Introduction This post will cover mistakes in the Lord of the Rings movies, as they pertain to the military tactics and technology. The greater mythological / worldbuilding mistakes (of which there…
IntroductionThis post will cover mistakes in the Lord of the Rings movies, as they pertain to the military tactics and technology. The greater mythological / worldbuilding mistakes (of which there are many) will not be covered.
Nobody in Lord of the Rings books used plate armor – not even the dwarves. n the movie, King Theoden, Gondorians and Uruk Hai are all shown to use it.
Arrows could only penetrate plate armor if plate was not of high quality (a frequent occurence) and arrow was fired directly at the plate. Indirect fire could still cause casualties through lucky hits, but main effect of longbows at the battle of Agincourt was that French men-at-arms and knights were dead tired (pun intended) once they reached English lines; even so, English men-at-arms in the centre were hard pressed until longbowmen took out maces and joined the close-quarters head-bashing party. This move was quite effective as they were lightly armored, so mud did not have much effect on them, and were not tired (unlike deciptions in some media, and statements such as knight needing crane to get him on the horse, people in full plate armor were quite mobile; plate armor weighted about as much as equipment of a modern soldier, but weight was far better distributed).