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Snaga by John Howe.

Snaga was a contemptuous term for the lesser Orcs of Mordor and Isengard, used especially among the larger and stronger Uruk-hai. It comes from a word in the Black Speech meaning 'slave' or 'servant'.[1]

Two orcs named (or called) "Snaga" appear in The Lord of the Rings:

Portrayal in adaptations

1997: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

The "Snaga-hai" appear as a faction of Orcs, portrayed on a card by artist Steve Otis.

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

Snaga was voiced by Andy Serkis.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 79