Your argument boils down to two things, one being "Tolkien doesn't specifically mention it so it can occur", which I pointed out in an earlier post. Down that path lie machineguns and spaceships in LOTRO. You don't add stuff just because it isn't specifically mentioned, especially when it simply doesn't fit the world.
Originally Posted by KidShowbusiness
The other part of your argument is misinformation, by claming stuff like the Istari weren't allowed to use power unless they could learn in it their mortal shapes, or that Gandalf could have been using lots of magical displays during battle but we didn't see it.
Both are untrue; the first is never mentioned in Unfinished Tales. They simply weren't allowed to use their power so openly, the only time Gandalf did use some 'real' power was when fighting the Balrog, away from mortal eyes.
"And this the Valar did, desiring to amend the errors of old, especially that they had attempted to guard and seclude the Eldar by their own might and glory fully revealed; whereas now their emissaries were forbidden to reveal themselves in forms of majesty, or to seek to rule the wills of Men and Elves by open display of power, but coming in shapes weak and humble were bidden to advise and persuade Men and Elves to good, and to seek to unite in love and understanding all those whom Sauron, should he come again, would endeavour to dominate and corrupt."
In other words, the Valar had learned from their past mistake to show those puny mortals their divine abilities.
As for the second...as we know even from a lore-simple book like LoTR: Gandalf himself in his mortal body couldn't even conjure up a single flame without having a flammable medium such as torchwood (or a pinecone) in the most pressing of situations, yet you expect any Dwarf or Elf to summon magical explosions around their foes with a snap of the finger?
You don't seem like a dishonest fellow who willfully spreads misinformation, but I'd research a bit before posting things like that.
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[I]In the sea without lees standeth the Bird of Hermes.
[/I][I]When all his feathers be from him gone, He standeth still here as a stone.
Here is now both white and red, And all so the stone to quicken the dead[/I][I].
The Bird of Hermes is my name, Eating my wings to make me tame.[/I]