In the Absence of Her Ladyship

Author: Virvatuli

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Orcs

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: PG  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: The last moments of Ufthak, an Orc of Cirith Ungol, in the Lair of Shelob.

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Reviewed by: White Tower  ✧  Score: N/A

A very well-written vignette that manages to create convincing atmosphere and horror in a short number of words. The language is evocative and concise, accurately creating a picture of the situation and the character; the scene is also one that I can easily imagine occurring in the canon. The details of the Orcish mindset were credible and interesting and I felt the character's predicament was very well crafted. The last line certainly succeeds at sending a shiver down the reader's spine!

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

This story doesn't humanize orcs for me, although one might think it would. Rather, it brings home to me the orcishness of humans. Absolute egoism expressed in the belief that surely we are important enough to merit something more than to die alone and unmissed, and being nothing at all to the slayer but some mundane object-this is unbearable, and Ufthaft cannot accept it. He is no hero. This is undoubtedly how most of us would react when faced with any extraordinary and dangerous circumstance-good job portraying it.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Wow, Frodo escaped the spider's sting and lived, not so this poor Orc. Ifone can feel sympathy for an Orc, this story will make you do it.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

The last moments of Ufthak, an Orc of Cirith Ungol, in the Lair of Shelob are described very chillingly. The suspense rises constantly. The dread intensifies with every paragraph.

Reviewed by: sos8n  ✧  Score: N/A

Always felt sorry for poor Ufthak,Nasty way to die i feel even more sympathy for him now. Virvatuli successfully creates an atmosphere the fear and claustrophobia I'd expect from cirith ungol.