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Old 03-27-2001, 01:48 PM   #1
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i'm not sure if we had that question before but were there any orc wives or female orcs at all? i mean... how could Sauron create such a big army? he must have had women, but... honestly, what woman would like the idea to go to bed with an orc??




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Yeah was there an Anna Nicole Smith alive in the Third Age?

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But I guess that there were female orcs, I mean how DID Sauron have such heyyyy wait what if SARUMAN sent some half orcs to Sauron?

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Re: Female Orcs?

<blockquote>Quote:<hr> Yeah was there an Anna Nicole Smith alive in the Third Age?<hr></blockquote>

Only the wealthy orcs had a chance. <img src=laugh.gif ALT=":lol">

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I foresee a rapidly degenerating thread.

I don't buy PJ's &quot;pods&quot; theory. There are two logical options: (1) female orcs are kept &quot;safe&quot; in only the deepest and darkest of orc strongholds; or (2) there's no outward way to tell the difference between fully clothed orc sexes (I always thought Gorbag and Shagrat were a little too buddy-buddy).

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All orcs we get a close view of are described in masculine terms as far as I remember. But I guess they could be like the Dwarves,other races not being able to tell between their males and females.

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Maybe they all start out as one sex and then change to the other after a while. They are all born female, and then after they reproduce they become male...or something. This theory is based on nothing but my own imagination, but at leats it's original. <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

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Gender ambigious dwarves?

Sorry to veer away from whether there were female orcs, but I'm intrigued by Inziladun's comment that other races couldn't tell male dwarves from female dwarves. Is that stated somewhere?? If so, where? Does that mean female dwarves had beards?

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women...They are in voice and appearance,and in garb ...so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart.<hr></blockquote> Appendix A RoTK

I always took that to mean the women had beards. They would have to,to so closely resemble the men. I think there's a thread about that somewhere.

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It's in the appendix. I suppose it does mean that.

Back on the subject at hand. I've never thought about it before now, but in the minute I've given it I would side with mithadan, orc women in the deepest darkest strongholds. But I'll do him one better, perhaps they were &quot;dedicated breeders,&quot; constantly pregnant, giving birth, or becoming pregnant. It would help explain how their numbers increase so quickly.

That, or the free peoples can't tell the difference between orc sexes.

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hmm, maybe they always had triples or so everytime??
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I don't think this question can be answered without considering the question of the origin of Orcs (there's a wonderful thread titled &quot;Orcish fear&quot; in the Silmarillion board). Orcs must, ultimately, either have been 'puppets' animated by Morgoth's power, in which case I'd question whether they'd have been able to reproduce - they might have hatched from pods (I seem to remember a contrary reference in a footnote in HoME X), or have been corruptions of Eru's creatures (Eruhini or lesser creatures, genetically-engineered apes, perhaps). If the latter is true, they'd probably have reproduced in the same manner as the Eruhini or the animals from whom they were derived.

The references to forced cross-breeding between humans and orcs in /Late Writings/ also supports the theory of sexual reproduction.

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For pure speculation, I think the fact that orcs were bred not for the sake of them, or for the beauty of Arda, but for the purposes of Melkor, is vital.

For a warrior- and slave-race, whose sole existence should be blasphemous, the beauty of distinct sexes seems less appropriate than asexual reproduction, or hermaphroditic creatures.

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That begs the question, though, of how the orcs were cross-bred or bred to specialization as we see in Mordor with the sniffer orc. Maybe Sauron had the power to change orc DNA (maybe) but I doubt Sauruman (who is credited with a new orc breed) could. Oh well, this is all speculation anyway, and I take your point about the balance of having two sexes not being a part of orc design.

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> For a warrior- and slave-race, whose sole existence should be blasphemous, the beauty of distinct sexes seems less appropriate than asexual reproduction, or hermaphroditic creatures. <hr></blockquote>

This assumes that [BOLD]Morgoth[/BOLD] created the orcs as a species. I'm not too sure if Morgoth could create an independent thinking species without the Secret Fire - Aule definitely couldn't. If the Orcs were only a perversion of a species created by Eru, the species would originally have been created for the beauty of Arda; hence distinct sexes would not be inappropriate.

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(Drive through (quickly) any government housing project or trailer park in the USA and you will see the horrifying answer with your own eyes!)

I remember Gollum gnawing the bones of a &quot;little imp&quot; he had caught. Nassty little squeaker!

I would imagine that Orcs are a species of degraded/mutated men or elves or both that do indeed sexually reproduce. Like most reprehensible cultures, the female of the race is kept in slavish bondage. Relatively few in number, harems of them for the Great Goblin or his toughest followers.

Lesser males were not allowed to breed. Such pleasures(?) were denied all but the fittest.

