I’ve made reference to the “dwarf-elf-orc cliche” in a couple previous posts, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain what I mean. There’s two parts to this concept. The first deals with the interpretation of these fantasy races. The second encompasses the the fantasy trope of good and evil races.
Going back to their roots
Modern fantasy, from roleplaying games to video games to literature to movies, has adopted almost wholesale a singular treatment for dwarves, elves and orcs. Read more