elder days


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elder days

The heroic age of hackerdom (roughly, pre-1980); the era of the PDP-10, TECO, ITS and the ARPANET. This term has been rather consciously adopted from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings".

Compare Iron Age. See also elvish and Great Worm.
References in classic literature ?
Marshall Elliott looked like a Viking of elder days, dancing with one of the blue-eyed, golden-haired daughters of the Northland.
The spirit of elder days found a dwelling here, and we delighted to trace its footsteps.
Perhaps it was that aeolian harmony which recalled to the Story Girl a legend of elder days.
The shore of the lake presents an unbroken array of establishments of this order, of every category, from the "grand hotel" of the newest fashion, with a chalk-white front, a hundred balconies, and a dozen flags flying from its roof, to the little Swiss pension of an elder day, with its name inscribed in German-looking lettering upon a pink or yellow wall and an awkward summerhouse in the angle of the garden.
The reader is given a 'List of Plates,' a 'Preface,' 'Notes on the Elder Days,' and then 'BEREN AND LUTHIEN.
In chapter 1, they review the creation of the Two Trees of Valinor by Yavanna and quote The Silmarillion to establish the importance of this act: "about their fate all the tales of the Elder Days are woven" (6).
Lothlorien is portrayed as a realm in which, not merely the memory, but the life of the Elder Days is still preserved.