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30th Nov '16 8:02:00 PM PaulA
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* Fëanor's speeches - hell, Fëanor in general - are, if possible, ''subverted'' Moments of Awesome. They would be textbook Moments of Awesome, except that he's hot-tempered, ruthless, completely obsessed with revenge and his Silmarils, and at least a little crazy. Things don't go very well for his followers, not to mention their neighbors. Even so, he was arguably the biggest badass in the ''Silmarillion'' (the only ones who possess the badassitude to compare with him are Beren, Húrin, Fingolfin, Finrod, and Eärendil). Let's take stock shall we? He reinvented the system of writing that his people used, invented the palantíri, and forged the Silmarils, gems that imprisoned the light of the Two Trees of Valinor, and even he doesn't know how he did that. He slammed the door in the face of the most powerful being in Arda. His speeches have been talked about; he also chased a routed army alone for who knows how long, and the army was too afraid to turn around and fight him. And to top it all of, he has the most badass final fight of any character in the franchise: he fights the balrogs. Not one, like Gandalf or Glorfindel, oh no, he fought ALL of them (ambiguous as their number might be). At once. For hours.


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* And then, in the presence of Morgoth and his entire court, all hope utterly crushed for any sort of victory, what does Húrin do? In the face of an offer of "mercy" from Morgoth, he not only refuses, but ''mocks him''. Even in the face of a horrific curse upon all his family and descendants of misery and tragedy that Morgoth would ''make him watch''.
* Húrin meets [[spoiler:his wife at the grave of their children]]. She asks him what took him so long and he sums up decades of being tortured by Morgoth with "It was a long road. I have come as I could."


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* Fingon's rescue of Maedhros. He went alone into Morgoth's land, and climbed an impossibly tall mountain made of toxic slag, to save someone who may very well have been dead, or locked somewhere in the depths of Angband, and who, for all he knew, had left him and his people to die on the Grinding Ice or crawl back to the Valar.
* Fingon's fall.
* The Leap of Beren. [[{{Jerkass}} Celegorm and Curufin]], several thousand years his elders and very skilled riders, try to trample him under their horses while Curufin grabs Lúthien (apparently so his brother could rape her!) Beren dodges the trampling horses and leaps onto Curufin's galloping horse from behind, with such force that he knocks it over. Then he wrestles the jerkface into a headlock and starts throttling him -- and keep in mind elves are usually stronger than humans. The only reason Curufin survived at all was that Beren somehow got Lúthien off the horse unharmed, and she asked him to show more mercy than Curufin would. So Beren loots all his stuff, then picks Curufin up bodily and throws him away. The jackass totally had it coming a dozen times.
21st Aug '16 3:59:40 PM GothicProphet
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* Every time the Fathers of Men took up arms, it resulted in a Moment of Awesome. No, seriously. Just leaf through the pages & locate the deaths of all prominent human warriors. In almost all of these cases, they fell fighting in rear guard actions, making face meltingly awesome Last stands, or conducting guerrilla campaigns deep behind enemy lines. Morgoth's main foe might have been the Noldor, but it was these puny, short lived mortals who caused him the most trouble.

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* Every time the Fathers of Men took up arms, it resulted in a Moment of Awesome. No, seriously. Just leaf through the pages & locate the deaths of all prominent human warriors. In almost all of these cases, they fell fighting in rear guard actions, making face meltingly face-meltingly awesome Last last stands, or conducting guerrilla campaigns deep behind enemy lines. Morgoth's main foe might have been the Noldor, but it was these puny, short lived mortals who caused him the most trouble.



* Ecthelion and Glorfindel's exploits during the fall of Gondolin, The former managed to bring down Gothmog himself, while the latter made it possible for some of the citizens to escape by slaying another unnamed Balrog. [[DyingMomentofAwesome Both of the elves perished in the process.]]

