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Biographical Information
Other names"Bolg of the North"[1]
DeathT.A. 2941
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bolg

Bolg of the North was an Orc warlord.


Bolg was the son of Azog,[1] who succeeded his father as leader of the northern Orcs after Azog was killed by Dáin Ironfoot at the Battle of Azanulbizar in Third Age 2799.[2] This started Bolg's hatred towards the Dwarves and after the Great Goblin was killed during an encounter with Thorin and Company in T.A. 2941, his hatred for them grew even more.[source?]

Bolg gathered an army of Orcs from the Misty Mountains to their capital at Mount Gundabad. They marched eastward through the Grey Mountains with a host of Wargs and a cloud of bats overhead.[1]

Once they reached the Lonely Mountain, Bolg led the Orcs and Wargs into battle with the Dwarves, Wood-elves, and Lake-men. Surrounding him was a group of huge Orcs with steel scimitars.[1] When Thorin attempted to pierce their ranks he became surrounded, and would later die from the wounds he sustained. The Eagles arrived and after them came Beorn in the shape of a bear. Beorn killed Bolg and the Orcs and Wargs were soon defeated.[3]


There have been several attempts to give a meaning of the name Bolg. One is a regular Orkish treatment of Boldog, another a connection to Westron bolg.

In The History of The Hobbit, a word from a little known and little expanded language, Mágol, is given, bolg, which means "strong". Tolkien at one time considered making Mágol an Orkish language. An Ivernian word "bolg", of unknown meaning, is also cited by Rateliff.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Bolg is played by Conan Stevens. He first makes a brief appearance in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,[5] where he is seen fighting against Dwalin during the flashback to the battle outside Moria, until he is incapacitated and knocked down.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, p. 710
  5. MrCere, "Exclusive: ‘Hobbit’s’ Conan Stevens chats with TORn" dated 22 April 2012, (accessed 5 September 2012)