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On Balrog Wings
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Poll: On Balrog Wings
Balrogs have physical wings and can fly
Balrogs have physical wings and can not fly
Balrogs do not have physical wings, but can fly anyway
Balrogs do not have physical wings and can not fly
Other ( just in case Balrogs have semiphyscial wings and can only fly under water)
View Results (53 votes)


Sep 27 2013, 4:57pm

Post #26 of 42 (266 views)
Well, we could go out on a limb and shed some light upon this abysmal subject. / [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Sep 27 2013, 5:24pm

Post #27 of 42 (280 views)
Isn't it time [In reply to] Can't Post

for a fresh layer of tin foil in your fruit helmet? Tongue


Sep 27 2013, 11:16pm

Post #28 of 42 (281 views)
If Balrogs had wings....? [In reply to] Can't Post

Then why didn't Gandalf think to fly the Ring into Mordor? Tongue

Ethel Duath

Sep 28 2013, 12:02am

Post #29 of 42 (274 views)
If Balrogs had wings, why then, purses might talk! [In reply to] Can't Post


(This post was edited by Ethel Duath on Sep 28 2013, 12:03am)

Ethel Duath

Sep 28 2013, 12:08am

Post #30 of 42 (246 views)
That might bridge the gap. Of Rohan. // [In reply to] Can't Post


Ethel Duath

Sep 28 2013, 12:10am

Post #31 of 42 (255 views)
Second that! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post


Ethel Duath

Sep 28 2013, 12:14am

Post #32 of 42 (246 views)
Exhaust! The wings, and possibly part of the Balrog itself [In reply to] Can't Post

are all made of exhaust--hence the shadow and the flame!

But it's now in retirement as the Smoke Monster on Lost.

Ethel Duath

Sep 28 2013, 12:26am

Post #33 of 42 (262 views)
Whoa! I love that! Can I use that in Tolkienia? "Ghost Flea Meadow" ? Or [In reply to] Can't Post

"Ghost-Flea Market, where prices are set at the vanishing point!"

I did just look up that picture, and it really does look very Balrog like. Quite horrifying! It must have been pretty scary to see as a child; I can understand why it would stick with you and re-surface when it had an appropriate character to attach it to. Unsure


Sep 28 2013, 3:20am

Post #34 of 42 (316 views)
Finally! [In reply to] Can't Post

Someone else sees Tolkien's subversive themes the way I do.


Na Vedui

Sep 28 2013, 3:38pm

Post #35 of 42 (260 views)
Ghost fleas [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow, yes, ghost fleas sound as if they'd fit right in in Middle-earth. Minas Morgul is probably full of them. Rather a facer for Ithilien Pest Control after the War of the Ring.


Sep 28 2013, 4:57pm

Post #36 of 42 (273 views)
Not sure. [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe they can only hover slightly above the ground - and because they've not really come out a lot, they're not really used to flying. *shrugs*
Just my opinion. Wink


Sep 29 2013, 9:51am

Post #37 of 42 (240 views)
Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

I believe the balrog does have wings and they are as physical as the rest of its being, which isn't necessarily flesh and blood. Can it fly? Probably not. Maybe short distances, close to the ground, but not like a dragon.

And this particular balrog in Moria probably would be even less capable to fly having been holed up in a cave for a long time.


Sep 29 2013, 3:09pm

Post #38 of 42 (212 views)
wow, it's been years since I saw this debated here [In reply to] Can't Post

in the Elder Days it was a topic of much contention.

As I always reply:

It was dark. They were scared out of their gourds. Some saw wings, some just saw a shadow. No one but Gandalf knows for sure and he's not telling.


Sep 29 2013, 3:10pm

Post #39 of 42 (217 views)
"Mods up" [In reply to] Can't Post

that answer goes to 11.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Sep 30 2013, 7:37pm

Post #40 of 42 (207 views)
Or drink... [In reply to] Can't Post

*glug* ;-)


Oct 6 2013, 2:27pm

Post #41 of 42 (186 views)
Will remain... [In reply to] Can't Post

... an artificial and weird discussion for me. The seriousness some people spent on arguing (and fighting) for their view is disturbing imho :D

Registered User

Oct 16 2013, 6:15am

Post #42 of 42 (219 views)
Maybe/Maybe not [In reply to] Can't Post

Before I saw Fellowship of the Ring, I imagined the Balrog to basically be a giant molten lava monster like I would see in cartoons (hey I was 13, give me a break). When I saw the Fellowship, the Balrog made sense, and it wasn't until later when I was on TWC that I realized mentioning Balrog wings opens up a GIANT can of worms amongst Lotr fans. Wink

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