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CuriousG
Half-elven


Mar 28 2013, 2:11am


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This is a favorite debate here.

I will take either side, depending on the day of the week. Or since it's the middle of the week, I'll take the middle view that Durin's Bane appeared to have short-flight wings, since he flew over the flaming chasm (or maybe he jumped). And maybe he had wings and they were merely ornamental, because Tolkien sure seemed to say he had wings.

If he had real, operational wings, he shouldn't have fallen all the way to bottom of Moria with Gandalf.

Also, when Glorfindel slew the Balrog at Gondolin, they also both fell over a cliff. I guess you could say the Balrog's wings were injured, so that doesn't count. But at no time do Balrogs launch an aerial assault, including in Morgoth's last battle with the Valar in Beleriand when dragons flew, but there's no mention of flying Balrogs.


(This post was edited by CuriousG on Mar 28 2013, 2:13am)


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