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(Onion AV Club)   Physics proves that Legolas was a filthy elven liar   (avclub.com) divider line 12
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2014-07-08 01:44:20 PM  
5 votes:
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2014-07-08 05:03:09 PM  
3 votes:

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: Elves have elvish eyes. They are imbued with special powers.


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Look!  Look with your elvish eyes!
2014-07-09 05:55:49 PM  
2 votes:

Prophet of Loss: wholedamnshow: He's assuming elf eyes work the same as human eyes.

If you had RTFA, you would know it has to do with the physical nature of light.


... in a universe where the Sun and Moon are ships built to carry the last fruits of two titanic magical glowing trees, which were felled by an unimaginably powerful demiurge and an insatiably ravenous spider-demon from the Outer Dark.
2014-07-08 01:25:27 PM  
2 votes:
Physics proves that fictional character in a fictional world wouldn't work in non-fictional world.
2014-07-09 01:18:51 AM  
1 votes:

ultraholland: PabloHosehead: /yes, I'm a Tolkien nerd.
//no, I'm not apologetic about i

here here!!

had pages of my first tattered Silmarillion fly out of the car yesterday
/yes, I cruise with a copy


My senior year of high school I took AP English.  The teacher built the course around "epics".  My summer reading list was The Silmarillion and The Odyssey.

Tolkien kicks Homer's ass.

My first battered copy bought the dust long ago...
2014-07-08 09:14:01 PM  
1 votes:

PabloHosehead: Okay, first of all...elves weren't magical creatures.  They were the firstborn of Iluvatar, and were gifted with having a more fundamental connection with the "stuff" of Middle-Earth.  This manifested itself in many ways, like their immortality (except through violence or "giving up"), the ability to walk on snow, their ability to go without what we'd call sleep, and through their keener eyesight (both at distance and in the dark).  And in what we'd refer to as "magic"...but what was really just an ability to mold matter and energy through non-mechanical means.


Tolkien elves were perfectly capable of seeing in the darkness when they awoke in Cuiviénen, during the First Age in the Years of the Trees before the Sun and Moon existed, and the only ambient light in what we consider the visible spectrum that existed in Middle Earth was starlight.

Obviously, their photic ocular receptors are different than those of humans.  They must have been capable of perceiving a wider range of wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, so perhaps they *could* see ultraviolet, thus their long-range vision.

*sigh* Why the hell did I just waste time and energy typing that?

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2014-07-08 08:29:57 PM  
1 votes:
Okay, first of all...elves weren't magical creatures.  They were the firstborn of Iluvatar, and were gifted with having a more fundamental connection with the "stuff" of Middle-Earth.  This manifested itself in many ways, like their immortality (except through violence or "giving up"), the ability to walk on snow, their ability to go without what we'd call sleep, and through their keener eyesight (both at distance and in the dark).  And in what we'd refer to as "magic"...but what was really just an ability to mold matter and energy through non-mechanical means.

It also meant that their individual fates are inextricably tied to the fate of the world, and as such they have no hope of the freedom that death may bring.  And that what choices they make ostensibly out of free will will *always* still come around to carrying out the will of Iluvatar and the fulfillment of the Ainulindale (the Song of the Valar).  They are the ultimate tragic figures (in the classical sense of the word) because every attempt to avoid their fates only helps to bring it about.

And yes, I *hated* the movies.  Partly for the plot rewrites, partly for the character assassination of Faramir, partly because they actually had Aragorn get wounded...but mostly because Tolkien's magic is not the magic of CGI.  It's so much simpler...

/yes, I'm a Tolkien nerd.
//no, I'm not apologetic about it
2014-07-08 07:27:29 PM  
1 votes:
Silly MinutePhysics. Legolas has two eyes; probably more than 5 cm apart.

Clearly, his superior elven eyes are recording phase information as well. No ultraviolet or magic required!

/won't help you with that stupid horse though.
2014-07-08 05:20:26 PM  
1 votes:
Elves are naturally magical creatures. Since that variable can't be taken into consideration, it must therefore be concluded that his eye sight and its corresponding capabilities are tied with that frame of reference.

Also, it's fiction.
2014-07-08 04:54:11 PM  
1 votes:
Elves have elvish eyes. They are imbued with special powers.
2014-07-08 03:00:49 PM  
1 votes:
I bet a red sky at dawn doesn't even correlate to prior blood spillage.

I don't know what to believe anymore.
2014-07-08 01:27:27 PM  
1 votes:
Also, elves aren't real and middle earth isn't a place.
 
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