Saturday, March 19, 2016

#10 Uruk Hai

While Orcs were the main fighting force, later the Uruk Hai were made. The Uruk Hai are as tall as an Elf, slanted eyes, thick legs and large hands. These Uruks were armed with yew wooden bows and broad-bladed swords. The Uruks were both in Mordor and Isengard, those in Isengard had different, almost stronger gear then the ones in Mordor. The Uruks were first made by Sauron in the late Third Age. There were more Orcs then there were in Mordor, but in Isengard Uruks made up 95% of the army, the rest were Dunlendings, Man enemies of Rohan. There are hybrids of Orcs and Men that make Half-Orcs, but the Uruk Hai are much stronger. The Uruk Hai are suggested to be hybrids of Half-Orcs and Goblins. The Uruks first came around in the year TA 2475 when Sauron used them in battle for the first time to take Ithilien in Gondor. The Uruks destroyed the city of Osgiliath under the symbol of the Red Eye of Sauron. The Uruks then later were mass produced in Isengard for Saruman to make an army to destroy Rohan. One of the great battles of Middle-Earth took place at Helms Deep, a fortress that Rohan would fall back to as a last stand, where Sarumans army would over run Helms Deep and almost destroy Rohan. Rohan had split forces in the region, one was at Helms Deep, the other was out in the wilderness. Just as the Uruks were about to break into the main hall of Helms Deep, the remaining soldiers inside the keep rode out on horses to meet the other army who had arrived just in time to save the keep. The Uruks were driven back to a forest east of Helms Deep that wasn't there before the battle. The forest was completely made of Ents who had traveled far to also help at Helms Deep. The Ents also had a split group, the others went to Isengard to finish Saruman once and for all. The Uruks in Mordor were all destroyed at the battle for Minas Tirith and when the One Ring was destroyed.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

#9 Orcs

Orcs are tortured and mutated Men and Elves who serve the Dark Lord. The first Dark Lord they followed is Melkor, or Morgoth in English tongue, then later Sauron, the last Dark Lord. Sauron followed in Melor's footsteps and wanted to take over Middle-Earth, then spread his will to the rest of the world and have full domination. Melkor had two great underground fortresses called Utumno and Angband, where he formed thousands upon thousands of Orcs to launch an assault on Middle-Earth. Melkor knew that he needed more power if he wanted to overtake the Elves and Dwarves, so he set out to find the Silmarils. The Silmarils are three bright shining clear gems that were forged from the essence of the Two Trees of Valinor, the first trees, and it is said these gems hold great power. While Melkor set out the Silmarils, the Orcs went into hiding with no master to command them. After Melkor's return, many of his Orcs survived in deep caves, pits, chambers, and tunnels of Melkor's fortresses. The Orcs then multiplied and spread to northern Middle Earth in the first war of Middle-Earth. In the First Age Melkor was driven back and banished to the void, Sauron then took his place as the Dark Lord. In the Second Age Sauron build his fortress Barad-Dur in Mordor and began making his army. The Elves and Men took notice in Saurons plans and came together to march into Mordor and confront Sauron to destroy him. Sauron was then defeated that day but his spirit was in the One Ring and still lived. The Orcs fled into caves as they did before and waited for Saurons return. Later Sauron did return but not in the flesh, still inside the ring, and rebuilt his fortress and his armies. He then later was fully destroyed and the ring was thrown into the fires of Mount Doom and the orcs fled into the Dwarven fortresses. They were then almost driven to near extinction by Durin VII when he reclaimed Khazad-Dum. The remaining stayed in caves and are presumed to be extinct over time.