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As arm races go

CuriousG
Valinor


Jan 28 2013, 11:42pm


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I think Sauron would have matched the eagles with more flying beasts that the Nazgul rode, and recruited or spawned some dragons to fight for him. I don't think he would have left the air uncontested.

The Ents don't regularly participate in battles either, though in destroying Isengard and appearing at Helm's Deep they showed they could be an awesome army. Treebeard was well aware that the Orcs were chopping down his trees, but it took Merry & Pippin to spur him to action.

Overall, it seems like Middle-earth is full of hobbit-like/Bombadil-like creatures who stick to their own lands and own concerns, giving Gandalf a tough job in making everyone see the big picture of what needed to be done. It seems the opposite view of the world today, where countries mobilize all their forces when they go to war.

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Middle-earth air force Mixel Send a private message to Mixel Jan 28 2013, 10:20pm
    Eagles are a last resort CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 28 2013, 10:45pm
        Lost potential Mixel Send a private message to Mixel Jan 28 2013, 11:25pm
            As arm races go CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 28 2013, 11:42pm
                Ghan-buri-ghan is another example noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jan 29 2013, 1:14pm
        I've just realised we never "see" the eagles fighting noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jan 29 2013, 2:48pm
            The Battle of Five Armies CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 29 2013, 8:20pm
    A bit above it all Mim Send a private message to Mim Jan 29 2013, 10:38pm

 
 
 

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