Engaged in Sport
2009 Award Category: Races: Villains
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Ficlet
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: Violence, nothing graphic but not really for the squemish.
Summary: Entry for the Breaking Type challenge on OSA. - Ugluk dreams of glory as his company cross the fields of Rohan, but nothing ever goes to plan.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 5
I really liked the fact that this story was divided up into such short segments. It gives it a choppy, blunt feel that's very much like the orcs themselves. As for those orcs, they're brutal, harsh, and driven. Some of this characterization is helped by the quick narrative segments, in which the orcs take no pains to hide their intentions or their desires. But a lot of it is just in the way that they're written. This is a culture completely different from anything that poor Pippin has experienced, and the tone of his little segment served as a sharp contrast to the tone in the segments where the orcs were featured. A wonderful little gapfiller that scores high in characterization.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
Apparently even orcs have their own daydreams, and Ugluk is definitely enjoying his own--until interrupted, of course. But he will have fame and recognition--and the very sport denied them now. Only that daydream turns to naught as they meet Eomer's eored. A most interesting gapfiller from an orc's point of view of the run through Rohan. Well told, and full of the gross nature of orcs. Well done.
Reviewed by: Virtuella ✧ Score: 3
I've said this before: I like the way you write orcs. They need to be coarse and yet pathetic and you catch that very well. Uglúk's vision of himself on a throne of elf-bones with his former comrades grovelling at his feet is certainly very appropriately described!
Reviewed by: Lady Bluejay ✧ Score: 3
Nice to see this: not enough good writing of Orcs. And I always thought Éomer did not get enough recognition for his fight with Ugluk. Lovely use of language, it rings very true. A great little piece.
Reviewed by: White Wolf ✧ Score: 3
There are many small moments in the overall War of the Ring, but important ones, nonetheless. I liked that this story was told from several different points of view, giving us a glimpse into the minds of the characters involved. It was a skillfully written and enjoyable read.
Reviewed by: Clodia ✧ Score: 3
This is very well done: the Orcish roughness, the shifts between the various viewpoints, and especially the contrast between the vainglorious musings of Uglúk that open the piece and the crisp, workmanlike order from Eomer that closes it. The mess and pain of the whole sequence of events is clearly evoked. Thank you!
Reviewed by: Robinka ✧ Score: 3
This is such a small ficlet, and yet there is a whole lot packed into it: several different points of view, action, a well rounded characterization of the commander of the Uruks. (By the way, I almost feel sorry for him ;-)). A challenge well met. Very effective and skilfully written.
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 2
Ugluk is far and away my favorite character among the bad guy minions. Aranelgoldenflower's story captures him in all his delicious mean-ness.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brooke ✧ Score: 2
Very interesting to see this narrative patch from serial perspectives. Loved the character of Ugluk.