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Rohan vs gondor

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May 12 2013, 11:59am

Post #1 of 9 (1241 views)
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Say they upset each other by some one calling some one fat or something who would win?
I would have to say Rohan as they would run them down!

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May 13 2013, 1:04pm

Post #2 of 9 (529 views)
Methinks that it depends on where they are. [In reply to] Can't Post

Personally, I've always loved the Rohirrim more, but if they're in Gondor, I'd like to see our beloved horsemen storm Minas Tirith.

Then again, who knows how people of Arda react when called chubby. They might just pull a Bastille Invasion trick and desecrate The White City.

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ofer middangeard monnum sended."

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May 13 2013, 2:32pm

Post #3 of 9 (609 views)
Well, given that a well-trained cavalry was often... [In reply to] Can't Post

the key to winning battles in the past, I'd say Rohan for a general battlefield war.

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May 24 2013, 10:38pm

Post #4 of 9 (593 views)
It depends were the battle was. [In reply to] Can't Post

If it were on an open field, than Rohan would definately win. I it were at Minas Tirith, or a fortress like that, then Gondor would win.


May 31 2013, 3:31pm

Post #5 of 9 (482 views)
Depends [In reply to] Can't Post

Open field, Rohan.


Jun 9 2013, 9:26pm

Post #6 of 9 (502 views)
Gondor [In reply to] Can't Post

If it were pre-War of the Ring army sizes and both sides were able to do a full muster, I'd vote for Gondor since I think it had a larger army and more diverse units. Cavalry are great, but they aren't always victorious, especially against a phalanx of pikemen. (Not sure if Gondor had pikemen or not, just raising the possibility.)

(This post was edited by CuriousG on Jun 9 2013, 9:27pm)


Jun 28 2013, 4:23pm

Post #7 of 9 (448 views)
Gondor [In reply to] Can't Post

More of the blood on Numernor.


Jul 1 2013, 4:59pm

Post #8 of 9 (423 views)
Who gets the Shieldmaiden? [In reply to] Can't Post

Pre-Pelennor Rohan wins, post-Pelennor Gondor wins.

Brothers, sisters,
I was Elf once.
We danced together
Under the Two Trees.
We sang as the soft gold of Laurelin
And the bright silver of Telperion,
Brought forth the dawn of the world.
Then I was taken.

Brothers, sisters,
In my torment I kept faith,
And I waited.
But you never came.
And when I returned you drew sword,
And when I called your names you drew bow.
Was my Eldar beauty all,
And my soul nothing?

So be it.
I will return your hatred.
And I am hungry.

Werde Spinner

Jul 6 2013, 7:32pm

Post #9 of 9 (445 views)
Rohan always gets my vote. [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't help it, I love the horse people.

More seriously, I was reading a book on medieval warfare and tactics yesterday (the things I do for fun... sigh) and have given this a bit of thought. It would probably depend on where the battle took place, and that would depend upon who insulted whom, I think. The Rohirrim have the advantage of horses and are very fast and mobile, so they could pull away from the Gondorian infantry and harry them on the march with some light cavalry, possibly mounted archers, etc. However, the Gondorians would have an advantage if they are in Minas Tirith or Osgilliath, as they would have fortifications to rally to, siege weapons, etc. Also in Ithilien they would know the territory much better than a Rider.

However, for the sake of the argument, let us place both armies on an open plain. I would probably have to give the advantage to the Rohirrim of the Third Age. Now, if the Gondorians were more like the Numenoreans of the end of the Second Age, my vote would probably go to them since it looks like they have some excellent archers who might prove annoying to the Rohirrim's horses. However, I am assuming this is end of Third Age Rohirrim and Gondorians, in which case the Gondorians are sadly declined from their former glory, in numbers, size, strength, etc. And so in an open field the Rohirrim would have an advantage with their cavalry. The Gondorians could form a sort of phalanx or... augh, I have forgotten the word. Anyway, it was an oval-shaped formation used by the Scottish against English cavalry, where they would crouch down and present their spears/pikes to the oncoming horses. The Gondorians could form such formations; however, the Rohirrim seem to have excellent mounted archers (special mention goes to the one Rider who performs an amazing Parthian shot on the eaves of Fangorn!), and so they could shoot into these formations to break them up. With the men scattered, they could just ride over them again. I don't think the Rohirrim charge with couched lances, but they could throw them (presumably they all have another sidearm) or just start poking the enemy infantry.

However, if the Gondorians have their Ithilien Rangers with their longbows also, it might end up a bit messier. It might lead to a battle of attrition. Ouch. Not sure who would lose morale first in that case; it would probably also depend on who insulted whom.

I would love to see how that insult fell out! Laugh

"I had forgotten that. It is hard to be sure of anything among so many marvels. The world is all grown strange. Elf and Dwarf in company walk in our daily fields; and folk speak with the Lady of the Wood and yet live; and the Sword comes back to war that was broken in the long ages ere the fathers of our fathers rode into the Mark! How shall a man judge what to do in such times?"

"As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house."


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