I took the liberty and deleted a vulgare comment from Barbarian Horde - since that is what to such comments happens. To restate it, the anonymous was now a bit content with the update and proper respect given to the great J.R.R. Tolkien. On the other hand, he actually wasn't and has shown his displeasure as he was able to.
To answer on your last question, dear nameless "What is is this website anyway?", you could take a look at the homepage. Right below the logo and a few links is a little introduction text:
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Good question. The background isn't precise on whether it is a truly orcish weapon, or merely claimed and adopted by them. I suspect any known non-orcish wielder would be chased by this race, and I'm pretty sure the runes on it contain curses against such perpetrators.
Oh, and, there is an easy way to prevent the unfair lumping from happening: anonymous users - particularly those with useful comments - are more than welcome to register and become members. :) Go to Comment
Well, I think we should just leave this comment here, just for humour value. :D
But seriously, folks... How do you moderate the front page? Because I'd like to remove this, but I don't know how. Go to Comment
And we have another round of Why we don't like annoymous postings. Empowerment through lack of responsibility.
Strolen said he is the only one who is supposed to delete things... yet...
CP should not take bait and respond to simple and base attacks. Moderator. You are supposed to defuse situations, not add to them.
BH: yes, I mean you. Losers engage in pointless personal attacks against people that they don't even know or care about. That aside. Let us see what you can do. Enroll in the site and see how well you can post. Show us up, if you can.
By the way. Like this post. It does due to the subject matter. Go to Comment
Grond - the great mace of Morgoth, with which he fought Fingolfin; called the Hammer of the Underworld. The battering ram used against the Gate of Minas Tirith was named after it. (The Return of the King V4). 185
Quite right you are, such things were my primary inspiration. The chanting of the orcs in unison was a very powerful image, one that was a major inspiration to this post. However, dear nameless one who lacked the courage to put a name with their accusation, the powers of Grond, the great mace of Morgoth are not named. If you look closer, and happen to know your Arthurian mythology, which obviously you dont, you will see that the powers of Grond parallel the powers of Excaliber/Caliburn.
No one save Morgoth weilds Grond, which is never seen again in the Silmarillion. BTW, there are no E's in Silmarillion. If you intend to attack me I INSIST that you properly spell anything you use as ammunition.
And last but not least, the orcs of Morgoth were slaves. Their very nature was perverted into fear and bondage to Morgoth. The weapon above is a symbol of orcish power, not of Morgoth, or the Lidless Eye, or any of the other elements of the Tolkien mythos. It is a symbol of racial power and their manifest destiny to pillage and destroy.
I think if a non-orc came up with Grond, it would be about like what the human nations would do if Excaliber showed up in the treasure trove of an orcish warlord. Somewhere between a quasi-religious crusade and attempted genocide. Go to Comment
The Barbarian Horde is anonymous users who comment on the site, either unregistered members, or on rare occasion members who are for various reasons not signed in. The site is quite open in it's access. Go to Comment
you are half correct, the great wolf-headed battering ram that broke the main gate was indeed named GRond. If you read the Silmarillion, Morgoth had a personal weapon, a great morning star named Grond. The ram would later be named after Morgoth's hammer. Go to Comment
A morningstar - fitting weapon for an orc... I can see many a steel-clad knigh falling to the sheer fury of Grond.
While Excalibur is noble and elegant, Grond should be massive like a mountain, black as a moonless night and fierce as polar winter. No subtlety, just feral savage power.
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Dear Barbarian Horde:
We value originality, but we are often inspired by fiction. This is game related material, so we are not publishing it for commercial interest. There is no copyright infringement, no violation of the law, just gamers being inspired by various sources. Go to Comment
Largely I agree with Cheka Man and MoonHunter. Orcs are a lot more than sword fodder for the PCs to beat up; they are intelligent, culture forming creatures with hopes and desires of their own. They could, and indeed should, be played as intelligent beings with complex cultures and mythologies.
In of itself Grond is perhaps a little over-powered ("shields splinter under the first strike and armour provides no protection") but the link with orcish mythology allows for it as a one-off, unique artefact (much like the sword Excalibur, which has a similar basis in human mythology). Logically if Excalibur exists as the mark of human kingship, then Grond (or something very much like it) might also exist as the mark of orcish chiefdom.
On the whole a good item. I can't quite give it a 5 because I don't get the "Wow, I wish I'd thought that" feeling, but definitely a good solid 4.