Came to think of you when I laughed at this story ^^
Hahaha, perhaps you can suggest they elect a pancake chef as the new pope?
I'm having pancakes for dinner today Probably the only religious observance that i comply with
Good, a bit ill and tired so my brain is not on top hehe, formulations can become clumpsy in such cases
Not that i noticed
Hope I did not come off as haughty or grumpy in my replies
Haven't read the others; but that's honestly a ill considered interpetation as Barad-dûr was never destroyed until the end of the Second Age, Ar-Pharazon's army never entered Mordor, so the firts and only time it was 'first raised' was ca 70 years before the War of the Ring
The essay on the indigenous peoples was better than the one on Umbar. It's speculation on the Mouth of Sauron is a bit much at the end. All based on the line "when it first arose again" which is taken to mean the second raising of Barad Dûr rather than meaning (as i think it does) that he came into the service of the Enemy when he raised it again in the Third Age, since anything else would make him the oldest living Man in the history of all ME.
Know what you mean ^^ That's such a thing I like about his creation; while it in the greater tales and at first glances oft is (ill considered) easy to deem his world black and white, but when you read deeper you find a much more complex and grey world, which is great (or I presumably wouldn't stuck to it hehe, as black and white is uncompelling for my interest)
I could add notes where I found other reason and argument not found in this article that pop to my mind;
* That all natives would taken ill of the sinking of Númenor I deem a mere personal guess on the authors part, they might indeed but that's not for sure; especially since natives of ME as a rule did not live close to the sea
* Lossoth's forefathers is sometime presumed to be kin to Bórs people
* There's elsewhere been argued the Hillmen of Rhudaur belong to the same stock as the Men of the Mountain, Dunlendings etc
Thanks again for that link, it really makes me like the poor indigenous peoples I started as Eryn Vorn in the Turtle Mod because of what i've read It's also very nice how it highlights the complexity of the other peoples of Tolkiens world where they attack Númenoreans and ally with Sauron (during the Dark Years) not because they are evil but because they see no other choice if they are to defend their people and land.