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Continental drift and the Lord of the Rings - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Continental drift and the Lord of the Rings
Bloody Peter Jackson. Why did he write the Haradrim cavalry out of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields? I’m trying to find decent screencaps I can use in a crude and amateurish banner for Les Morts Dansant (the Éomer/Lothíriel LotR/Forgotten Realms crossover I started posting yesterday) but I’m struggling to find anything suitable.

Anyone seen any pics of Saracen-style cavalry online? And a beautiful young woman in medieval princess costume who could do as Lothíriel? And any women who could pass as Drow with their skins turned deep brown and their hair turned black? I’ve found a few Ethiopian and Somali supermodels but most of the pics show ears which definitely aren’t pointy. And the clothes aren’t at all appropriate. I’m considering trying to dye Keira Knightley, in King Arthur, dark brown…

On a different tack: while doing research for Les Morts Dansant, and for my Conan crossover The Witch’s Promise, it’s struck me how strange the world must have seemed before the discovery of Plate Tectonics. The way Tolkien and R. E. Howard perceived the world must have been very strange and frightening. Continents seemed, to them, to rise and fall with no rhyme or reason. Mountain ranges appeared at random. I believe most people regard Plate Tectonics as important only because of its relevance to earthquake prediction but it’s so much more than that. It makes the world make sense.

All hail Alfred Wegener and those who built upon his work!

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bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: August 28th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Are there any Kingdom of Heaven caps out there?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 28th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
There are, and that's where I found the two Saracen heads I've used in my crude approximation of a banner. However all the shots of cavalry are of the Crusaders.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 28th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It's cheating, but you could look at wargame sites, see if there are any pictures of Saracen cavalry, then photoshop a horde.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 28th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hundreds of wargames figures come up in every search I do. I have thought of using them, or units from Medieval 2 Total War, but they'd have to be faded into the background significantly or they'd clash with the photographs of real people.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 28th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing wrong with that - to get an idea of them as a horde they'd pretty much have to be in the background, so make them small and distant.
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