An Unnatural History of Tolkien's Orcs

An Essay by Tyellas

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This essay is a double-barrelled look at Tolkien's remarkable creation, the fantasy race of orcs, examining them on two levels; what Tolkien's orcs have meant to the genre of fantasy writing, and what Tolkien intended his orcs to be - including the answers about the orcs' facts of life. Other fans have written orc essays as well, and hopefully this is a slightly interesting addition to the list.

In 2004, this essay won the Best Critical Essay award in the Mithril Awards for Tolkien fan writing.

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