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Was Samwise Gamgee the only major character who was a commoner in Lord of the Rings?
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Superiority over whom?
Over other humans.
Literally all aristocrats, Gimli belongs to the same dynasty as Thorin.
The age difference and status difference, to Sam Mister Frodo was an older male of a higher social standing and an object of admiration, Sam was a gardener so following a rich local celebrity around wasn't a huge stretch in the beginning before their friendship developed properly
The Orcs were basically the industrial working class

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>your degree
>your favourite book
Bible. It really helped me during bad times.
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In my experience, systems programming is better learned in company practice and pure math is a better basis for TCS than CS at the undergrad level, simply because people who are uninterested in math go for CS bachelors. And you also get useless practical CS lessons.
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Knox Bible, if I have to pick one specific book from it then either Ecclesiastes or Matthew.
Maybe, certainly helped me.
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Epic of Gilgamesh
history (lmao)
my book (lmao)
probably heart of darkness
Trying to become religious has somewhat lifted my spirits so far

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Without saying anything else about them, I claim that Christianity is the religion of the pessimist and Buddhism (in its equally broad meaning) the religion of the optimist.

Prove me wrong!
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I haven't spoken in real life in ages let me say what I want on 4chan
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Optimist is one of the last words I'd used to describe Buddhism.
Ok, fair
Christianity as it exists today is the Greco-Roman interpretation of different old Hebrew/Aramaic scripts combined with a number of religious texts that originated in the early Byzantine time which build on and regularly contradict the earlier texts.

It's the imposition of a very specific type of Jewish thought on the late Greco-Roman empire. A thought that was largely incomprehensible for most people there who mostly believed in polytheistic religions derived from the original Indo-European religion.

Unlike Judaism which regards the Jewish people as being completely subjected under God's will, the old Indo-European religions believed that there was an active interaction between mortals and their gods. Such religions often empathized independence. This is in stark contrast to Judaism which empathizes subjection and conformity.

The imposition of this kind of thought on people who originally didn't think that way caused both Christianity and Islam to turn into religions obsessed with following rules. After all, breaking one rule could anger your god. We see here how both Europeans and Arabs still implicitedly assume that there is an active interaction between humans and their god.
This is not how Jewish people understand their relationship with god.

What do I need to read before I can begin to comprehend this? No other dialogue has stumped me this hard.
fuck you

Eat a chicken parm sandwich before you tackle that one.
The Presocratics (with at least a basic understanding of their original Greek), and knowing that Plato is going beyond his early/middle philosophy, but much further than any other late dialogue. It's his most radical work. Many also read it through Aristotle which helps a LOT since he started with it's conclusions as the basic principles of his own philosophy and therefore whatever he says on this particular topic of metaphysics helps to clarify the purposefully enigmatic dialogue which is the Parmenides, even if he disagrees with Plato. Just remember, it's an artwork like any other of Plato's dialogues, the emotion is where the depth lies.

Damn that looks good.
Literally the only prerequisite is a basic level of understanding of Greek culture at that time period and a decent IQ. Plato is foundational, he existed before syllogistic logic, meaning Plato couldn’t even deliberately make a deductive argument. If you can’t understand what’s being said, either the translation is shit or you’re dumb

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Just ordered this what are your thoughts on Conan? I've never read any of the books.
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>calls Conan "plotless, rambling and pointless. Basically power fantasies for skinny teenage virgins"
>recommends fucking Gor
my fucking sides holy shit dude
pic rel is from the 9th book in the series, Marauders of Gor, in case anybody was wondering
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If you want to present a persuasive argument, you'll need to learn how to capitalise and punctuate.
What's your objection to this passage? Women have been known to experience orgams during rape, and rape is the single most common sexual fantasy among women. It seems pretty credible to me.
Plots,characters,style,worldbuilding,humor and an over-arching story arc that links the novels.

