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Shakh (BS."Lord") was a name mainly referring to the second Dark Lord, Sauron. During the Dark Years by which time the power of Sauron had grown, orcs called him Shakhbúrz, meaning "Dark Lord", as a gesture of fear and reverence. Following the first downfall of Sauron, the original term came to be applied among several orc tribes to designate their ruling Chieftain. The word was possibly related to Haradaic or Harûze Chak.

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