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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 29: Aquila ex machina

6th May 2013 (11:29)

Another chapter almost finished! And also, so how do you write the sound that the Eagles make in the film version of :Lord of the Rings? "Peeeuw?.

Anyway, vocabulary for the Latin-challenged:
deus ex machina - god from the machine
machina ex deo - machine from the god
aquila - eagle





Part 29: Aquila ex machina



Next time: Part 30: Cursing the darkness

Chibis by tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

Comments

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 6th May 2013 10:59 (UTC)

But surely, if the eagles are intelligent, they should get to decide for themselves if they want to open up a taxi service? You'd think that helping reinstall the True King would entitle them to, say, 1% of Gondor's taxes the first year or so... That's more than most cabbies make. But noooo, everyone's busy telling them how they're too proud to intervene, noble beasts who ride the wind and want to live off mice and orc carcasses rather than get a fair day's pay. Equal wages for Eagle work now!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: 6th May 2013 11:43 (UTC)
Intelligence

But surely, if the eagles are intelligent, they should get to decide for themselves if they want to open up a taxi service? ....Equal wages for Eagle work now!

Absolutely!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th May 2013 12:31 (UTC)

If Gondor is a genuine mediaeval kingdom, then "1% of its taxes" would actually means something like "the service of 100 knights for 40 days per year..." Though I guess the eagles would work with that, if they had to.

On the other hand. they're under Manwë's control. And while I'm sure you'd be sympathetic to an eagle proletarian revolution to overthrow the Elder King, Manwë does have a trump card: "Birds your size couldn't actually fly under your own power without the intervention of magic. My magic."

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