Ahh, politics. I am so very much amused by the fact that the public discussion about our defense minister plagiarising parts of his PhD dissertation
is such a complete parallel to all the plagiarism scandals I have observed in fandom. :D
A question unrelated to politics, and something I have been pondering for more than a year now without being able to come up with an answer, despite vigorous googling:
If we have a fictional king - let's call him Thranduil - who has three sons, those are given the title 'prince'. Now if the youngest of these sons - let's call him Legolas - who will not inherit the throne, has a son as well - would that son still be called 'prince'?
Because the problem I'm seeing here is, if the descendents of a prince are princes themselves, and the descendents of those descendents, then a couple generations into the future you'd have hundreds of princes/princesses per country.
We have a local prince here
- his titles are apparently Prince of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick and Prince of Great Britain and Ireland - who is unfortunately better known for beating up journalists. And reading back on Wikipedia in his family tree, I do get the impression that indeed pretty much every descendent of that family gets to style himself a prince or princess, of whom there are quite a lot, so apparently it does work like that, despite my concerns.
Of course, we all know that the Greenwood only had two kings, so that question is completely hypothetical, isn't it, as none of those fictional princes will inherit the throne? I guess what confuses me is the LACE statement that most elves marry and have children once they are 50, which should mean, even if they only have 1,5 children per couple, that Arda would be overrun by elves at a certain point, seeing how they don't die. There really *should* be hundreds of direct descendents of Finwë running around by the Third Age. Maybe that's the reason why Tolkien killed most royal elves...
Completely unrelated, on Monday, I'll once again go to a movie preview with siblings and friends, this time for "Der ganz große Traum" - what looks to be a fun movie about the beginnings of football. And then I've just secured us yet more free tickets for another preview - Rango this time, in two weeks. Since I've found websites that list opportunities to get free tickets to previews, we seem to see about a movie per month, when before I used to be more of a '2 movies per year' person. I don't mind that development at all, especially since mostly these previews aren't for the big blockbusters, but lesser known movies which I otherwise might have missed.Entry originally posted to DW: http://esteliel.dreamwidth.org/379556.html (comments). Comments are welcome in either place.