Way back in Episode 007, we invited listeners to submit a 5,000-word essay on whether Balrogs have wings. We never really expected a response, but listener Tom Hillman took up the challenge! We’re truly thrilled to share the results.
In collaboration with a mutual friend (who has asked not to be identified, but rest assured that if he revealed himself, he would be recognized by everyone), Tom has presented us with a well-researched and impressively organized essay detailing the many “subtle points” to be made on the subject. We highly recommend reading it, as we believe it finally definitively answers this long-standing question.
We hope you enjoy it. If you do, visit Tom’s blog Alas, not me (alasnotme.blogspot.com) for more insight and humor about Tolkien and the Middle Ages.