You will see them at night

Author: Werecat

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Races: Orcs

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: violence, gore

Summary: The tale of an orc with a literary interest.

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Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: N/A

I really liked this story. An orcwith curiosity-surely Grishnakh alone could hold a candle to Grundush! I think Grundush's mother underestimates her son, and perhaps she should watch her back later in life. Curiosity speaks of intellect and an ability and interest in looking to larger pictures, to strategy and a different kind of cunning than mere gutter survival tactics. He could be more horrific than she is capable of imaginaing (literally). All speculation, of course, but anything goes once orcs start writing poetry.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

That was spooky. It teased one into thinking it would be humorous, but not so. The young Orc isn't made into comic relief. And yet he isn't altogether sympathetic either. He doesn't despise his race for what he's read. And he writes something more glorious and frightening of them instead.

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: N/A

The tale of an orc with a literary interest is very well crafted. I like this story very much. A son vilified for his literary interests by his parent reminds me of movie!Faramir. I am smiling a bit as I feel this story to have an humorous touch. But I am also emotionally touched. I like the ending of the story where the Orc song just born of a dejected Orc's mind is shown. Though the speech is not Orc speech this is explained by the aberrant nature of the writing Orc.

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

Wonderfully chilling account of what happens when a bad orc goes good. Well, there's really not that much of a difference that I can see. He still uses the same methods to pursue his goals. He still views elves as less than orcs and he still seems to take pleasure in their pain. In fact, if anything I would say that an orc with a literary interest is even more dangerous, especially given what hes done with his literary interest. It hasn't opened his mind to the possibilities offered by elven culture. Instead, he has done essentially what Morgoth did when creating the Orcs: he has taken something and ruined it to suit his own purposes. And he's done it well. The poem he writes at the end is wonderfully chilly and eerie. I had shivers. Amazing story.