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Sticklebacks! Where is that boat?

FarFromHome
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Nov 18 2013, 1:04pm


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I'm sure squire's right. Trying to use all your newfangled modern equipment wouldn't help. Even if it wasn't dark, there are plenty of mists and fogs at sea. And a strategically placed grey rain-curtain would be sure to get in front of your searchlight and reflect all the light back at you. If not, and you did keep a bead on the ship, most likely it wouldn't take the Straight Road after all - you'd have "broken" the effect by trying to find out how it was done (to paraphrase Gandalf's warning to Saruman).

Then at some later moment, when you'd stopped looking... it could still happen! You have to take myths on faith in the end.

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


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Flying Ships Elskidor Send a private message to Elskidor Nov 14 2013, 7:14pm
    an idea flying out the window? Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Nov 14 2013, 8:02pm
    I've also seen references Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Nov 15 2013, 2:55am
    Moorcock''s 'Elric Saga' Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Nov 15 2013, 2:31pm
        That's correct Demosthenes Send a private message to Demosthenes Nov 17 2013, 2:17pm
    Edgar Rice Burroughs did it too. Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 15 2013, 2:38pm
    Oh you'll never get to heaven/ on a 747... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 17 2013, 11:29am
        "If one was in a dinghy watching Frodo et al. depart, I wonder what you see?" squire Send a private message to squire Nov 17 2013, 3:38pm
            So an observer in a pursuit vessel would indeed seem to see the the elven ship rise up out of the water on a shallow trajectory and fly away noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 17 2013, 6:11pm
                Probably not squire Send a private message to squire Nov 17 2013, 7:24pm
                    But what if the pursuit ship has searchlights ( in a Ian Holm/ Bilbo voice )" oh, I suppose you're right" noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Nov 17 2013, 8:43pm
                        Sticklebacks! Where is that boat? FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 18 2013, 1:04pm

 
 
 

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