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All of those you've said

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Oct 15 2012, 9:39pm


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And perhaps also Bard's ethos of fighting until the last arrow.

This is also a battle of strategy: Smaug aims at the bridge, and is foiled because the Lake-men anticipated his plan; so he reverts to a second one, that of scattering the Men to the shores of the Lake and taking them piecemeal - which might have succeeded if not for Bard's prseverance, his hands and eyes, and the thrush.
Compare this to the tactics of the Nirnaeth, in which each side tried to provoke the other to expose itself by premature attack - and you'll see the difference. The only thing whih comes close is the sack of Nargothrond, and the trap Turin laid for Glaurung at the crossings of Teiglin.

"Bard is known as someone who forebodes gloomy things like floods and poisoned fish. Floods I can see, but poisoned fish? How and why would Bard forebode poisoned fish? Or is this just a slander against Bard?"
- Curious



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***Fire and Water*** I: Smaug Attacks Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 8:14pm
    Smaug happens CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 10 2012, 10:52pm
        Fall of Gondolin Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 11 2012, 4:45pm
    My Thoughts justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Oct 12 2012, 10:18pm
        The last lucky arrow Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:34pm
    The sequence is excellent. dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 13 2012, 12:23am
        Bilbo as dragon-slayer Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:46pm
    quite a scene Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 13 2012, 12:52am
        Bilbo as author Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:57pm
            I think of Bilbo and Frodo as the writers of an original manuscript Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 14 2012, 5:05pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Oct 14 2012, 3:11pm
        and a late question Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 5:14pm
            All of those you've said sador Send a private message to sador Oct 15 2012, 9:39pm

 
 
 

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