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An [[Orc-chieftain]] of [[Moria]], who started the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] when he slew [[Thrór]]. He was himself slain by [[Dáin Ironfoot]] in the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], and was succeeded by his son [[Bolg]].
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'''Azog''' was an [[Orcs|Orc]]-chieftain of [[Moria]], who started the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] when he slew [[Thrór]]. He was himself slain by [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]] in the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], and was succeeded by his son [[Bolg]].<ref>{{H|1}}</ref><ref>{{H|17}}</ref><ref>{{App|A3}}</ref>{{Pronounce|Azog.mp3|Ardamir}}
  
Of Azog's origins we know little; he was the chief of the [[Orcs]] of [[Moria]], and apparently the most important [[Orc]] of the northern lands. The average lifespan of an [[Orc]] is unknown, but it is conceivable that he was one of those sent to [[Moria]] by [[Sauron]] in about [[III]] 2480. He had one son that we know of, [[Bolg]], who succeeded him after his death.
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==History==
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Of Azog's origins we know little; he was the chief of the [[Orcs]] of [[Moria]], and apparently the most important [[Orcs|Orc]] of the northern lands. The average lifespan of an Orc is unknown, but it is conceivable that he was one of those sent to [[Moria]] by [[Sauron]] in about {{TA|2480}}. He had one son that we know of, [[Bolg]], who succeeded him after his death.
  
Azog entered history in the year [[III]] 2790 due to King [[Thrór]]'s desire to revisit and perhaps refound the lost realm of [[Khazad-dûm]], in whose mighty ruins Azog dwelt. Azog captured and slew [[Thrór]], and branded his hewn head with his own name, AZOG:
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Azog entered history in the year {{TA|2790}} due to King [[Thrór]]'s desire to revisit and perhaps refound the lost realm of [[Khazad-dûm]], in whose mighty ruins Azog dwelt. Azog captured and slew [[Thrór]], and branded his hewn head with his own name, "AZOG".  He flung the head at Nár, then a money purse containing "few coins of little worth", warning that he would tolerate no future Dwarf beggars entering his domain at Moria.
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When news of this reached [[Thrór]]'s heir [[Thráin II|Thráin]], he was greatly angered, and mustered a force of [[Dwarves]] to seek revenge on Azog. So began the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]: the [[Dwarves]] hunted Azog, and many battles were fought beneath the earth. After nine years of war, the climactic [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] was fought before the gates of [[Moria]] itself.
  
When news of this reached [[Thrór]]'s heir [[Thráin]], he was greatly angered, and mustered a force of [[Dwarves]] to seek revenge on Azog. So began the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]: the [[Dwarves]] hunted Azog, and many battles were fought beneath the earth. After nine years of war, the climactic [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] was fought before the gates of [[Moria]] itself.
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King [[Thráin II]] and his son [[Thorin|Thorin]] were in that battle (it was here that Thorin gained the surname ''[[Oakenshield]]''). Near the end of the battle, Azog himself emerged and fought with Thráin's cousin [[Náin son of Grór|Náin]] and, after breaking Náin's neck, his young son [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin]]. Though only 32 years old, Dáin swept the head from Azog's shoulders, and helped to win the day. Azog's head was impaled on a spike, with the same coin-filled purse stuffed in his mouth that he had flung at Nár after he killed Thrór nine years before.
  
King [[Thráin]] and his son [[Thorin]] were in that battle (it was here that [[Thorin]] gained the surname [[Oakenshield]]). Near the end of the battle, Azog himself emerged and fought with [[Thráin]]'s cousin [[Náin]] and, after breaking [[Náin]]'s neck, his young son [[Dáin]]. Though only 32 years old, [[Dáin]] swept the head from Azog's shoulders, and helped to win the day.
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The [[Dwarves]] made no attempt to press their advantage, though, because [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin]] had glimpsed [[Durin's Bane]] during his battle, and warned the [[Dwarves]] not to attempt to enter [[Moria]]. Azog's underground dominions in the north, though greatly reduced in the War, fell to his son [[Bolg]], who held them for more than 150 years until he too met his end at the [[Battle of Five Armies]].
  
