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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey
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    ...The closest thing in AD&D to Gandalf would be a deva.
    And that angel-like creature was meant to be as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    And what other sources might one use for Gandalf other than the books Tolkein authored?
    A lot of people now use the movies as sources. The movies =/= the books, by a long shot. My mentioning that I was only using the books as sources was to head off any "where was that in the movies?" type of questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelHardisson
    A lot of people now use the movies as sources. The movies =/= the books, by a long shot. My mentioning that I was only using the books as sources was to head off any "where was that in the movies?" type of questions.
    Had the Professor written and directed the films, they would have validity in regards Middle Earth. As that is not the case, anything in the films that does not appear in Tolkien's writings is absolutely apocryphal, is it not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    And that angel-like creature was meant to be as such.

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    Really? Devas were meant to be like Gandalf? That's pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey
    Really? Devas were meant to be like Gandalf? That's pretty cool.


    Would you believe more like angels than a pointy-hatter wizard!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Had the Professor written and directed the films, they would have validity in regards Middle Earth. As that is not the case, anything in the films that does not appear in Tolkien's writings is absolutely apocryphal, is it not?
    I agree. The thing is, I've seen more and more people who assume that the movies cleave very closely to Tolkien's books, and accept anything in them as canon. My caveat was intended for those who had only seen the movies and not read the trilogy, which is a fairly good number of folk. Many of them - the ones I've spoken to - are surprised at how much the films diverge from the books.

    By the way, I meant it as a general comment for anyone reading this thread. It wasn't directed at you. My assumption is you know the movies and books are two different beasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelHardisson
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    By the way, I meant it as a general comment for anyone reading this thread. It wasn't directed at you. My assumption is you know the movies and books are two different beasts.


    Yes indeed, and I must confess that I very much enjoyed the movies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Howdy Colonel,

    Short answer:

    Frankly, I find very few new fantasy books in the general S&S vein worth reading. I do enjoy the "Diskworld" series, and Glen Cook's "Black Company" novels are appealing to me. Those are about all that spring to mind. The fiction I have been reading these days is mostly murder mystery (I loved the "Judge Dee" series), historical (such as Cornwell's various series), alternate history, and some re-reading of old fantasy & SF books.

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    Black Company is a great read, I don't know if you've ever given him a try by George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire is an exceptionally well written fantasy series. It moves quite sharply away from a traditional S&S novel but but the machinations of the various noble families are fascinating to follow.

    Also, have you gotten a chance to read the re-released Conan books? Coming of Conan, Conquering Sword of Conan and Bloody Crown of Conan? If so, how do you think Howardĺs original work compares to the editing that Du-Camp did?
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    Olgar Shiverstone or other new edition DM: so i've gotta wrap up the campaign..
    diaglo: we could play OD&D(1974) the only true game. All the other editions are..
    other gamer: i could run a campaign set in space with ninja pirates.
    other gamers: done. when do we start.
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    George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire is an exceptionally well written fantasy series.
    Yes, if one doesn't mind reading 1000-page books.

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