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Orcs of the Eye

Soldiers in the service of Barad-dûr

Those Orcs who served directly under the command of Sauron and bore his sigil of the Red Eye. Known more fully as the Orcs of the Red Eye, these forces of Sauron dated back to the Second Age. They appear to have lasted through the Third Age (or at least been reformed in that Age) because they fought in the War of the Ring, especially in the final battle before the Morannon. This would imply that they were not always stationed in Mordor, but that before Sauron's return to that Dark Land they would have served at the lesser stronghold of Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood. Indeed, it may be that many remained behind there and took part in the attacks on Lórien during the final War of the Third Age, though the origins of these attackers are not known for sure.

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Orcs of the Red Eye

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