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Comic #1505

1 GM: {reading from Fellowship of the Ring} "The Balrog made no answer. The fire in it seemed to die, but the darkness grew.
2 GM: "It stepped forward slowly on the bridge, and suddenly it drew itself up to a great height, and its wings were spread from wall to wall;"
3 Kyros: Go back two paragraphs.
4 GM: "His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings."
5 Kyros: "Like". "Like"! It's a simile!
6 GM: But the second bit says...
7 Kyros: It's an extension of the same imagery! Tolkien was a professor of English! To suggest he used simile then switched to being literal with the same word is ludicrous!
8 Lambert: It's stopped. What did you do?
8 Kyros: Cast a confusion spell. Run!!!

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I'm not sure how my copy of Fellowship of the Ring got to be so battered and worn looking, given that I've only read it twice, and it was new when I got it.

2016-12-28 Rerun commentary: I guess at some point I should read that book again. I've still only read it twice. The main problem is I have a pile of books I've read zero times that I really want to bring up to "read once" first.

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