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I'd like them to show up as well!

Captain Salt
Tol Eressea

Nov 29 2013, 9:28pm

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I'd like them to show up as well! [In reply to] Can't Post

As one might gather from my avy...but am not expecting it. I was kind-of hoping PJ would include some elements from the northern theater of the war of the ring in BOFA after the trilogy expansion (possibly with the Necromancer and/or his emissaries gathering allies from across the sea of Rhun), but it doesn't seem probable.

Regarding RotK - from what I can ascertain, the Easterlings were originally supposed to be a significant part of Pelennor Fields/the siege of Gondor, and were going to be Mordor's "elite shock troops" or something like that, being the first ones in through the gate after Grond battered it down; however, in the final version they've been pasted over by the CGI Olog-hai, relegating the Easterlings to a few background shots.

I actually understand why PJ did it (unlike the Haradrim and Corsairs, the Easterlings didn't have a niche or "gimmick" which make them different from the orcs - they were just additional ground troops in different armor - while it was much more powerful/visceral to have trolls swarm into Minas Tirith.

BTW, it seems the Easterlings were removed fairly late in the game, for two reasons: The "Weapons and Warfare" book and RotK video game include them amongst Sauron's army at Pelennor; and in Gandy's monolouge listing Mordor's forces, he mentions the Southrons and Corsairs, then says "all will answer Mordor's call". The correct grammar with two factions would be "both", not "all", but had he originally mentioned three factions (IE, the Easterlings), then "all" would be appropriate.

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!

Subject User Time
Easterlings, Easterlings, I want to see Easterlings! boldog Send a private message to boldog Nov 29 2013, 8:28pm
    I don't doubt that there may be more than Five Armies Carnivoran Send a private message to Carnivoran Nov 29 2013, 8:43pm
    Why not have ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 29 2013, 8:49pm
    Actually they were present during the Battle of Minas Tirtih but very hidden Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Send a private message to Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Nov 29 2013, 8:52pm
        Easterlings... m.summers343 Send a private message to m.summers343 Nov 29 2013, 8:56pm
        Nice catch! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Nov 29 2013, 9:09pm
        Hadn't noticed this before! cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Nov 29 2013, 9:16pm
        Wow, never saw them either. Thanks! Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Nov 29 2013, 10:17pm
        I never noticed the Easterlings there! Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 29 2013, 11:54pm
        I always kind of thought... Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 30 2013, 12:15am
        Ive always thought.... Blkcpt Send a private message to Blkcpt Nov 30 2013, 1:21am
    I'd like them to show up as well! Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Nov 29 2013, 9:28pm
        That's too bad... Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 30 2013, 12:17am
    There should be no Men at the BoFA other than Lake-men Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Nov 30 2013, 9:02pm


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