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Old 06-17-2003, 11:37 AM   #9
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Orcs had fathers, or at least Bolg did, since his father was Azog (slayer of Thror).

Now, assuming from this that all Orcs had parents and not just the chieftains, there is no reason why those parents (or at least one or other of them) would not name their offspring. They had language and so could presumably adapt words to make appropriate names.

Of course, it might be that Orcs were removed from their parents at birth and trained in whatever they might be considered suitable for depending on their gender and other qualities (military, breeding, leadership etc), in which case they would no doubt be named by whichever Orc or group of Orcs was charged with looking after them.

Either way, I would be pretty confident that Orcs were given their names by other Orcs. After all, I doubt that Sauron or his greater minions really had the time to think up a name every time a new Orc was born. [img]smilies/tongue.gif[/img] [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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