Alidar Jarok wrote:
Given the compressed timeline, this would better fit the later time when Saruman authorized the attack rather than the earlier overruling.
We'll probably have seen both of those instances by the time this trilogy is over, and they will indeed have been compressed into a much tighter timeframe. But in both cases it seems that Saruman was plotting to acquire the Ring.
Wondering what that would be. Azog already working for Sauron/Necromancer?
I have no idea. Azog kept alive by black magic, perhaps?