elder days


Also found in: Wikipedia.

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 ?
The spirit of elder days found a dwelling here, and we delighted to trace its footsteps.
Lothlorien is portrayed as a realm in which, not merely the memory, but the life of the Elder Days is still preserved.
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).