History Awesome / TheLordOfTheRings

23rd Sep '16 8:23:07 AM Greystone101
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* Speaking of the Balrog of Moria, as it is revealed to the Fellowship as the true evil within Moria, what happens? Gandalf, the Wizard and servant of the Valar, is afraid. Aragorn, Heir of Elendil and Chieftain of the Dunedain, is afraid. Legolas, the Elven Prince of Mirkwood, openly ''despairs''. But Boromir? The Heir of the Steward and Captain of the White Tower simply steps forth and blows his horn, in defiance of the demon of the ancient world. What's more? It '''pauses''', even if just for a brief moment.
19th Sep '16 11:16:52 AM Kurush
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** What's more, it's implied that the Elves there were all volunteers. The Elves had decided to evacuate Middle-Earth but knew Men could not stand alone, so Elrond could have asked his people if they wanted to either stay and fight or leave. [[IChooseToStay Take a good at look how many Elves went to Helm's Deep]].
15th Sep '16 11:10:27 AM Daethalion
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** Also bear in mind, those arrows? They were the size of ''tree branches''.
15th Sep '16 10:46:00 AM Daethalion
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** It's also awesome on a meta level - this is the first moment in Tokien's writings that High Elves get put on display in all of their glory. Before this all that was known about Tolkien's elves is that they liked songs and tress, and were somewhat mysterious. Then along comes a bonafide High Elf lord, and we get a glimpse into what the elves were ''really'' capable of.
15th Sep '16 10:30:34 AM Daethalion
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** Tolkien also pretty heavily implies that there were Orcish and Gondorian warriors who didn't do as well as our brave little hobbit."No such anguish had Shelob ever known, or dreamed of knowing, in all her long world of wickedness. Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh."

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** Tolkien also pretty heavily implies that there were Orcish and Gondorian warriors who didn't do as well as our brave little hobbit."No such anguish had Shelob ever known, or dreamed of knowing, in all her long world of wickedness. Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh."" He even goes so far as to say that Sam did better than characters who were considered legendary badasses [[Literature/TheSilmarillion in a world of legendary badasses.]]
30th Aug '16 10:53:01 AM theLibrarian
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*** Made even better by the Nazgul's response: Instead of being intimidated, they immediately draw their swords and start to cross, ''fully intending'' to take Frodo if Arwen won't give him to them willingly.
10th Jul '16 10:51:19 PM SithPanda16
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9th Jul '16 5:43:21 PM NothingProductive
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** Even [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Saruman]] recognizes Frodo's quiet flavor of awesome after this line:
---> 'Well, if that is what you find pleasure in,' said Frodo, 'I pity you.'
4th Jul '16 10:27:05 AM stuffedninja
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3rd Jun '16 11:21:33 PM Doug86
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** Much has been said (by many people) about Tolkien's apparent love for the old pre-industrial classist social system where you had [[ValuesDissonance folks who were the well-to-dos and you had the folks who were the faithful servants]]. That said, Samwise Gamgee's role in the story was to show how Tolkien felt about those faithful servants, a badass {{Determinator}} who is solely responsible for his master ''surviving'', let alone ''succeeding'' in his mission. He was based on the soldiers and batmen[[note]] Officer's servants. Think of what Alfred does for Batman, but in uniform.[[/note]] of WorldWarOne, who faced terrible conditions, and who [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman Tolkien]] thought of as far superior to himself. In one of his letters, Tolkien describes Samwise as nothing less than TheHero of the saga, despite being the designated sidekick.

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** Much has been said (by many people) about Tolkien's apparent love for the old pre-industrial classist social system where you had [[ValuesDissonance folks who were the well-to-dos and you had the folks who were the faithful servants]]. That said, Samwise Gamgee's role in the story was to show how Tolkien felt about those faithful servants, a badass {{Determinator}} who is solely responsible for his master ''surviving'', let alone ''succeeding'' in his mission. He was based on the soldiers and batmen[[note]] Officer's servants. Think of what Alfred does for Batman, but in uniform.[[/note]] of WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, who faced terrible conditions, and who [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman Tolkien]] thought of as far superior to himself. In one of his letters, Tolkien describes Samwise as nothing less than TheHero of the saga, despite being the designated sidekick.
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