Up and up Sam goes, until he comes to something of a landing before the doorway to the tallest tower. The fighting must have been bad here, as the courtyard is strewn with more bodies. From the darkness of the door that Sam intends to go through, he hears voices.
A wounded Shagrat is arguing with a lesser orc. This orc, Snaga, is afraid to go downstairs. They’ve been trying to get word out about the battle at Cirith Ungol, but Gorbag’s forces have killed their messengers. The two orcs that Sam saw shot outside the gate were a part of this very plan. Shagrat isn’t too happy, and it seems like they’re doomed either way.
-Snaga (of Mordor): This is our second Snaga, and I’ve learned that that name is commonly used to name orcs that are somehow lesser. The first one was from Isengard, and was a part of the group transporting Merry and Pippin.
-Radbug: An unfortunate orc, probably under Shagrat’s command. Shagrat killed him from what sounds like insubordination.
-Lagduf: One of the orcs shot outside trying to deliver the message of the battle.
-Muzgash: The other orc shot outside.
-the Black Pits: Sound to be punishment holding cells (or an execution method) for traitors to Mordor.
Eavesdropping can be useful, like for instance how Sam learns that Shagrat is injured. He also seems to have killed off Gorbag, and it seems nearly positive now that these are the only two orcs left alive in Cirith Ungol. At first I thought that it must have been Radbug who stumbled into Sam, and Shagrat killed him for his stupidity, but now I’m thinking that it was Snaga. By now, he must know that no other orcs are left, just this intimidating figure that he saw. The scream Sam heard a while ago while down in the lower levels was probably Shagrat killing Radbug, and thus motivating Snaga to head downstairs. Now the argument that probably happened earlier is going on again. Orcs are not that smart.
That’s a long way of saying that things are still working out incredibly well for Sam. This is almost too much luck for one person to have go their way. I’ll take it.
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Orc names are actually some of the best around. They lack the pretentiousness that a lot of other races’ names possess, except for the dwarves. Dwarves tend to win every time.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 3
No one dies today.
“‘You won’t escape by skulking here.'”