The sexual politics can be grating and repetitive but it pisses off feminsts,so can;t be all bad

The series takes a while to get into its stride (it starts out as an Edgar Rice Burroughs tribute) but by volume 4 there's no looking back.
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They aren't what you'll expect. I read a complete compendium of all of Robert E. Howard's Conan work (and a few non-Conan stories - pictured), and they're all awfully similar to reading an H. P. Lovecraft story except instead of some wimpy nerd getting spooked in the 1920s, it's Chad Thundercock with a sword killing the monster. Also, everything you know about the "sword and sorcery" aesthetic is turned on its head: the world evoked by Howard looks less like any visual adaptation of Conan (half-naked Heavy Metal Frank Frazetta wastelands) than it does like Warhammer Fantasy, with roughly the same degree of technological and social development (excluding gunpowder) despite ostensibly taking place like 10000 B.C.

To be brutally honest, I preferred Howard's Kull and Solomon Kane works to most of the Conan stories.

The Gor series is explicitly misogynistic rape, torture, and snuff porn. I don't mean that these things simply happen in the books, nor am I commenting on relative values compared to today's standards, I mean the author has a crippling sexual fetish for degrading and destroying women. in the most disgusting, gruesome, and explicit fashion.

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Cormac McCarthy is reddit-tier fiction.
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It's The Road. He went the monologue way for the wife. His general dialogue is way better.
Fuck off Blood Meridian is great.

The Road less so...
Philosophy is fiction. Non-fiction is not literature.
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> People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there.
Cormac McCarthy's general prose is like a schizophrenic woman telling you about her day at work(you're never more than 80 percent sure where she works or what her job is, and your theory will change several times).

His dialogue when its trying to be noticed mostly sounds like Vince Vaughn in True Detective Season 2

Like his books are definitely art, we're clearly better off they exist, but I just don't get blood meridian. I'm too obsessed with near 100 percent comprehension to get through it. I liked the Road.

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ITT post your country's greatest poet.
Walt Whitman probably
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Homer I guess

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Why do history nerds have a huge hard-on for this book?

Like, almost as hard as the sci-fi nerds.
Paul is an allegory for this man and others like him.
never noticed it desu. But then again it could be because its lawrence of arabia in space and obvious spice=oil allusion
wtf, hitler was blonde ???
Herbert gives details in a way that makes it seem like a real history of a real place. The fact that there are competing factions that are rivals but also depend upon each other also adds to the realism. This is in vast contrast to most SF and fantasy, where authors are far too keen to just glance over how their world would actually function.
It's because it's a sociological book instead of a psychological one. Most novels are about how one person or a group of people change everything but some, like Dune and Foundation by Asimov, are about how societal forces change a person and seem to almost have a will of their own that we all get swept up in

Historians like that approach because it's more realistic

Basically it's the age old Wire vs Sopranos debate

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What book made you realise how shit alcohol is?
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>Why would you want to moderate something so pathetic
this doesn't work when you're posting on 4chan, which is also very pathetic nowadays
ur mom is fat
urs is kinda cute
If true than he doesn’t deserve a trad waif. Let him know directly not any gay women innuendos what you think. If he still won’t admit he has a problem getting trashed everyday then you should find a more virtuous man.
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*ear splitting fart*
Nothing yet, no book but if and when my liver fails me

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When people say "start with the Greeks" are they only talking about Plato and Aristotle?
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>Just read what the Romans wrote about the Greeks. Then read what the church fathers wrote about the Romans, what renaissance humanists wrote about them, und so forth, until you reach modern literature, c. 19th century.
Why would you fill your mind with shitty interpretations of the texts before reading the texts themselves
they're talking about Homer and Hesiod, Herodot and Thucidides, Sophokles and Aristophanes and then Platon and Aristotle
This. And Xenophon, for all his faults.
It means start with a gyro.
Then read Kant.

