At the Prancing Pony by Alan Lee
The dwarves, at least of Durin’s line, also practice this art as has already been noted. All of the twelve dwarves of The Hobbit seem to smoke and the tradition passed from Glóin to his son. Gimli, in the very same scene with Legolas above, is perhaps the most anxious of all to get into Saruman‘s stores of Longbottom Leaf. The dwarves take passionately all they put their minds too, so it should be no surprise that they certainly rivaled Hobbits and Wizards for the most prodigious of smoke-ring blowers.
There is another astonishing thing about Hobbits of old that must be mentioned, an astonishing habit: they imbibed or inhaled, through pipes of clay or wood, the smoke of the burning leaves of a herb, which they called pipe-weed or leaf, a variety probably Nicotiana. A great deal of mystery surrounds the origin of this peculiar custom, or ‘art’ as the Hobbits preferred to call it.
In any case, the Hobbits started it. From them the practice spread to other folk of the North and West of Middle-earth: Rangers, Dwarves, and Men of Bree and from Bree (specifically the Prancing Pony) it was that these other folk found it. We can assume, after coming into contact with Meriadoc Brandybuck, that perhaps the Men of Rohan also took it up. Elves have, seemingly, no interest in the art. As the Company rests on the ruins of Isengard, Legolas says, ‘Time wears on, and the mists are blowing away, or would if you strange folk did not wreathe yourselves in smoke’. So the whole business is obviously very outlandish to him. No smoke and wine instead of ale; how very healthy those Wood-elves must be!
Unexpected Courage, of course, will get you extra actions out of the very powerful Gandalf and should be played as soon as possible. But between him, the Hobbits, and their allies you will quest well and should be able to lots of ‘regular’ quests, though more playtesting is required.
The pipe and leaf become an odd, cross-cultural tradition in The Lord of the Rings, where even the passing off of a pouch from Pippin to Saruman and Grima is a great act of kindness.
I also considered dwarves, as they had to be included in the deck, but it was too diluted. One dwarf hero, unable to use a pipe, was not enough to trigger the ‘when 5 dwarves are in play’ effects and the other option was to go dwarf-wild, which would nuke the thematic intent. This made me sad, as Ori is one of the few heroes depicted as smoking. Still some big names remained in the deck to fill in some gaps for questing and defending (and smoking, of course).
Here we are, a few weeks after the official drop of The Road Darkens saga expansion, and I am loving all the new cards — encounter and player alike! And love it or hate it, Gandalf has gotten some serious attention in this box with the addition of his hero iteration and his new 'toys'. One…
Was used even back in history to be seen in “The Fight to the Moon ”
about 1910? MAYBE one in “Potemkin”
(Russian Epic we studied..and even in
Keystone Cops? or The Birth of a. Nation ”
This is one of my favourite passages from TH. Not sure why – just amuses me on many levels. I love the slightly perverse pleasure Gandalf takes in making them wait, as well as the idea of him unashamedly stuffing his face.
SO here we are on the Front step of these 3
and any ideas on how to use this device
to all..it’s 3D-CGI. glory?
Aug 22 2012, 3:47am
Aug 23 2012, 7:47am
In the long run it will also give the scene in fellowship where gandalf and bilbo have a smoke together as old friends another layer of charm as the audience will now have seen them years earlier relaxing together the same way.
Never read Bomby seriously..Since THAT SchoolBook
Writin’ stuff is fine but sometimes
is Maybe Kinda Sorta Bland?
Aug 22 2012, 4:52am
Aug 22 2012, 1:53pm
Gandalf smoke rings Aug 22 2012, 1:18am Views: 1358 Smoke-Rings as a GCI device. I knew when Bilbo&G-man.. were sitting on the front Step Blowing Smoke Rings and G. formed