||The LOTR Movie Site
December 8, 2000
Disagreement with Neal C.
Just as I thought, the D&D phenomenon may prove the worst
enemy of what Jackson is doing with the films. Trust me: Tolkien's vision of Orcs was
certainly very different to the hulks D&D has turned them into.
1. You say that they look like Dark Elves. Well, if you read up on your Middle Earth
history, you'll learn that that's pretty much what they are.
2. Looking at Tolkien's descriptions of the different breeds of Orcs, the Uruk-hai are the
big brute-like beasts, while the Orcs or Mordor are slimmer and more evil-looking. Perhaps
the Orcs we've seen are the Orcs of Sauron?
3. Remember that LOTR is a series of books. The mental images created will be different
for different readers. We have no right to judge the images Jackson has created if they
simply differ from our own.