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Keeper of the Dungeons

Keeper of the Dungeons is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Keeper of the dungeons
The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies - Keeper of the Dungeons.jpg
Biographical Information
PositionKeeper of the Dungeons
AffiliationAzog, The Necromancer
DeathT.A. 2941
Dol Guldur
Notable forAttempting to steal Narya
Physical Description
Hair colorRed
Eye colorBlue

The Keeper of the Dungeons[note 1] is a Gundabad orc played by Conan Stevens in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Originally intended to be an early design of Azog, his design was later reused for Bolg, and appeared as such in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,[1] and was then scrapped and re-used for this Orc.

[edit] History

He participated in the Battle of Azanulbizar where he fought Dwalin and was scarred in the encounter. During the Quest for the Lonely Mountain, the Keeper of the Dungeons was summoned by the Necromancer to the fortress of Dol Guldur. He first spots Gandalf hanging in a cage in Dol Guldur. He removes the cage, and then opens it to remove Gandalf. He then starts interrogating Gandalf about the Elven rings, when suddenly, he spots Narya on the Wizard's hand. Attempting to claim it for his master, the Keeper is interrupted by the intruding Lady Galadriel, who blasts the orc in pieces, killing him.[note 2]


  1. Despite appearing in the ending credits of The Battle of the Five Armies, he was never given an actual name by the film makers, making him and Azog's underling the only orcs with speaking roles without a name
  2. This all happens in the extended edition. In the theatrical version, he still attempts to kill Gandalf, but this time for intruding into Dol Guldur.


  1. "Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history" dated 16 December 2013, A Tolkienist Perspective (accessed 17 June 2017)