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by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice
Replies: 28
Views: 552

Re: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice

I actually think that's likely to be more of a problem with players who are used to other games like D&D and expect the difficulty of fights to be tailored to their abilities. Inexperienced roleplayers are less likely to assume fights are winnable and therefore tend not to try something suicidally ...
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice
Replies: 28
Views: 552

Re: Firsttime TOR Loremaster asking for Marsh Bell Oneshot Advice

Consider putting less emphasis on combat. It's only a small part of adventures in Middle-earth. "The Marsh-bell" is an adventure designed to showcase the rules of the game, so combat is involved, but in an ongoing campaign the recommend frequency of combat is once every other session. I'd sooner add...
by Stormcrow
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Tasks and Tests question
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: Tasks and Tests question

A player failed their stealth roll, and you failed with a 6. You can spend hope and succeed and use the tengwar to help them succeed as well. Just to avoid confusion: using great or extraordinary successes to help a comrade with a task or test is a common house rule. There are a couple of instances...
by Stormcrow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Thranduil's court?
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: Thranduil's court?

Thranduil is a kind of benevolent tyrant, in that he likes to keep absolute control over his realm. When the text talks about law, it's HIS law, not the realm's or the elves'. When you're an immortal elf, you don't carry on the accumulated traditions and laws of previous kings: those are YOUR laws ...
by Stormcrow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Thranduil's court?
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: Thranduil's court?

I wouldn't expect an elven court to much resemble a human court, since it would lack the ambition and intrigue of the courtiers. It's not like there is much room for advancement after thousands of years of the same people. Rather, I would expect the courtiers to be satisfied with their particular jo...
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3094

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

Tolkien changed quite a bit for the second edition of The Hobbit. (The Gollum chapter especially was significantly different.) And many of the Silmarillion references he used were just him borrowing elements of the mythology to fill out the background. Throw in references to Gondolin. The Elvenking ...
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3094

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

I cannot say for certain, but I think the Shire would not feel all that different from the rural English countryside of the late 19th century. I'll say that for certain, because Tolkien himself said it. "[The Shire] is in fact more or less a Warwickshire village of about the period of the Diamond J...
by Stormcrow
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3094

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

In other words, I don't think it's very interesting to say, "Tolkien answered this so there's nothing to discuss, unless it's quoting/interpreting/explaining exactly what he said." (The other answer is that, based on history, it's possible I sometimes read intent into Stormcrow's posts that isn't a...
by Stormcrow
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3094

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

I will have to track that down, but based on your summary I think I agree. You'll find "On Fairy Stories" in Tales from the Perilous Realm, The Tolkien Reader, The Monsters and Critics, and Other Essays, and Tree and Leaf. A stand-alone version was published in 2008 called Tolkien On Fairy-Stories....
by Stormcrow
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: The One Ring General Discussion
Topic: Realism in Middle-earth
Replies: 136
Views: 3094

Re: Realism in Middle-earth

What you're describing, Glorelendil, is addressed by Tolkien in his essay "On Fairy Stories." If one is suspending one's disbelief, then the artist has already failed. The author's job is to subcreate (because only God can "create") a secondary world in which the reader can invest his secondary beli...