Post by Michael O'Brien on Dec 8, 2015 15:58:45 GMT
Happy New Year folks. The lists are in and its time to vote. Remember that you have two votes to use and you MUST use BOTH. One vote for an idea from December, marked helpfully with (DEC) and one vote for Jan, with the tag (JAN). There is zero point in attempting to use your two votes any other way so please don't try.
This is a blind vote and you will only see the current status after you submit your votes. If you don't submit both together you will lose your second vote.
Something with stars for December: Elendil the Tall with chief Palantir of Osgiliath (Dec)
Elendil, leader of the Faithful, the noblest of the Dúnedain to survive the Downfall of Númenor. The first High King of Arnor and Gondor not as warrior in war gear but in his royal garments as he gazes into the Chief Palantir in the great Dome of Stars in Osgiliath to see what is going on in his realm.
Here he is again, the poor little creature following our footsteps... My preciousssss..!
"A log with eyes" Gollum on log on River Anduin (Jan)
You all - novel readers and movie-watchers - know this scene: Gollum the sneak following the fellowship on their journey down the Great River Anduin, as seen by Sam: clutching to a floating log, "a log with eyes"
I imagine a miniature something like Bilbo barrelrider MS441, a base with water structure - but longer, with a log in the water with some twig stumps, and near the end a hump on it with eyes and paddling feet... gollum!
Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring Book two, Chapter IX: The Great River
The Raggers (D."Ragh Creann-Sleagh" or "Raging Pikes") were a traditional class of professional Soldiers in Eriador, especially Cardolan.These Raggers were for the most part, descendants of Númenórean Colonists or Warriors who took indigenious women and passed their craft and profession on to their sons anmd grandsons.The Raggers were considered Tergil or "lesser Dúnedain" and were renowned Fighters, especially Pikemen.Aditionally to their traditional set of arms, the High-Helmet, Hauberk and Pike they also used a weapon unique to them, a kind of backsword known as the Ragger's Knife.
Snow Troll (JAN)
They are said to be native to the frozen northern cold wastelands of Angmar. Snow-trolls are mentioned only once in Tolkien's work and it is when the Tolkien said that Helm Hammerhand stalked like a snow troll during his sorties against the Dunlendings, during the Long Winter.These Trolls who lived in the Coldfells in western Eriador must have been similar to these.
Snow Trolls, Ice Trolls or Frost Trolls are large (10-12 ft tall), rare creatures with grey-white hides and icy blue eyes that glow faintly in the dark. They can go for long periods without food, but when they see something edible, be it a bear or a Mannish hunter, they are unstoppable.
When exposed to direct sunlight, Snow Trolls turn into huge pillars of icy slag, mysterious but fairly natural in appearance. In this form they are vulnerable to anything that banns ice: heat, sharp blows, salt — but if unharmed, they regain their normal form at nightfall. Gaunt and ghastly, Snow Trolls prowl and prey in the northern regions of Middle-earth.
I like the idea of Raggers. So much that I would prefer these to come in a M-range for the Army of Cardolan.
Well, back into the fray, after the odd year or three.
My first suggestion is
King Dain during the Battle of Dale (Dec) The final stand of Dain II Ironfoot, King of Erebor, defending the body of King Brand of Dale during the Battle of Dale.
He died during this last stand, but the last stand he and his ally fought before the Gates of Erebor delayed thee assaulting armies sufficient for reinforcements to arrive and tip the balance of the campaign. I realize there already was a version of Dain during the Battle of the Five Armies, but this is oop and he is considerably less elaborate then he should be as King under the Mountain. I imagine him with shield and axe - the best equipment the Dwarves can create - perhaps resting for a precious second before the next wave of Orcs or Easterlings comes asweep, or handing out some blows. In a perfect world Chris would make this a small vignette by putting the body of Brand on the base, as I think the small (and large) vignettes are where Mithril sines most, but if that is not possible in a "single mini" month then just let him stand alone. Fighting. The epitome of a Last Stand.
A Gondorian Refugee (Jan) Fleeing the Hordes of Mordor and the fate that would come with their conquest, Gondor decided to send the women, children and old away from the fortress city of Minas Tirhith - an exodus mirrored by the Rohirrim at Edoras and probably all the smallfolk on farms and hamlets in the threatened areas of both realms. It should be a women or old man bearing as much of their possessions as they dare, and (if a single month allows for it) dragging a child at her hand. A fate too close to be distant fantasy. Making this a Gondorian rather then a Rohirrim will allow Chris to expand a bit on the clothing of the Gondorian lower classes.
January: (PS : though the background you provide for him is an ICE extrapolation and strictly non-canonical of course
Not exactly ...
"Gildor's ancestry appears to be a loose thread that Tolkien never properly tied up. Gildor calls himself "Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod". At the time Tolkien was writing this, the name Finrod referred to the third son of Finwë, and this Finrod had a son, Inglor Felagund. Since Inglorion means "son of Inglor", the straightforward reading is that "Gildor Inglorion" was the son of Inglor, son of Finrod, son of Finwë king of the Noldor – an elf of very high lineage, cousin to Elrond and Galadriel."
the names you mention I meant Of course I know "my own background". I also seem to be the unofficial guardian of the Palantir of Elostirion at the twin towers which is my "home" when I am not wandering in the wild.
but the names Inglaurë, Elphin and Falvereth, are inventions for MERP modules.
but you are perfectly right in your last post
"Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill."(Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)
Maybe we can make a 'Musician-Month' - just suggest any figure which is playing a instrument: flutes, lutes and horns for the Hobbits Horns for Rohan, Horns and drums for Isengard and Mordor Flutes and harps for the Elves, Drums and fiddles for the Dwarves, Electrical gitarres and drumkits for the Nazgul...