History Headscratchers / TheHobbit

29th Aug '16 3:06:51 AM BroTim11
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** Gandalf warned them against it because he knows Beorn is an animal-lover, he's stated the animals are as dear to Beorn as if they were his children, and didn't want to risk angering Beorn. That could prompt Beorn to either refuse them help or attack. When Beorn provides waterskins it's a sign that he's helping them. How Beorn got the leather for waterskins is not explained; either from an animal that died of natural causes or made from the skin of either the Goblin or the Warg.
29th Feb '16 1:31:55 PM Bense
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*** Of couse, Thorin and company may hae figured that if Smaug can beat a dwarven army with embedded defenses and a ring of power, then why bother to bring a lot of heavy armor and weapons that are just going to be useless against him anyway?

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*** Of couse, Thorin and company may hae have figured that if Smaug can beat a dwarven army with embedded defenses and a ring of power, then why bother to bring a lot of heavy armor and weapons that are just going to be useless against him anyway?


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*** Only in the movies. In the book the plan is simply to go and scout out the mountain, then think of some way to deal with Smaug, with Bilbo along to steal what treasure he could.
--->They debated long on what was to be done, but they could think of no way of getting rid of Smaug - which had always been a weak point in their plans, as Bilbo felt inclined to point out.
20th Dec '15 4:36:04 PM nombretomado
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** This is pretty easy, actually. The first dragons ''weren't'' flyers - they were basically huge snakes with legs, and their bodies were so low to the ground that the odds of someone attacking their bellies was miniscule (Túrin in TheSilmarillion had to attack the dragon Glaurung while he was crossing a gorge in order to even have a shot at attacking him from below). Winged dragons were a later "model", and nobody ever called Morgoth the most practical or thorough of engineers- he probably just figured out how to slap wings on the basic creatures he already had and declared it "good enough".

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** This is pretty easy, actually. The first dragons ''weren't'' flyers - they were basically huge snakes with legs, and their bodies were so low to the ground that the odds of someone attacking their bellies was miniscule (Túrin in TheSilmarillion ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' had to attack the dragon Glaurung while he was crossing a gorge in order to even have a shot at attacking him from below). Winged dragons were a later "model", and nobody ever called Morgoth the most practical or thorough of engineers- he probably just figured out how to slap wings on the basic creatures he already had and declared it "good enough".
23rd Sep '15 9:30:56 AM MrThorfan64
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** Also it is mentioned in the books that Sauron especially hates Dwarves for being so hard to submit to evil. Hence his treatment of their King.
27th Jun '15 11:26:00 AM LBHills
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** Sauron, as we know, had a real interest in soul work. Forcing souls to stay in their dead bodies. Building a SoulJar. Things like that. Due to the special nature of the Naugrim, his usual methods don't work. Thrain may have been an experimental subject in a side project (how to break Dwarves.)
27th May '15 6:20:49 PM silentfox1
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****Not forgetting that birds, of course, still are dinosaurs in every important way and phylogeny will tell you so. There are no kinds of creatures. They are all categorically related.
22nd May '15 5:25:12 AM Anarquistador
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* Probably not an answer for this one to be found, but how, exactly, did three swords (well, two swords and a dagger) forged in the greatest Elf-kingdom of the the First Age wind up gathering dust in a Troll hoard on the other side of the world six thousand years later? I'll bet there's a great story there somewhere...
19th Apr '15 5:39:36 PM belak
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***or both, it could very easily have been both
2nd Mar '15 12:50:04 PM MrDeath
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** The original plan was to nick the Arkenstone, then use that to unite the Dwarves and take back the mountain. Until they get there, they're not even sure Smaug's still around -- nobody's seen him in decades. They were planning/hoping that Smaug had buggered off or died or something, and they could just nip in and grab the stone. It wasn't a great plan, but it's all they feasibly had to work with.
2nd Mar '15 8:15:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** You say that as if it's not the fallback plan of ''most'' [[DungeonsAndDragons ragtag adventuring parties]].

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*** You say that as if it's not the fallback plan of ''most'' [[DungeonsAndDragons [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ragtag adventuring parties]].
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