Author's Response: I prefer canon. Maybe it's a crutch to rely on Tolkien to give me characters, but I develop some of my own here and there. I've always been curious about the people Tolkien didn't have the chance to introduce to us properly (orcs included), so I'm really glad I found fanfiction so I can bring them to life as I see them.
Thanks for the review and thanks for the challenge. It was fun!