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Life and Times of the Orcs

Challenge Details

Orcs, in Tolkien's writing, are rather one-dimensional characters. They are evil embodied, utterly violent, obscenely cruel and only interested in where their next meal of man-flesh can be obtained. They are easy to hate, easy to kill, easy to disregard as living beings.

But is it possible to add other dimensions to this rather simplistic portrayal? Are Orcs really just evil killing machines and cannon fodder? Or is there another side, one we have not seen? What is it like, everyday life among the Orcs? How do they treat their women, their children? Do they have some sort of culture? A society? Loyalties beyond those enforced by fear? Are they capable of caring for anyone but themselves? Might they even *gasp* have the capacity to love? Note that treatment of orcs for the purpose of this challenge does not necessarily have to be positive.

Write a story that tells us about what it was like to be an Orc in Middle-Earth. You may also write an essay for this Challenge.

Challenge closes on: 28 August 2005

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

AmandaK - Enmities
General Audience
Last Updated: 16 Sep 04
While men will fight for honor, renown and riches, women have other reasons to fight. A retrospective look at the War of the Ring from an unusual viewpoint. Written for the No Man's Woman-challenge. Mostly set in movieverse.
Cold Like Fire - Blood of Your Enemies
General Audience
Last Updated: 31 Aug 04
Not all the deaths were swift when many of Rohan's villages were invaded by Uruk-hai. Some were postponed, and used for a different purpose. Written for the "Three Colours Trilogy" and "The Life and Times of the Orcs" challenges.
elanor of aquitania - On the Origin of Orcs
General Audience
Last Updated: 06 Sep 04
An answer to the Challenge Life and Times of the Orcs
Elena Tiriel - Alas, Poor Ufthak!
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Jul 06
Drabble: An orc guard of the Tower of Cirith Ungol laments a friend's demise... or does he?
mageani - Orc's Prayer, An
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Sep 05
An orc with a hostage elf asks questions of Illuvatar.
mageani - Star that Died, The
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 22 Feb 05
An orc's perspective in a stormy battle with feral woodelves.
The Lauderdale - Orc-brat
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 03 Mar 11

Maevyn is only nine when her family is slaughtered by a band of Orcs. The Orc Grushak takes her with him as his personal captive, planning to amuse himself with her torment and murder, but a vengeful Maevyn has sworn to see him dead.

Werecat - You Will See Them at Night
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
The tale of an orc bard. Seriously. Rated PG-13 for gore and violence, just to be safe.

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Evil Character Trying to be Good

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Characterisation (Improbable OC)

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Other Races
Mithrils 2005, Runner-up, Silmarillion
Werecat - Night Course in Pet Care
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
A story inspired from this tantalising question: were fell beasts house-trained? Set in Carn Dûm, it sheds light to an unknown side of the Witch-king and his, well, household.

Introducing Fuinraw, the Chieftain of the Cats of Angmar.

MEFAs 2005: Third Place, Humor/Animals

Mithrils 2005: Winner, Humor
Werecat - Full Circle
General Audience
Last Updated: 27 Dec 05
Beasts, they've called us. So end the days of Kolgrun, last warrior of the race of orcs.
MEFAs 2005: Third Place, Villains/Orcs
Werecat - Wish upon a Star
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 13 Mar 05
Girl falls to Middle Earth, hoping to meet the object of her desire: Legolas. However, things turn quite differently from what she expected. AU, of course. Parody/Black humour. Rating and warning for violence and disturbing subjects, although nothing graphic.
Werecat - Love me, Urgren.
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Nov 04
An Orcish love song. Seriously. Why should only elves and humans have all the fun? Rated PG-13 for some disturbing imagery, but nothing graphic.
Mithril Awards 2004 - Winner - Best Poetry – short form.
MEFAs 2004 - Winner - Best Romance Poetry


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 29 Aug 04
Entry Date: 09 Nov 04
Entry Date: 16 Oct 04
Vistula the Dunadan
Entry Date: 28 Aug 04
Entry Date: 26 Sep 04
Entry Date: 24 Aug 05

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Challenge Info

Created: August 28, 2004

Challenge Topic: Culture/Society/Politics

Entries: 18

Originator: AmandaK

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