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How did Sauron feed the armies of Mordor?

You're not the first to have asked this question; in fact Sam pondered the very same thing on the way to Mount Doom (RotK Book VI Chapter 2: The Land of Shadow): 'I don't like the look of things at ...
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When and why did orcs go green?

Okay, I really didn't intend to end up answering my own question, but this really piqued my curiosity so I dug into it. The answer - weirdly - may actually be Spider-Man. There does not seem to be ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

I believe the passage you are talking about is from The Return of the King (book 6 specifically). Frodo and Sam have just gotten away from Cirith Ungol, and they run into a patrol and overhear the ...
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Do orcs drink water?

Yes. Sam asks the same question, of whether orcs eat and drink or just live on foul air and poison, and Frodo gives him the following answer: "No, they eat and drink, Sam. The Shadow that bred ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

The internal thoughts of orcs are never described in the LotR. However, several dialogues between orcs are "overheard" by hobbits (Pippin when he and Merry are being carried to Isengard, Sam in Cirith ...
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Did Gollum eat an orc child?

Gollum's last meal prior to when we meet him in The Hobbit is said to have been "a small goblin imp", and later described again as "young". And still sometimes he put [the Ring] ...
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Orc calls elves "filth?"

In the appendices, Tolkien actually addresses this himself: “But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I ...
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What are the advantages of breeding Uruk-hai for Saruman?

You are comparing the Uruk-hai to Humans or Elves, which isn't a very relevant comparison. Instead, compare them to the other breeds of Orcs that serve Sauron, which the Uruk-hai were bred as a ...
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When and why did orcs go green?

Wikipedia states that some Orc traits, notably their green(ish) skin color were later additions to the Orc archetype that was established by Tolkien. Edit: to prevent misinterpretation, I did not ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

Men Númenóreans (2nd age) - 7' Halflings was derived from the Numenorean name for them (in Sindarin Periannath). ... The name thus evidently referred to their height as compared with Numenorean men, ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

The passage in question could be from The Return of the King, Book VI, Chapter One, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol". Sam had infiltrated the tower, which was full of dead orcs, to look for Frodo,...
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How smart are Tolkien orcs?

It seems to me that orcs are no more smarter, or dumber, than any other people. Gorbag seems to be a pretty smart orc, as seen in The Two Towers, Chapter 10, The Choices of Master Samwise: 'Who cut ...
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Orc calls elves "filth?"

It may just be translated by tone One of our only examples of actual black speech is Grishnákh's curse "Uglúk u bagronk sha pushdug Saruman-glob búbhosh skai" He stooped over Pippin, ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

I have not read it, so this is me speculating fairly wildly. It is possibly you are misremembering, and the text is actually from The Last Ringbearer, by Kirill Eskov. This book (an informal sequel ...
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Do orcs drink water?

Yes. In addition to the quote provided by @Randal'Thor, there is also this: 'Water, water!' muttered Sam. He had stinted himself, and in his parched mouth his tongue seemed thick and swollen; but for ...
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Did the description of Grendel influence Tolkien's depiction of the Orcs?

Unlikely, since Tolkien was professor of Old English (and as Valorum commented, wrote a translation and commentary on Beowulf). The Old English word "orc" corresponds with Latin Orcus (deity of the ...
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Who or what is "Nampat" in the chant of the Orcs in the Rings of Power?

I think there is no alternative to taking the makers at their word. According to the x-ray feature on Amazon Prime, under "General trivia", the word is defined as: "Nampat," the ...
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About orcs, elves, ents and trolls

There's nothing wrong with Treebeard's statement, 'cause it only implies the counterfeits are weaker, not how much weaker. If we take Treebeards' words for truth*, Orcs were made in mockery of Elves, ...
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How did Sauron feed the armies of Mordor?

In addition to the answer above, the only additional information I can add is some of Karyn Wynn Fonstad's maps from the Atlas of Middle Earth. These include climate maps showing the area around the ...
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Why would orcs and humans fight on the same side in Lord of the Rings?

Short answer: Because of many different factions among the orcs, they were held together by brutal commanders. These commanders made sure the "cannon fodder" did not interfere with the more loyal ...
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When and why did orcs get their pointy ears and tusks?

The 1977 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual illustration for orcs shows both pointed ears and tusks, and probably influenced a lot of other artists and game designers. The image is from my ...
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Orc calls elves "filth?"

Gollum and the Orcs seemed to perceive the lembas bread and other Elvish items as tasting terrible, full of a smell they didn't like, and outright poisonous or painful - e.g. Gollum with the Elvish ...
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When and why did orcs get their pointy ears and tusks?

In the 1970s, Greg & Tim Hildebrandt did a series of official Tolkien calendars, published by Ballantine Books. The first was the 1976 calendar, published in 1975, which for June featured the ...
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When did orcs being as big or bigger than humans become standard?

To set a lower bound: my 1978 edition of the Monster Manual describes orcs as 6'+ tall, well over human average. So this meme definitely predates the LOTR movies by quite a way. Personally, I ...
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Do we ever see spells used by orcs?

Leaving aside how you interpret Gandalf's words, off-hand I can think of at most two examples of Orcs using magic, though neither are without caveats: The Goblins of the Misty Mountains [Bilbo] ...
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How are Orcs so prolific in Tolkien?

Because they are left unmolested for long periods of time. We can see this by looking at entries between wars in the Tale of Years (LotR appendix B). For example, the beginning of the second age ...
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How smart are Tolkien orcs?

In the first instance, are we talking about the modern interpretation of Orcs, or Tolkien's original Orcs? As with many other fantasy creatures, the Orc concept has evolved (devolved?) over time, to ...
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How did the Great Goblin recognize Glamdring and Orcrist?

These swords were likely central in the battle of the Fall of Gondolin, in the first age. Gondolin was the largest and most powerful of the Noldor elves' cities, and its fall was possibly one of the ...
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How did Sauron feed the armies of Mordor?

Nurn was the name given to the southern regions of Mordor, more fertile than Gorgoroth in the north, in which the great inland Sea of Núrnen lay. The people who inhabited Nurn were Men and there may ...
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