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Maggot-folk

Lesser Orcs of the darkness

"Beneath the hills on either side the rock was bored into a hundred caves and maggot-holes: there a host of orcs lurked..."
The Two Towers IV 3
The Black Gate is Closed

A term for Orcs, especially those of lesser kinds that dwelt in the darkness and cowered from the Sun. 'Maggots' was a common insult among the Orcs for others of their own kind, and seems to have been used especially by the Uruk-hai for those they considered inferior. While Uruks could withstand the light of the Sun, many other Orcs could not, and hid in caverns and 'maggot-holes' during the daylight. Orcs had a talent for creating these networks of tunnels, from entire settlemenets like Goblin-town1 in the north to the maggot-holes that laced the mountains of Mordor. For those in northern Mordor, the waste from their tunnelings was piled into great slag-heaps before the Black Gate of that land.


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1

Ugúk the Uruk makes this connection in The Two Towers III 3 (The Uruk-hai) when he refers to Northern Orcs of the Misty Mountains as 'mountain-maggots'.

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