Saturday, September 12, 2009
Orcs were originally envisioned by J.R.R. Tolkien in his celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien may have derived the word from "Orke," which in old English described a giant, ogre, or troll. In fantasy fiction, Orcs are usually large, strong, barbaric humanoids with traits of various animals (fangs, snouts, pointed ears, etc.) Tolkien's orcs were the bastardized twisted spawn of tortured Elves. They tend to be cleaver but generally less intelligent than human beings, usually in service to a more powerful evil force (wizard, demon, etc.) and always attack en masse.