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[edit] Some favourite quotes

"...the richness of Quenya — the most elaborated of all the Eldarin tongues."
J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenya Noun Structure", in Parma Eldalamberon XXI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Patrick H. Wynne and Arden R. Smith), p. 72
"As through so much of his life, he never had enough time; and it may be, as I incline to believe, that the breath of inspiration, endlessly impeded, could wither away; yet it would emerge again, when an opening appeared amid his duties and obligations — and his other interests, but now with a changed narrative impulse."
― Christopher Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur, p. 11
"We may have to consider the possibility of a mere slip on Tolkien's part; he was a fallible human being like the rest of us, and obvious errors have turned up in his linguistic papers before. We are often trying to make sense of rough private notes, not carefully refined presentations."
Helge Fauskanger (Elfling, #36550)
"The syntax of "Sindarin" is so sparsely attested — and is moreover chiefly poetic — that what is "usual" for it cannot reasonably be assumed or asserted for most categories. And that is true even if we think of all the attested "Sindarin" texts as in fact reflecting a single, mutually-consistent conceptual system — which of course is not the case."
Carl F. Hostetter ([1])
"... it is somewhat characteristic of Tolkien's compositions to begin in a larger, more careful and confident hand that becomes smaller (and less legible) as composition proceeds and uncertainties arise."
Carl F. Hostetter (VT50:8)
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past" (noted by User:Mith)
"...there are Tolkien's latest thoughts, his best thoughts, and his published thoughts and these are not necessarily the same."
Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (noted by User:Ælfwine)
""Bla bla bla Kalevala" and "bla bla bla Sarehole Mill""
User:Mith, 2011
"So the question of whether a word or grammatical construct is 'proper Quenya' turns out to become, paradoxically, more uncertain the more we learn about how Tolkien worked."
Bill Welden (VT42:34)
"Linguists are often unstable."
Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Pathways of Desire" (noted by Arden R. Smith)

On Fantasy literature:

"...were it not for [Jack] Vance I think I might have been one of those writers who examine the psychological nuances of their failed marriages. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this way it's been so much more fun..."
― Lucius Shepard, "Sylgarmo's Proclamation"
"There never was a merry world since the fairies left dancing, and the priest conjuring."
― John Selden, Table Talk (1689)
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
― Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of The Future, 1961 (Clarke's third law)
"Cease the self-indulgence. Cease and desist."
― J.R.R. Tolkein, No Dawn for Men
"The missus is pouring me a grog. Won't be going anywhere!"
― Morgan, during the Beowulf Launch Party

"I think great names could be invited
John Garth
and others
like in The Children of Húrin release"

― E. Stark


Mike Foster lyrics-Bob Dylan melody

How many roads must a Ranger walk down before you can call him a King?
How many roads must Bilbo walk down before he can hang up his Sting?
How many roads must Frodo walk down before he can give up the Ring?
The answer, my friends, is written in the Ring/ The answer is written in the Ring.

How many towns must Smaug burn down to fill up his treasure chest?
How many trials must the Dwarves all endure before they fulfill their quest?
How many roads must the Elves walk down before they can leave for the West?
The answer, my friends, is written in the Ring/ The answer is written in the Ring.

How many films must New Line release before they will give up the ghost?
How many films will Peter Jackson make before the Legendarium is toast?
How many films must David Bratman see to decide which is the one he hates the most?
The answer, my friends, is written in the Ring/ The answer is written in the Ring.

[edit] Some favourite artists

[edit] IRC

[16 April 2012]

[02:12] * Hyarion has quit IRC (Connection reset by peer)
[02:13] * Hyarion (Hyarion@18E4579.53AF8E46.2E0DF218.IP) has joined #TolkienGateway
[02:13] <P_____> Quite true!
[02:14] * P_____ sets mode +oo Hyarion Morgan
[02:14] <P_____> Once I get some of this work done, I might have time for some of my interesting items.
[02:14] <Morgan> Oh, what happened?
[02:14] <Morgan> I have a new sign before my name
[02:14] <P_____> I made you "operator" of this channel. Don't let it go to your head.
[02:15] <P_____> :)
[02:15] <Morgan> :-S What does it mean?
[02:15] <Morgan> Do I have ultimate power?
[02:15] * Morgan has kicked Hyarion from #TolkienGateway (No Reason)
[02:15] <P_____> Omg!
[02:16] <P_____> Maybe you shouldn't have ops!
[02:16] <P_____> :)
[02:16] * Morgan has kicked P_____ from #TolkienGateway (No Reason)

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