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LOTR thread

  1. Mar 11, 2016 #1
    I was wondering if many members liked the lord of the rings and also it is hard to find people who like to talk about it in person so I thought this could be a place to discuss it anyway.
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  3. Mar 11, 2016 #2


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    Considering that The Lord of the Rings, as well as The Hobbit, were published in the 1930 and just recently has 6 movies based on the movies marketed, I would say there are an awful lot of people who like them!
  4. Mar 12, 2016 #3
    I agree however in the area around were i live very few people do
    hence i made this thread so that i could talk about them.
  5. Mar 17, 2016 #4

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    Alright, what would you like to discuss? I enjoyed the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in my teenage days, including his scholarly work, but can discuss the movies too. What works have you read?

    I'm open to arguing some aspects as well. Just shoot... :smile:
  6. Mar 17, 2016 #5
    i have read most of them
  7. Mar 17, 2016 #6
    what is quite annoying is that every one says that Frodo and Sam should have just flown on the eagles the whole way.
    this is just generally stupid as the eagles would of been shot at and almost definitely killed by at least three factions/groups
  8. Mar 18, 2016 #7
    I saw a video discussing this very thing.
    What I thought was interesting is the guy was arguing that the original plan for Gandalf was to swing back up to the Eagles and fly, but of course the Balrog kinda got in the way.
    Basically everything up to that point was a ruse to make it seem like they were going to go on foot.

    Then there is the whole "Fly you fools"
  9. Mar 18, 2016 #8
    well this is just a way of saying run or flee. like in the common Latin phrase Tempus Fugit meaning time fly's or runs away/slips away
  10. Mar 18, 2016 #9
    and also due to Saruman destroying the high pass resulted in them going through the mine of Moria and where they came out would of put them in a yet worse position to fly to Mordor or Gondor
  11. Mar 18, 2016 #10
    How is it a stupid idea? Who would shoot or kill them? Shoot them with arrows you mean? It's pretty easy to fly high enough so that arrows won't reach you. The only thing that could really harm the eagles were other flying creatures.
    As much as I like LOTR, the eagle thing is a very definite plot hole.
  12. Mar 18, 2016 #11
    well if one were to look at a map of middle earth one could see that they would be forced to fly over goblins, wild men, uruk hai (also Sauroman) silven elves, wood elves and many more as for the weapons that would be shot at them both bows cross bows ballistas and most importantly Magic. the magic of Sauroman could easily hit and kill eagles the height restraint would be down to the passengers lungs, Gimili may struggle when they get high Aragorn, Boromir, Legolasand and Gandalf would be fine but all four Hobbits would very soon struggle to breath and so the eagles would be forced to fly low enough at least for cross bows and ballistas if not normal bows but also very much so the range of elven bows.
    also the eagles were not dragons it would not take much to pierce their skin.
    even if by some miracle they made it to Mordor they would be killed in seconds from the orcs ect that guard it and so the fellowship would have to land in Gondor and go on foot from their.
    this is also just hoping that the Nazgul dont fly up and kill them in the air.
  13. Mar 23, 2016 #12

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    Very stupid idea to take Gollum, the guide, on long distance eagle-journeys. He would have driven them insane...

    How strong are orcs? How much weight can they place behind the bow? How far can that travel when being shot almost straight up into the air? Are these magically embedded arrows/bows? They would want to know that just in case, they wouldn't always be flying in the same elevation during the journey due to numerous factors. What is the highest elevation that would have the most tolerable, safe temperatures/gas exchange efficiency?
  14. Mar 23, 2016 #13
    well the different orcs have different strength but considering they are trained to be warriors from as soon as their pulled out of the ses-pits they all used to be elves so they have a level of bow skill which would lead me to believe that they could shoot very powerfully. accuracy would be the main issue but sheer weight in numbers would remove this issue.
    as for how high an eagle can fly with a hobbit on. not very is a brief answer. a bit higher than a average mountain. and as orcs and goblins often live in mountains this might as well be a round about a couple hundred feet (not far for a good archer) the furthest shot on record was 500 meters an orc could look at about 200-300 meters so they would be in range.
    and even if the arrows could not reach them the spells easily could.
  15. Mar 23, 2016 #14
    this is hoping that they aren't being eaten by nazguls
  16. Apr 3, 2016 #15
    Where are the female Orcs?
  17. Apr 3, 2016 #16
    Did they know about the flying serpent-thingys the Nazgul flew at the time of the Council of Elrond?
  18. Apr 3, 2016 #17
    I would assume the Orks are mules. They seem to be bred and raised in the sorcerus equivalent of a breeding creche.
  19. Apr 3, 2016 #18
    That sort of question will get you into a lot of trouble when travelling through Orc territory.
  20. Apr 4, 2016 #19

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    They are at home and quite comfortable.

    Tolkien says there must have been female orcs: http://greenbooks.theonering.net/guest/files/041305.html

    Tolkien was a gentleman, he probably figured his orcs are excellent providers and don't make/let their women fight in wars.
  21. Apr 4, 2016 #20
    I wonder if they had tea with the Entwives?
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