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Mar 28 2013, 2:44am

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I am more in the no wings camp

I think it had wings but they weren't physical but more made from shadow from the line - "the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings"

I never pictured them with proper wings but more just a mass of cloud/shadow/smoke that could take on the form of wings or anything else it wanted to create intimidation.

Also i don't see any evidence where they have ever been said to fly - Unfinished Tales, when Voronwe says, "as yet no servant of the Enemy has dared to fly into the high airs" at this point there were no flying dragons but there were Balrogs.

Though i guess a balrog being a maiar could potentially just fly without the need for wings?

Ardamire points to the only reference of flight - Morgoth's Ring:

Far beneath the halls of Angband... the Balrogs lurked still.... Swiftly they arose, and they passed with winged speed over Hithlum, and they came to Lammoth as a tempest of fire.

Winged speed - for myself i take this to mean they travelled extremely fast - as fast as something flying but of course others can make their own claims and lets see where we end up Tongue

(This post was edited by imin on Mar 28 2013, 2:44am)

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Post edited by imin (Valinor) on Mar 28 2013, 2:44am

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