Hello AlaSTARS (I'm sticking with that name -- fight me)
I finally finished book 3 of LOTR (and I'm hoping to finish catching up before the next TABAgain), and I have a few questions that I don't want to jam up the live discussion, so I'll ask them here.
1: To what extend to Gandalf and the other Wizards know what they are (Estari [I think])? Do they remember their "life" before coming into Middle-Earth? I have so many questions about these guys, and I'm hoping once we get to the Silmarilion many will be answered.
2: What is the history of naming swords? It's a pretty common convention across fantasy (as far as I've read), but I was wondering about its origins. Are there real world examples that inform the fictitious? The only one I can think of is Excalibur, but that's not really "real world".
3: Did Tolkien ever teach is own creation in his classes? Like did he ever say "read the chapter on the Rohirrim and compare it to Anglo-Saxon culture (minimum 5 pages)"?
4: Where does the name "Narsil" show up? I don't remember it in Fellowship, but is it the Appendices, Silmarilion, etc.?
Hope to see you all Thursday