Best fictional battle scenes

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  1. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    What are the best battle scenes in books? And I don't mean fights, I mean big-scale battles.

    Two of my favorites are:
    The Emond's Field battle in The Shadow Rising
    The Big Battle at the end of A Clash of Kings
  2. Mandalore74 Jedi Knight

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    The Battle of Minas Tirith in LOTR. I just loved the way it all came together. Same with the Battle at the Gates of Mordor.
  3. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    The siege of Minas Tirith was cool, as were a lot of the battles in Braveheart.

    And how could I forget the Battle of Thyferra?
  4. AdmiralZaarin Jedi Grand Master

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    The Battle of Sluis Van in HTTE.
  5. Alderaan_ Jedi Master

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    The Battle of Tanaab
  6. KansasNavy Force Ghost

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    Battle of Selaggis, Battle of ILC-905, Battle of Adumar. Other good ones were real.
  7. -Vergere- Jedi Master

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    I would have to agree. The siege of Minas Thirith was phenomenal.
  8. Rhaegar Jedi Knight

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    The Battle of the Blackwater, courtesy of GRRM, is the greatest fictional naval battle I've ever read. Why, you ask?

    One word says it all: WILDFIRE
  9. LoveisSuicideSP Jedi Master

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    Is the battle of Pelennor fields the same as the siege of minas tirith? If so, that is definitely the greatest battle i have ever read.
  10. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    Yeah, they're one and the same.
  11. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    Best fictional battles huh? Well, I'm going to have to go with some real battles as scene through works of historical fiction. So for starters, the entire novel The Killer Angels since it is a fictional depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville as seen in Gods and Generals. The Siege of Vera Cruz and the Battles of Cerro Gordo, Padierna, Churubusco, Chapultepec, and Mexico City as seen in Gone For Soldiers. I don't remember what the battle was, but there was a battle fairly early in Rifles for Waite that was pretty good. And for a nonnistoric fiction battle, the battle of good vs. evil in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was fairly intresting.
  12. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    I also can't forget the Normandy invasion in Saving Private Ryan.
  13. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    Good one. Using movies, I can come up with several. The last major battle scene in The Patriot. The aforementioned Normandy invasion. The Battle of Pearl Harbor in Tora Tora Tora. The Battle of Midway in Midway. The battle in Sherwood Forest and Nottinham in Robinhood Prince of Thieves. The last two battles in First Knight. As someone already said, several of the battles in Braveheart. That fight at the end of Blazing Saddles is pretty much a battle, thought it's fairly funny.
  14. Gandalf the Grey Jedi Grand Master

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    · Gandalf on the bridge in the mines of Moria, staring down a Balrog. (Fellowship of the Ring)
    · The Battle of Dumai?s Wells, as an army of male channelers walks onto a battlefield for the first time in over 3000 years? and wipes the floor with 40000 Aiel and over 100 Wise Ones and Aes Sedai. (Lord of Chaos)
    · The big fight with the Others in A Storm of Swords
  15. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    "Asha'man! Rolling ring of earth and fire!"

    ::Mastadge's jaw hits the floor and remains there for the duration of the battle::
  16. PrinceXizor Former TF.N Foreign Book Cover Staff

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    Well without thinking much :

    Pelennor Fields

    Thyferra

    I'd add some more if I was motivated to think. But right now, I am not.
  17. Gandalf the Grey Jedi Grand Master

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    Come against me, if you dare! I am the storm! Come if you dare, Shai'tan! I am the Dragon Reborn!
    -Rand al'Thor
  18. Arabwel Jedi Knight

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    I agree totally with PrinceXizor.

    And Gandalf... Thanks for spoiling the WoT for me... They're only in the 6th book here in Finland, and I'm too poor to buy the original ones, I rely on the local library.

    Ah, who cares, i already knew Egwene becoming Amyrlin so this wasn't that bad.

    Ara
    (Reads too much fantasy and other stuff for her own good...)
  19. Fluke_Groundwalker Jedi Youngling

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    Battle of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan, the battle in Battle of Midway, Battle of Thyferra, and Battle of Sluis Van.
  20. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    Battle of Midway? I mean, I know about the actual battle, but I've never heard of this one. Is it a book or a movie on the battle? And if a movie, does it have Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Hal Holbrook, Pat Morita, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Wagner in the cast. If so, the titles simply Midway. If not, think I'll have to look it up.
  21. Fluke_Groundwalker Jedi Youngling

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    It is a book, but I can't remember who the author is. I believe it's an older book, and I'm pretty sure it's nonfiction.
  22. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    Sounds like it might be a documentary novel. Some of those are so well written that they read more like a fictional novel and a documentary. Thanks for the response. Will have to see if I can find it at the library, or through the inter-library exchange.
  23. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    For great true action, read Black Hawk Down. I forget the author, but it's a really cool book.
  24. Knight1192 Jedi Grand Master

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    I don't know. There's a bit of tension at times in the battle scenes in the documentary novel Big E. It's a good book too, if you can find it. I ended up learning about it because my library sells old library books all the time, and it was one of those for sale. Not sure if it can be found in the bookstores anymore.
  25. SCI_FI_NUT Jedi Knight

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    let's see
    the two MAJOR battles in "braveheart"
    All battles in "gladiator"
    the two major land battles in "the patriot"
    The battle of Arrekeen in "dune"
    fall of corocant X-wing saga
    fall of theryfa X-wing saga
    battle at end of ROTJ
    minus teriff
    battle at end of cowboy bebop ep "balled of the fallen angles"(techniqually a dual but the ain charecter DOES shoot his way through a gang to get to the main bad guy)
    battle at teh end of ST 6 and ST 2
    Major battles of ST DS9
    Major battles of B5
    and finnaly
    destruction of the "resolute"- "exosquad"
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