The [[Dwarves]] made no attempt to press their advantage, though, because [[Dáin]] had glimpsed [[Durin's Bane]] during his battle, and warned the [[Dwarves]] not to attempt to enter [[Moria]]. Azog's underground dominions in the north, though greatly reduced in the War, fell to his son [[Bolg]], who held them for more than 150 years until he too met his end at the [[Battle of Five Armies]].  
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==Etymology==
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The meaning and origin of the name ''Azog'' is unknown. It is most likely a name in the [[Black Speech]] (e.g., the similarity between ''azog'' and ''[[nazg]]''), though [[Mágol]] may also be a possibility.<ref>{{HM|RB}}, p. 787, note 38</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''2012-13: [[The Hobbit films|''The Hobbit'' films]]:'''
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: Azog is played by [[Manu Bennett]]. He is a white-skinned Orc, known as the Pale Orc. According to Balin he is from Mount Gundabad. In the movie the Battle of Azanulbizar appears in a flashback, Thror is still alive at this time and is beheaded by Azog. Thorin fights with Azog and mortally wounds him. During the events of the Hobbit Thorin believes Azog to have died from his wounds but actually survived.
  
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Images of Azog|Images of Azog]]
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Pascal Yung - Azog.jpg
Azog
Orc
Biographical Information
Date of deathT.A. 2799
Physical Description
RaceOrc
GenderMale
Azog was an Orc-chieftain of Moria, who started the War of the Dwarves and Orcs when he slew Thrór. He was himself slain by Dáin II Ironfoot in the Battle of Azanulbizar, and was succeeded by his son Bolg.[1][2][3]

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History

Of Azog's origins we know little; he was the chief of the Orcs of Moria, and apparently the most important Orc of the northern lands. The average lifespan of an Orc is unknown, but it is conceivable that he was one of those sent to Moria by Sauron in about T.A. 2480. He had one son that we know of, Bolg, who succeeded him after his death.

Azog entered history in the year T.A. 2790 due to King Thrór's desire to revisit and perhaps refound the lost realm of Khazad-dûm, in whose mighty ruins Azog dwelt. Azog captured and slew Thrór, and branded his hewn head with his own name, "AZOG". He flung the head at Nár, then a money purse containing "few coins of little worth", warning that he would tolerate no future Dwarf beggars entering his domain at Moria.

When news of this reached Thrór's heir Thráin, he was greatly angered, and mustered a force of Dwarves to seek revenge on Azog. So began the War of the Dwarves and Orcs: the Dwarves hunted Azog, and many battles were fought beneath the earth. After nine years of war, the climactic Battle of Azanulbizar was fought before the gates of Moria itself.

King Thráin II and his son Thorin were in that battle (it was here that Thorin gained the surname Oakenshield). Near the end of the battle, Azog himself emerged and fought with Thráin's cousin Náin and, after breaking Náin's neck, his young son Dáin. Though only 32 years old, Dáin swept the head from Azog's shoulders, and helped to win the day. Azog's head was impaled on a spike, with the same coin-filled purse stuffed in his mouth that he had flung at Nár after he killed Thrór nine years before.

The Dwarves made no attempt to press their advantage, though, because Dáin had glimpsed Durin's Bane during his battle, and warned the Dwarves not to attempt to enter Moria. Azog's underground dominions in the north, though greatly reduced in the War, fell to his son Bolg, who held them for more than 150 years until he too met his end at the Battle of Five Armies.

Etymology

The meaning and origin of the name Azog is unknown. It is most likely a name in the Black Speech (e.g., the similarity between azog and nazg), though Mágol may also be a possibility.[4]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2012-13: The Hobbit films:

Azog is played by Manu Bennett. He is a white-skinned Orc, known as the Pale Orc. According to Balin he is from Mount Gundabad. In the movie the Battle of Azanulbizar appears in a flashback, Thror is still alive at this time and is beheaded by Azog. Thorin fights with Azog and mortally wounds him. During the events of the Hobbit Thorin believes Azog to have died from his wounds but actually survived.

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, p. 787, note 38