Snaga (orc of Isengard)

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An Orc, addressed as Snaga, was a scout under the command of Uglúk, and part of a company who was bringing Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck to Isengard. He was killed when Éomer's riders attacked their camp.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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'.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Snaga was voiced by Gordon Reid.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Snaga is played by Jed Brophy, and voiced by an uncredited Andy Serkis. In the film, he is depicted as an Orc of Mordor under Grishnákh's command. After attempting to eat Merry and Pippin, he is decapitated by Uglúk and cannibalized by the ravenous Uruk-hai.

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Uruk-hai"
  2. 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