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Mordor, the bureaucracy

Grey Havens

Oct 4 2013, 5:27pm

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Mordor, the bureaucracy [In reply to] Can't Post

I think we're supposed to be seeing Mordor, the bureaucracy - rules and rules and rules. Thinking about it, the only reason it would be better to send descriptions rather than actual prisoner plus artifacts would be if you were making a system which could cope with scale - prisoner moulders where first caught until someone at HQ decided whether he's interesting, or merely to be eaten by the garrison of the border-post. But that seems a bit unlikely - are they catching swarms of illegal immigrants into Mordor? Can't really imagine that. They might, of course, have a system largely designed for recapturing deserters.

I suspect the specific mention of a ring is for the reader to recognize how handy it was that Sam took the Ring, rather than particular prescience on Sauron's part.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"

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