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Melkor had corrupted many spirits — some great as Sauron, or less as Balrogs. The least could have been primitive Orcs.


Boldog was an Orc-name[2] that was given to Maiar that took on the physical form of a primitive Orc.


Boldog was a title taken by many of the servants of Morgoth that appeared multiple times during the Battles of Beleriand.[3] While some bearers of the Boldog title may have been no more than "delusions and phantoms", many others that bore the name took on shapes that mocked and degraded Elves and Men.[4] These "Orc-formed Maiar" were said to be "only less formidable than the Balrogs".[3]


Boldog is Noldorin for "Torment-slayer", from baul ("torment") and daug ("warrior").[5]

Other versions of the legendarium

Thingol fights Boldog by Tom Loback

According to the early version of the Legendarium within the Lay of Leithian,[6] Boldog was the name of an Orc-captain that was the leader of a raid into the north-marches of Doriath and tasked by Morgoth to capture Lúthien and bring her to Angband, for reasons undisclosed. However, the Iathrim defeated the invading army[7] with Boldog himself being slayed by Thingol.[8] Some time later, when Finrod, Beren, Edrahil and their companions were brought before Thû clad within Orc-form, they said that they were a part of the army under the command of Boldog, and had urgent news to deliver to Thangorodrim - but Thû saw through their disguise, revealing to them that Boldog was slain.[9]


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