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Even though (as I just found out), Elrond was only half-elven, wasn't he afforded the same strength of character that other elves had? Not to mention that Elrond wouldn't have been trying to take the ring; he'd have been trying to thrust the ring away.
Buffkin certainly was not the being to match up straight-up with Baba Yaga, but he was book smart enough to devise a number of traps to catch Baba Yaga unawares (Baba Yaga's humongous ego didn't help her either. In fact, the whole Empire was built on a foundation which disregarded the potential of the small and weak, as was proven by the NY/Arab Fables fantastically well thought out decapitation plan of the Empire's homeworld).
Buffkin certainly was not the being to match up straight-up with Baba Yaga, but he was book smart enough to devise a number of traps to catch Baba Yaga unawares
I've read the books, and I read The Silmarillion nearly 30 years ago, but I have no idea what this "meet strength with strength" business is about. I don't merely mean that I don't remember it, I mean that I don't understand the concept. Could someone explain?
In any case, I'm pretty sure it was an instruction rather than an actual limitation. (Which is why Saruman was able to build an army -- and, for that matter, why Gandalf was able to transition from "adviser" to "leader" throughout the trilogy.)
Gandalf does use his power against other supernatural creatures, the Nazgul, the Balrog, Sauruman himself, but against Orcs and evil men he merely wields his sword.
Or because Gandalf/Saruman just weren't powerful enough to wipe out 5,000 adversaries before one of them put an arrow in his neck, which is totally plausible. Wasn't Gandalf exhausted in Moria after the confrontation with orcs in the cave? I don't tend to assume he could defeat an entire army by himself; not while inhabiting a physical body that could be killed.
Wasn't Gandalf exhausted in Moria after the confrontation with orcs in the cave?
I don't tend to assume he could defeat an entire army by himself; not while inhabiting a physical body that could be killed.
Wow. Was that the Balrog? I thought it was a bunch of orcs and a troll.
I just re-skimmed, and though I think it's ambiguous, it does seem likely that it's the Balrog.
When I was a kid I thought Star Wars got it right and Star Trek got it wrong in that Star Wars had more of a aircraft carrier mentality while Star Trek had a battleship mentality. But then as I got older I realized that the fighters are pretty much useless in the Imperial galaxy.
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