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Do Balrogs have wings? (again)
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Jun 11 2013, 5:56am

Post #26 of 33 (173 views)
"Fly you fools!" Said Gandalf. The Fellowship got out their hang-gliders... [In reply to] Can't Post

The thing is, once you've read the text one way it's hard to back up. In a past read through of that Chapter, someone had commented on the line about Gandalf "flying down the stairs" and there was a discussion about his flying abilities. This surprised me, since I'd assumed flying = fleeing.

Gandalf certainly has an Appetite for Destruction: you see, coded Guns N Roses references all the way Smile
Ah - would that make it "Slash fiction"?


Jun 11 2013, 7:53am

Post #27 of 33 (180 views)
same opinion here! [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps balrog wings can only be used in wide open spaces.


Jun 12 2013, 12:03pm

Post #28 of 33 (194 views)
Yes.// [In reply to] Can't Post



Jun 13 2013, 5:50am

Post #29 of 33 (129 views)
Okay. You're making me hungry thinking of chicken wings. [In reply to] Can't Post

But yes, didn't Peter Jackson show you that?Cool

Aragalen the Green

Jun 13 2013, 3:08pm

Post #30 of 33 (117 views)
Balrog gots chicken legs? // [In reply to] Can't Post



Jun 15 2013, 3:51pm

Post #31 of 33 (110 views)
wow, haven't seen this issue raised in YEARS here [In reply to] Can't Post

it was HOTLY debated many times in the early days of TORn.

Here's my answer:

It was dark. They were scared out of their gourds. Some saw wings. Some just saw shadows. Afterwards they could never agree. Gandalf knew, but kept his own counsel - because he secretly enjoyed how het up they all got when they argued about it.

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Jun 15 2013, 5:24pm

Post #32 of 33 (109 views)
I take the position [In reply to] Can't Post

that the Balrog was a creature veiled in shadow and darkness, which he could make appear in any form he wanted. So when he wanted to, he had wings. Were they solid? I see no evidence of it. Could he fly? Not while he was fighting Gandalf. The actual form of the Balrog itself is never given, except that he first appeared in "man-shape, maybe" and later turned to a "thing of slime" in the water. And even after they climbed to the peak, there was no flight during the battle there, either.

So I'd say that he created "wings" made of shadow, not substance, for the purpose of making himself even larger and intimidating, in the same way that some animals try to make themselves look bigger when challenged.

Tol Eressea

Jun 17 2013, 8:20pm

Post #33 of 33 (102 views)
Yes, but it's uncertain what they're like [In reply to] Can't Post

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