Female orclings were likely enough killed (and eaten) at birth, unless singled out for some particular breeding characteristic. They were likely raised to breed and were bred until dead. By the litter. Females from lines that produced many large litters were allowed to live to become breeders themselves. Male goblins were more useful for labor and battle. The females were only necessary for reproduction.

Or perhaps it was set up like Smurfs...

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If orcs were originally perversions of elves, rather than truly new creations, does that mean -- COULD that mean -- that orcs go to the halls of Mandos when they die?

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OK, Odysseus. Its time for you to venture down to the Silmarillion/Canon Barrow. We have a couple of threads and a few dozen posts I think you would enjoy. Feel free to import anything you wish up to here.

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Hmm I feel like a student who disrupted the class and now has to write a 500-word essay on the The Fall of the Roman Empire. Actually I HAVE visited the Siml/Canon barrow -- it's great, although in many respects beyond my level of familiarity with JRRT. But as i am given to wandering anyway, I will obey your rede, O Mithadan, and report/import back to this thread if I find the relevant stuff.

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Female orcs Swimsuit calander... Yuck.
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There's an image. Yechhh.

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Orcs were originally elves who when newly made before Orome discovered them were taken by Melkor and perverted to become his slaves(Melkors worst deed).

I always assumed that after that they could just be spawned, not sure at all tho.

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> Ŝus cwĉŝ Galadrielle Annatar:
Orcs were originally elves who when newly made before Orome discovered them were taken by Melkor and perverted to become his slaves(Melkors worst deed).<hr></blockquote>

That is the Elves' guess re the origin of Orcs. In his later writings, JRRT began moving away from that notion.

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That might be the way it was sort of like wolves-that dont let the lower wolves breed only the leader and his harem are allowed to...-and people who give disregards to females-such as in India they poisin little girls, or they do something else thats just as abominable-.Huh? No way Mene.where'd you get that?Imean the Tolkien changing his mind thing.
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Just imagine Orc-babies *shiver*.

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EEEEEW. those must be the ugliest babies ever....
or maybe orcs are cute when they're small... Nah <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

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When the Company of the Ring are being pursued in the Mines of Moria, Gandalf at one point states that he must rest, even if all the Orcs ever spawned are pursuing us (or words to that effect). Just thought I`d mention this, as it echoes Galadrielle`s comments a few posts back.

I seem to remember reading some of JRR`s thoughts, probably in HoME somewhere, that female Orcs were kept in harems and only the most powerful warriors were allowed access to them.

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Re: Female Orcs and origin of orcs

Fangorn says that Morgoth made orcs in mockery of the elves, and trolls in mockery of the Ents. Was it Elrond that said that the power of darkness cannot create things of its own, only ruin what has already been made? In the Silmarillion it said that orcs came out of the pits of Morgoth, and insinuated that they were tortured elves.
But also, I was under the impression that the orcs spawned somehow- some foul process no doubt. The Uruk-Hai were described as some foul union of orcs and men- Saruman was accused of that by Gimli so does that mean that Saruman was the first cloner? I shudder to think of orcs and women together, or men with orcs for that matter.

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Orc families

My guess would be that orcs are like slugs and snails, hermaphrodite. They are each both male and female, laying eggs that do not need taken care of. A young orc would be just like an older one, just smaller.

Half orcs though....

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> (* [footnote to the text] One of the reasons for his self-weakening is that he has given to his 'creatures', Orcs, Balrogs, etc. power of recuperation and multiplication. <hr></blockquote>

Notice tolkien says Morgoth gave the power of multiplication to the orcs this seems to indicate they procreate and so would reenforce the idea od orcish babies

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Re: Female Orcs?

okay I have a really good explination to that, in FotR i think Treebeard said that trolls were a 'perversion' of ents and that orcs were a 'perversion' of elves that would mean that they reproduce by the same means, i guess trolls reproduced a-sexually, with pollen. Not to change the subject but were goblins a 'perversion' of humans? I always thought that goblins were a different spececs then orc but i my be wrong in LotR's case

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I think that goblins are bred from tribes of small orcs, particularly in the Misty Mountains.

Here is a question: If orcs were perverted from elves (clearly they could see well in the dark, had great endurance, had liquours and medicines that were effective, and gave off some sort of presence that an elvish blade could detect), did they have other elvish characteristics? Barring an unnatural death, were they immortal like Elves?

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> I don't buy PJ's &quot;pods&quot; theory. There are two logical options<hr></blockquote>

Isn't there <u>at least</u> three options?

3. There are no female orcs.

The pods sound like a play on the Matrix movie.
I guess when the early stuff said that orcs came from the slime, it rang a bell for PJ.

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