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I suspect that 'ballista' will be used to attempt to take down Smaug

Oin K
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Oct 3 2013, 4:10pm


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I suspect that 'ballista' will be used to attempt to take down Smaug [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I do believe that may be Girion in a flashback. I'd love to see Bard hauling that thing out of storage and manning it. Those who know how it ends will naturally expect him to use it to take down the dragon. He takes aim, Smaug swoops in, and Bard lets fly. The great missile takes flight, and we get a dramatic POV of the arrow as it speeds towards Smaug, and then CRACK, it glances off his armored breast and falls useless into the water.

Enraged and amused, Smaug flies past and tears apart the ballista just as Bard dives into the water in a last-second escape.

Bard's true moment of victory comes later, when all is nearly lost, and the city is burning down around him. He stands alone, and Smaug is turning for another pass, when out of the north from the mountain flies a thrush, which alights on Bard's shoulder for a moment, chirps cryptically, then flies toward the dragon. Bard watches it, and as it narrowly avoids being roasted by dragon fire Bard notices the bare spot on Smaug's breast. With only his lucky Black Arrow left, and naught but a fool's hope remaining, he knocks the Arrow and draws it back. Smaug grins, and dives for the kill...

"The Naugrim were ever, as they still remain, short and squat in stature; they were deep-breasted, strong in the arm, and stout in the leg, and their snouts were long. Indeed this strangeness they have that no Man nor Elf has ever seen a snoutless Dwarf - unless he were rhinoplasted in mockery, and would then be more like to die of shame than of many other hurts that to us would seem more deadly. For the Naugrim have snouts from the beginning of their lives, male and female alike..." (History of Middle Earth, volume 11, The War of the Truffles, p. 205)

(This post was edited by Oin K on Oct 3 2013, 4:18pm)

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I think that was Girion in the trailer Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Oct 1 2013, 2:43pm
    I was wondering about that fellow... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Oct 1 2013, 2:48pm
        That guy Fleuz Send a private message to Fleuz Oct 1 2013, 2:55pm
            Two things Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Oct 1 2013, 3:08pm
                Yes, remember they visit Dale before entering Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 1 2013, 3:19pm
    Yeah StarGodziller Send a private message to StarGodziller Oct 1 2013, 2:54pm
        AUG EE Minutes, Bard & Thorin joec_34 Send a private message to joec_34 Oct 1 2013, 4:07pm
            I think... StarGodziller Send a private message to StarGodziller Oct 1 2013, 6:19pm
                True, and I forgot one other! ***Mild Book Spoiler Alert*** joec_34 Send a private message to joec_34 Oct 1 2013, 6:39pm
    Me too! Elk2013 Send a private message to Elk2013 Oct 1 2013, 2:54pm
    I had no idea who this guy was Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Oct 1 2013, 2:59pm
    Pretty sure about that too. Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Oct 1 2013, 3:12pm
    Just to be pernickety... emre43 Send a private message to emre43 Oct 1 2013, 3:26pm
        Oops you're right! Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Oct 1 2013, 3:30pm
        And maybe that's what will be used by Bard to kill Smaug ? Ffnir Send a private message to Ffnir Oct 1 2013, 5:24pm
            Hmmm Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Oct 1 2013, 5:30pm
    I think it is moonrunes Send a private message to moonrunes Oct 3 2013, 1:00am
    I suspect that 'ballista' will be used to attempt to take down Smaug Oin K Send a private message to Oin K Oct 3 2013, 4:10pm

 
 
 

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