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  1. Elrond and Elros (and both their parents, who were also half-elven) were given a choice by the Valar about whether to be Elf or Man. Elros chose Man and became the first king of Numenor, Elrond chose Elf (as did both parents but they had already gone into the west)
  2. I did like the competition between Kira and Shax about who owes who their life
  3. My only issue with that map is I doubt the SNP will ever lose the Western Isles
  4. Seems they changed the laws so while I used to be right, currently it can be done at any time “before he would normally have been expected to release the ball”
  5. I don’t have any problems with Mankading in general, but I do think that one should have been disallowed, because the bowler had clearly started her delivery stride before turning around to take the bails off
  6. Is this the first time they’ve actually used the BBY/ABY dating system on screen?
  7. Census figures showing NI now has more Catholics than Protestants - could Star Trek’s prediction of the date of Irish unification still be right?
  8. Oddly enough, I find myself in agreement with HoI here, although for different reasons. I think the institution of the monarchy for many people has become linked with her as a person, and there’s probably a lot of people who liked her but will become less monarchist now that she’s gone. So we probably need to wait and see if Charles drives down public support for the institution before we have any real chance at abolishing it.
  9. I thought it was other people who planned the coup and got stopped partly because Mountbatten wouldn’t do it
  10. His sisters all married Nazis, that was the German problem
  11. Yep. I think the speculation after that was William
  12. Celebrimbor is a grandson of Feanor, of course he’s going to be a bit odd
  13. Arondir could also be one of Thingol’s people from Doriath
  14. As far as I recall the only real time we see Elven magic in the Silmarillion is Finrod’s duel with Sauron. All the other magic is the work of Ainur and Maiar, such as Melian’s wards around Doriath
  15. I enjoyed Spoiler tagged for US people who haven’t seen it yet
  16. I sincerely hope Kelsier is not showing up on those lists
  17. As a mark of respect for the Queen, you must not be aware of Guinea pigs this week
  18. The US army had a similar issue with Southern conscripts and pellagra in WW2
  19. I’m not saying you can’t be annoyed (and I wasn’t commenting on the geography, just the architecture). All I’m saying is there is an obvious in-universe justification for the similarity.
  20. It was nice to have Anarion at least get mentioned, after his complete absence from the films. And to whoever said that Numenor looked like Minas Tirith - don’t you think Elendil would want to make his new city evoke his lost homeland?
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