Orc evolved from the archaic Hulgorkyn language used by the orcs. Orc, also known as Orcish or Daraktan, was the common language written and spoken by a vast majority of the Orcs in the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. Daraktan utilized the Dethek script.

It is no clear if the Orcs were immortal like the Elves. However, most research suggests they are not immortal. There is, in any case, a hint for a long lifespan in the story of two of the most famous Orc chieftains Azog and Bolg. Bolg, being the son of Azog, was the chieftain of the Orcs who attacked Erebor in the Battle of Five Armies in T.A 2941 and was known to have lived more than a hundred years. Azog himself was killed in the Battle of Azanulbizar. Personally, this sort of defeats the claim that they are immortal.

Orcish Names

The listed names were used by orcs in Faerun Orcs are strong humanoids fit for destroying virtually any threat in their tireless attack. They want the eradication of all the acculturated races of the considerable number of universes, particularly those of mythical beings, dwarves, and people. Their whole life is devoted to satisfying the divine beings in the expectations that they will be picked to take on in an endless conflict once beyond words. Orc names are solid, froggy, and throaty sounding.

Male given names: Besk, Durth, Fang, Gothog, Harl, Kesk, Orrusk, Tharag, Thog, Ugurth

Female given names: Betharra, Creske, Edarreske, Duvaega, Neske, Orvaega, Varra, Yeskarra

Surnames: Dummik, Horthor, Lammar, Sormuzhik, Turnskull, Ulkrunnar, Zorgar


Generally, orcs have varied overall appearance, orcs are dark-skinned, they possess ears that are fashioned like the wolves, long arms and fanged mouths, strong but crooked in the frame and bow-legged, Orcs were described as smaller in stature than Men on average.

I was going through the Quora web application the other day. Though the writer found the question stupid in an funny way, but I do think that such fantasies is not alien to each and every one of us. In his words he wrote, “I know, stupid question, I’ve seen LotR, I’ve done the research to see Elder Scrolls and Forgotten Realms ideas of the Orcish language, but all of these are incomplete.

I’m wondering what would a good substitute language for orcish would be that I could use for translation purposes. I liken dwarvish to old norse and elvish to welsh, infernal to old Latin and primordial ignan to Arabic, so what would a good language be to liken to orcish”.

Personally, the question spoke to me because I have always had similar fantasies. When I read through the question, Klingon came to mind. I am pretty sure that when Star Trek invented Klingon, they were thinking of Orcs.

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Orc Translator

I have supplied an orc language translator to help you learn the language and subsequently improve your performance in your next adventure. Find the Orcish translator here.

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