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"Thingol fights Boldog" by Tom Loback
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Death North-marches of Doriath; killed by Thingol
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Boldog was an Orc chieftain according to the early version of the Legendarium in the Lay of Leithian. In later versions, it was a title for Maiar who took Orc-shape.


Morgoth, hearing of the beauty of Lúthien and pondering the purposes of Thingol, sent a great force against Doriath, led by Boldog; but with another purpose also - for Morgoth wanted to take Lúthien into Angband, for reasons undisclosed. However, the Elves of Doriath defeated the invading army[1] and Thingol himself slew Boldog.[2]

Some time later, when Finrod, Beren, Edrahil and their companions (clad in Orc-form) were brought before Thû, 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 but lately, and also due to Beren's dismay and anger due to Sauron's mention of Lúthien and how Morgoth coveted her.[3]


Boldog is Noldorin for "Torment-slayer", from baul ("torment") + daug ("warrior").[4]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In Tolkien's later works, the character doesn't appear again. Instead, the name Boldog is a title borne by Orc-shaped Maiar:

Some of these things may have been delusions and phantoms but some were no doubt shapes taken by the servants of Melkor, mocking and degrading the very forms of the children. For Melkor had in his service great numbers of Maiar, who had the power, as their Master, of taking visible and tangible shape in Arda.
Morgoth's Ring, "Myths Transformed", text X')

Boldog (…) is a name that occurs many times in the tales of the War. But it is possible that Boldog was not a personal name, and either a title, or else the name of a kind of creature: the Orc-formed Maiar, only less formidable than the Balrogs
—Author's footnote to the text X

Melkor had corrupted many spirits — some great as Sauron, or less as Balrogs. The least could have been primitive Orcs.
—Author's note to text


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