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Tolkien's redshirts?

noWizardme
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Nov 13 2013, 7:21pm


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Originating from another discussion here, but sufficiently a tangent that it ought to have its own thread. Do we think there are any redshirt characters in Tolkien?

"Redshirt", a definition:

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A "redshirt" is a stock character in fiction who dies soon after being introduced. The term originates with fans of the Star Trek television series (1966–69), from the red shirts worn by Starfleet security personnel who frequently die during episodes.[1] Redshirt deaths are often used to dramatize the potential peril that the main characters face.
Wikipedia http://en.m.wikipedia.org/...Redshirt_(character)


Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"

Subject User Time
Tolkien's redshirts? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 13 2013, 7:21pm
    Forlong, Hirluin, Duilin, Derufin, and perhaps Grimbold? Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Nov 13 2013, 8:15pm
    That doesn't seem like Tolkien's style ("My God, they killed Merry!") squire Send a private message to squire Nov 13 2013, 8:22pm
        Interesting thought- I wonder who the earliest literary redshirt would be? // noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 13 2013, 9:18pm
            Odysseus' crew? Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Nov 13 2013, 9:36pm
                But do we know anything of them? sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 6:17pm
            Beowulf. Not the earliest, but an early literary reference. Lissuin Send a private message to Lissuin Nov 13 2013, 11:53pm
                A good example! noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 14 2013, 12:14pm
                    As a matter of fact, Hunthor (my second suggestion) is a better example sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 6:09pm
            Not earliest, but an example Tolkien and his readers would know well. sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 9:25pm
        Redshirts in Tolkien-inspired fantasy DwellerInDale Send a private message to DwellerInDale Nov 14 2013, 4:24am
    In The Hobbit Lightfoot Send a private message to Lightfoot Nov 14 2013, 2:02am
        Two different groups of ponies die too! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 14 2013, 9:32pm
    Hirgon and his companion; Halbarad Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 14 2013, 6:40pm
        I'm not sure, I think it depends how pedantic one is. squire Send a private message to squire Nov 14 2013, 7:18pm
            These red shirts don't fit all that well… noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 14 2013, 9:58pm
                How about the brief appearance of this red-cloaked unfortunate? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 17 2013, 11:46am
                    That scene is written so vividly Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Nov 17 2013, 11:14pm
                        The dead Southron: noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 18 2013, 4:20pm
            I've always thought Boromir FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 14 2013, 10:16pm
                I never thought so myself sador Send a private message to sador Nov 15 2013, 9:25am
                    Well I'm glad somebody thinks so! FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 15 2013, 12:23pm
            Ok, then, what about Theodred? Hama? Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 14 2013, 10:38pm
                Theodred Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 15 2013, 12:37am
    Anyone who disagreed with Gandalf Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 16 2013, 12:52am
    Turin and Beren's companions Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 20 2013, 12:28am
        I think the death of Turin's companions served a different purpose. Kalimac Send a private message to Kalimac Nov 24 2013, 11:16pm

 
 
 

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