Post by Michael O'Brien on May 18, 2010 15:22:04 GMT
"Thanks for the new suggestions. I particularly like the Rohir boy and the rather cranky Thorin. I have included the seated Elf and the seated Hobbit, as I can utilise existing furniture in these pieces. I can include the Ram as one of Beorn's servants but the pony and chair will be too large for this release. I have excluded Beechbone in flames, although I like the idea, because I really do not think I can do justice to the piece. As for the Dunlending musician I am assuming that the instrument he plays will be a kind of Carnyx maybe with some totemic decoration."by Chris Tubb. I am sorry that some suggestions were excluded by Chris this month, but there are still 11 mega cool ideas to vote for. This is a blind vote so you will only see the current status of the vote AFTER you submit your vote. This vote will end on the 24th of May.
I hope the seated hobbit could be named as "Proudfoot" as this is one of the nice characters mentioned in the books. And I like the idea of a typical conservative countryside inhabitant always bitching and mourning about how good things were in the past unless there is not enough food and ale. To me a prototype of hobbit .
Hmm, carnyx might be one of the easiest instruments to sculpt (except a flute or a drum), that´s true. But I guess you are not able to play a melody on it to drive your comrades in fighting mood. I learned that the classic pipes in Scotland and Ireland fulfilled this function perfectly . . . A dunlandish piper would be very fine! It shouldn´t have necessarily three or four pipes. The ancient ones could have less than that. Look at old pictures of Pieter Brueghel.
The vote is coming down to the wire! Aside from the top two, there are four suggestions tied with 4 votes each. We need some members to break that tie. Hopefully Dunhere gets a couple more to make the second round . . .
Well, I think you're wrong, as for a carnyx has nothing in common with a bag-pipe. Nothing at all. A carnyx is made of bronze metal and, here you're right, Bombadil, you cannot play a tune on that instrument. It's just for providing a massive and rough tone that should demoralize the foe. Even Julius Ceasar (de bello Gallico), as well as Claudius (invading Britain) mentioned those horrible instruments. They were a bit longer than a body, the shape was that of a bended horn and the top often was formed as a boar's head. Go to the City Hall in Kopenhagen, next to it you'll find two "lure-players" on a column.
And now the early leader, The sun is ascending, The sovereign from which emanates universal light. In the heaven of the Isle of Prydain
So I think that Chris Tubb's idea of an instrument used by Dunlendings is absolutely fascinating as he designed Dunlendings very close to Gaelic or Celtic patterns and now will add another instrument we don't have in Mithril's armies.
Sorry for this long entry, but I felt I had to explain.
I know the Lure-players of Copenhagen. I saw them about 30 years ago . . . They are impressive guys! It may be that the ancient Romans were frightened by the Celtic carnyx-sounds. So were the English by the Scottish bagpipes some several hundreds of years later when they tried to extinguish the Highlanders! It depends on where in the time we place "our" story: near Christ´s Birth or at the end of Middle Ages? It´s up to Chris to decide. And he started talking about a carnyx, so I can imagine how the chances are for a bagpipe. I only thought that a new idea for other accesoirs or gear is only like some spice for the food . . . I will be content with the result.