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Grishnákh

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Grishnákh
Orc
Biographical Information
Other namesCaptain of the Orcs of the Dark Tower
Date of birthUnknown
Date of deathFebruary 29, Third Age 3019
Physical Description
RaceOrcs
GenderMale

Grishnákh was an orc of Mordor, and possibly one of the Uruk-hai. He was present at the torture and interrogation of Gollum and therefore knew about the One Ring. Grishnákh was part of a raiding party which 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.

Description

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

Portrayal in adaptations

In Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings, no individual orcs are identified - or identifiable, but one orc yells "Grishnákh" to another when they are surrounded by the Rohirrim. In Peter Jackson's The Two Towers, Grishnákh is played by Stephen Ure. He is a common orc who is crushed by Treebeard after he attempts to kill the Merry and Pippin. While it is assumed this character is Grishnákh, the name is never spoken in the film.