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Lie Down in the Darkness, Rise up from the Ash

thelauderdale - 21 Dec 11 - 5:52 AM

Ch. 24: Black Gate-Bound

And Grishnákh comes into his own.  I am not being just a ridiculous Orc fan when I say that he was a terrifically under-utilized character on Tolkien's part: an Orc who knew more than what was good for him, as Ugluk put it - certainly beyond anything you would ever expect such creatures to be trusted with, concerning a certain Ring.  Was he actively entrusted with that knowledge, sent with a mission like some kind of Orkish secret agent, or did he discover it for himself, and how?  And what would have happened if he had found the Ring?  We can have our theories (I know I do) but we can't really know because a honking big Rohirrim spear took him out.  But this time Grishnákh not only avoided that fate, he is in a position of authority over a nasty group of Orcs, and he has two of the Fellowship in his power.

It seems like there's orcs, and then there's orcs.

...I know where the Ring is... [shudders]

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