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Biographical Information
Other namesCaptain of the Orcs of the Dark Tower
DeathFebruary 29, T.A. 3019
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Grishnákh

Grishnákh was an orc of Mordor.


Grishnákh was present at the torture and interrogation of Gollum and therefore knew about the One Ring. Grishnákh was part of a raiding party that captured Merry and Pippin at Parth Galen. He was the captain of a group of orcs which joined Uglúk's forces on the plains of Rohan during the War of the Ring. After seeing Merry and Pippin imitate Gollum's croaking noise, he believed they had the One Ring and planned on taking it from them. Before he could accomplish this he was slain by the Riders of Éomer near the eaves of Fangorn Forest.


Grishnákh was described as being short, crook-legged creature, broad, with long arms hanging almost to the ground.

Portrayal in adaptations

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

No individual orcs are identified - or identifiable, but one orc yells "Grishnákh" to another when they are surrounded by the Rohirrim.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Grishnákh is played by Stephen Ure. He is a common orc who is crushed by Treebeard after he attempts to kill Merry and Pippin.

2004: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring:

Grishnákh is a captain in the evil faction. He is voiced by David Lodge.