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by DrPaul
Thu Nov 16, 2023 7:25 am
Forum: The Entire Chronicles
Topic: Lord Foul and the Ravers rock on
Replies: 3
Views: 3570

Lord Foul and the Ravers rock on

When I first discovered the Chronicles in 1977-78, I decided that "Lord Foul and the Ravers" would be an excellent name for a punk rock band. I now wonder: what would be the line-up if Lord Foul and the Ravers really were a band? Here is my proposal: Turiya Herem - drums Moksha Jehanumm - ...
by DrPaul
Fri Oct 21, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: The Entire Chronicles
Topic: So what the heck was Lord Foul anyway?
Replies: 37
Views: 4500

Wayfriend, the passages you quote from LFB are from stories about the origins of Despite that are told by, respectively, Saltheart Foamfollower and Lord Tamarantha, both of whom preface the stories by describing them as "legends". By the end of The Last Chronicles, the person who knows mos...
by DrPaul
Thu Oct 20, 2022 12:07 am
Forum: The Entire Chronicles
Topic: So what the heck was Lord Foul anyway?
Replies: 37
Views: 4500

My take is that Lord Foul began as the embodiment of the principle of cosmic perfection, and thus as not originally evil. Creation, and life, is by definition imperfect, as it is both finite and constantly changing. Perfection can never be achieved, but living beings can strive towards it, to become...
by DrPaul
Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: General Literature Discussion
Topic: What are you reading in general?
Replies: 2272
Views: 406230

I'm currently reading The Grapes Of Wrath - surprisingly late in life.
by DrPaul
Thu Jun 02, 2022 12:51 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: Ravers
Replies: 48
Views: 19564

tj4242, thanks for your work on the chart. There remains the question of who or what was possessing Joan in the early chapters of TWL. The only possibility we can definitely rule out is samadhi Sheol, who was fully occupied with possessing the na-Mhoram. [spoiler]In the light of what we know of Joan...
by DrPaul
Sun May 15, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: Who is Despite?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

As Wayfriend has posted, the word, as a noun, has an archaic meaning of "contempt, scorn". See:

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dicti ... sh/despite

Donaldson imports a lot of archaic English into the Chronicles, such as "roynish".
by DrPaul
Wed May 11, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: Ravers
Replies: 48
Views: 19564

samadhi sheol possessed (that we know of): the king of doriendor corishev 1 of the 3 giant brothers of 1 birth (satansfist) the na-mhoram (gibbon & others) turiya herem possessed (that we know of): the demondim (lead 2 spawning of ur-viles & waynhim) 1 of the 3 giant brothers of 1 birth (ki...
by DrPaul
Wed May 11, 2022 1:28 am
Forum: The Last Dark
Topic: Ethical Decisions
Replies: 4
Views: 820

wayfriend wrote:No. No one ponders every decision as if it has ethical consequences forever. But when the fate of the world and everyone it it hangs in the balance, don't you think that those decisions, in fact, do?
My thoughts as well.
by DrPaul
Fri Mar 04, 2022 1:09 am
Forum: J.R.R. Tolkien Forum
Topic: Middle-Earth Reconstruction in the Fourth Age
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

Middle-Earth Reconstruction in the Fourth Age

What would have happened in Middle-Earth in the first decades of the Fourth Age. Here's one scenario. The young and middle-aged male populations of Gondor, Rohan, Dale, etc, would have been severely depleted as a result of deaths and disabling injuries incurred during the War of the Ring. Hence in t...
by DrPaul
Thu Mar 03, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: J.R.R. Tolkien Forum
Topic: Script or story predictions for the Amazon Second Age series
Replies: 11
Views: 2073

Here's my two cents worth on how I would like to see it done (although it won't be done this way). There are passages in Tolkien's own writings that support such a take on Sauron. Early in the Second Age Sauron is a well-meaning and supremely talented technocrat who has a grand plan for the future o...
by DrPaul
Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: Linden Avery is fine you monsters
Replies: 15
Views: 2883

If Covenant and Linden weren't damaged and deeply flawed people the meaning, beauty and truth of the Chronicles would be incondignly diminished.
by DrPaul
Sat Jan 29, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: Finished the First Chronicles
Replies: 35
Views: 3015

"Covenant is a dick".

Yes. However the key to really understanding the First Chronicles is to work out why Covenant is a dick, why he thinks he kind of has to be a dick, and how in the end he transcends his dickness.
by DrPaul
Tue Dec 14, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: feudalism in Revelstone
Replies: 42
Views: 8187

The passage in the First Chronicles in which Atiaran explains to Covenant the processes of learning and testing in the lore of Sword and Staff comes just after the notorious scene in which Covenant rapes Lena, and so I suspect that those of us reading this passage may have done so with our minds els...
by DrPaul
Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: feudalism in Revelstone
Replies: 42
Views: 8187

The other general point I would make is that the society portrayed in the First Chronicles is anything but feudal. The Stonedownors and Woodhelvennin have no superiors in a feudal hierarchy to whom they owe either labour service or military service, and the Lords - despite their title - are not warr...
by DrPaul
Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Topic: feudalism in Revelstone
Replies: 42
Views: 8187

In LFB, Atiaran clearly explains to Covenant that anybody in the Land can study the disciplines of Staff and Sword, and can take the necessary tests to become a Lord. Mhoram's Lordship was therefore not hereditary. As I have posted on another thread, the fact of his parents both being Lords meant th...
by DrPaul
Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: J.R.R. Tolkien Forum
Topic: Passages that drive you crazy.
Replies: 35
Views: 19384

This passage makes no sense. 'How far is Rivendell?' asked Merry, gazing round wearily. The world looked wild and wide from Weathertop. 'I don't know if the Road has ever been measured in miles beyond the Forsaken Inn, a day's journey east of Bree,' answered Strider. 'Some say it is so far, and some...
by DrPaul
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: General Literature Discussion
Topic: What are you reading in general?
Replies: 2272
Views: 406230

Currently I'm reading The Limits Of Capital by David Harvey.
by DrPaul
Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: J.R.R. Tolkien Forum
Topic: Tolkien themed cookbook
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

If you're going to be in two minds about whether to prepare Minced Dwarf or Hobbit Pie, make sure the sun isn't about to rise.
by DrPaul
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Fatal Revenant
Topic: The Insequent - on the Brisbane River
Replies: 0
Views: 5398

The Insequent - on the Brisbane River

I took this photo while cycling along the Brisbane (Australia) River last year.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 0..&type=3
by DrPaul
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Discussion
Topic: What fantasy/science fiction book are you reading RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 8170
Views: 1034693

I have just finished reading Cixin Liu's Three Body trilogy.

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