I think this website can shorten the page-name to "Orc". I've shortened a number of Wikipedia pages in that way. (If the "author" agrees, one of us can just "move" the article.)

Robin Patterson 02:47, 20 Aug 2005 (UTC)

By all means, change it.

Since all the Orcs are mentioned here we should copy them to articles over on the characters page --Darth Mantus 12:11, 28 Aug 2005 (UTC)

good orcs? Edit

Please look at the "Historical" section. While some may interpret that quote as showing that there were some good orcs, i think that's stretching it a wee bit. furthermore, to really take that quote in that context implies that there were some dragons, trolls, spiders, and other things malformed by Melkor who fought for the Alliance against Sauron. interesting that tolkien never wrote anything of "Puff," the good dragon who helped Elendil and Gil-galad defeat Sauron. Another way to look at the quote is that Tolkien didn't take Orcs or other evil things as fully sentient beings, and thus not a race. Why only with the influence and power of Melkor/Sauron could these evil things pose a significant threat (such as when the orcs fled after the 2nd fall of Sauron). True species would, in a theological sense, would be those that were created or permitted by Eru, Arda's God. Elves and Men are races because they are the children of God; Dwarves are also a races as they were adopted by God. So please remove that section before I do.

It seems whatever this was is gone, as searching the page for "historical" and "good" doesn't find a section suggested from the above. But in response to your "Orcs... thus not a race", I think Orcs are definitely a race: and the banner at the bottom of the page listing them as Evil Races seems to suggest the community agrees. They are a mutated form, distorted by Melkor, of the Elven Race. So either Orcs are a race themselves, or otherwise a subspecies of Elf (interesting), if one applies the way the real world classifies species. Echoniner (talk) 07:37, January 14, 2014 (UTC)


At no point in the film trilogy do "normal" orcs apear:in the first its uruk-hai in the second its uruk hai and in the third its morrannon.

The orcs and goblins of moria and the orc armies of Sauron (The Fellowship of the Ring, the explanation at the beggining). --LEGOLord 12:43, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

I don't think there really is any such thing as a "normal" orc, but the closest one could get would be teh orc armies of Sauron. --  Rain Thalo  talk  contribs  edits  email  14:12, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Cleaning up the articleEdit

This article is a real mess, a jumbled collection of unsupported conjecture, supposition, theories, and rambling (and often redundant) musings by various contributors. Wikia ideally tries to live up to Wikipedia standards of encyclopedic content. Information in the article should be factual, that is, should be taken only from canonical sources, i.e., books and articles written by Tolkien, or from published sources, which should be well cited in the references. It should NOT be a page of dueling ideas where various readers argue their competing theories!

I've done what I could with the "Origins" section, which was perhaps the worst offender and more resembled a rambling, incoherent, high school essay than a proper Wikia entry. Much work remains to be done on the entire "Orcs" article.

- Gradivus, 14:07, December 18, 2012 (UTC)

Orcs in Daylight Edit

This article hints at it, but says nothing about Orcs and daylight, that Sauron used dark clouds from Mordor for the Battle of Pelennor Field, and specifically what happens in daylight and what breeds can handle it. I'd like to see that stuff. Echoniner (talk) 19:02, January 12, 2014 (UTC)

Orcish? Edit

"In Tolkien's Sindarin language, "Orc" is orch, plural yrch. In his late, post-Lord of the Rings writings (published in The Peoples of Middle-earth), he preferred the spelling "Ork", evidently mainly to avoid the form Orcish, which would be naturally pronounced with the c as /s/ instead of /k/."

Is this in-fiction? I don't think there's any language that naturally pronounces c as s - except in French, and it's not even a c, it's ç

Variations Edit

I have some problems with this section.  As I expected, it doubled in size when the "Battle of the Five Armies" came out.  The spelling and grammar was horrible, all the paragraphs were way too short, and they were lazily quoted from other articles.  I've tidied them up of course, but that isn't the problem.  The problem is, they're all redundant.  Gundabad Orcs, Moria Orcs, Mount Gram Orcs, Guldur Orcs, and Goblins are all the same thing, no matter what the movie says.  Even the Orc Berserkers were merely enlarged goblins, or Hobgoblins (which for some reason were not included here), and Goblins were never once reffered to as Kobolds in any source material that I know of.  Also, Isengard Orcs are Snagae

Orc Etymology Edit

Biting my lip a graduate who studied Old English and having read Beowulf am aware that the word 'Orc', contrary to the statement in the article here, IS very much an English word. Read Beowulf and you'll learn that 'orcneas' are the sons of Cain or is used as the Old English for 'demons'. Read the Silmarillion and you will learn that the parallel is with the black elves of Norse mythology. 20:16, September 10, 2016 (UTC)Mesolithichunter

/Intro and Origins Misnomer/ Edit

So, has anyone else noticed that in the first paragraph and Before the First Age section of this article someone substituted Men for Elves at important points?  To the point that this article as-written claims the orcs derived from captured and mutilated Men, not Elves.Egraind (talk) 16:01, July 30, 2017 (UTC)

What happened to this page?Edit

The user under the name of Exodius has apparently vandalized the page. It can probably safely be reverted a few edits back.  11:52, August 1, 2017 (UTC)

The 3rd and 4th age are missing from the history, so much appears to be taken out. The origins/before the first age are completely wrong and it's locked so no one can edit it.HaloSpartan-44 (talk) 22:36, September 7, 2017 (UTC)

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