of his books, so I would like to get his opinion of the latest movies as well.