Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for ...

 ORC !

Man-shaped, roughly man-sized, ugly and filthy. Dull, corrupt beings who only know how to destroy, not create. When I read Lord of the Rings, I imagined orcs looking a little different than how they were portrayed in Peter Jackson's movies. For me, they had pig snouts and demon eyes, peeling flesh. That's not too far off, I guess. And seriously, who could deny the creepy coolness of the make-up and costumes in the films. WETA did an amazing job at bringing these fantastical creatures to life ... so much so I'm still not ready to let my seven year old watch the films.

Have you ever watched any of the making of LOTR trilogy from the DVD sets? It's really fascinating. I salute Peter Jackson through and through for the masterpiece genius of the LOTR film versions. I saw every movie in the theatre twice and own the extended version DVDs. And ... okay this is kind of embarrassing because it shows what a geek I am, but I have a closet full of LOTR action figures, including a couple of orcs. lol Once I get my office remodeled, they shall be mounted on the walls in crowning glory. Yes, I know I have a great sickness and may need some counseling. Matter of fact, I'm happy to accept my bathrobe and slippers and medicine cup in exchange for my freedom and take up residence in the local asylum. As long as they have books and movies and I can write .. oh and my family can visit.

And I promise not to let this happen:


Hee hee. Thanks for stopping by! The discussion from yesterday's Dynamite Debate was interesting. If you missed it, check it out here, and weigh in with your two cents.  

Can you believe we're halfway through the month? How about those orcs? Are you a die hard LOTR fan like me? Are you elated for The Hobbit coming out in December?? Or do you have an O character to share? Inquiring minds want to know....

    

19 comments:

M.J. Fifield said...

I went to Trilogy Tuesday which was— if you don't know— a limited movie theater experience the day before the theatrical release of the Return of the King. It started at 11am and involved watching extended editions of the first two films followed by the premiere of the last film in the trilogy at midnight. I had to drive to Rhode Island (four hours away) to do it but it was totally awesome and so worth it.

Old Kitty said...

Oscar the Grouch! I love Oscar the Grouch! LOL!!

Oh I can't wait for the Hobbit!! Seriously. Can. Not. Wait!
:-)

Take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I loved your O post but am not a fan I'm sad to say.
Look forward to your P Post.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

But you're a really cool geek!
I've watched some of the specials. WETA is in high demand now.
And it's a good thing I don't have kids because I would do that!

Talli Roland said...

Orc! That's a creative one for the word O. Love it! Your post, that is... not orcs. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Hmm, not my type! :-)

Jay Noel said...

Love LOTR, though not as much as you (apparently!). Orcs are soulless monsters, which makes killing them easy. They're a perfect enemy.

Kinda like Stormtroopers in Star Wars. They're just clones, not "real people," so the audience doesn't mind watching the good guys just leave a pile of bad guys dead!

Libby said...

LOTR action figures? Yes, that is nerdy, and awesome!

T. Drecker said...

For some reason, your post has a wonderful print for a T-shirt flashing in my mind:

Have you hugged your orc today?

Cassie Mae said...

I called these awesome things booger people! It was my dream to be cast as one until my dad said they already made all the movies. :(

Eric said...

Oh yeah, orcs are awesome. I especially like the leader with that cool bow and huge arrows. I don't know if that was how I imagined them when I first read LOTR (it's been so long ago), but I do applaud what they came up with. Great choice.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Aww, that Happy Birthday pic is awful! Poor kid. LOL.

Donna Yates said...

Orcs. Ugly as they are, they do make for interesting tales.

Suzi said...

I loved Lord of the Rings. Everything. Not only the visuals, but the soundtrack too. So much of it just gave you that sense of inpending doom.

I can't wait til my kids are old enough to watch. Right now, I'm afraid the Orcs and others might give them nightmares.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

ORC PREJUDICE!

Kidding. Interesting choice.

Donna Hole said...

I watched all the "making of" stuff on LOTR and Matrix. Fascinating.

......dhole

Savannah Chase said...

LOTR is truly an amazing trilogy, the books the movies...I love them..I've seen pictures from the new movie and it looks good, but I miss the fact that they are changing some of the actors.

Leslie Rose said...

I'm hopelessly addicted to all things LOTR, movies-books - board games- you name it. I have watched ALL the extra features on the DVD's including chasing Easter Eggs and watching all the commentary. We recently brought the blurays so it's time to watch it all again. Bliss.

William Kendall said...

Orcs. They definitely are nasty curs, aren't they? Definitely a fan of the books and the trilogy, and I'm eagerly awaiting the Hobbit....