The Orcs are definitely stated to be corruptions of the 'human' form seen in Elves and Men. They are (or were) squat, broad, flat-nosed, sallow-skinned, with wide mouths and slant eyes: in fact degraded and repulsive versions of the (to Europeans) least lovely Mongol-types.
But you should be aware that the European stereotype of 'Muslims' even up to the nineteenth century was as a very dark people. Look at Shakespeare's Othello, he makes quite a big deal of the Moor's 'compexion'.
The story as a whole is so complex that you could find just about anything you want in it. I think that's a large part of the secret of its success. There is simply so much there that nearly anyone can find something to identify with.
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