Azog the Desecrator


Gundabad; later: Moria
Orcish (Northern Orcish; Nalt-Gûjâb); Westron
Time Period
Third Age ca. 1900 - 2799
Urzog (N), Omillska (N)
Bôla (N); Garna (N)
Bolg I of Gundabad (N) = non-canon

Azog the Desecrator (Or."Violent") or Azog the Defiler remains one of the greatest Orcs in the histories. As a son of Urzog the Impaler of the seed of Skorg his physical gifts were tremendous and, at least in reference to other Orcs, he was a veritable mental giant. His rise to power started as a Captain in the service of late Angmar. After Gorkil's death, he rose to the Ashdurbuk of Gundabad and, after the fall of Angmar, succeeded to claim a realm on his own in the north, uniting many of the wild orc tribes of the northlands under his banner. He murdered and decapitated the great heir of Dúrin, Thrór, and branded his name on the fallen Dwarf's head. In his arrogance, he offered a pouch of small money to the Dwarves as wergeld for his act of brutality. The Dwarves became enraged and waged war against the Orcs with dauntless ferocity, hunting in every Orc-den for Azog. This was the Great War of the Dwarves and the Orcs of the Third Age's 29th century. Azog was finally found and slain by Dáin II Ironfoot at the Battle of Azanulbizar (Dimrill Dale) in T,A. 2799, before the great East-gate of Moria, although Azog succeeded in also slaying Náin. Azog's head was then set on a stake, and the pouch of wergeld stuffed into its mouth.




  • Azog is called a Goblin by Gandalf, indicating that he is a great Goblin or Hobgoblin. There are also presumptions that Azog may be a descendant of the Orc-Demons or Boldogs. In the Books he is described as a huge Orc with an iron-clad Skull. Other Theories imply that he may have been an early Uruk-Hai.

Important Date:

died T.A, 2799 by the Hands of Dáin Ironfoot.

Movie Trilogy

In the Hobbit Movies Bolg is depicted as a Pale Orc, an ancient line or breed of Orcs possibly of demonic origin. The Film trilogy further revived Azog and gave him the leading role in the Battle of five Armies in contrast to the book, where Azog was slain in the Battle of Azanulbizar and the Host of Gundabad was commanded by his son Bolg. The Character called Bolg in the trilogy was reduced to a lesser commander of Dol Guldur. This was retconned for this wiki by establishing Bolg II as Bolg's son to remain closer to the original canon.


  • MERP:Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls
  • MERP:Middle-Earth Adventure Guidebook II
  • MERP:Middle-Earth Campaign Guide
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