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Old 01-30-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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1420! How many.....?

Okay, tell me if this is a bad idea or just ignore it, but there's a certain thread on Books that got me thinking this way.

You know how there are all those jokes about how many ________ does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Well, why not do a thread with "how many" jokes based on Tolkien's writings? In other words, why not see how many times we can make the poor old Beren roll over in his grave? You can change the creature, and you can change what gets changed. Uh, get it?

I'm not very good at jokes, but I'm sure bunches of you are, so feel free to improve on my poorish attempt, or come up with one of your own, or answer my ridiculous question with an clever, clownish, humorous answer of your own. (See? I'm so bad at this I'm leaving it to the rest of you to come up with an answer 'cause I can't think of one.....)

How many Huorns does it take to change a Palantir?
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:39 PM   #2
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How many Huorns does it take to change a Palantir?
None, because Huorns wouldn't desecrate a cotton tree to make cloth nappies and Middle-earth doesn't have disposable ones.


Is that the idea?
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:26 PM   #3
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Great start! Thanks!

Anybody else?

And feel free to add your own wrinkle. Such as.....

....how many hobbits does it take to trick a dragon?

... or whatever....
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I think I've been too much on the 'downs... the threads are getting all mixed up and running together in my mind

How many free peoples of ME does it take to annoy Sauron?

Nine men, who above all else, desire a quick cheap laugh, like a dwarf burping
Seven dwarves, great miners but even better pranksters
Three elves, fairest and most witty of all beings

But they were all deceived because one more kind of free people would do the trick.

One hobbit to destroy the ring and ruin it all
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How many Uruks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-Roll pop?
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None, for all the Uruks had a deadly brawl over the candy.

How many Bder's does it take to win ME Idol?
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None, because the thread died of unpopularity.

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I don't know, but I can guarantee it's far less than it takes to find it again!


How many Roads must a Hobbit walk down before he can be called eccentric?
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One, but he has to walk it there and back again and on and on.

How many trees is a company?
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Old 02-03-2007, 02:18 AM   #10
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Two. As the proverb plainly says: "Two's company, three's a forest."


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Old 02-05-2007, 04:25 PM   #11
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Usually just one, but it might take two if you're a Hobbit or a Shieldmaiden of Rohan...


How many Balrogs did it take to mortally wound Fëanor?

(P.S. This is a fun idea!)
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Two winged, two unwinged, three marine, seven submarine and fourteen anti-tank.

(this is really fun idea)

How many Ruffians did it take to capture Lobelia Sackville-Baggins?
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:39 AM   #14
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None - Elves don't like change!! (Galadriel would probably keep lightbulbs burning through all the ages with the power of her ring...)


How many Hobbits does it take to build a skyscraper?
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That depends on how fat they are and whether you stack them horizontally or vertically.

How many hobbits does it take to catch a catfish?
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How many Dragons does it take to defeat Bilbo ?
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Just the one. You see, dragons can breathe fire, and while Bilbo may cook better than he cooks, he still cooks, if you get me.

How many Dwarves do you need to re-take Moria?
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One: to inadvertently drop something down a well and awaken the Balrog, then run for his life until he finds a wizard willing to sacrifice himself, then come along afterward and take all the credit....until the goblins kill him.

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Wizards have the habit of flying away from trouble so I guess wargs can't manage to defeat him

How many bottles of Dorwinion wine does it take to get Aragorn drunk?
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Nine. After Miruvor, Dorwinion wine's a piece of cake (after a manner of speaking).

How many silver spoons does it take to satisfy Lobelia?
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How many silver spoons does it take to satisfy Lobelia?

As many as it takes to fill all the closets and storage chests in Bag End, i. e. a grand total of 7342.

How many rangers does it take to scare away a Barrow-wight?
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Cleverly Disguised Ranger of Ithilien: About three, depending on how well the bird calls go.
Scruffy Dunedain Ranger with Sketchy Royal Heritage: Just one... and it goes quicker if he's got Anduril. *grumble*

I can't resist.
How many arrows did it take to slay Boromir?
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I can't resist.
How many arrows did it take to slay Boromir?
Just the one that finally made him a bleeding heart.

