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In the movie-verse

Ataahua
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Nov 3 2012, 8:56pm


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the staves are symbols of power and also a tool through which the istari channel some of their power when necessary. (Perhaps they have a turbo-boost effect?)

Breaking Saruman's staff is certainly a symbolic gesture. We can only hypothesise about the practical effects of losing a staff: As you say, Gandalf retained his power when the Witch-king shattered his staff, so maybe Saruman either did not experience a loss of actual power or he had been relying on his staff too much and had become weakened by its loss. We'll never know for sure.

Good question for a discussion!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Subject User Time
Breaking of Staves ForestPark Nov 3 2012, 8:38pm
    In the movie-verse Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Nov 3 2012, 8:56pm
    The film isn't consistent about the staffs Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Nov 4 2012, 9:50am
        I don't like the Gandalf staff thing either burgahobbit Send a private message to burgahobbit Nov 4 2012, 5:56pm
            It must puzzle film-firsters, though Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Nov 4 2012, 6:02pm
                Yes it must burgahobbit Send a private message to burgahobbit Nov 5 2012, 2:17am
    It doesn't make sense, but my own reasoning alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Nov 7 2012, 1:08pm
        that explanation makes sense... dijomaja Send a private message to dijomaja Nov 17 2012, 11:04am
            I suppose alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Nov 17 2012, 12:20pm

 
 
 

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