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"Moriondor" is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Moriondor were possibly either the first Orcs or a general term for the Elves who became Orcs rather than being born as Orcs. The Moriondor were invented by Amazon Studios for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

History[edit | edit source]

When the Elves first awoke, many of them were taken by Morgoth, who tortured and twisted them, until they became the first Orcs, a new and ruinous form of life. Despite being of a higher rank than an average Orc, the Moriondor took orders from Morgoth and Sauron, never operating independently of the Dark Powers.

During the late Second Age after the battle of Tirharad, Galadriel assumes that Adar must be one of the Moriondor during her interrogation of him. Adar answers her assumptions with silence, neither confirming nor refuting her assumption.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Moriondor is a Quenya word that translates to the "Sons of the Dark" according to Galadriel. It is the plural form of Morion ("Dark One"), which in the context of the legendarium was an early name of Morgoth.[1]