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11:53 am: Cafe Scientifique this evening - this time is The Science of Middle Earth, given by Henry Gee, an editor for Nature. Did a bit of usenet searching and it seems he (a) knows his stuff about science, (b) knows his stuff about Tolkien and (c) is a good speaker. Not clear what he'll be talking about, but it apparently might include what Mithril could be, Hobbits vs those skeletons they found in Flores, and whether Balrogs have wings (and if so can they fly?).



Poll #507935 Balrog wings

Do Balrogs have wings?

Yes
4(30.8%)
No
2(15.4%)
Sort of
4(30.8%)
Don't know
2(15.4%)
Don't care
1(7.7%)

Can Balrogs fly?

Yes
5(38.5%)
No
4(30.8%)
Sort of
0(0.0%)
Don't know
3(23.1%)
Don't care
1(7.7%)




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From:haloj
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
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I gather we are talking LOTR Balrog and not any other form? D&D etc.

If so then yes they do and yes they can.
Compelling evidence
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From:abigailb
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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Obviously, I am not talking about cheap imitation Balrogs.

Far from compelling. See, I am not compelled!
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From:haloj
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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Yes I realise that was probably a bad choice of phrase. :)
From:fluffymormegil
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
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D&D doesn't have, and has never had, balrogs. The lawyers wouldn't let them.
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From:haloj
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
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Ah didn't know that. I would have looked it up in the Monstrous Manual but I'm at work :)
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From:milkyeyes
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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Balrogs do have wings. Whether they are physical or not is what the question should be about *chuckle* Personally I feel that they have physical wings and also the power to generate a shadow around themselves to show the power they have. (like a reverse halo)

Only my thoughts though ;)
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From:greeba
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
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And how do they keep burning?
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From:abigailb
Date:June 7th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
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They are wired to the gas mains. This is why they can't fly.
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From:abigailb
Date:June 7th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
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how can you eat it if it leaves no corpse? no, don't answer that.
From:fluffymormegil
Date:June 7th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
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Some monsters in Nethack can swallow melee opponents whole.
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