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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:

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

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.


  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