I can't recall any quotes from the book but I am certain I read in a lot of places that orcs are black and ugly. It is indeed strange how elves that were so beautiful became black (no rasism here) and ugly and indeed much stronger than elves themselves. Did Morgoth put some magic on them? Did he use music to make them that way? This is possible since the world was created with music. Anyone recalls any quotes about this?Do we actually know what Orcs look like? (apart from the movie!)
That's just a general description of course.
According to The Silmarillion Chapter 7, when Melkor tries to con Fëanor out of the Silmarils, Fëanor is no where near broken or in despair. "And he shut the doors of his house in the face of the mightiest of all the dwellers in Eä.Originally posted by Meliaiel
also somewhere in 'The Silmarillion' was told that if anyone-no matter elf or edain-looked into Melkor's eyes his mind would be broken and poisoned by dispair and madness.