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Snaga (Orc of Mordor)

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Snaga
Orc
Biographical Information
Date of death17 March, T.A. 3019
Physical Description
RaceOrc
GenderMale

An Orc, addressed as Snaga, was part of the garrison of the Tower of Cirith Ungol. He was one of the few survivors of the Battle of Cirith Ungol[1] on 14 March T.A. 3019.[2]

Snaga was running down the stairs of the tower when he encountered what he thought was a "Great Elf-warrior" on the stairs. Spinning around, he fled back the way he came. The "Great Elf-warrior" was actually Samwise Gamgee who followed the Orc, although being tired he fell behind his foe.

Snaga came upon Shagrat, who ordered him to send word to Sauron that they captured a Halfling. Snaga refused, and after a short chase, made his way to the top of the tower. There, he lashed the prisoner, Frodo Baggins, with a whip. He was quickly overcome by Samwise Gamgee, and fell through the trap door to his death.[1]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1980: The Return of the King (1980 film):

Two Orcs appear in the role of Snaga, though none are called or credited as such. Sam encounters one on the stairs, who runs, trips and falls to his doom. A second orc is lashing Frodo. After a short fight, he too falls to his doom.

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

Snaga was voiced by Gordon Reid.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"