Orcs And Trolls – The Difference Portrayed In Fantasies

These types of mythical creatures all share the same common trait. They are considered as ugly, brutal, dirty and barbaric. Orcs and trolls are most of the time encountered in many fantasy stories out there. Series coming from the Dungeons and Dragons franchise have these creatures in their world. If not for cannon fodder or enemies to be slain, they always prove a more interesting and exciting role to our heroes. Orcs and trolls all have their own differences in fantasies. So if youíre a big fan of stories with evil monsters in them, then take a few moments of your time to read about the differences these creatures have.


Orcs are probably made most popular by RR. Tolkienís series Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. Nevertheless, they are always present in Middle Earth (the setting of Tolkienís fantasy). Orcs in his stories are brutal and savage, always portrayed as an enemy. They rally huge armies and raids to fight the heroes on their quest. The orcs in Middle Earth mostly ride a powerful wolf-hyena looking like mount known as a warg.

In Dungeons and Dragons settings like the Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk and others orcs are portrayed differently. They are still a savage species that resemble humans with pig like qualities. They have big tusks in their mouth, and are most of the time very hairy. They mostly come out in groups and large numbers in battling against the heroes in a story set in D&D. Orcs are not present in some D&D novels like Dragonlance and Dark Sun.

Orcs are present in the World of Warcraft franchise. They are portrayed very different from the other two franchises; itís because in the World of Warcraft the orcs are more civilized. They are portrayed as green-skinned creatures that resemble humans and live a nomadic and warrior style of life. Some orcs in this setting are considered as heroes and honorable, doing good deeds and slaying evil creatures along with a human or elven companion.


Trolls are portrayed in Tolkienís Middle Earth series as gigantic monsters usually allied with orc armies. They serve as lumbering soldiers who will charge their way to battle with abandon, crushing any tiny opponents that they come with.

In Dungeons and Dragons series trolls are portrayed very differently. They mostly live in swampy places where people try to stay away from. Itís almost impossible (or very rare) to talk to a troll in the D&D worlds. Most of them are very primal and savage, never bothering to communicate with adventurers, and will just kill or eat anything on sight. Perhaps an interesting fact about orcs in the Dungeons and Dragons setting is their powerful regenerative abilities. It is noted that once you cut down the arm of a troll it will grow one/regenerate itself in a few moments: As for the other part of his body that was separated (the arm), it will also grow to be a new troll. There are even very popular tales in certain D&D worlds that tells the reader if a dog were to eat the remains of a troll, it will soon find its stomach being ripped open as the new troll emerges from its digestive system.