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John Howe - Snaga

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:

[edit] 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:

An Isengard Orc credited as Snaga was played by Jed Brophy and voiced (uncredited) by Andy Serkis.

[edit] References

  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