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Old 07-24-2000, 08:11 PM   #3
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<font face="Verdana"><table><TR><TD><FONT SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ghost-Prince of Cardolan
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<img src="" align=absmiddle> Re: A revelation about Legolas

JRRT rather specifically mentions that Legolas wore some sort of elf-slippers rather than boots. Now those of us who have ever walked in snow know perfctly well that this is a radically inadequate answer. I could dance en-pointe in toe shoes in relatively well-packed snow and I'd still go through. (And in boring fact, physics argues that the smaller the area supporting the mass, the more likely I'd be to go through, hence snowshoes.) Legolas explained that elves are uniquely suited for light stepping the same way that ploughmen plow and otters swim. It seems to me that this is the kind of postulate that literary merit gets away with.

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