Mordor, Gondor, all around the town

Just another struggling thespian pounding the Broadway pavement ...

Just another struggling thespian pounding the Broadway pavement …

Harry Aspinwall, a Scottish actor who is living in Brooklyn, has decided to highlight the lives of some of his lesser known fellow New Yorkers.  Inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York”, Aspinwall has created a Facebook page dedicated to “Orcs of New York”.  Capturing the immigrants of Mordor in casual moments around town, he gets them to open up about their lives away from the Dark Tower, their childhood memories, their dreams, and the day-to-day joys and sorrows being strangers in a strange land.

The downside of hanging out in Brooklyn wearing traditional garb?

The downside of hanging out in Brooklyn wearing traditional garb?

In an interview on Hypable, Mr. Aspinwall noted that getting orcs to open up about their thoughts and concerns was not hard for a sympathetic interviewer: “When you ask people/orcs about themselves, it is amazing what comes out.  I don’t think most orcs are used to outsiders/sharaz asking about their lives and culture.”  He promises more posts to come, as well as “a map of the greater NYC area bordering on Mordor and Haradwaith”.

Cool cat, looking for a kittie, gonna look in every corner of the city ...

Cool cat, looking for a kittie, gonna look in every corner of the city …

It is not surprising to see how the Orcs of New York posts are reaching a wider readership beyond the usual suspect fantasy fans.  “Under the superficial differences – the skin colour, the accents and language, the bones, ritual scarification and war paint – we’re all pretty much the same living, feeling creatures,” Aspinwall concludes.

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