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Re: Black Speech _-hai_: group-plural or something else?

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  • Jerome Colburn
    The use of _-hai_ as a group-plural is further evidenced, and the hypothesis that _Uruk-hai_ is applicable only to Saruman s hybrids contradicted, by the
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      The use of _-hai_ as a group-plural is further evidenced, and the hypothesis that "'_Uruk-hai_' is applicable only to Saruman's hybrids contradicted, by the occurrence of "Uruk-hai" in a non-Isengarder context in LR:925: "First they say it's a great Elf in bright armour, then it's a sort of small dwarf-man, then it must be a pack of rebel Uruk-hai; or maybe it's all the lot together" -- referring to the orc soldier's superiors' confused view of the killing of the Orcs and the escape of the prisoner at Cirith Ungol -- a view that must derive from the only surviving witness they knew of, Shagrat, for whom the "pack" would refer to Gorbag's company.

      (Note that in the old Ballantine three-volume paperback edition "Urukhai" is not hyphenated; there's a hyphen in the 2004 edition, but the term also happens to fall at a line break.)

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