From the LotR.Fandom article on Orcs:

Before Oromë first found the Elves at Cuiviénen, Melkor kidnapped some of them and cruelly tortured them, twisting them into the first Orcs.

From the LotR.Fandom article on Elves:

Elves are (generally) unusually beautiful in face and body. There is little physical difference between males and females except that which is required for reproduction. They have far better vision and hearing than Men. They also have skills and abilities beyond what is possible for Men, and many can craft seemingly magical objects. In The Silmarillion, it is mentioned that the Elves are indeed closest in kin to the Ainur, given that Elves possess ethereal grace and various powers. Elves are light of foot, can travel long distances without leaving tracks, and often can walk lightly across snow where the boots of Men would sink. They do not require sleep, but are able to enter a waking meditative state to regain their strength which means they can be exhausted and tire. Although the Elves are more resistant to adverse environments and lack of food than Men, they can succumb to them thus Elves do require sustenance.

This answer states that Orcs did not retain the elves immortality. But as Orcs were (or at least some) created from elves, have they retained any of the other features of the elves?

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    Despite the bald assertion in that fandom entry, it is far from settled that Orcs came from Elves. The question you link and its answers has a useful discussion. Oct 29, 2021 at 9:38
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    I guess they retained the pointy ears!?
    – Hans Olo
    Oct 29, 2021 at 9:43
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    I can think of two points. One is that orcs reproduced in the same way as the children of Illuvatar. The other is that it is not impossible that they had long lives/immortality. In Mordor, Grishnakh and Gorbat reminisced about the old days, which might refer to events of the Second Age (although that is far from conclusive). Oct 29, 2021 at 11:03
  • 7
    Keen fashion sense. Oct 29, 2021 at 12:09
  • 5
    @SillybutTrue Not only keen but cutting edge ;)
    – Shade
    Oct 29, 2021 at 12:10


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