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.' One might think from the Contents that 'BEREN AND LUTHIEN' would be a 'single and well-defined narrative,' but it is not.
'Notes on Elder Days' covers the character of Morgoth, a description of the land of Beleriand, and the history of the Elves from their awakening by Cuivienen to Dagor Bragollach, the Battle of Sudden Flame.
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).
The descriptions of the various kingdoms of the Elves, whether in the Elder Days of Doriath or Beleriand, or in the narrative present of Lord of the Rings, the Mirkwood, Lothlorien, or Rivendell, highlight the Elven preoccupation with aesthetics and the preservation of the beauty of nature, a trait that harks back to Yavanna and her creation of the Two Trees.
Indeed, as Agan says, "In these moments of song, the LotR seems to open a portal or passageway through which the characters may simultaneously glimpse both their current situation and the ancient past of the Elder Days; as such, song creates an in-between place where characters achieve a kind of visionary moment" (47).
[...] But my memory reaches back even to the Elder Days. Earendil was my sire, who was born in Gondolin before its fall; and my mother was Elwing, daughter of Dior, son of Luthien of Doriath.
"Nay, lady, I am the last of the Numenoreans and the latest King of the Elder Days; and to me has been given not only a span thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but also the grace to go at my will, and give back the gift.