Sunday, July 20, 2014

Orcs and Txapelas

Our present-day conception of an orc or ork is one of a race of mythical humanoid creatures, generally described as brutish, aggressive and repulsive, stemming from the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, where orcs contrast with the benevolent Elvish race. In Tolkien's writings, orc is another word for goblin. Tolkien developed his idea of the orc from the Old English term orcneas.
In popular culture (including fantasy fiction and fantasy games), orcs are variously portrayed. Facial features tend toward the grotesque (generally a mixture of the ape-like and pig-like), and their skin typically varies from black to grey to green, and sometimes red. They may be physically stronger or weaker than humans, but always high in numbers. They often ride boars, wolves, and wargs. In many role-playing and computer games, orcs have green or greenish skin.
The relationship between Orcs and Basques is not entirely clear to me, but the fact is that the 'Orc' is used as a popular symbol in the Basque Country (especially among football fans).  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Daan,
    how are you? I hope you -and your family - are feeling fine?
    (Me & Bobbel Boy & Bobbeline - all, offcourse(!) wearing BERETS - are in a fine condition. Maybe this is, because we're wearing BERETS? :-) )

    This guys - above - are extremly good looking with BERETS!!! Too sweet... :-)

    - Matthias

    Do you already know "BOBBELINE" - Bobbel Boy's new girlfriend? - Take a look here: