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Balin vs Dwalin

Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Jul 31 2013, 12:07pm

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Balin vs Dwalin Can't Post

One has the brain, the other has the brawn...who wins?

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Werde Spinner
Rohan


Jul 31 2013, 4:03pm

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Um, what sort of fight? [In reply to] Can't Post

If it's a physical altercation, my money would be on Dwalin. Sorry, Balin. You're amazing and kind and were pretty impressive flourishing your mace... sword... thing in Goblintown, but I still think Dwalin would beat you in a fight. However, I do not want to see Balin and Dwalin in a fight. Frown That would be sad.

So let's say it is a battle of the mind! Perhaps they are playing chess instead. In that case... my money's on Balin. There. Now all's fair. Tongue

"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."


Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Jul 31 2013, 4:16pm

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Yeah, I'm happy for the sort of fight to remain open [In reply to] Can't Post

As you said Dwalin would win in a straight-out brawl, but Balin is probably more of a tactical genius. I don't want to think of them fighting either really, I wonder what sort of situation would cause them to go to that extreme...

Or of course you can take it as an option of personal preference...i.e. you can take it as "who do you like more? Balin or Dwalin?"

I could have made it more clear in the initial post but I like the ambiguity of the question. Wink

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 31 2013, 6:14pm

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Certain parallels in the board game to another Universe? [In reply to] Can't Post

ie: how similar is Dwalin to Chewbacca? The clever Balin may just elect to let the Dwalin win.

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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Jul 31 2013, 6:17pm

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Haha, love it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, Dwalin probably would rip your arms out if he lost! Wink

I think Dwalin v Chewie should be the next one...

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf

(This post was edited by Radagast-Aiwendil on Jul 31 2013, 6:17pm)


Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Aug 1 2013, 1:08am

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Draw [In reply to] Can't Post

Balin's got the brains, Dwalin's got the brawn, they should make lots of money!


Werde Spinner
Rohan


Aug 1 2013, 8:14pm

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Ooh, nice comparison. [In reply to] Can't Post

I had not thought of this, but it is brilliant! Laugh However, I don't think Dwalin would do that to his older brother (or to Thorin, or to Fili and Kili). Anyone else, though... they're probably fair game.

Dwalin vs. Chewbacca. Now there's one I really would not like to place bets on.

"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."


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 1 2013, 8:18pm

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I'd love to see those two in a bellowing contest....! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Dwalin vs. Chewbacca. Now there's one I really would not like to place bets on.


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Werde Spinner
Rohan


Aug 1 2013, 8:54pm

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For a moment [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought that said you're like to see those two in a beer-drinking contest! Laugh Don't know how that got into my mind, but I must admit that would be hilarious!

Now Balin, of course, would be too wise to involve himself in such shenanigans. He might referee it... and keep Fili and Kili from joining. Can you imagine explaining all of this to Thorin? Cool

"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."


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 1 2013, 10:04pm

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Oh, a beer-drinking contest would be pretty great too W-S! [In reply to] Can't Post

Actually maybe all those Dwalin-shenanigans might be one of the few things to make Thorin laugh, in spite of himself! Cool In the finest of traditions, I can also picture Thorin calling Chewie a walking carpet.

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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Aug 2 2013, 6:31pm

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I think Chewie would win [In reply to] Can't Post

If he had his crossbow and the Falcon taken from him it would be a fairer battle since Chewie would only have his physical strength whilst Dwalin would have his hammer, but Chewie is tougher and has a better reach...so I think Dwalin would regret picking that particular fight! Wink

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf


Werde Spinner
Rohan


Aug 2 2013, 8:45pm

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Realistically, I would have to agree. [In reply to] Can't Post

Still would be cheering on Dwalin, though.

...Apparently, somehow I've fallen in love with each and every Dwarf so much that I find it hard to think of any cinematic character I like more than them!!! Kind of scary. Then again, I'm not very sorry about it... Cool

"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."


Arandir
Gondor


Aug 5 2013, 7:00pm

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Completely agree! [In reply to] Can't Post

My first thought as soon as I saw the topic title! Laugh Simply can't decide between the two - both have their own awesomness!

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Elskidor
Rohan

Sep 21 2013, 4:17pm

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Depends [In reply to] Can't Post

A straight up duel and Dwalin wins, but given notice and time to prepare and Balin will win through some sneaky strategy.

 
 

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