Did elves really have friction with humans over risk of humans losing their jobs?
Someone reminded me that in his letters, Tolkien mentioned that early Second Age Sauron had a genuine "good" period where he was well-intended and trying to turn his back on his evil ways (but couldn't quite find the humility to truly achieve repentance).
And that I think is the missing piece to make Sauron-Halbrand fall together: Halbrand's whole remorseful act and desire to get away from past evil being *genuine*. Then he hasn't successfully deceived Galadriel, his being in the middle of the sea is not a cunning plan, his stumbling on Galadriel is not insane good luck but the worst of bad luck, his warning her about his own nature is not some weird double-bluff but the genuine truth, and Gil-Galad's "her own obsession might awake the evil she's seeking" goes from head-in-the-sand management to entirely accurate prescience, and Adar's anger at the name stops being jealousy or rivalry and fits perfectly as the reaction of someone who feels *betrayed*.
Did orcs suffer life-threatening burns from the sunlight before? (also, would an orc really care if it comes to look even worse?)
You kidding me? The Elves are clearly the French. Pretentious, stuck up, convinced of their own superiority, clinging to past grandeur. Insist you must consult them and the moment they become even slightly involved it becomes their plan and their idea (but your fault if it goes wrong).Are you saying Sauron needed the help of the French?
I'm not sure about life-threatening, but orcs can't stand the sunlight. This is clear in the book, with Saruman breeding his own orcs that specifically can move during sunlight and the Battle of Pelennor Fields taking place under darkness coming from Mordor. The film adaption of the Lord of the Rings tries to show this, although the way the Battle of Pelennor Fields is shown makes it look overcast instead of actually darkened by the clouds. The adaption of The Hobbit