Pretty darn good for somebody who's "not good at poetry-writing".
But he HEAVILY adapted them to his own work.
Things that copy the ideas of a noble, beautiful (to humans), immortal, etc. Elven race *are* copying Tolkien, and he *definitely* deserves credit for them. Same thing with a race of stubborn yet loyal and honorable Dwarves. Once again, the concept is heavily modified by Tolkien.
And don't even get me started on lumping those three guys in a world together with humans and having somebody make a journey concerning all the races through said world. THAT'S just plain Tolkien ripoff.
But Eragon was a nice read regardless.
Oh, and a bit more on-topic: Nice April Fools' joke, but not as good as last years' jokes from TOR.net.
There is definitely no plate armor---even the Dwarves, skilled craftsmen as they are, do not produce plate, relying instead on mail.
Obsidian isn't pure black and somewhat reflective/shiny (I wish reflectivity could be done without lag in Minecraft, though I don't even know if it can be done WITH an increase of lag or not) like the stone of Orthanc of the outermost wall of Minas Tirith.
So, about Rings of Power: Men are the most easily corrupted by the Rings. Men have the greatest amount of choice in Tolkien's work, they cover the widest array of roles and cultures. This choice, however, have downsides. Men, not Elves, and only very, very rarely Dwarves, serve the powers of evil.
Dwarves are stubborn. Incredibly stubborn. Dwarves are so stubborn that the First Age dwarves stared down the Father of Dragons and didn't burn. They cannot be corrupted by the Rings, but Sauron does bend his will towards destroying the Dwarves (since he can't corrupt them). This results in the amplification of their greed, as well as an increase in their wealth-building skills.
Elves, of course, are also incorruptible, but not capable of fighting Sauron's full strength. Thus, they take off their Rings when Sauron forged the One.
As for why they have power...nobody knows why the Three, the Seven, and the Nine have power. The One, of course, has power because Sauron put his power (and, yes, part of his soul) into the Ring.
Tolkien isn't exactly focused on military history, though, and the crossbow was impactful but not revolutionary.
Tolkien doesn't use the word "darts" exactly as we think of it. I always imagined it was used in the sense of just any old projectile. And the atlatl is a spear-throwing device. It throws spears.
Which Tolkien might of course be referring to as "darts".
Something I WILL complain about, though, is that if they were going over the walls they almost certainly weren't spears (range is too great), and the atlatl is a Native American weapon and not a common one at that, so we probably wouldn't see it in Tolkien's work. At least, not in the hands of Orcs or northern Men.
High King Ithilion wrote: The incendiary or explosive weapons for the "bad guys" is a direct descendant of Tolkien's service in the Great War, where he saw explosives, artillery, and bombs literally tear men apart. I doubt he would have his good factions use weapons he saw as so entirely evil.
It'd be interesting to see his views on the American strategy; a combination of shotguns, men, and mass artillery.
Not really interesting, actually. All sides used massed artillery and lots of men (Kitchener's New Army, for example. Nothing but men for the meat grinders.) The Trench Gun was DEFINITELY interesting, in that the Germans actually asked the Americans to stop using it on the grounds of it being a war crime.
Needless to say, the Americans didn't stop using them.
Regardless, not every man had a shotgun, the other armies had them as well (most likely), everyone went medieval on the other guys and used things like maces and knives and actual, barbarian-style clubs for close-quarters trench fights, and you could shoot down grenades with the trench gun.
No, the last one isn't particularly relevant. But it's cool, right?
As for the topic at hand, no, the good guys don't need such weapons.
I mean, yes, it would be "standard issue", if the Orcs of the Misties had the capability to produce such things, and, indeed, if such a bow could punch through Dwarf-mail.
And it's not a matter of negating it, so much as it is providing a means to counter it given the right conditions. Mail is relatively poor against armor-piercing missile weapons (i.e., those purpose-built to break open individual rings and kill you through the gap, like bodkin arrows). Dwarf-mail, however, is abnormally strong, perhaps it is entirely welded and/or made of a steel alloy unknown to the other peoples.
As for whether crossbows make sense...if you have the know-how to make one and need to equip a large or merely an army of people who have not trained with longbows from an early age, then they're OK. I don't think they could pierce dwarf-mail, though, because it takes a LOT of force to break a neck, ESPECIALLY a Dwarven neck (dwarves are a stoutly-built people with abnormally tough EVERYTHING), yet the mail in my example held. So, you'd need a ridiculously powerful crossbow, probably powerful enough that it doesn't work, because the bolt shatters into shards on impact instead of focusing on the energy through the tip.
So, in short, no, crossbows probably don't make sense for Uruks or Orcs (Orcs don't have the know-how to produce them, Uruks don't have the need), though maybe they would make more sense for some factions of Men that don't have well-trained armies (and no use for the bow under non-warfare conditions).
Two, awesome, words for you: Numenorean Steelbows
Anyways, I definitely agree with the above point about crossbows being unnecessary, though they are terribly inefficient at changing draw force to projectile force, meaning that even the largest crossbows aren't any more effective against armor than a longbow (the bolts would often shatter on impact with plate armor, without punching through. The way plate-armored knights and lords and such were brought down from range usually involved a lot of arrows, which would turn the poor man inside the tin can into a lump of bruises.) Either you're using the largest crossbows to maybe-hopefully punch through a thinner spot of plate or the mail covering the gaps at close range, or you're using lighter ones because your men aren't trained well. Otherwise, you probably just want the mass fire ability of longbows, which are faster than crossbows to use (because you don't have to set the longbow on the ground and crank a windlass for thirty seconds to draw the thing).
