The Truth of Ugliness

Author: Watcherchild

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Horror - Third Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: disturbing images, violence

Summary: A psychological look into the twisted and cruel shaping of the first Orc.

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Reviewed by: White Tower  ✧  Score: N/A

An excellent example of well-crafted psychological horror. I've always found the idea of the Orcs being made by Melkor from captured Elves to be one of the most terrifying concepts in the whole of Tolkien's canon, and this story explains why in vivid and terrible detail. The quasi-fragmentary style portrayed Nellin's naivety and mental state effectively, and Melkor's stratagems and psychological manipulation are believable and in character. The story manages to create a deep sense of horror and unease by leaving the reader's imagination fill most of the gaps, often a much better method than resorting to lurid graphic descriptions. A good, frightening, and tragic read.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

At the heart of all temptation and all corruption lies a grain of truth. It's what makes these things so dangerous. To see it play out here was chilling, but I think what really chilled me most was the thought that Nellin had no idea that Amle was dead. For some reason, that really got to me.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

A very good, but disturbing story, which fits this category nicely. I particularly liked what happened with the femaleand how the story mirrored the action in that it seems we forgot about the female only to realize hat Nellin has forgotten about her. And even then, Melkor twists it, makes it a new torture, telling Nellin the truth after having convinced him of a lie.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

A good story. I have the feeling the story should be extended. (Unbelievable to me is that Nellin does not realize that Amle died.) The essence of the story that truth is beauty and that pain could be experienced as truth is believable to me. Yet I think Nellin should put up a longer struggle with his conscience. IMO Melkor succeeds too fast. It is a very dark psychological story IMO, better categorized as Silmarillion than as horror. Yet, I always thought that Orcs are misshapen because Melkor did not succeed in creating his own creatures but had to transform already existing living beings and this transformation was influenced by his rebellious and evil mind. Here the creation of Orcs feels more like a sado-masochistic relationship. "The next step" is the companion to this piece IMO.