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Half-orcs

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Among the [[Dunlendings]] who came to Saruman's banner of the [[White Hand]] in [[Isengard]], there were large men, lynx-eyed and evil, who were called ''half-orcs''.<ref name=TTIII9/> Many were counted among the strongest servants of Saruman. The half-orcs mostly perished at [[Battle of the Hornburg]], either before the fortress walls or by the [[Huorns]]. Yet some lived beyond that day of doom and followed [[Saruman]] into exile, even to the [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] lands of [[the Shire]], where they served the fallen [[Wizard]] until his last breath.{{fact}}
 
Among the [[Dunlendings]] who came to Saruman's banner of the [[White Hand]] in [[Isengard]], there were large men, lynx-eyed and evil, who were called ''half-orcs''.<ref name=TTIII9/> Many were counted among the strongest servants of Saruman. The half-orcs mostly perished at [[Battle of the Hornburg]], either before the fortress walls or by the [[Huorns]]. Yet some lived beyond that day of doom and followed [[Saruman]] into exile, even to the [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] lands of [[the Shire]], where they served the fallen [[Wizard]] until his last breath.{{fact}}
  
The true nature of the half-orcs is unknown. Perhaps they were Men whose blood, by the sorcery of Saruman, had become mixed with that of Orcs.<ref>[[David Day]] (1996), ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]''</ref>
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The origin and nature of the half-orcs is unknown.<ref group="note">[[David Day]] suggested in his ''[[A Tolkien Bestiary]]'' (1996) that the half-orcs perhaps were Men whose blood, by the sorcery of Saruman, had become mixed with that of Orcs.</ref>
  
 
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:Half-orcs and Greater Half-orcs are Orc Factions, playable by Fallen Wizards.
 
:Half-orcs and Greater Half-orcs are Orc Factions, playable by Fallen Wizards.
  
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Revision as of 10:25, 17 May 2011

Art by Steve Otis
Half-orcs
Race
DominionsIsengard
Average lengthSomewhat larger than normal orcs
Skin colorDark
DistinctionsLynx-eyed
"He looks more than half like a goblin."
Frodo Baggins[1]

Half-orcs were among Saruman's servants in the late Third Age, so named by Aragorn.[2]

Contents

History

Among the Dunlendings who came to Saruman's banner of the White Hand in Isengard, there were large men, lynx-eyed and evil, who were called half-orcs.[2] Many were counted among the strongest servants of Saruman. The half-orcs mostly perished at Battle of the Hornburg, either before the fortress walls or by the Huorns. Yet some lived beyond that day of doom and followed Saruman into exile, even to the Hobbit lands of the Shire, where they served the fallen Wizard until his last breath.[source?]

The origin and nature of the half-orcs is unknown.[note 1]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Half-orcs (Sindarin Piryrch, sing. Perorch) are a crossbeed between Men and Orcs, being a distinct race in their own. Game statistics are given for players choosing to be an Half-orc.[3]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Half-orcs and Greater Half-orcs are Orc Factions, playable by Fallen Wizards.

Notes

  1. David Day suggested in his A Tolkien Bestiary (1996) that the half-orcs perhaps were Men whose blood, by the sorcery of Saruman, had become mixed with that of Orcs.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Flotsam and Jetsam"
  3. S. Coleman Charlton (1993), Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover) (#2001), p. 177