There are few movie franchises as iconic as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series. As beloved as they are, the films suffer from a number of inconsistencies that have confused fans for years. One such inconsistency occurs during a scene in which Merry and Pippin have been captured by the Orcs, who are wondering if they should eat the little hobbits on the spot.
An argument leads Orc Ugluk to chop off another orc’s head, declaring, “Looks like meat is back on the menu, boys!” Stephen ure, who played Orc Grishnakh, who first offered to eat the hobbits, admitted in an interview with Thrillist that while the scene has garnered a huge following in LOTR fandom and across Internet memes, the word “menu” makes no sense in the context of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
“There are a lot of things that don’t really make sense. Of course, they wouldn’t know what a menu was. You’re not going to start debating the writing, because maybe they gonna run away and rewrite it and then you’re gonna be sitting there in this whole thing. Really, at the end of the day, you just want it to be over and get out of this stuff. I had no idea this scene had become so famous. There’s a there’s a lot of awkward things in there. It’s Philippa Boyens. She puts all these things in there that don’t make sense. She was taken care of because she was Tolkien’s expert. I can tell the lines Philippa wrote. Like in the third movie where I play Gorbag, and when I finally come back from the big orc fight that starts on Mithril’s vest, and I’m going to kill Elijah [Wood as Frodo], and say, “I’m going to bleed you like a stuck pig.”
Of course, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility that Orcs would have heard of the word “menu” at some point, and understood what it meant. Although they are portrayed as barely more cohesive savages than the animals, the orcs of Middle-earth have their own history, their own social structure, and their own reasons for taking part in the War of the Rings on behalf of Sauron. Jed Brophy, who played the Snaga Orcs in the films, explained how he created a meaningful character for his character with the help of Peter Jackson.
“There was a general discussion with Peter about how they were twisted. They were originally elves. They were mostly deceived by Melkor and chemically changed or altered by dark magic or whatever. They were deceived mainly by Melkor and chemically altered or altered by dark magic or whatever. probably don’t have a lot of leftovers, their goal is to try and find food as much as possible. [I did] was that the teeth were pretty sharp and I was trying that and Peter saw me tongue out and said, “That’s cool. He’s kind of like a lizard.” So I went, “Okay, that’s a great model.” You are always looking for a hook in whatever type of creature you play. With Snaga, it was just that he just wanted whatever kind of incidental food or scraps of clothing they could find. They are really scavengers but also opportunists. They are totally downcast by their lord and any kind of joy they can find for themselves they will find. The cockney thing just came out of the fact that there are various English dialects in Middle-earth and it’s an idea Peter and Fran had to say they were more Cockney. “
We’ll see Orcs again in Amazon’s next adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s work which is expected to take place centuries before Frodo Baggins stumbles upon the Ring of Power. Maybe the show will do a better job of showing the Orcs as people with understandable motives rather than an army of evil minions.
Produced by Amazon Studios, The Lord of the Rings stars Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai- Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant , Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani. The series is slated to air on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. This news comes from Thrillist.com.
Topics: The Lord of the Rings