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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: 2) by melikamp on Monday March 10 2014, @11:27PM

    by melikamp (1886) on Monday March 10 2014, @11:27PM (#14368) Journal

    I was about to write just this. The command structure wasn't the problem. The necessity of mind control provided by the rings of power was the problem. Orcs really are awful soldiers, with no sense of loyalty and no ambition beyond extending the influence of their little tribes. The army of orcs, who are by nature quite disorganized, could only function well under his direct stare, or in the presence of a ring of power.

    One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
    One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

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