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http://newsthump.com/2015/04/01/hobbits ... aily-mail/

I think I just found a new reliable news source. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:05 pm 
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:rofl: Next will be a carefully measured "But on the other hand/What is rarely considered in the light of" editorial sympathetic to Sauron.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:43 pm 
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File under "so bad it's funny" (and gets funnier the longer you watch).

Mild lampoons-style raunch warning.

http://nerdist.com/heres-an-absurd-refr ... the-rings/

The writers did their homework, I'll give them that.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:24 pm 
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This and other classic book jackets come to life in animated .gifs

(the above was the only Tolkien one)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:25 pm 
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The Shire in Minecraft

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That's cool! Now someone needs to build Minas Tirith!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:07 pm 
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Why am I suddenly muttering "Trebuchets are not a defensive weapon!"?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:10 am 
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Primula Baggins wrote:
Why am I suddenly muttering "Trebuchets are not a defensive weapon!"?


While the trebuchet was predominantly an offensive siege weapon, evidence exists that trebuchets – in other parts of Europe known as Fundíbul (Spanish), Tribok (German), or Valslynge (Norse) – were also occasionally employed by castle defenders:

In chapters 39 of the thirteenth-century Norwegian speculum text “King’s Mirror” (Konungs skuggsjá) a father informs his son of “Military Engines”.

“If one is to attack a castle with the weapons which I have enumerated, he will also have a need (of) trebuchets; a few powerful ones with which to throw large rocks against stone walls to determine whether they are able to resist such violent blows, and weaker trebuchets for throwing missiles over the walls to demolish the houses within the castle (…) Those who have to defend a castle may also make use of these weapons which I have now enumerated and many more: trebuchets both large and small, hand slings and staff slings.”

It can therefore be said that the use of such trebuchets in the films is not pure fantasy (pun intended). Why the defenders of the White City use highly non-aerodynamic building parts as projectiles however remains a mystery. A nearly spherical projectile on the other hand could be used against farther away targets, and even has the possibility to roll some distance after touching the ground. I for once, would have loved to have seen a shot of a trebuchet projectile bowling down a couple of dozen orcs.

PS: It should be said though, worse projectiles exist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wVADKznOhY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14zsAqA8FXU

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http://deremilitari.org/2014/04/medieva ... gian-text/
https://books.google.at/books?vid=OCLC0 ... &q&f=false


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:14 am 
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Mordor National Park now has a Twitter account, so it must be open for business!

https://twitter.com/MordorNPS

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There will be a guided hike tonight along the Morgai Ridge in the Ephel Dúath. Meet at the Fortress Durthang at 8PM! #rogueranger

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Fossils unearthed by the @NatlParkService indicate that Mordor may be the dried seabed of the once inland Sea of Helcar #sciencematters

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Mordor has many species of vegetation, including thickets of briars with long, stabbing thorns. #StayOnTheTrails

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Beautiful morning in Mordor! The Dead Marshes are completely silent. #MordorNPS

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Just a friendly reminder to visitors that Mount Doom is not a jewelry disposal system

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:42 am 
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not something I would recommend
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Awesome. :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:56 am 
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For those who came in after the credits, some employees of the U.S. National Park Service have been tweeting in defiance of Our Dear Leader for the past few days (tweeting science facts, explaining why the parks won't function this summer if they can't hire any summer staff because of the new hiring freeze, that kind of subversive stuff), and today they formed their own unofficial NPS Twitter feed and moved the politically tinged tweets there. This is possibly an offshoot of that.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:17 am 
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German students creates a hand-illuminated copy of Silmarillion

It is absolutely spectacular.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:13 pm 
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try this link instead :P

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Now that's a book!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:04 pm 
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Thanks for the updated link, Jude.

It definitely looks like something out of Elrond's library!

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