Captain of Mordor

Author: draylon

Nominator: The Lauderdale

2008 Award Category: Times: Late Third Age

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: The story contains stong language, moderate levels of (non-explicit) violence and (non gratuitious; consensual) sex scenes, which, though integral to the theme of the story (interspecies homosexual romance) and plot may be offensive to some, given that the one of the two main protagonists is human, while the other is an orc. As the human involved is also married at the time the story is set, an adulterous outcome is implied.

Summary: Post War-of-the-Ring, Captain Shagrat (an Orc) finds himself exhibited as a fairground attraction, and (retrospectively) slashed with Faramir of Gondor. A lengthy romance, following the familiar template of: ‘boy meets / loses / finds / runs away again from / Uruk’ slowly unfolds. The story includes the usual elements of kidnapping, sex, violence, and excessive swearing you’d expect from any story featuring Orcs.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A story so horrible in its way I regret I read it, particularly as I find the premise disgusting. Yet it is compellingly written and the images chosen very effective. For those with a taste toward dark things and relationships, this will be right up your alley.

Reviewed by: crowdaughter  ✧  Score: 3

Very strange story, but well told. I like slash, especially unusual slash tales, but this one took me unawares. I like the idea of a more humanized Orc, though, and the way you show us that Orc as someone who one can nearly come to like, was well done, too. Interesting.