18 Aug 04 1:18 AM
Reply To: 30572
Isn't HASA a wonderful place? You ask a question, go to bed, and in the morning you'll find lots of helpful answers!
Thanks, Barbara, Gypsum and Erin, for your help!
I did suspect that the article I mentioned (and the site) was mostly made-up, if only because its lack of source-quotations. And, although I've only scratched the surface of Tolkien's world, I was thinking that if there was so much knowledge on orcs as mentioned there, I would have heard about it already somehow! But thanks for confirming it to me. *adds big grain of salt to said article*
(Because you posted here, I assume that you wish to stay within canon, as far as possible?)
Yes, I do, as far as canon exists. And since there doesn't seem to be that much (so it's not just me not being able to find it
) I should be safe extrapolating from what we do know. But I do want my Orcs to be credible within Middle-earth.
Thanks also for pointing out to me a few of the things that we do
know. Those thoughts will be very helpful in said extrapolating.
Tolkien tried to find a way around that postulate that explained Orcs within the logic of his universe, and he could never really find a satisfactory explanation that did not shake Arda's logical and philosophical foundations.
That's always a relief to remember when I've written myself into a corner again. If even Tolkien did it, I don't have to feel so bad
Thanks again, guys. Have I said how much I love this place?
Amanda (off to let imagination run wild)