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* Ecthelion and Glorfindel's exploits during the fall of Gondolin, Gondolin. The former managed to bring down Gothmog himself, while the latter made it possible for some of the citizens to escape by slaying another unnamed Balrog. [[DyingMomentofAwesome Both of the elves perished in the process.]]
29th Jul '16 4:25:52 PM GothicProphet
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* Huan the Hound of Valinor. He betrayed his villainous masters and rescued Lúthien, he slaughtered Sauron's werewolves and then defeated Sauron himself, saved Beren from Celegorm & Curufin, and in the hour of his passing, took down Carcharoth,the greatest wolf to ever live.

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* Huan the Hound of Valinor. He betrayed his villainous masters and rescued Lúthien, he slaughtered Sauron's werewolves and then defeated Sauron himself, saved Beren from Celegorm & Curufin, and in the hour of his passing, took down Carcharoth,the Carcharoth, the greatest wolf to ever live.



** That was not it. According WordOfGod, the Valar could not punish or coerce Men because they are under Eru's direct authority. Since they were not authorized to stop the Numenoreans, they opted to retreate and let The One deal with them.

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** That was not it. According WordOfGod, the Valar could not punish or coerce Men because they are under Eru's direct authority. Since they were not authorized to stop the Numenoreans, they opted to retreate and let The One deal with them.them.
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25th Mar '16 7:10:17 PM CrimsonZephyr
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** Even after all the misery this ultimately led to, the Dúnedain still thought this was awesome. When Gondor controlled the city of Umbar, they built a monument to Pharazôn, marking the spot where Sauron submitted to him. He might have been a jerk, but in that one moment, he was ''their'' jerk, and the savior of Middle-earth.
16th Feb '16 4:04:18 AM ikoke
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* Every time the Fathers of Men took up arms, it resulted in a Moment of Awesome. No, seriously. Just leaf through the pages & locate the deaths of all prominent human warriors. In almost all of these cases, they fell fighting in rear guard actions, making face meltingly awesome Last stands, or conducting guerrilla campaigns deep behind enemy lines. Morgoth's main foe might have been the Noldor, but it was these puny, short lived mortals who caused him the most trouble.
* The children of Bor deserve a mention. The rest of the Easterlings might have turned traitor, but these stalwarts stayed true to their allies, the folk of Maedhros. In fact the sons of Bor made sure to take down the traitorous children of Ulfang down with them during Unnumbered Tears, proving that there is nobility, courage & honor to be found even amongst men not belonging to the lofty Houses of the Atanatari.
11th Nov '15 5:28:13 AM morane
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* His brother Huor's last stand in the same battle. Huor kills ''seventy'' trolls single-handedly with his battleaxe.


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* Tuor arriving to the shore and seeing Belegaer, the Sundering Sea, as the first Man ever.
* Ulmo appearing to Tuor at the shore.
20th Aug '15 1:08:49 PM AkenJizo
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** Credit where it's due; Ancalagon and the winged dragons managed to turn the tide on the Hosts of Valinor single-handed before Earendil showed up.

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** Credit where it's due; Ancalagon and the winged dragons managed to turn the tide on the Hosts of Valinor single-handed before Earendil Eärendil showed up.
20th Aug '15 1:07:50 PM AkenJizo
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** Credit where it's due; Ancalagon and the winged dragons managed to turn the tide on the Hosts of Valinor single-handed before Earendil showed up.
18th Jan '15 1:51:29 PM MachRider1985
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* The invasion of Valinor itself; both the Valar and the Eldar alike had no confidence in victory against Ar-Pharazôn and his army.

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* The invasion of Valinor itself; both the Valar and the Eldar alike had no confidence in victory against Ar-Pharazôn and his army.army.
** That was not it. According WordOfGod, the Valar could not punish or coerce Men because they are under Eru's direct authority. Since they were not authorized to stop the Numenoreans, they opted to retreate and let The One deal with them.
2nd Jan '15 5:22:00 AM Eyeshield
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* The first and greatest one: Tolkien had worked on this series for [[DevelopmentHell DECADES]] before he finally published it [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell after more than 50 years]]. Chronicling the entire history of a literary universe, it shows just how dedicated Tolkien was to his work.
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