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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
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Poll: Pop Quiz
Just one 1 / 3%
Two 6 / 18%
Three 11 / 33%
Four 5 / 15%
Five 3 / 9%
Six 1 / 3%
Seven 1 / 3%
Eight 0 / 0%
Nine 0 / 0%
10+ 0 / 0%
Trick question. None of them speak the common tongue. 1 / 3%
I don't know. 4 / 12%
33 total votes
 

Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Mar 19 2012, 10:21pm

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Pop Quiz Can't Post

By memory, and without cheating, how many animals in The Hobbit spoke the common tongue (English, Westron, whatever you want to call it) without a translator. Just lump the species together (so 5 talking eagles would equal 1 in the poll - if that makes any sense).


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 19 2012, 10:30pm

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My answer: [In reply to] Can't Post

Eagles, Trolls, Ravens, Spiders, Smaug.

Wargs speak there own language.

So a total of 5, excluding Gandalf, Beorn, Hobbits, Elves, Orcs/goblins, Gollum, Dwarves, Men

Probably wrong?


sador
Half-elven


Mar 20 2012, 5:38am

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Not counting goblins, trolls and Smaug [In reply to] Can't Post

Three.

Although Gandalf knows the tonge of the Wargs, Beorn that of his animals, and Bard that of the thrush.


Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


Mar 20 2012, 6:57am

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A ballpark figure off the top of my head: seven. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Nightingale
Rohan


Mar 20 2012, 10:03am

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A timely post! [In reply to] Can't Post

Considering all of the debate that's happening on the boards at the moment. Good one Wink

I said two; the spiders and the eagles.

Just realised: I forgot Smaug! Can't believe that - this is what dissertation does to your brain. That should have been 3.


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 20 2012, 11:10am

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What's the answer? [In reply to] Can't Post

We have all come up with different numbers! Or do we have to wait a little longer? Cool


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Mar 20 2012, 8:59pm

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String or nothing. Or one; final answer. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Chopsta123
Gondor


Mar 20 2012, 10:20pm

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are thrushes the same species as ravens? [In reply to] Can't Post

cause then id say 5.
Ravens, Thrush, Spiders, Wargs, Trolls.


Magpie
Immortal


Mar 20 2012, 10:56pm

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no. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 21 2012, 8:07am

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What about ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Smaug?

And wargs don't speak the common tongue. Smile


Patty
Immortal


Mar 21 2012, 10:30am

Post #11 of 22 (381 views)
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Yeah. I'm gonna admit to being one of those who answered: [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know.


RosieLass
Valinor


Mar 21 2012, 2:12pm

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Four. [In reply to] Can't Post

The eagles, the spiders, the ravens, and Smaug. Goblins and trolls aren't included, since they aren't really animals.


(This post was edited by RosieLass on Mar 21 2012, 2:15pm)


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Mar 21 2012, 9:25pm

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An attempt at a master list of animals [In reply to] Can't Post

Animals that speak English in the book:
-Eagles
-Spiders of Mirkwood
-Roac the Raven
-Smaug the Dragon

Animals that speak in their own language:
-Wargs
-the thrush

Animals that appear but do not speak in any tongue:
-many, many ponies and horses
-Beorn's serving animals
-snails

Did I miss any?


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Mar 22 2012, 6:53pm

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Animals vs. other creatures [In reply to] Can't Post

Non-human (and non-dwarven and non-elven) creatures I am not counting as animals for the purposes of this discussion: Goblins/Orcs, Trolls, Smaug.

Westron-speaking animals: 1) the Great Eagles; 2) the Mirkwood spiders (spider-demons, really); 3) the ravens of Erebor.


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 22 2012, 7:15pm

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That all seems right to me [In reply to] Can't Post

I had trolls on my list, but one can exclude them if exclude humanoid characters.


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Mar 23 2012, 2:24am

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And really, by that reasoning, there is only one [In reply to] Can't Post

the Ravens. SOUSs and EOUSs like ROUSs are all properly classified as monsters.


Fanuidhol
The Shire

Mar 23 2012, 3:45am

Post #17 of 22 (274 views)
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Black squirrels, red deer, white deer (and a dark hart), and butterflies [In reply to] Can't Post

Not to mention the unexplained eyes in Mirkwood. All appearing but not speaking.
These are just from some pages I happened to read today! I wonder if there are any more...


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 23 2012, 9:58am

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SOUS, EOUS, ROUS? [In reply to] Can't Post

Lost me here SirDennisC?


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Mar 23 2012, 1:15pm

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ROUS [In reply to] Can't Post

ROUS = rodents of unusual size, from The Princess Bride. I'm assuming that EOUS would stand for Eagles of unusual size and SOUS = spiders of unusual size.


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Mar 23 2012, 1:18pm

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

I knew I had to be missing some normal animals. Thanks for listing those!


Annael
Half-elven


Mar 23 2012, 3:50pm

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"I don't think they exist." [In reply to] Can't Post

Wink


RosieLass
Valinor


Mar 23 2012, 7:17pm

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Moths. [In reply to] Can't Post

That flew into the fires and were such a nuisance that they stopped lighting fires.

 
 

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