Orcs and “Evil Races” in Fantasy by Helen Gould When most people think of an orc, it’s likely that the first thing they think of are the creatures from The Lord of the Rings. On the surface, looking at it from a “traditional” Western fantasy view of good guys vs.

The best way to understand a period in history is to look at the culture’s art and literature. Who knows how historians will make sense of what was said and done in our current era, but living in this moment, the changes that are occurring in fiction are already apparent.