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Do orcs possess fëa? [duplicate]

Orcs appear to be sentient. Orcs are (possibly) derived from elves who do possess fëa. So do they possess "a soul"? and if so, what happens to it when they die? do they get the gift of men?
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In the hobbit, where did goblins come from? [duplicate]

i was wondering if goblins were somehow just created like humans and elves, or if they were a cross-breed of some other creatures.
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How long does the average Orc live? [duplicate]

The average or expected lifespan of Hobbits, Men and Dwarfs is easily found but I can find no definitive answer for the 'expected' lifespan of an Orc. All I can find so far is, 'unknown'.
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What are the differences between Orcs and Uruks?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy mentions the existence of Orcs and Uruks. I know that Orcs used to be Elves as Saruman says that they were once Elves, but what did Uruks used to be and why are they ...
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Is there a way to determine the respective canonical status of Tolkien's Middle-earth related works?

It is almost always difficult to determine the canonicity (if that's a word) of different works within a fictional universe, but the problems are even more complicated in regards to Tolkien's Middle-...
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Were the Hobbit-Five armies rock-eating-worms a Jackson invention or do they have a precedent in middle earth Lore?

In the Jackson movie "Hobbit - The Five Armies" there appears to be a race of rock-eating worms (similar to Tremors) that assist the Orc army. Now I'm aware Jackson is contractually barred from ...
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Did the description of Grendel influence Tolkien's depiction of the Orcs?

Since Tolkien was largely influenced by the Old English poem Beowulf, it should not be a surprise if his Orcs were at least partly derived from it. Just as the Orcs are twisted, monstrous, naturally ...
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Why didn't Durin's Bane kill the Orcs?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains are clearly afraid of the Balrog, and who could blame them? But whereas the Balrog killed all the Dwarves he could find after they woke ...
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Why did Eru in LOTR create so many species?

In looking at this question it brings to mind, in-universe (all of JRT writings) did he ever say why Eru created multiple species that can communicate? Elves, Hobbits, Dwarfs? Was it just to make the ...
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How Are Orcs Mortal?

Coming from this question: Are Tolkien's orcs immortal? But then if Orcs are not immortal, does that mean that they are not the result of breeding corrupted elves? Or does becoming corrupted rob you ...
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Were orcs stronger in the first age?

I was thinking about how most beings were stronger in earlier times than in say, the Third Age. Did this apply to orcs as well? Did the power Morgoth put into the orcs in the First Age make them ...
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What happens to spirits/souls of other creatues than Elves and Men after their death?

Silmarillion tells us what happens to the souls of Men and Elves: ... For the Elves die not till tile world dies, unless they are slain or waste in grief (and to both these seeming deaths they are ...
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Why would the Valar release Melkor?

Once the Valar discovered Melkor had returned from beyond and started causing havoc in Middle-earth, destroying the Two Lamps and capturing, torturing, and mutilating Elves into what would later be ...
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About Creation Of Orcs And Dwarves

How can it be that Melkor created the orcs and Aule created the dwarves, when both needed The Imperishable Flame (The Secret Fire)?
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Tolkien's Hierarchy of Creation Cheat Sheet

So I have recently come upon this link which I have found to be very informative and was wondering how accurate it is.

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