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Oct 22, 11:40pm

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Men at least contributed. It was partly their lands being fought in.

I thought Sauron's main forces he use to conquer Eregion were orcs.

No doubt he brought in Orcs for the seige of Ost-in-Edhil and for clearing out mountain passes. I don't know if the rest of Eregion would be very suitable for Orcs though, but maybe.

When I say men from the East and the South I do not necessarily mean Easterlings and Haradrim, though there may have been elements of these people involved too, especially riders. (Oliphaunts would be extremely unlikely)
What I mean is in the second age there is no Gondor, no Dunedain, so from the pow of the storytellers here Anything south and east of Eregion where men lived. That includes all of what would later become Gondor, Rohan and Dunland. And there were men living there. Forefathers of the indigenous people of the White mountains. Forefaters of the Dunlendings. Many of these men had little or no contact with either Numenoreans or Elves at this time. Amongst these people Sauron will have done his ususal powerplays, and in most cases his folk would have emerged as their leaders. So I think that at least half, maybe more, of Saurons forces would have been Men.

Trolls he might have brought a few, though they would have been few and used for special purposes. They would also have been useless in daylight.

Warg-riders he would have made use of certainly.

(This post was edited by InTheChair on Oct 22, 11:40pm)

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Post edited by InTheChair (Lorien) on Oct 22, 11:40pm

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