Having just completed the trilogy (again). I couldn't help feel sorry for the poor Orc's. They aren't schzophrenic, the World is genuinely after them. Not just the goody-two-shoes elves, dwarves, men, trees, eagles; but from their own kind as well. Nor is their any concern from their master. Yet when you listen to them talking they are no worse than any other group that know they have, as usual, been given the grotty end of the stick. They are also capable of crude compassion, showing care and loyalty for their own small clique, even taking some care of their priconers Spoiler Even Frodo was given food and drink when he was captured One can hear the defence lawyers now. "M'Lud, my client is unable to control his actions. He was abandoned by his parents, beaten by his peers, tortured by his employer, and chased by all that meet him." Won't someone say a kind word for the Orc's?