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posted by LaminatorX on Monday March 10 2014, @10:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the And-on-the-org-chart-bind-them dept.

nobbis writes:

"From 'A Tolkienist's Perspective Blog' : a two part article part 1 part 2 about the military structure in Mordor. There is a hierarchy chart if you want a summary.

Was the rapid collapse of the military following the destruction of the ring indicative of the fragility of this structure , and its susceptibility to a decapitation strike ? Would a flatter hierarchy or something similar to the Imperial Military or Starfleet have been more resilient?"

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @09:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @09:39PM (#14304)

    It works like this: Sauron gave orders to commanders (orcs/wraiths), who gave orders to subcommanders, who gave orders to sub-subcommanders, etc. As a whole, the orcs are a truly unruly and chaotic bunch. They is always wantin' to know who 'the man' is so they can go stomp his ass and take his loot - as reparations for the raw deal of life they inherited. When Sauron died, so did the wraiths. That leaves just the orc commanders and the unruly orc masses under their command - the masses that still want blood and loot. A commander, unable to answer the questions of the masses about who to kill and rob now, would find himself quickly, treacherously, and violently diposed. So what's an orc commander to do? Tell his legions that all their woes stem from the 'other' orcs (that aren't under his command). Orcish civil war ensures. If the 'orc commander' truly believes his own yarn, he sticks with his men and fights it out with them. If he doesn't and is smart-ish, he makes a gettaway in the midst of the battle.