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Old 12-24-2003, 12:34 PM   #2
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I agree that orcs and uruk-hai possess cunning and intelligence. I think that the idea that orcs are basically mindless fighting machines comes more from non-Tolkien related books, as well as RPGs like D&D which have a very low maximum inetelligence for orcs. I don't see why orcs would possess a lesser intelligence than other sentient creatures in ME, and Tolkien did not seem to rate his creatures on scales of "more intelligent vs. less intelligent." Perhaps orcs may seem to be more stupid than, say, humans or elves, because they are more easily controlled by forces like Sauron. I would attribute this to a lesser willpower, not a lesser intelligence. Just a thought. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
You mean you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?
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