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It's a One Word Wonder blast from the past. I created this puzzle for Tanga about 9 years ago and just stumbled across it on an old flash drive. Can you figure out the one word answer?

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Shouldn't the clue for #9 be "Orthanc and Barad-Dûr"? I mean, sure, your clue is technically right, but the phrase you're looking for is named after the others.
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I aehv no adei ahtw eht aenrssw cdlou be.
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wmshub wrote:
Shouldn't the clue for #9 be "Orthanc and Barad-Dûr"? I mean, sure, your clue is technically right, but the phrase you're looking for is named after the others.

Yeah, but I wanted non-orcs to have a chance to figure it out...
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Bearcat89 wrote:
Can you figure out the one word answer?


Yes.
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wmshub wrote:
Shouldn't the clue for #9 be "Orthanc and Barad-Dûr"? I mean, sure, your clue is technically right, but the phrase you're looking for is named after the others.

Only in the movies, btw.
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Anfauglir wrote:
wmshub wrote:
Shouldn't the clue for #9 be "Orthanc and Barad-Dûr"? I mean, sure, your clue is technically right, but the phrase you're looking for is named after the others.

Only in the movies, btw.

What??? No, in the books. "The Two Towers," the book, is so named because it deals mostly with the relationship between Orthac and Barad-Dûr. Minas Tirith is only talked about, and Minas Morgul doesn't appear at all.
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Which Two Towers?

Originally, Tolkien had meant The Lord of the Rings to be a single book, rather than a trilogy. When The Lord of the Rings came to be published in the 1950's, paper was still in short supply after the Second World War, meaning that it could only practically be produced as three separate volumes. The middle volume of the three contains so many varied lines of action that Tolkien seems to have found some trouble naming it. In his own words:

"I am not at all happy about the title 'the Two Towers'. It must if there is any real reference in it to Vol II refer to Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol. But since there is so much made of the basic opposition of the Dark Tower and Minas Tirith, that seems very misleading."
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien No 143, dated 1954

Tolkien also considered at least five other combinations of the towers of Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith and Orthanc, and it seems that he never settled on a definitive identity for the eponymous towers. (If you haven't read the book, don't be surprised that you haven't heard of the towers of Cirith Ungol or Minas Morgul. In the movie version of the trilogy, the story of Cirith Ungol has been moved to The Return of the King, and Minas Morgul gets only a fleeting mention in The Fellowship of the Ring.)


http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/twotowers.html
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Which Two Towers?

Originally, Tolkien had meant The Lord of the Rings to be a single book, rather than a trilogy. When The Lord of the Rings came to be published in the 1950's, paper was still in short supply after the Second World War, meaning that it could only practically be produced as three separate volumes. The middle volume of the three contains so many varied lines of action that Tolkien seems to have found some trouble naming it. In his own words:

"I am not at all happy about the title 'the Two Towers'. It must if there is any real reference in it to Vol II refer to Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol. But since there is so much made of the basic opposition of the Dark Tower and Minas Tirith, that seems very misleading."
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien No 143, dated 1954

Tolkien also considered at least five other combinations of the towers of Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, Minas Tirith and Orthanc, and it seems that he never settled on a definitive identity for the eponymous towers. (If you haven't read the book, don't be surprised that you haven't heard of the towers of Cirith Ungol or Minas Morgul. In the movie version of the trilogy, the story of Cirith Ungol has been moved to The Return of the King, and Minas Morgul gets only a fleeting mention in The Fellowship of the Ring.)


http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/twotowers.html

H'mm, reading the book, it seemed obvious to me where the name came from - Saruman and Sauron in their two towers, plotting together, as some of the fellowship gets involved in a battle with one tower and the other part of the fellowship is moving closer and closer to the other tower. But I guess Tolkien didn't see it that way.
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Yeah, I find the whole discussion really interesting. I originally intended to post more in my initial reply but then I fell into an endless internet hole on that site. I swear, that site is worse than tvtropes or wikipedia for me. I could just read articles and click on links all day. I'm sure I have in the past.
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