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13 November 2012 @ 08:31 am
Applying lessons from science fiction to fantasy  
There's a well-known science fiction trope that if, after years of faithful service, you are led away to a happy existence on the Pleasure Planet and are never heard from again, the secret truth is that Something Awful has actually happened to you (examples: Soylent Green, Logan's Run).

This leads me to conclude that...

LEMBAS BREAD IS ELVES!!!

 
 
 
e_bournee_bourne on November 13th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me. Nasty little elves.
Paul Weimerprincejvstin on November 13th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Noooooo!
VanderVeckenxthread on November 13th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
<beat>

So that's why it's so tasty..
jimvanpeltjimvanpelt on November 13th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Tolkien talked about the Laiquendi, the green elves who entered Beleriand from Nandor. So, we could have Soylent Green (elves).
pats_quinade on November 13th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Actually done in Guy Gavriel Kay's "Wandering Fire" -- the Soulmonger that is actually the final fate of all the lios alfar who journey to the west. :)
desperance: lukedesperance on November 13th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
"Welcome to the Grey Havens processing plant. Please observe all hygiene regulations scrupulously. Long hair must be caught up in a net. Feet should be clean-shaven..."
They Didn't Ask Me: galadrial-lotrdr_phil_physics on November 13th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Galadrial is a fabricant?

Of course you can argue that given that elves seem to live for thousands of years, you gotta do SOMETHING to winnow down the surplus population. Sauron doesn't raise an army often enough to keep the elves in check.

Dr. Phil
They Didn't Ask Medr_phil_physics on November 13th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Having heard your letter to the editor at WorldCon that is in the Mad Scientists Journal, maybe you should write up a memo for the bulletin board at the Gray Havens processing plant...

Dr. Phil
pennski: so many bookspennski on November 13th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Worth reading aloud to my hubby! Made him laugh too.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 13th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
its like the TFAW help, I just get one trained up to my standards at my local store, and then there is someone new .. and the other employee as gone to "work in the warehouse" and I never see them again.

Like the family pet went to "live on a farm"
tina connolly: mugtinaconnolly on November 13th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
ROFLMAO