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Talk:The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare

Excellent secondary source of a good deal of SA and TA history. It provides, as advertised, extensive info on some of the most famous weapons, like Andúril, Aragorn's sword. --Theoden1 15:39, 11 May 2008 (EDT)

I read "somewhere" it says Galadhrim bows are made of mallorn wood. I've not come across that fact anywhere in the books, and the wood doesn't seem to be bow-wood to me. Another example, Glamdring. You said it says the runes add magic; I've not come across that in the books. Is the book properly sourced? -- Ederchil 16:39, 11 May 2008 (EDT)
There is a reference to a bow being made of mallorn wood being given to Legolas by Galadriel on p. 113. FOTR p. 333 mentions the fellowship climbing a mallorn-tree. So what is outlandish, the Elves making a bow out of a branch? I don't think these trees were that sacred. As for Glamdring, I haven't found it in a primary text-- it may be in an appendix. --Theoden1 20:05, 11 May 2008 (EDT)
Could you specify the chapter? Pages differ... 333 is Council of Elrond in mine. The giving of gifts (Farewell to Lórien) does not include a reference to the bow being made of Mallorn, and Thain's Book, the most complete site, doesn't mention it. It's not the sacredness, it's the type of wood. Hardwood, such as Mallorn, is unsuitable. You need something softer, like yew or hazel.
The Glamdring and power thing isn't in the appendix, only magic is that it glows blue. -- Ederchil 05:28, 12 May 2008 (EDT)
Page 333 in mine would be in the Lothlorien chapter. I did find that they gave Legolas one of their bows. Admittedly, yew might be the more logical choice of wood here, but have you considered the possibility of a composite construction? It sure worked for the Mongols. --Theoden1 06:03, 12 May 2008 (EDT)
True, but still, it's speculation. I don't know to what degree it is given as "fact" in WaW. -- Ederchil 06:34, 12 May 2008 (EDT)