Yeah, I missed the Huorns as well. Somehow I doubt we'll see them in the extended version. Ah well, here's to hoping. :alchaholic:
Elves are supposed to be cooler than that! Think 300 fighters like Legolas (only higher, right?), not 300 combat droids with bows...
Military precision wasn't invented until after the middle ages, anyway, same with uniforms, and though I know that doesn't mean too much, I just don't accept it as an excuse. Do you think you could convince an elf it was worth his time to march in step with the rest of the people he's known for thousands of years? I mean, why would they need to? I guess it looked impressive, but I still think its out of character.
The battle of Helm's Deep was meant to show the power and independence of man. It was meant to show that the Age of Men is near and that Men are able to stand up against amazing odds and not back down, this shows that Men are ready to suceed the next age.
The story was not written in accordance to historical development of the world as we know it. Hence even though military precision came after the middle ages, we have to view it from a separate point of view.
Can we say that the Elves, wisened beyond any person we know in the real world and who have lived for so many years are incapable of exercising a simple concept of discipline???
Theoden: No, my Lord Aragorn, we are alone.
Haldir: I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We come to honor that alligence.
Well, I no longer know where this discussion is going, but one Elf was needed at Helms Deep to provide Gimli with a source of companionship and a sparing partner in order to maintain the head count of his victums. The rest of the Elves at PJ's Helm's Deep, while not necessary to the story, provided a sense of awe and even more to me, a deep sense of what the world has missed with their passing. I didn't get that with their journey to the Grey Havens and beyond in PJ's LOTR: Return of the King, but I did get it from those scenes in PJ's LOTR: The Two Towers.One Elf at Helm's Deep is better than ten in Mirkwood. Or should that be the other way around.
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