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The book that sees things from the Orcish perspective? It will never be written. The Orcish historian who was going to write that book was crushed by a large piece of cement outside Minas Tirith. History is written by Elves. And this history would have us believe that Bilbo Baggins was a brave Hobbit who had wonderful adventures, rather than a thief, a liar, and a primary agent of genocide. Elves are fair, wise, and ageless examples of all that is right with civilization, an enviable culture valuing above all those virtues which Tolkien himself most prized: speech, song, and poetry. Not only does the narrative voice guiding a reader through The Lord of the Rings affect an Eldar-centric position in chronicling the struggle against Sauron in the War of the Ring, but Elvish mythology and folklore saturates the saga.
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Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. Share this quote:. Like Quote. Recommend to friends.
Ever since Tolkien, the worlds of fantasy literature and video games have been overrun with tribes of ugly, bellicose humanoids, whose main purpose for existence is to serve as the Mooks of the Forces of Evil. The word orc comes from Old English and shares linguistic roots with ogre , borrowed from French. Later, Orcus was glossed as a term for a demon or hell itself. Thus, the Old English word orc , as attested by medieval glossaries—as well as cognates in other languages like French ogre and Italian orco —denoted a kind of demon or monster. This is also derived from Latin, but is completely unrelated to Orcus since it comes from urceus , much later orca — which itself has a homonym meaning "whale", hence killer whales are called orcas. In modern fiction, Orcs come in two general flavors: the original model developed by J. Tolkien who borrowed the word from Beowulf and used it for his version of goblins, and a revisionist model best exemplified but far from invented by Blizzard Entertainment 's Warcraft series.