SRD Talk:Mithral

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Tolkien's original spelling[edit]

Actually, I'm not sure what happened between Tolkien and WOTC, but "mithril" is how Tolkien spelled it, which makes it not a misspelling. I propose scrapping the current text to say something like:

"Mithril" is the spelling for the metal from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. In roleplaying usage, its spelling was changed to "mithral." <with link to mithral page> Macduffman 11:36, 9 May 2008 (MDT)

As much as I love The Lord of the Rings (look at this for LotR), and think that it should be Mithril, we cannot change it as it is part of the System Refrence Doccument. As for the Tolkien-WOTC thing, WOTC origionally nicked lots of stuff from LOTR (hobbits, balrogs, mithril, ents), but got sued by Tolkien Enterprises for not asking and for (I think) "taking credit" for it. There is, however, a page for mithril in the LotR camaign setting (link provided earlier). --Sam Kay 12:56, 9 May 2008 (MDT)
My bad, Sam -- I swear I added this to the "mithril" page and not to the "mithral" page, yet here it is anyway. Thanks for the explanation regardless. See Mithril if you want to know what I was talking about. Macduffman 09:32, 12 May 2008 (MDT)


Not sure how to move the above text, but it was supposed to end up on the "mithril" page and did not.Macduffman 11:38, 9 May 2008 (MDT)

Not quite right[edit]

I'm unsure whether this is what previous people were bringing up, but the external link to wikipedia should probably point to "Mithril" considering the article is about the metal and in this case we're not talking about the software company, "Mithral" --SgtLion 02:29, 11 October 2009 (MDT)

Has this discrepancy been resolved? (UDPATE: it has, but whom can we thank?) :) --xido 20:51, 17 December 2009 (MST)


If a piece of armor with a speed penalty is made mithril, is it the same speed, or is the speed changed? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Froggeh (talkcontribs) 21:13, 4 December 2009 (MST). Please sign your posts.

The armor counts as one category lighter. So heavy armor is threaded as medium and so yea its faster. --A.D 06:49, 5 December 2009 (MST)
The realer answer is yes kinda sorda maybe no. For most characters, going from Heavy to Medium gets them nothing as medium has a speed penalty. Going from medium to light gets rid of the speed penalty. However, if you are a barbarian, the barbarian class feature negates that penalty, so they move as light. So a barbarian in mithril plate still moves faster than a speeding locomotive. --Dmilewski 18:34, 5 December 2009 (MST)
Either way, your going to be faster :P Even if its just you being able to run again :O. --A.D 11:32, 11 December 2009 (MST)

Pricing Question[edit]

A mithral dagger weighs .5 lbs, right (An item made from mithral weighs half as much as the same item made from other metals)? So does that mean that a Mithral dagger costs 252 gp? Mithral is inherently masterwork. Is it cheaper to buy a mithral dagger than a masterwork one? That hardly seems right. Of course mithral goods are only limitedly available in most campaigns, so there's that, but still... --Badger 17:25, 11 December 2009 (MST)

You use the original weight, not the modified weight, so a mithril dagger costs 502 gp. --Dmilewski 03:47, 19 December 2009 (MST)
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