lord of the rings ii

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The Lord of the Rings II The Fellowship of the Ring
“The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was, is lost. For none now live, who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven, to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else, desire power. For within these Rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race. But they were all of them, deceived. For another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Sauron forged in scret a master ring to control all others. And into this ring, he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. One Ring to rule them all…“

Imagine If Fantasy Was Realistic in Its Fighting

Imagine, for a moment, how interesting a fantasy was if it was realistic in fighting. I’m certainly not suggesting that the fantasy would be ruined. Instead, it would need to display tactics that real people needed to deal with:

- Orcs would swing their weapons at normal speed. 

- Meaning that heroes and their companions wouldn’t have time to throw the ax at that one orc who has taken over ten seconds to bring their own weapon down on the hero.

- Meaning that the hero would be hit.

- Wounds would actually mean something in stories. Not simply, “Owie, feel bad for me for three chapters.” A loss of blood would actually mean something.

- People, even heroes, would die from wounds.

-  And death WOULD occur. 

- Wounds would have long-term consequences.

- “Why am I lame?” “Halfelfoot, you almost lost the entire leg.  We literally sewed it back on you. You can’t walk on it. Ever.”

- Arrows would be real. They would tear through flesh and bone and kill the target like they’ve been designed to do.

- Not simply be snapped off as if it was a twig.

- Spinning in battle would be stupid.

- “Yes, here, let me expose my back to you because I want to get more momentum on my weapon but actually can’t because I’ll be hit before I can spin completely around.”

- Fighting even two people would be risky because, no matter your skill, as long as the other two fighters are competent, they know they can incapacitate you as long as the other has you preoccupied.

- Therefore, being chased by “NO MORE THAN 100 GOBLINS” wouldn’t be so flippant. Instead, it would be, “Oh no, 100 creatures are armed with weapons, are competent with them, and just a pair of them can kill you, and then another pair can kill me. We now have to fight 50 a piece.” 

- Yes. The goblins would win.

- Spears would actually be used because they have an advantage in length. 7 feet, to be exact. And they can stab right through someone, if struck in the right place.

- Armor couldn’t be cut through. If armor was so easily bested, no one would waste precious metal in making it. Mail armor was almost impossible to cut (but more susceptible to thrusting). Plate armor CANNOT be cut. Ever. It has been designed to deflect every single blow.

- Helmets would be worn. If you don’t wear a helmet, I’ll see you tomorrow with an arrow, blade, or spear through your skull. 

- Civilians who had never fought with a blade before would die.

- “Yes, I’ll flail my sword around like a bat when I don’t understand anything about fighting and then am pit against someone who has been fighting for years and not expect to be run through.”

- Orcs and other enemies do not swing at the blade. They swing at the person. Someone who has not been trained to dodge or deflect, or doesn’t wear armor, WILL be killed.

- Shields would actually be a thing.

I’m certainly not saying that any fantasy that doesn’t have these features aren’t good. They are. But a more realistic fantasy might be very interesting to see.

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Off-topic:

I want to make a tribute to Sir Christopher Lee:

He was Dracula, Saruman, Dooku etc. He fought in War World II and was part of a secret agent unit. He personally met J.R.R.Tolkien. He was a musician. He could speak: English, Italian, German, Spanish, French, Swedish, Russian, Greek and Mandarin. He was a wise, learned and intelligent man. He was a great actor that will live forever in our hearts.

Thank you very much Chris, for have payed this world a visit and helped making it a more beautiful place Goodbye Chris, and Rest In Peace

Fun fact:

Queen Margrethe II is incredibly artistic. Her paintings have been exhibited all over the world and she even illustrated the Danish version of The Lord of the Rings and her drawings were then used in some of the other English versions of the book. She has also designed costumes for the ballet and films and has even gotten into graphic design over the past few years when she made the monograms for all of her family members.