Military Organization of Rohan

Organization Riders of Rohan are organized into eoreds, and are professional soldiers: "had no precisely fixed number, but in Rohan it was only applied to Riders, fully trained for war: men serving for a term, or in some cases permanently, in the King's Host. Any considerable body of such men, riding as a unit in... Continue Reading →

Military Organization of Gondor (Expanded)

Geography and organization For mobilizing its armies, Gondor uses a beacon system. This system is similar to that of Byzantine Empire, which had a line of beacons stretching from eastern Anatolia to Constantinople. System stretched 400 miles, with beacons set 30 to 60 miles apart; signal would travel the line in an hour. When beacons... Continue Reading →

How Powerful Was Gondor At Its Height

Imrahil's Statement In Return of the King, Prince Imrahil notes that the 7 000 strong force would have been a "vanguard" of Gondor's army in time of its greatest strength. This, in context, refers to field army only. To determine total manpower of Gondor's armies at the time, some comparisons will need to be made;... Continue Reading →

Tactical Overview – The Unsullied

Ser Jorah Mormont claims – multiple times – that the Unsullied are the finest infantry in all the world, but since Ser Jorah and reality are not exactly on talking terms, that claim ought to be put to test. Tactics and organization Unsullied are described as utilizing typical phalanx tactics. In the legend of Three... Continue Reading →

Clash of Empires – Mordor vs Westeros

FORCE SIZE AND COMPOSITION Total number of forces should be as follows: Mordor158 00095 000 orcs (infantry, cavalry?)23 500 Southrons (infantry, cavalry, Mumakil)27 500 Easterlings (infantry, cavalry)12 000 Corsairs (naval infantry – slaves as rowers), cca 300 shipsWesteros388 000179 600 infantry (est. - assuming 20 000 infantry Vale and Dorne each)49 900 cavalry152 500 navy... Continue Reading →

Strategy of Sauron

Overview Second Age Sauron's strategy was logistically and tactically sound, but he made a very basic mistake. Essentially, he failed to understand his enemies, whereas his enemies understood him. Through history, Sauron has adapted his strategies to overcome obstacles. But one constant weakness was his pride. He refused to subject himself to judgment of Valar... Continue Reading →

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