Owns A Few Brain Cells
- Apr 24, 2017
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Most folks skip the songs the first time through - though there's quite a few hidden jokes there - Tolkien layered the book with inside references that only an Oxford scholar would find funny
Dude, Howard is the better storyteller. It isn't even close. I've read all of Tolkien including The Silmarillion and it can be a slog at times. Howard's tight, punchy prose hits like a bullet to the head. Don't get me wrong, Tolkien's written some gems but you gotta sift for it like you're panning for gold.Howard is the more naturally talented plotter but also benefits from the shorter forms he wrote in. His one novel, Hour of the Dragon, I found too picturesque and rambling for instance. Whereas his long stories like 'Red Nails,' 'Vultures of Whapeton' and 'Queen of the Black Coast' are among his best.
Willow is pretty good, but its no Fellowship. Despite a perhaps career performance by Val Kilmer.
I was kind of kidding about Kilmers performance.Kilmer's best performance imo is as the pathetic John Holmes in Wonderland. An underrated movie with an excellent performance by Lisa Kudrow, who I think has proven to have the most substanial career (artistically) post-Friends.
Kilmer's performance as Morrison in The Doors and in the Salton Sea are also top notch I think.
I do need to revisit Willow, saw it a number of times as a kid although it never became a sentimental favourite.
What he actually is is purposefully left ambiguous but he was present from the creation of the physical world.From my understanding Tom was there before the Valar even showed up in Middle-earth?
I actually like when Howard does Lovecraft more than Lovecraft, like at the start of "The Slithering Shadow".Dude, Howard is the better storyteller. It isn't even close. I've read all of Tolkien including The Silmarillion and it can be a slog at times. Howard's tight, punchy prose hits like a bullet to the head. Don't get me wrong, Tolkien's written some gems but you gotta sift for it like you're panning for gold.
Actually since the thinking fox came up and if anybody finds it interesting, I'd suspect this is a linguistic thing from Tolkien. All Indo-European languages show evidence of foxes once being thought of as being sentient, with names like "the Wise One", "the Clever" and so on. The original word for Fox is lost as the word in all modern languages was originally an avoidance word so as not to summon it.
There's a few places in Lord of the Rings where Tolkien puts in known bits of Proto-Germanic or earlier culture like this.