I am aware that it is a hotly debated topic on what the true origins of Orcs are. However, assuming that Morgoth did create Orcs by corrupting Elves; why didn't he do the same thing for the other conscious beings of Middle Earth? I know that he corrupted the other free peoples in other ways, such as morally or spiritually. But, as far as i'm aware, he never made a new "race" by torturing and subjugating Men, Dwarves, Ents, Eagles, Hobbits, lesser Maiar, or Skin Changers. Is it because of something inherent to Elves, or was it more of act of convenience?

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    Once you've achieved perfection, why bother carrying on?
    – Valorum
    Jun 20 at 20:45
  • Arguably he corrupted whole world, one way or another, but this, along with his costly fight with Ungoliant, lessened his power with time.
    – Mithoron
    Jun 20 at 21:40
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    He possibly DID do that with Ents. That's one theory for the origin of Trolls. Jun 20 at 21:43
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    He would have had the benefit of time and isolation with the elves. Ents and balrogs as well. One imagines this corruption takes time, though my kids could turn into monsters pretty damn quickly!
    – JohnHunt
    Jun 21 at 15:52
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    Don't forget that Atani and Quendi are of the same species, and only differ "spiritually". So corrupting Atani would have much the same effect, assuming that the corruption involves complete "spiritual" corruption. As for the Naugrim, I think there's a quote somewhere about how they're difficult to mentally subjugate
    – Tuor
    Jun 23 at 3:20


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