I’ve been thinking today about the Orcs. Tolkien says they were degraded, degenerated beings originally of elvish stock. He doesn’t describe them as having tusks, fangs, horns as in the films… Their disfigurement is not racial, it’s in their culture and character. They delight in crudeness and violence; they mock goodness and defile purity and beauty wherever they encounter it. In other words the Orcs are much like the amoral, libertine, illiterate sociopaths that our value-free public educational system is pleased to produce.

When did Morgoth’s elves wake up and realize they had become Orcs?

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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