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More Strategy... and the World would have fallen.


Jun 5, 11:22am

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The thread about the strategic importance of Erebor to Sauron in the Hobbit forum led me to the following thoughts:

With more strategic planning Sauron would have had a much better chance of dominating Middle-earth, similar to Hitler in WWII.

Though I know that in the books Sauron is not as directly invovled in the Orcs attacking the Free Peoples in the North, it still seems like a mistake that he did not try to take the North before the War of the Ring started all over Middle-earth. Since both Rohan and Gondor's forces were already bound in the South, he could have started a campaign against the North without having to fear the Realms of Men. The risk and danger would have been to keep Galadriel and Lothlorien at bay and send enough forces to take Erebor before the Woodland Realm could intervene... or to face them at the same time. In either situation though Sauron would have had a high possibility of sacking the North before the War in the South escalated.

With the North being free by the Spring of 3019, Sauron had to start a multi-front war, similar to Hitler who (thankfully) failed to win the Battle of Britain and invade Great Britain before he started his campaign against the Soviet Union. In both cases this diminished the early advantage of the superior military power both Nazi-Germany and Mordor had at the beginning of the wars.

While Germany basically lost the war by the opening of a second front, Mordor, of course, still had a shot of winning the war. Not just by gaining the Ring but by making better strategic decisions once the war was under way. For example, I believe Sauron seems to have held back too big a part of his troops in Mordor (which he later used at the Morannon). The force against Minas Tirith should have been bigger, the troops sent to the North only strong enough to stop the Free People's troops there from joining the South. If he had sent more troops to Minas Tirith, the Pelennor should have fallen quicker than it did and the city would have fallen before Aragorn and/or the Rohirrim arrived (again similarities are there to Hitler who was not able to reach and conquer Moscow swiftly enough... a mistake that Napoleon had already made as well).

Sauron neither followed the strategy of divide and conquer to full extent, nor the strategy of sheer dominance and mass. He chose a mixture, probably due to his fear of what would happen if the Free People used the Ring against him, and this mixture was neither fish nor flesh in the end - and made the whole war plans of Mordor vulnerable to Gandalf's tactic and strategic genius.

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More Strategy... and the World would have fallen. Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Jun 5, 11:22am
    What Sauron Should Have Done. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jun 5, 3:54pm
        Sauron ignored his defense, not his offense HeWhoArisesinMight Send a private message to HeWhoArisesinMight Jun 5, 7:21pm
            It's not entirely clear that Sauron was aware of the Balrog of Moria. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jun 5, 8:17pm
    The many mistakes of Sauron. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jun 5, 5:57pm
    Well.. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jun 5, 6:10pm
    I am never totally sure Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Jun 6, 9:54am


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