Without plate, the most logical ranged weapon is the longbow with a bodkin point, which is capable of (at about thirty yards' range, most commonly) splitting apart links in mail and punching through. Of course, this is turned on its head if you're facing Dwarves. Dwarves certainly have the level of metal-working skill necessary to make plate, yet they don't, because their mail is capable of holding up under blows that break necks (See Azog versus...Nain, I think) and other ridiculous things. So good luck breaking their mail without something like a crossbow with armor-piercing bolts.
Not necessarily. Had they rejected the worship of Melkor they may not have allowed their blood to dwindle, or perhaps they would have sailed to Gondor and professed allegiance to the King, etc. etc. They might, MIGHT, have become "regular" Numenoreans after revoking Melkor, but the reason the "regular" Numenoreans didn't fade is because they intentionally kept their blood pure(ish) and also because they held to the "correct" path, loyalty to the King and Eru Iluvatar. So if a Black Numenorean "redeemed" themselves, then yeah, they'd PROBABLY be "Numenorean". Similar to how Aragorn's rekindling of the Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor granted him longer life/greater kingliness/name-your-Numenorean-blood-advantage, I suspect a Black Numenorean who "redeemed" themselves in this way would reclaim some of the life of a true Numenorean, though likely not all of it.
...I said that Elrond has the strongest CLAIM. I did NOT say that Elrond actually claims the thrones and titles and whatnot.
As for not judging it compared to real-world monarchies....Guess how Tolkien constructed his monarchies? Yep, based off of a (possibly idealized in a few ways) bunch of real-world monarchies!
As for Gandalf, yes, Aragorn is the rightful heir because he's both a Man, and not going to literally leave the entire world soon.
But their kingship is, in fact, based on their LORDSHIP on Numenor, which was because of their ties to the royal family. As in, Elendil is the King of the Faithful because he was a cousin of the king, and thus was royalty. Elrond, however, is (possibly) a level of royalty above him, being the eldest of the ruling house, even if not actually in the direct line of succession.
But again, it cannot really be proven one way or another, so I stick to the opinion that being able to call Elrond the rightful King of the West is pretty darn cool.
The problem is that we almost certainly can't, as there is no record of ANY monarchical (i.e., led by a King or Queen) government having the issue of the present claimant's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great uncle still being alive, especially when the actual line was severed and sent to semidistant cousins a couple times. This means that we can't conclusively prove whether or not Elrond's claim would be considered "stronger" based only on his position in the family tree.
Whether a claim from Elrond would actually be accepted would probably depend on who was doing the accepting. Some would say no, because he's chosen the life of the Eldar, some yes because he is "mighty among both Elves and Men" and is of the royal house.
No, Elrond is the High King of the Noldor after Gil-galad's death (Beleriand never really had a single King as it was pretty big and full of different peoples, and now it doesn't need one, seeing as how, you know, it's a bit damp/swallowed by the sea in a gigantic cataclysm), but he's also the most direct in line for all Numenorean-based titles and thrones.
I repeat: Aragorn is NOT a truly direct descendant of Elros. The direct line of father/mother to ELDEST son/daughter died out, and a cousin or some such took the throne, twice, I think. (So he's still a descendant, but has a weaker claim than Elrond has...or that Elrond COULD have, if he cared about it.)
I quite agree that no sizable number of Black Numenoreans remains, and I also agree that no, their kind is not likely to have any sort of resurgence, ever. But do recall, that is only an opinion, and that if Mevans were to want it, the loophole for adding Black Numenoreans is there.
However, Aragorn's lengthy life isn't entire the fault of his Numenorean blood. The Numenoreans were gifted with great life, but the line of the King of Numenor is the human side of the lines of the Halfelven. Elrond's brother, Elros, was also Half-elven, chose the life of a Man, and lead those among the Edain who had helped the Elves in their fight against Morgoth to Westernesse/Numenor. The rest of the Edain were granted great wisdom and lengthened lifespans, but none could rival the house of the Kings (and Queens) of Numenor. Elros Tar-Minyatur himself would live to be some 500+ years old.
However, the fact that Aragorn is only a distant descendant of Elros, while Elrond is the brother of the first King, means that, in case you hadn't considered it before...
Elrond is the rightful King of the West.
No Dunedain-like (incredibly long-lived and greater than average Men) "high-blooded" Black Numenoreans still remain in a large group. This is made clear in canon.
HOWEVER, the high blood of Tolkien's writings is not entirely based on inheritance. Aragorn inherited the faded blood of Numenor, its glory spent, and could expect a life far stronger, but not terribly much longer, than the life of an ordinary Man. Instead, he lived to thrice the age of an ordinary Man, having "rekindled" the blood of Numenor in both him and his people. Furthermore, of Denethor it is said that "whatever his descent from father to son, by some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in him; as it does in his other son, Faramir, and yet did not in Boromir". This statement makes it clear that the "blood of Westernesse" can spring up almost randomly, and not necessarily (though far more often) in those who are Good. So there is some wiggle room for Mevans to add them, perhaps as elites or officer-types in a few evil factions.
Or he COULD just do what DAC2.0 is doing for Third Age: Total War, and just add Castamir's Faithful/a completely Black Numenorean faction that has just showed up and taken over Umbar, because Westernesse.
Have a kudo from the guy who forgot about this website, in honor of all the other people who's kudos are broken, because they are clearly not worthy.
I mean, they're all great people who have been sadly deprived of their rightful kudo-giving ability.
Minor necro, but I've been gone for a while.
Excellent job, keep it up. This will be remarkable in-game, having to track it down, piece by piece, learning the story a bit at a time, etc.