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User avatar #2 - spearpwi (10/27/2013) [-]
I'd just like to point out that most orcs were bought up in a harsh, demanding environment that didn't allow for pansies or freelancers. Their bonding experience as an army would put any well off man army to shame, especially considering that, before the war of the ring, they hadn't seen any true combat for ages.
#50 to #2 - tavafanduvill (10/28/2013) [-]
Your strength and fierceness in battle dosent really matter much when you go up against well quipped and disciplined soldiers. Here is a great example from history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Watling_Street
User avatar #28 to #2 - drldrl (10/28/2013) [-]
The Battle of Pelennor Fields had around 80,000 200,00 if you go by the book orcs against around 3,000 Gondorian soldiers which held them off long enough for 10,000 Only 6,000 in the movie men to come from other areas. They kicked a lot of orc ass.
User avatar #30 to #28 - drldrl (10/28/2013) [-]
Er, that's 200,000 in the movie, not the book.
User avatar #7 to #2 - soopabrentford (10/28/2013) [-]
still no excuse for the Gondorians just falling over and dying
User avatar #3 to #2 - iamtheballsack (10/28/2013) [-]
Yet Gimli and Legolas and Aragorn and whoever the fuck else were able to slaughter like millions by themselves...
User avatar #47 to #3 - hudis (10/28/2013) [-]
Lord of the Rings isn't mean to be a realistic story. Tolkien wrote LotR, The Hobbit and especially the Silmarillion more as myths than logical, modern stories. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are great warriors in the story, so naturally they will pretty much be on par with Beowulf in terms of combat ability.

Tolkien made a very good point about Aragorn, though, when someone asked if he was the hero of the books. He said that Aragorn is no hero because he is only doing what he is supposed to do; adhering to his heritage as the heir of Isildur and following his destiny to the throne of Gondor. The real heroes, according to Tolkien, are Frodo and Sam, because they defy everything they were ever meant to be in order to achieve great things for the good of all, and they do this through selflessness, friendship and unyielding belief that there is a chance that they will reach their goal. Aragorn never required these things; he knew that the throne was rightly his, and he knew how to take it. Truth be told, book-Aragorn is a bit of a douchebag.
User avatar #42 to #3 - commontroll (10/28/2013) [-]
Gimli is a dwarf. They have bones like iron, muscles like bronze, and oftentimes weigh more than a human, with a low center of gravity that makes them practically unstoppable, and was 139 years old when the Fellowship was formed, most of those years were spent fighting and training. He almost never tires as he is able to run, carrying axes and armour and supplies while running longer than Aragorn and Legolas chasing the Uru-kai.

Legolas is an elf, is 2931 years old when the Fellowship is formed, is as tall as a young tree, an expert marksman, eyes that can see miles away, incredibly agile, and disturbingly strong (like all elves) compared to humans. Keep in mind that the dwarves and elves were actually evenly matched when they went to war with each other. Neither side really won, so that goes to show how intense dwarves are.

Meanwhile, Aragorn was 80 years old with a young man's body, 80 years, most of which was spent being a Ranger, a master of stealth, archery, swordsmanship, and riding, as well as a deep understanding of plant life to make medicines and poisons. He was massive because he was half elf, and he was quite a force to be reckoned with.

That is why they are able to mow down orcs left and right. And actually, in the books, they didn't kill so many. In the Battle of Helms Deep, Gimli beats Legolas by one kill, making his total 42 orcs killed. In the movies, it's pretty stupid, because Legolas kills about 70 in five minutes, but the books, they're actually not incredibly powerful. They just are stronger than most, but what really makes them heroes, is that they go and fight these armies, and take the fight to Saruon.
User avatar #32 to #3 - heartlessrobot (10/28/2013) [-]
Gimli was an extremely powerful warrior, Aragorn was unmatched with a sword, even when pitted against the Ring Wraiths, and Legolas was the best Archer and knife fighter in middle earth.
User avatar #5 to #3 - spearpwi (10/28/2013) [-]
Aragorn is 80 years old with the body of a 30 year old; strong, able and experienced beyond compare. Nothing can fuck with him.
User avatar #31 to #5 - heartlessrobot (10/28/2013) [-]
Wasn't he supposed to be almost 10 feet tall too?
User avatar #4 to #3 - thepinkestofthepie (10/28/2013) [-]
because they're heroes, they level up and get skills n shit
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