|Orcs and other Evil Creatures|
Moria Orcs (Goblins)
- Deep in the Misty Mountains are
where the slighter more sure footed version of the Orcs live and are
collectively known as Goblins. We are first introduced to these creatures in The
Hobbit but they soon make their appearance in the deep mines of Moria. Since
they have not lived in the sun for many centuries and only venture out if coerced
or threatened. They have large eyes for seeing in the dark. Their swords are
sharp and rock like as is their armour that looks as if it has been carved form
the rock. "Drums, drums in the deep." They attack the Fellowship in
Balin's Tomb and quickly run away when the great Balrog comes but they still
continue to shot arrows at the Fellowship as they cross the bridge of Khazadum.
Small but deadly little critters.
Mordor Orcs -
Servants of Sauron, they seem a little more intelligent but have a fierce rivalry
with the Uruk Hai and a
dislike for the Goblins. More stockier than the goblins but less so than the
Uruk's these Orcs are Sauron's standing army and servants in the great tower and
Mordor itself. These are the orcs that participated in the battle at the end of
the Second Age and again attack Aragorn and their company when they approach in
the Black Gate. They have often conquered Osgiliath - occupying the Mordor side
of the river. One of the most hated characters is the Orc General dubbed
"Pink Orc" or "My Potatohead" (Rose Took came up with that
one) who commands the Orc army on their attack of Minas Tirith. Strong headed
but deadly creatures.
Uruk-hai- are creatures that
Saruman have made in the depths of Isengard. Saruman
dug up his great gardens around the tower (an event that will bring trouble for
him later on) to combine Orcs with Goblin-men so that they are taller, stronger,
lynx-eyed and able to venture out into the sun. They are a fearsome fighting
force to be reckoned with and are lead by the brutal Lurtz. They are easily
identifiable in battle by the White Hand of Saruman on their faces and bodies.
Over ten Thousand of them attack Helm's Deep in the night - laying siege to the
great fortress and killing the Elf Haldir (grr on them). But despite their
numbers they are defeated when Gandalf the Grey returns with Éomer and his
riders of Rohan. "It is an army bred for one purpose: to destroy the
world of Men."
Wargs - Wargs
and Warg riders are another type of Orc who originally come from the North
between the Misty
Mountains and the Woodland realm. They have been coerced much like all of the
other Orcs to join Saruman's army. Wargs being terribly fierce creatures do not
like to be tamed and often a rider has been mauled by their own mount. Wolf like
the Wargs are as big as horses with teeth that can rip a horse's throat out. The
Wargs attack the Rohirrim company heading for Helm's Deep and quickly make mince
meat out of many of the riders, "So few of you have returned." The
"Pink Orc" is even seen riding a Warg during the siege. The Warg
riders themselves are scarred creatures with sinister minds that enjoy the
carnivorous nature of their mounts.
These are creatures that live in the deep places of Moria and are used in sieges
such as the one against Minas Tirith, to open the black gates and as a large
weapon against intruders. Having very little intelligence the Trolls simply mash
and grab what ever is in front of them and don't care about who they injure in
the process. They are hard to kill with thick hides, it takes many arrows and
sword trusts to bring these creatures down making them the perfect weapon in
Sauron's army. They are so strong they are used for various heavy lifting and
pushing purposes such as placing the siege towers up against the buildings.