is any book worth $185
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Depends on the book. Many university textbooks will cost that much. And certain subjects, particularly specialized archeology (e.g. Egyptology, Assyriology), tend to be highly priced because there was only a single printing. If you define "worth" as what people are willing to pay for it, then there are books worth that much. If I were wealthy, books are one of the few things I'd be willing to pay a premium for to acquire.
If there was a large collection of biblical manuscript scans, I might consider it.
jealous. i just have the starz cd. but also eversince, redlight, e, goodluck vinyl and tiger vinyl
>the complete epic cycle
>the theban cycle
I'd pay $185 for any of these

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Books you regret buying
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Catcher in the rye, Salinger.
What a waste of time.

For americans mainly. For yuros it was just a book for retards parents loved so much because the medias told them it was good shit.
fuck off I liked it
t. montenegrin
is it true your government built a huge incomplete highway and now they owe the chinese their asshole?
I remember way back when once flipped my shit when my mum gave me one of those book.
It was translated to "the life of a loser" and I couldn't believe my own mum thought I was a big enough dweeb that I would relate to a title like that.
That was the only time in myblife a gift made me angry, hopefully it was also the last.
solitary fitness and I hate the internet
the first one is just a mediocre celeb fitness book on bodyweight training, but his method for a more powerful punch is to meditate on it, goes hard on juices as a miracle liquid, and essential oils as a way to cure everything. The only thing I like is the batshit stories and anedotes he has like being hassled and screaming "FAGGOTS" at a group of people who were checking him out at a gym or how after giving a heartfelt explanation on how his half-brother? died of an inoperable brain cancer he immediately says he would never had it if he had dunked his head in oil every so often
The other one feels like someone who smells his own farts and listens to chapo and thinks he's smarter than them. He wrote an intentionally bad book to trap pseuds into being angry with his writing. This fails a lot and by the end it's a "YOU GO GYRL! CREATE YOUR OWN INTERNET". It has interesting topics told in the most annoying way.

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>Adam was a giant
>Torah talking to God
>Jews can kill anyone because... they just can ok?
>rabbis debate God and angels directly and go mad with schizophrenia
>living man-plants that has a cord which connects his navel to the earth
is there a more schizo collection of legends than this?
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>I want to join a white nationalist organization

For what purpose?
My Celtic and Anglo ancestry came through in my appearance rather than the 1/4 Jewish part, so I don't have any such fears. That said, I have no interest in joining fringe groups so that problem of yours is one I would never have to consider anyways.
Sorry to hear it though I guess, hope you can come to terms with that part of your family history at some point (don't mean you need to embrace it, just that you aren't agonized by it).
Theres a story in The Talmud about GOD HIMSELF asking a rabbi for a blessing because he sinned. Also, in the Legends of The Jews vol.1 it is written that God frequently asks rabbis residing in paradise for advice. Like, how fucking full of yourself you have to be to write shit like this?
>oh yeah God is stupid and we are smarter than him, do you have a problem with that, goi? Also, Jesus is burining in a tub of excrement and we also wrote a whole tractate about our dick sizes
The more I hear about the Talmud then more I am convinced Sombart was right about it, it's an entirely different religion from the Judaism of the Holy Land.

>restarts the entirety of western culture after the solar flare sends us into the Stone Age
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creatively purging every mediocre book before the collapse is the final redpill
Nations don’t real. Individual sovereignty is all that can bring freedom
I’m pretty confident I have the best shelves of any poster on this board. Too bad I’m a pseud who doesn’t read.
>literally every race and nationality represented in your shelves
>not a single black author

did anyone else submit something spooky?
or did you guys just submit stale copypasta like me?
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I stuck with it, and I like it but I feel like it’s probably still got a few more installments
Come on man, don't pull a fucking Simpsons on me and release Treehouse of of Horror during November like they did a few years ago. I want to read spooky stories during Halloween by my fellow anons.
I agree. Riot if it isn't out by Halloween
digits confirm

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