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Just like the book!


Sep 9 2013, 9:17pm

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There came great beasts, like moving houses in the red and fitful light, the műmakil of the Harad dragging through the lanes amid the fires huge towers and engines.
-The Seige of Gondor

1.) In your opinion, what about this shot makes it near flawless (assuming you share my opinon)? What details? Does it appear flawed?

As they come from out of the fog the contour of the heads is reminiscent of the monstrous face of the Watcher in the Water. These are not cute circus pachyderms. These are not sweet wooly mammoths. These are monsters of another age emerging from the mists of time.

Just perfect.

2.) Would you have preferred a more traditional design, perhaps closer to an elephant, or is this broader design more fitting?

Instead of a piddly little traditional elephant I’d prefer Tolkien’s monstrously sized oliphaunt:

The ruins of what seemed a very war-tower lay upon his heaving back, smashed in his furious passage through the woods; and high upon his neck still desperately clung a tiny figure-the body of a mighty warrior, a giant among the Swertings.
-Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit

A wonderful and humorous comparison! It's so huge it makes a giant of a man seem tiny! Now that’s a big animal!!

3.) Any other thoughts?

Sam drew a deep breath. "An Oliphaunt it was!" he said. "So there are Oliphaunts, and I have seen one. What a life! But no one at home will ever believe me.”

Yeah, Sam, PJ knows how you feel!

“That hobbit has a pleasant face,
His private life is a disgrace.
I really could not tell to you,
The awful things that hobbits do.”

Subject User Time
SCOD: The Mumakil One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Sep 9 2013, 1:08pm
    Oliphaunts vs. Elephants Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 9 2013, 1:23pm
        Well Faleel Send a private message to Faleel Sep 9 2013, 2:31pm
            Who said anything about "small"? Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 9 2013, 3:36pm
    The mumakil are awesome!! Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Sep 9 2013, 2:39pm
    I'm wondering if Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Sep 9 2013, 3:18pm
        Throne of Blood (1957)? Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Sep 9 2013, 7:12pm
    I Faleel Send a private message to Faleel Sep 9 2013, 7:33pm
    Just like the book! Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Sep 9 2013, 9:17pm
    "Legions of Haradrim from the south." Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Sep 10 2013, 8:58pm


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