|Other names||"Bolg of the North"|
|Death||T.A. 2941 |
|Gallery||Images of Bolg|
Bolg of the North was an Orc warlord.
Bolg was the son of Azog, who succeeded his father as leader of the northern Orcs after Azog was killed by Dáin Ironfoot at the Battle of Azanulbizar in Third Age 2799. This started Bolg's hatred towards the Dwarves and after the Great Goblin was killed during an encounter with Thorin and Company in T.A. 2941, his hatred for them grew even more.[source?]
Once they reached the Lonely Mountain, Bolg led the Orcs and Wargs into battle with the Dwarves, Wood-elves, and Lake-men. Surrounding him was a group of huge Orcs with steel scimitars. When Thorin attempted to pierce their ranks he became surrounded, and would later die from the wounds he sustained. The Eagles arrived and after them came Beorn in the shape of a bear. Beorn killed Bolg and the Orcs and Wargs were soon defeated.
In The History of The Hobbit, a word from a little known and little expanded language, Mágol, is given, bolg, which means "strong". Tolkien at one time considered making Mágol an Orkish language. An Ivernian word "bolg", of unknown meaning, is also cited by Rateliff.
Portrayal in adaptations
- Bolg is played by Conan Stevens and Lawrence Makoare. He first makes a brief appearance in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where he is seen fighting against Dwalin during the flashback to the battle outside Moria, until he is incapacitated and knocked down.
- Later on, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Azog (who survives the War of the Dwarves and Orcs) is summoned to Dol Guldur to become the commander of Sauron's Orc armies. While there, Azog dispatches his son, Bolg, to take his place in hunting Thorin and Company. He tracks the Company through Mirkwood, attacks the Wood-elves as the Company escapes through barrels, and eventually follow the Dwarves to Lake-town.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, p. 710
- ↑ MrCere, "Exclusive: ‘Hobbit’s’ Conan Stevens chats with TORn" dated 22 April 2012, TheOneRing.net (accessed 5 September 2012)