More evidence Orcs are smaller
- Merry, in the chapter "Flotsam and Jetsam," is describing how Saruman's
forces set forth to war.
"I saw the enemy go: endless lines of marching Orcs; and troops of them
mounted on great wolves."
(This would be where PJ got the idea for his little extraneous skirmish where
Aragorn takes a dive. But note that it would take an awfully "great" wolf to
hold a man w/o his feet dragging. Jackson's wolves looked more like hyenas,
though, maybe he thinks that is what a Warg looks like.)
"And there were battalions of Men, too ... Most of them were ordinary men,
rather tall and dark-haired ... But there were some others that were
horrible: man-high, but with goblin-faces, sallow, leering, squint-eyed."
(If "goblin" means "orc" here, as I assume it does.)
In the earlier chapter on the "Uruk-Hai" it does appear that the Uruk-Hai are
larger than "ordinary" orcs. Are they the same as these "others that were
horrible"? Yet Merry does not verbally identify them with his captors.
And, at the end of the chapter "The Black Gate is Closed," Gollum describes
the "men of the South" as "almost as bad as Orcs, and much bigger."
I was tallying up evidence that Orcs were smaller as it might explain to some
extent how Men could slay such quantities of them; though I am not sure
Tolkien ever gives such exact (and daunting) odds for Helm's Deep as the "300
against 10,000" given by Jackson.
>Tolkien gives reasonably precise numbers for Rohan's forces at Helm's Deep.
>I was tallying up evidence that Orcs were smaller as it might explain to some
>extent how Men could slay such quantities of them; though I am not sure
>Tolkien ever gives such exact (and daunting) odds for Helm's Deep as the "300
>against 10,000" given by Jackson.
'More than a thousand' left with Theoden from Edoras.
And when they arrive at Helm's Deep, Gambling reports to Eomer that
he has about a thousand on foot (but most have seen too many winters,
or too few).
Merry tells the three hunters at Isengard that 'ten thousand at the very least'
left Isengard, although that could be regarded as an exaggeration of
someone who has never had to estimate such a large number before.