How many brushes did it take to keep Galadriel's hair healthy?
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Two brushes, one comb, shampoo, conditioner, finishing gloss, intensive moisturising treatments, frizz-ease, elnett and a full-time stylist (the bod standing behind Haldir in the FOTR film) - hair that long needs a LOT of attention.

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1 if there is beer as well
If there is no beer available, there isn't any point in making the barbecue for Dwarves

How many barrels of pipeweed does it take to satisfy Merry?
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There aren't enough barrels of Pipeweed right now to be sure yet.



How many of Gothmogs Troll Guards must die till the Trolls realize that joining Gothmogs Troll guard isn't that great after all?
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All of them. They're too stupid to figure it out for themselves.

How many tresses of Luthien's hair does it take to make a serviceable ladder?
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None, as Luthien could simply take the form of Thuringwethil and escape on a wing and a prayer.

How many Balrogs does it take to illuminate a lightbulb?
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148,297.

We arrive at this answer by the application of Thű's Axiom, which in its simplest form works like this:

1. Pick a number, any number
2. Multiply by the square root of the top speed (in microns per hour) of your favourite Scalextric car.
3. Add the number of hairs on the most famous yak
4. Divide by the number of times your bank manager blinked in the last five minutes
5. Write the result on a piece of paper and pass it to the nearest person with an 'x' in their name. They should repeat steps 1-4 above.
6. Ask The Squatter of Amon Rűdh how many Balrogs it takes to illuminate a lightbulb.
7. Get a better evil henchperson name.

You can tell that I'm right because never in Tolkien's fiction do we see a Balrog in a situation where a lightbulb would be useful and a lightbulb has, in fact, been installed. This is clearly because in no version of the legends would there ever have been enough Balrogs, balrogs or balRogs (not to mention bAlrOgs) to power the number of bulbs required to make it a viable technology.

How many eagles does it take to install a doorbell?
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Zero. For a strange reason doorbells get installed without eagles. Saruman has a theory that the doorbells install themselves at just the thought of eagles doing it. This theory might be total rubbish. A famous orc scientist Stchű has worked on the matter for a long long time. She preaches that the doorbells are actually installed by Saruman and that he wants to frame the eagles for an unknown reason.

How many times did Tolkien rewrite The Lord of the Rings before it was published for the first time?
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How many times did Tolkien rewrite The Lord of the Rings before it was published for the first time?

None. He found it on the internet, printed it out, and sent it to the publishing company. Luckily for Tolkien, no one ever bothered to look into it.

How many times will a BDer incorrectly guess another BDer's gender before he/she gets it right?

((Hopefully this is okay. I'll change it if it isn't))
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How much longbottom leaf does it take to learn how to blow smoke simarils instead of smoke rings?
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Three. Two to dig the hole. One to dress like a goblin and smear himself with honey.

How many oliphaunts (műmaks) does it take to win a skirmish against Ithilien Rangers?

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Enough mumaks to create a continous line between Anduin and the Ephel Duath
That way by moving north at the same time, the mumaks would squish all the rangers...ingenious isn't it?

How many Nazgul does it take to get the One Ring?
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Ten.
So as you can see, the defeat of Sauron was ultimately caused by the fact that he run out of Rings.

How many Gondorians does it take to eat the White Mountains?*

*they do - cf. LotR V; Chapter 5
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:21 PM   #37
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How many crazy mumak actions from Legolas did it take to save the day at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?
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How many crazy mumak actions from Legolas did it take to save the day at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?
I don't know. I'll have to check the apocryphal entry in the Redbook by Gorbadoc N'erdowell, Shooting a Mumak.


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Just the WK on his fell beast to scare off the Gondorians and capture the bridge

How many wargs does it take to defeat a "movie warg"?
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