Slight correction. Balrogs were Maiar, and thus could take whatever visible physical form they wished. They were willed by Morgoth to be dark and terrifying. I agree that Balrogs could not fly. Creatures that could fly had that ability mentioned specifically (Thuringwethil, for instance or the winged dragons like Smaug).
Originally Posted by CharlesRollinsWare
Orcs were made in mockery of Elves (the actual origin of them is shrouded in mystery and Tolkien's notes as published by Christopher Tolkien reveal the shifting of the conceptions surrounding them) it is said. It is certain in the lore that they were biologically akin to the Elves/Men, for they had a physical life exactly the same as they. Remember Frodo's words to Sam when in the Tower of Cirith Ungol "Foul meats they will take/eat if they can't get anything better, but not poison. They've given me food and drink, so I'm better off ...".
Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin that trolls were made in mockery of Ents, and that the Orcs/Trolls birthed in the First Age (the Darkness) were weakened (cannot abide the light of the sun) in sunlight. Saruman's orcs/half-orcs/uruks (larger sided orcs as goblins were smaller sized) could abide the sunlight; leading Treebeard to speculate that Saruman crossed the orcs with Men (again, only biologically possible if close enough akin genetically, meaning similar to the Two Kindreds of the Children of Iluvatar).
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