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ithil
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Post#1 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:23 pm

it's the small things that make something perfect.
I'm sure everyone of us has got that certain things that he/she kept in mind after reading Tolkien's books, small details, maybe of little worth to the story, but something remarkable that you never forget. Why not share them?

As an example, I remember reading The Hobbit for the first time and smiling about those dwarves wearing pointy hats. I've got this lovely picture in mind with them all hanging in Bilbo's entrace hall. It's just so wonderful how Tolkien took a stereotypical dwarf and made an absolutely fascinating creature out of it. If I think of The Hobbit I always get the dwarves' hats in mind and I can't help finding them sweet...

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Post#2 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:07 pm

What a nice thread Ithil :)
Cant think of anything rigth now, coz there are so many details..sorry :elfwink:

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Post#3 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:33 pm

I had always assumed that Gandalf's fire weapon was red; however it is white. Today I found that even PJ had known better and had done it correctly. That detail in the book can be found in 'The Seige of Gondor' in Book 5, of The Return of the King, when Gandalf rides to the succour of Faramir's rearguard on their retreat from Osgiliath:
Like thunder they broke upon the enemy on either flank of the retreat; but one rider outran them all, swift as the wind in the grass: Shadowfax bore him, shining, unveiled once more, a light starting from his upraised hand.

The Nazgûl screeched and swept away, for their Captain was not yet come to challenge the white fire of his foe.
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Post#4 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:08 pm

Something i always found remarkable, was that even the flies in Mordor had a Red Eye on their backs.

It must've been quite an arduous task for Sauron to gather every insect in Mordor and mark them with his trademark. Talk about perfectionism.

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Post#5 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:40 pm

That reminds me so much of Laura...

Anyways, just rereading over the books shows so many things that I didn't understand my first read! Like everything about the star of Earendil and such. :P I'm also rereading the Hobbit, so I'm catching a bunch of humor (at least in the first part) that was somehow over my head when I read it at first. "struck by lightning! Struck by lightning!" :grin:

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Post#6 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:08 am

I always like it when I recognize a line they used in the movies.
Another detail I liked was that Denethor still wore his armour under his clothes, I think it's because suddenly he's not the old man i thaught him to be.
Another image I like is when all the heroes are standing on a small hill in pelennor fields. I don't really know why I like that part but I just do.

P.S. if I make spelling mistakes feel free to correct me

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Post#7 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:13 am

:D You know what I love? When I'm reading a Living with Danger and I find a direct Lord of the Rings quote. It's so cool, because no one else notices them, but I do. Anne, the author, used something that Eowyn said to the nazgul at Pelennor fields, for her character Aletha to say to a dementor. :D Now, this story has been up since April, and I'm the first person to point it out.

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Post#8 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:32 pm

one thing I'll never forget about reading lotr for the first time (in german) was legolas' first sentence at the council of elrond. in the new german translation he said, "weh oh weh" (in english it's alas, which is not perfectly the same), and that's rather what a nice granny would say finding out that her lovely grandson has got stains on his new trousers, and it somehow didn't quite fit in there... it sounded strange, and a noble elf saying it was kinda grotesque...

another very remarkable legolas quote was in book two - chapter III: the ring goes south when they're on snowy caradhras and try to get back. he said,
The strongest must seek a way, say you? But I say: let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf, or over snow - an Elf.

and then it goes on with his springing forth nimbly, running past the two men and waving to them and vanishing round a corner.
Reading these paragraphs I had to laugh, because I have this picture of this situation in mind and it looks gorgeous...

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Post#9 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:52 pm

and then it goes on with his springing forth nimbly, running past the two men and waving to them and vanishing round a corner.
Yes, that is a much more authentic vision than Legolas surfing down the stairs at Helm's Deep or down an Oliphaunt's trunk in the midst of a major battle. :elfbiggrin:
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Post#10 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:18 pm

In The Hobbit I got a very distinct image of Thorin when he was hunting for the arkenstone. I don't know why, but I could just feel his anguish when he couldn't find it.

Also, during the narrative part of Shelob's lair I got a very clear image when they talkedf how Shelob was the last child of Ungoliant and how all of her offspring were just lesser scum. Despite her being a villan, I could jsut feel the pride in her ancestry.

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