In the Eye of the Beholder
2004 Award Category: Races: Orcs
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: blood-thirstiness
Summary: The song of an orc-chieftain's spear awaiting battle.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
Interesting point of view, here! We don't read much about Moria orcs, even less about their love for their weapons. But this seemed perfectly in-character, and was both intriguing and disturbing.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
I love this story because it's so different. I don't know how else to describe it. The spear's voice is wonderful. Harsh, ruthless, and strangely poetic. The imagery of a treasure room filled with the skulls of dwarves is conveyed very vividly, and the harsh comments of the orc-chieftain to his spear on the subject are chilling. I love how this is interwoven with the books and how the mithril coat foils the spear. The thoughts of chewing and clawing its way through the metal are gorgeous, and I actually felt a pang of fear when it mentioned the poison on its tip. One scratch is all it would take, and we were left with no room for doubt on that count. Very visual and very unique perspective for a story.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Interesting perspective, both the POV and the angle on orcish aesthetics. Nice ending.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
Very interesting personification here: the point of view of an Orc's spear. It sings and drinks, and yearns for blood. And dies.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
Umh, reading clueless the story without the summary's info I did not recognize the spear. I thought of a device of sorcery, a large insectoid.
Reviewed by: sos8n ✧ Score: N/A
ha i remember that orc! written from an interesting perspective and very well handled.