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22 hours ago, Corsair said:

Question for January 30, 2019

 

Do your pets travel with you?

 

Unlike most of the sensible feline overlords of this forum, ours are quite happy traveling. Loki and Mr K had a lot of trips to the vet when they were bitty and they also visited a lot of friends and families homes. We just put them in their travel box and they go to sleep until the car stops.

 

Diva HATES enclosed boxes, but will happily accept a harness and seatbelt adapter for a dog. She's an odd kitteh ^_^

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8 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Question for January

31, 2019

 

Gandalf, Merlin or Dumbledore?

 

In a straight magic battle? Gotta say Merlin, because he seems to be the only one capable of doing magic without an item to aid him (Gandalf needs his staff, Dumbledore needs a wand, though I don't know a lot about the Potter wizarding world). *Yes, Gandalf hurled lightning at the Balrog without his staff, but since he had his sword, the argument could be made he used that as a focus.*

 

In a sword fight? Gandalf, all the way.

 

As a mentor? Well, they all have stories that involve children or child-size creatures... rather wrong when you look at it like that... gonna leave that one alone...

 

For me, clear loser is Dumbledore. Depending on the situation, Merlin or Gandalf.

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I'd have to say Gandalf. Merlin's machinations didn't exactly work out all that well in the long term and he managed to get himself locked in a tree due to his skirt chasing. Camalot was not exactly built on strong foundations and didn't last past one generation. As to Dumbledore, he seemed to be effective as a member of the education system,(although the number of deaths that went down on his watch is disturbing...) but was rather oblivious to a Dark Lord under his nose and didn't seem all that proactive once Voldemort returned, ceeding the initiative when a sharp sudden all out strike would have been effective. His closeness with the previous Dark Lord also raises questions as to whether or not he was in some way comprimised by this...

Gandalf on the other hand, managed to keep Middle Earth on a fairly even keel throughout most of the Third Age, largely by going out and mingling with the peoples of the various kingdoms, unlike the rest of the Council who remained isolated in thier strongholds. It was this connection to the common people that not only allowed him to gather news of trouble as it was forming rather than after, it also allowed him to maintain a basic humility and a reminder of just what it was being fought for in the first place. (had Saruman continued this he may have proven more resistant to the lures of Sauron, but he chose to lock himself away instead and hubris kicked in not long after.)He was also proactive in fighting his cold war against Sauron, ensuring successfully that the line of kings survived in Rivendell, removing the threat of Smaug while also restoring a dwarf hold that would hold the Northern flank if war broke out, and with the rest of the Council driving out the Necromancer as soon as they realized the threat represented by him was larger than thought.

The turning of Saruman was a major setback, and head to head Gandalf had little chance, yet he was able to survive and escape, due to the fact he had a good rapport with the Eagles, and while the Balrog did succeed in bring him down temporarily, it showed that once again only a fellow Maiar could take him down, and in this case mostly by luck. (had the whip missed...) It does however show clearly that unlike the others, Gandalf was prepared to engage in physical combat should the need arise and does so on a number of occasions rather effectively.

 

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3 hours ago, Corsair said:

Question for January

31, 2019

 

Gandalf, Merlin or Dumbledore?

 

28 minutes ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

I'd have to say Gandalf. Merlin's machinations didn't exactly work out all that well in the long term and he managed to get himself locked in a tree due to his skirt chasing. Camalot was not exactly built on strong foundations and didn't last past one generation. As to Dumbledore, he seemed to be effective as a member of the education system,(although the number of deaths that went down on his watch is disturbing...) but was rather oblivious to a Dark Lord under his nose and didn't seem all that proactive once Voldemort returned, ceeding the initiative when a sharp sudden all out strike would have been effective. His closeness with the previous Dark Lord also raises questions as to whether or not he was in some way comprimised by this...

Gandalf on the other hand, managed to keep Middle Earth on a fairly even keel throughout most of the Third Age, largely by going out and mingling with the peoples of the various kingdoms, unlike the rest of the Council who remained isolated in thier strongholds. It was this connection to the common people that not only allowed him to gather news of trouble as it was forming rather than after, it also allowed him to maintain a basic humility and a reminder of just what it was being fought for in the first place. (had Saruman continued this he may have proven more resistant to the lures of Sauron, but he chose to lock himself away instead and hubris kicked in not long after.)He was also proactive in fighting his cold war against Sauron, ensuring successfully that the line of kings survived in Rivendell, removing the threat of Smaug while also restoring a dwarf hold that would hold the Northern flank if war broke out, and with the rest of the Council driving out the Necromancer as soon as they realized the threat represented by him was larger than thought.

The turning of Saruman was a major setback, and head to head Gandalf had little chance, yet he was able to survive and escape, due to the fact he had a good rapport with the Eagles, and while the Balrog did succeed in bring him down temporarily, it showed that once again only a fellow Maiar could take him down, and in this case mostly by luck. (had the whip missed...) It does however show clearly that unlike the others, Gandalf was prepared to engage in physical combat should the need arise and does so on a number of occasions rather effectively.

 

 

I second this!

 

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