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Forum: The Books 06-30-2017, 02:46 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Yes, I suppose the "king and god" aspect covers...

Yes, I suppose the "king and god" aspect covers that. Sauron wanted both temporal power and divine worship, so it would make sense for him to clearly occupy the simultaneous positions of deity and...
Forum: The Books 06-29-2017, 10:26 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Perhaps a 'god works in mysterious ways'...

Perhaps a 'god works in mysterious ways' explanation?

Did they even know that their 'god' was personally directing their campaign against Gondor?

One thing I think this raises is the issue of...
Forum: The Books 06-29-2017, 06:25 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
He almost certainly had; the reserves thrown into...

He almost certainly had; the reserves thrown into the fray by Gothmog of Morgul are said to have been mustered "for the sack of the City and the rape of Gondor".

Perhaps they were acclimatised to...
Forum: The Books 06-08-2017, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
I can't believe I overlooked that. I was going to...

I can't believe I overlooked that. I was going to include Mirkwood, but then I thought "Wait, Legolas was there." How could I have forgotten Gimli?

Certainly the Ring wasn't guaranteed to control...
Forum: The Books 06-08-2017, 08:36 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I suspect that the impression the Captains of the...

I suspect that the impression the Captains of the West gained, that the Mouth of Sauron would "gather all that remained of the West under his sway", suggests that, in actual fact, everything between...
Forum: The Books 06-07-2017, 08:33 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
I suspect that without the One there was a much...

I suspect that without the One there was a much higher possibility of resistance being maintained despite his victory, even as desperate and isolated pockets. With the One in his possession he would,...
Forum: The Books 06-05-2017, 09:07 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Both addressing Orcs and getting back to the...

Both addressing Orcs and getting back to the topic

That's a good point. The main instance which comes to mind of successful assaults by heavier soldier-Orcs is that recorded in Appendix A:

The...
Forum: The Books 06-02-2017, 05:52 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
The essay on Orcs in Morgoth's Ring does mention...

The essay on Orcs in Morgoth's Ring does mention "trained armies" of Sauron's Orcs: "the Orcs of his own trained armies were so completely under his will that they would sacrifice themselves without...
Forum: The Books 01-09-2017, 08:51 AM
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Posted By Zigūr
Thematically I would say yes. Within the logic of...

Thematically I would say yes. Within the logic of the narrative I would say that it probably had much the same effect upon him psychologically as other bearers.

I note this from "Myths...
Forum: The Books 01-06-2017, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Zigūr
Making the Ring was certainly a mistake, but I...

Making the Ring was certainly a mistake, but I think it's a mistake completely consistent with Sauron's character:
Gandalf describes Sauron's policies thus:

As we know Professor Tolkien also says...
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