Thursday, February 16, 2017

Continuing the Theme of What Happens to Americans in Scandinavia

We resolved yesterday there's one immediate consequence of sending American troops to Scandinavia since they become Vikings.  (Ithaka:  Sending American Troops to Scandinavia is a Bad Idea)

But there's more.

A metaphor from Warner Bros from fifty years ago.  Maybe we can go with a sub-theme of prescience in cartoons ... or not.

Cartoons were much better when we could only watch them on Saturday mornings or at moviehouses.  All experts agree on this, of course.

Now they argue about whether Disney movies are racist.  We won't play with them after Disney invented Snow White, the original comic snowflake.  Kee-rist.  There's some need to argue?

Ed:  nope

Same here.  I just like the cartoons.  Where else can you find weaponized elephants.

Ed:  "Lord of the Rings!"

Well, half a point for elephant-lookin' creatures.

In case you're not clear on OCD, I had to know what they are so I looked it up because I know at least one reader will be a Lord of the Rings loon.

It's Oliphaunt.  Ha!

Oliphants lived in the jungles of Far Harad, far to the south of any known maps of Middle-earth, where the Haradrim called them Mûmakil. Massive, often ferocious beasts, their legs were like trees, their bodies were larger than a house, they had enormous sail-like ears, and they had a long snout like a huge serpent. Somehow the Haradrim tamed them and the result was possibly the most brutally effective beast of war that Middle-earth ever saw.

The Haradrim strapped massive, carriage-like tiered towers on the backs of these beasts, and from these towers Haradrim archers and spearmen hurled projectiles down upon their enemies. The mûmak itself, enraged and goaded by its cruel Haradrim masters, would charge through the enemy, trampling archer, swordsman and horse beneath its massive feet.

Killing a mûmak was almost impossible - its rough, leathery hide made arrows relatively harmless, and any archer standing to take a shot would be an easy target for the archers on top of the mûmak. Horses had a natural fear of the mûmakil so even the most skilled horsemen could not get close enough to strike at its great, trunk-like legs. The only known way to kill an oliphaunt was to shoot it in the eye, which typically meant standing in front of it as it charged the archer, and thus a very difficult task to perform.

- Tolkien Gateway:  Oliphaunts

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