I have to say that though I didn't much like 300, this scene is mostly out of Herodotus, who is awesome!
Author's Response: I have to agree with you there. I greatly prefer reading about the battle from a history book. My brother and I were having a conversation that was very similar, and I realized that I truly felt that the conversation about ff was blasphemy. This was Tolkien we were talking about! 8-)NZ
I didn't quite get this...but I love the last line! Maybe if I knew what the challenge was, it'd make more sense, lol.
Is a hemidemisemiquaver a 32nd note or a 64th note? I can't quite remember, but I'm leaning toward 64th.
Author's Response: It is a spoof of a line from the movie "300." In the original, King Leonidas is talking to a Persian messenger and kicks him down a well. In my case, it is a hostile fan of H.G. Wells trying to dissuade a Tolkienut from posting fanfiction. NZ P.S. Hemidemisemiquavars are 64th notes.
I read a book a couple of years before the film came out called '' Gates of Fire '' which had apparently been well researched by the author, and yes, was not that much like the film, but much more historically accurate. I've re-read it a few times, as I enjoyed it so much. The film was [ like the LOTR films ] a cinematic '' feast '' but not to be taken as historical fact. [ Anwyn said the blood spatter was all wrong, lol, and she's a nurse in operating theaters so she has seen a few! ] I don't think you mangled the quotes - I just looked at a clip on YouTube d;-). Gosh I have not read Wells for years , I read him before Tolkien.
Author's Response: Wells is pretty good. As a fan of SF/F, I enjoy reading both Tolkien and Wells, but Tolkien definitely trumps/pwns Wells. NZ
Ooh I am such a fan of 300, [ or rather the sheer brutal poetry-in-motion of the way they fought, just the sight of them locking shields gave me goosebumps.. ] Actually, I think that's very clever. 8-)
Author's Response: Thank you. I never really paid attention to the movie, as I prefer reading the history rather than watching a dramatization, but I'm glad you liked it. P.S. NZ P.S. I hope I didn't mangle the quote too badly!