The Thorin vs Azog Duels: An Analysis | A Tolkienist's Perspective
In The Lord of the Rings how did Legolas contribute to the destruction of the He fights alongside Thorin, Kili and Tauriel and kills Azog's bodyguard and Bolg. - of Works in Azog (Tolkien) . Part 1 of Lord of the Rinks .. because when all was said and done and I was starting the Lord of the Rings sequel. In J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings, Orcs are a race of creatures who are used as soldiers and The Hobbit generally uses the term goblin, while The Lord of the Rings . was held by orcs under one Azog and then his son Bolg, and one Golfimbul . Ring that the Orcs had short lifespans in relation to the Númenóreans.
In Tolkien's writings, evil is not capable of independent creation, making it unlikely that the Vala Morgothwho was the first to produce them, could create them from nothing. No female Orcs are ever mentioned by Tolkien in any publication. In an unpublished letter, written in to a Mrs. Munsby and auctioned in at Sotheby'sTolkien confirmed that female Orcs did exist.
But in stories that seldom if ever see the Orcs except as soldiers of armies in the service of the evil lords we naturally would not learn much about their lives. Not much was known. Dwarf-women seldom leave their underground cities, and are not encountered as frontline soldiers in war, but that does not mean they do not exist.
It is said in The Silmarillion: For who of the living has descended into the pits of Utumno, or has explored the darkness of the counsels of Melkor? These "corrupted elves" were the first orcs. A list of origins, proposed by Tolkien[ edit ] Made from the earth[ edit ] According to the oldest "theory" proposed by J. Tolkien found in The Fall of Gondolinfrom The Book of Lost Talescirca —the first tale of Middle-earth to be written in fullOrcs were made of slime through the sorcery of Morgoth: East Elves Avari [ edit ] The Silmarillion contains a suggestion that Orcs are descended from East Elves Avari captured by Melkor, their minds and bodies distorted and corrupted.
They certainly did live for at the very least hundreds of years, since Bolg was the son of Azog and his death occurred over years after the death of his father.
This corrupted elves origin is probably the one used in Peter Jackson 's live action films.
In the film of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingSaruman says: They were elves once, taken by the dark powers, tortured and mutilated. A ruined and terrible form of life Sentient beasts[ edit ] Another of Tolkien's theories proposes that Orcs may have begun as soulless beasts of vaguely humanoid shapes, empowered by the will of the Dark Lord Morgoth and learning language only as parrots do: Their 'talking' was really reeling off 'records' set in them by Melkor.
Even their rebellious critical words — he knew about them. Melkor taught them speech and as they bred they inherited this; and they had just as much independence as have, say, dogs or horses of their human masters. This talking was largely echoic cf. These may then even have been mated with beasts sterile!
Their life-span would be diminished. And dying they would go to Mandos and be held in prison till the End. In the millennia after Morgoth's defeat and banishment from Ardathey were without a leader, and degenerated to small, quarrelsome tribes hiding in the Misty Mountains. Only when Sauron returned to power did they begin to reclaim some of their old standing. Fallen Maiar[ edit ] There are hints in the History of Middle-earth series of books, especially in Morgoth's Ring in the section "Myths Transformed"that some Orc leaders, such as the First Age 's Boldogor the Great Goblin encountered by Bilbo and the Dwarvesmay in fact have been fallen Maiar which had taken Orc form: For Melkor had in his service great numbers of the Maiar, who had the power, as had their Master, of taking visible and tangible shape in Arda.
But it is possible that Boldog was not a personal name, and either a title, or else the name of a kind of creature: The least could have been primitive and much more powerful and perilous Orcs; but by practising when embodied procreation they would cf.
Melian [become] more and more earthbound, unable to return to spirit-state even demon-formuntil released by death killingand they would dwindle in force. It seems Tolkien wanted to change the origin of the Orcs to make them corrupted and twisted Humans. The giant Gundabad orc had sworn to wipe out the line of Durin. He pursues and attacks Thorin and Company on their way to the Lonely Mountain, apparently out of vengeance.
He is also portrayed as the largest orc to ever walk Middle-earth, easily surpassing any of his kin in size, rivaled only by his son Bolg. He is additionally said to be a Gundabad orc. Azog engages Thorin in combat and has him beaten, until the dwarf prince grabs a fallen oak branch and uses it as a shield against the Orc's mace.
As Azog swings his weapon down with his left arm, Thorin grabs a fallen dwarf's sword and slices the arm off. Badly wounded and enraged, Azog is dragged back into Moria by his fellow orcs, while the Dwarves rally and drive back the remainder of his forces, though at great cost to themselves.
