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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 Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:25PM

    by melikamp (1886) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:25PM (#14824) Journal
    A very interesting piece of history I was not aware of, probably because I never got a chance to read The Unfinished Tales. I think we can all agree that it is hard to talk about THE military structure of Mordor, since pieces moved so many times.
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  • (Score: 1) by Rune of Doom on Wednesday March 12 2014, @07:41PM

    by Rune of Doom (1392) on Wednesday March 12 2014, @07:41PM (#15468)

    Definitely. Given that Sauron founded Mordor in the Second Age and ruled it for about 2500 years before his realm was overthrown by the Last Alliance, then refounded it in the Third Age about 2000 years later and ruled for another millennia, talking about 'The' military structure of Mordor is like talking about 'the' military structure of the Roman Empire x 4 or 5. Still fun to think about though.

    For example, in the 3rd Age, would Sauron have just attempted to rebuild his now-ancient force structures and tables of organization, or would he have modified them to reflect new realities, or just started from scratch? Did he even care about such things, or would he have just delegated such matters to the Nazgul and other lieutenants, worshippers, and lackeys? (In my headcanon he would have taken a keen interest, but YMMV.)