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Balrogs don't have wings

#1  Postby scott1328 » Dec 22, 2013 8:55 pm

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#2  Postby campermon » Dec 22, 2013 9:11 pm

:rofl:
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#3  Postby BlackBart » Dec 22, 2013 9:17 pm

Destiny Balrog was always my fav... wait...what? :what:
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#4  Postby Weaver » Dec 22, 2013 9:30 pm

Good stuff!
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#5  Postby Animavore » Dec 22, 2013 9:32 pm

Weaver wrote:Both the Silmarillion and The Two Towers clearly describe balrog wings.

There is more evidentiary support for balrogs with wings than there is for angles with wings - more than there is for angles, in fact, since we know who the author was.


There's loads of evidential support for angles :scratch:

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#6  Postby Animavore » Dec 22, 2013 9:34 pm

Lol! In before the edit.
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#7  Postby Weaver » Dec 22, 2013 9:51 pm

Sorry about that - thought a bit, and referenced my desk-side copy of LOTR, then realized I might be wrong. Didn't even catch the spelling error.
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#8  Postby Animavore » Dec 22, 2013 9:53 pm

I wish I had the tact to edit most of the rubbish I'm after typing out after submitting it :dance:
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#9  Postby Macdoc » Dec 22, 2013 9:56 pm

Tis a contingent being... :coffee:
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#10  Postby scott1328 » Dec 22, 2013 10:02 pm

Macdoc wrote:Tis a contingent being... :coffee:

au contraries, Balrogs are necessary beings. Without them the fellowship of the rings would have been wholly unwatchable. As proved in the two towers, when the balrog's encore performance staved off sleep for a whole hour.
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#11  Postby Macdoc » Dec 22, 2013 10:31 pm

:D
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#12  Postby Ironclad » Dec 23, 2013 8:30 pm

:lol:
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#13  Postby jaydot » Jan 02, 2014 6:56 am

i've forgotten what balrogs are. this is probably because, unlike the enjoyable and reasonably short tale of the hobbit, the lord of the rings is a great long yawn.
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#14  Postby zulumoose » Jan 02, 2014 7:03 am

enjoyable and reasonably short tale of the hobbit


Which they have decided to make into THREE epic films, just like LOTR, which is probably 3 times as long in print.

It's like they have mistaken the words trilogy and trinity, and then it becomes an article of faith.
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#15  Postby Darwinsbulldog » Jan 02, 2014 7:12 am

The proper title is "Bored With The RIngs" in any case.
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Re: Balrogs don't have wings

#16  Postby scott1328 » Jan 02, 2014 2:14 pm

jaydot wrote:i've forgotten what balrogs are. this is probably because, unlike the enjoyable and reasonably short tale of the hobbit, the lord of the rings is a great long yawn.


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Balrogs were the Valaraucar (Quenya; vala "power" + rauco "monster"), spirits of the Maiar that were seduced and corrupted by Melkor to his service. There were never more than seven, according to Tolkien's son, but in earlier versions of Tolkien's writings there are references to entire armies of Balrogs. Gothmog was their captain during the 1st Age.


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#17  Postby proudfootz » Jan 06, 2014 10:21 pm

Balrogs fly on occasion - I suppose they fly like Superman.
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#18  Postby chairman bill » Jan 06, 2014 11:05 pm

Darwinsbulldog wrote:The proper title is "Bored With The RIngs" in any case.


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#19  Postby scott1328 » Jan 06, 2014 11:08 pm

A free PDF download of the original Bored of the Rings is available here
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#20  Postby Onyx8 » Jan 07, 2014 2:22 am

iIs that the one with Dildo Bagfart?
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