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Post by MeikoElektra on Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:13 am

I feel very tentative about starting a new thread on a forum filled with such eminent fans but...

Was Gandalf actually the first troll?

Trollface

Actually, what I'm talking about is not some crazy theory about trolls and the Maiar, so don't throw me in the asylum just yet. What I'm talking about is the scene in The Hobbit with the trolls. Surely Gandalf's performance was the first known example of trolling while impersonating others with the specific aim of starting a flamewar? Actually, there was a fair bit of trolling before the gates of Troy, but we're not really sure where Gandalf fits in the whole scheme of things date-wise so I'm going to call him the oldest.

Please note, this ain't going anywhere, I'm a little drunken

On a more pertinent thread (I just drank a glass of water), I hope there really is something of the playful in Gandalf in the film. He was a grim old man in book!LOTR and given the stakes that makes perfect sense, but he had a sense of humour under those huge eyebrows and film!TH will hopefully allow him to show that side rather than worrying that it would be inconsistent (which is where I worry that they're viewing TH as a prequel rather than a wonderful story in its own right - I see no necessity for the Dol Guldur/White Council storyline and it'll be distracting in my view).
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Post by Norc on Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:57 am

YES! HE IS SUCH A TROLL! Trollface I just hope they keep that in TH. I know that in the trailer it looks like he calls the sun or whatever, but it could be that he just crakes the mountain thing he stands upon so that the sun brakes over the hill earlier.
yeah, I too hope they don't look at it too much like i prequel, it is, but it's a story of it's own.
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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:05 am

ha good theory! but he was a walkingtalking troll then, he looked like a kindly twinkly old man, but underneath the eyebrows and the grumpyness was a maia of awesome power, cool! thats what I call trolling. Razz


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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:37 pm

I'm just here to approve of starting threads drunk. Nod drunken

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Post by Orwell on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:57 pm

I say, "No" to prequels and "No" to White Councils! Suspect And "Yes" to drunken threads!

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Post by MeikoElektra on Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:17 pm

See, online communal drinking is an excellent way to bypass the 'don't drink alone' advice my mother regularly offers up! drunken
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Post by halfwise on Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:35 pm

You may be in the running for best inaugural post of the year. Twas the drink that lofted it above the competitors.

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Post by chris63 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:37 pm

The name Gandalf means "staff elf" in Old Norse. 28 people in Sweden have the name Gandalf.

Is this true ?
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Post by Elthir on Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:55 am

chris63 wrote:The name Gandalf means "staff elf" in Old Norse. 28 people in Sweden have the name Gandalf.

Is this true?

I'm still counting!

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Post by halfwise on Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:11 pm

Excellent thread resurrection, Elthir! I have to wonder if the Gandalfs appeared in Sweden before or after the advent of the Hobbit/LotR? I think it would be more wonderful if they were there before.

(and it makes me miss Meiko more than ever! Sad I had completely forgotten the awesomeness of her first post.)

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Post by Amarië on Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:26 pm

Gandalf was one of many dwarfs listed in an old norse poem.
My guess it is Tolkien who made it cool.

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Post by azriel on Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:06 pm

Gandalf is a little similar to Gundulf. A monk from the times of the Norman conquest.

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Post by halfwise on Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:24 pm

Can you imagine having to go through live named 'Gundulf'? Poor guy.

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Post by azriel on Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:32 pm

Laughing

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Post by Elthir on Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:03 pm

It's a wolfy name though, I assume, and still cool I think.

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