Love me, Urgren
2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Poetry - First Place
Story Type: Poetry ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: implied violence
Summary: An Orcish love song.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
I agree. Orcs really are a very misunderstood race. They're capable of tender emotions, too. Well, sort of. And that's what I really love about this poem. It never takes the Orcs away from what they are at heart (namely a rather dismal result of selective breeding on the part of Morgoth) but it also allows them to be more than that. We've got drums of human hide and elven pelts being used to seduce another Orc, and for that other Orc, I suppose this would be very romantic. All that makes them Orcs is still there, but these devices are being used to portray things other than the basic ideas of loot and pillage. Great use of disturbing imagery to produce a somewhat disturbing poem.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
I like this. Orcs are indeed a misunderstood race. Here you give them depth, without glossing over what makes them so orcsy.
Reviewed by: Viv ✧ Score: N/A
This poem is clear and uncomplicated, swimming in details and wholly appropriate sentiment. It is, simply, and orc's voice. I can't imagine a better representation of orcish love than the trophies the speaker would lay at the feet of his Urgren: greased hair, pierced flesh, elf hides, and music drummed on ghastly instruments. But it's also sweet. In the end, orc boys aren't so different from human boys: they all want to show their womenfolk the best of themselves, to offer up the best gifts they can imagine, in the pursuit of love. Were I Urgren, I'd surely be impressed.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Although I couldn't quite find the rhythm, this is definitely orcish in sentiment. If an orc were to write love poetry, surely it would be something like this!