[Edited on 6/3/2002 by Grondmaster]
And as strange as it may seem a door of air could sometimes (in medieval times) be the best door, because it would confuse the enemy and make him go for the open door loose large parts of his army and then realize he should have thrown some stones to open up the walls at multiple places and then split the defenders army...
Yes we need really have much imagination to see all military implications of various defence systems.
There is an early story of Ursula Le Guin in which the postAuthorID depicted with much passion a heroic charge made by her hero mounting a flying monster against a castle of his enemies. Imagine: a world with flying monsters used as steeds for knights - and ordinary medieval fortresses with towers and walls! A suggestive picture.. but this simply does not make sense! Even field mice and voles which have flying enemies (predatory birds) do not live in "castles" protested by walls, but in underground holes safe from the air attack!
[Edited on 13/3/2002 by Eryan]
And behind this shimmering curtain of air you set up a one-way dimensional door and invite the charging hoard into your parlor by trying to keep them out.
Ah, a little imagination can raise havoc if you have a mind to it.
i feel that Gondolin had stupid defenses a gate made of wood , come on, "here comes morgoths army and they have fire RUN" could they be stupider
1) A wooden portcullis studded with iron nails,
2) A gate of Stone with two stout towers,
3) A Gate of Bronze with three square towers,
4) A Gate of Writhen Iron with four iron towers,
5) A Gate of Silver with five Globes of marble,
6) A Gate of Gold with six marble globes,
7) A Gate of Steel wrought by Maeglin, composed of seven pillars of steel between two huge towers.....
and then, no doubt, there were the aforementioned gates made of air for fooling the enemy, and the walls of the city itself. Still, none of it amounted to much after Maeglin showed the bad guys the way in
btw, it's Gondolindrim.
[Edited on 18/1/2003 by Laurėlin_Mallenuial]
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[Edited on 18/1/2003 by Rednell]
As long as their location was secret, they could've easily put all their gates wide open, because no living soul outside the valley of Tumladen knew 'bout Gondolin.
It was only - typically - by treason of Maeglin from Gondolin that Morgoth could attack and annihilate Gondolin.