Are you connecting the disappearance fo the Entwives with the breeding of Trolls?
I’d never thought of that, and it makes sense. Not that all Trolls could have come about that way, but I’ve never thought Trolls were anything like a clade, anyway; I’ve always taken it to mean “mean, stupid, super-strong creature of unknown origin, bigger than a man but smaller than a giant.” Perhaps the Olog-Hai are the result of captive Entwives being…
well, I don’t think we need say any more. I don’t know whether this idea is worth a or a :(.
Oh, you can always give your opinion on what happened to Celebrian–wife to Elrond, mother to Arwen, & daughter to the great Galadriel–while she was the captive of the Misty Mountain Orcs. The professor refers to her torment as receiving a poisoned wound, I believe, which certainly could be Edwardian-era code for rape; but I seem to recall something in Letters to the effect that Eldar could not be raped, as such a trauma would cause (or prompt) them to will their own transit to the Halls of Mandos–i.e., to die.
And that, by the way, makes me think of something less Orc-related than Dunedin-centric. As most of you know, the Gift of Men is mortality, and part of the grace given to the Numenorians is the ability to die at a moment of their own choosing. Before their corruption, the Kings of Atalante used this power to help manage the succession, so that their heirs would ascend while in the fullness of their manhood (or, once, their womenhood). Aragorn did this as well.
How is this NOT suicide? I ask because of the book’s very Christian (read: Catholic) worldview, in which I should think suicide would be forbidden.