Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tolkien Thursday: Oliphaunts

So for my first post, I'm going to kick myself into gear with the creation of a random tradition! Yay! Cake for everyone (except the Third Estate, obviously).

Every Thursday, I'll be paying homage to the late & great J.R.R. Tolkien. We owe tons to this man when it comes to games. He essentially created his own genre, or at the very least set the standard. The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit have been read far and wide and have heavily influenced everything from role playing games to video games. In short, Tolkien is legendary. Hence, I shall raise my goblet to him weekly by posting something random about him, and you should too!

This week, I bring to you Legolas icing a Mumakil.

For those of you who don't know what an Oliphaunt/Mumakil is, this is what the LoTR wiki has to say about them:

"From within the jungle of Far Harad, the mumak emerged. To most cultures, the mumakil, or oliphaunts, were creatures of legend, as fabulous and fearsome as dragons, and to them were ascribed all kinds of strange powers. Oliphaunt was another name for them given to them by the Hobbits. Mumak resemble elephants, except they have four tusks, instead of two."

Yep. Oliphaunts are those bad mama-jammas that you remember from LoTR III: Return of the King, and, if you'll remember correctly, Legolas pulled off a crazy stunt and killed one with style. He must have been rolling "nat 20s" like it was nothing. Have another gander to refresh your memory:

There's just something about an elf killing a gigantic elephant that makes your day so much brighter, isn't there?

I hope you enjoyed Tolkien Thursday - feel free to leave comments in the box below.

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