Azog is believed by Thorin to have died of his wounds, but he has survived and plots against the dwarves again, this time seeking revenge on Thorin Oakenshield for cutting off his hand, in contrast to his death at the hands of Dain Ironfoot. Azog's steed, a White Warg Later in the film, an orc captain, Yaznegreports his failure to kill the Dwarves back to Azog, and is thrown to the wargs by him with an orc pack camping on Weathertop.
Azog now hunts Thorin and Companyhaving taken an oath to break the line of Durin. He leads a band of hunter orcs and rides a huge white Warg. He is also shown wearing a prosthetic hand and forearm in place of his missing left arm. In a climactic scene of the film, Azog and his band of warg riders finally catch up with Thorin and Company, who are forced to climb trees to escape the wargs.
However the wargs bring down the trees, leaving the company on a tree hanging over a cliff. Thorin cannot hold back his anger and charges at Azog, who easily fells Thorin with his mace. Azog then orders one of his orc followers to bring him Thorin's head, but the wounded dwarf lord is saved by Bilbo Baggins. Most of the orcs and wargs are killed by the eagles, but Azog, his white Warg, and a few of the orc riders are left alive.
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However, he is unable to attack them due to Beorn patrolling the area in his bear form. Bolg arrives and tells his father 'the Master' summons him, to which he reluctantly agrees. Given command of his army, Azog demands the promise of Thorin's head, to which Sauron tells him all will die anyway. When Gandalf investigates Dol Guldur later in the film, he discovers the ruins are actually from a concealment spell placed by the Necromancer.
As he removes the spell Azog leaps out and knocks him down in a surprise attack and taunts the wizard of his late interference, revealing the mass legions he has gathered. He prepares to kill him, but Gandalf uses his staff to keep the Defiler at bay, who still makes several attempts to strike. Gandalf escapes before the Dark Lord subdues him. Azog leads the army out towards the Lonely Mountain, determined to fulfill his oath in the upcoming battle against Middle-earth.
The Battle of the Five ArmiesAzog is marching with his orc army consisting mainly of Morian orcs, warg riders and many deformed trolls and ogres on the Lonely Mountain when Bolg arrives and informs him that Legolas and Tauriel attacked him.
Azog asks Bolg if he killed the elves but Bolg replies that he didn't, much to his father's dismay. Azog then tells Bolg to go to Gundabad and bring another orc army to the battle. During the battle, Azog commands his army by using signal flags which tell a legion when to attack. He first uses were-worms to dig his army a route to the mountain to move unseen. As the orcs charge, the dwarves form a shield wall, standing like a spiked wall against the wave of charging orcs.
Suddenly, Elven swordsmen jump from behind the dwarven shield wall into the first line of orcs, who wield mostly swords and axes. The combined elf-dwarf attack is lethal and the orcs are halted. Thranduil commands his archers to rain arrows onto the orcs while Bard and the Lake-men stay behind, ready to attack when needed. Azog notices this, and sends the other half of his army, consisting mainly of pike men, to attack the city. Bard and his forces retreat to Dale.
Blog would have been too impersonal to have been a direct 'black' to Thorin's 'white. As a side note I may feel that they are cardboard stiff, but that may be me just being ignorant.
And I'd rather be educated than remain ignorant. So if anyone has an essay linked on someone like Aragorn who I thought was no where near as great as PJ's it'd be much appreciated. The only thing I didn't like is that the eagles didn't talk I think it would have been anti-climactic if we were to sit through another conversation.
Not that I would have enjoyed it. I was dying for more. I'm just thinking in a cinematic sense. Visually, the appearance of Azog is not very orc-ish, much more humanoid, and bears an unfortunate similarity to another recent movie villain.
The Thorin vs Azog Duels: An Analysis
A few scars, lots of muscles, but way too pale, very flat nose. I started thinking of him as "Voldemorc". I think that he was visualised perfectly for that 'alpha' role he was to play. I find it hard to believe that a whole army of orcs would be lead by someone of similar stature. And as for 'lots of muscles Apparently, it was supposed to take place just before the events of Lord of the Ring, but Ian Holm looked so much older and especially fatter than he had in that film Frodo looked older, toothat at first I couldn't place when the incident was supposed to have happened, and I found it hard to suspend my disbelief.
Gandalf also looked a bit older and wrinkly with a fuller beard than in the earlier trilogy, but since Gandalf was a Maia and could possibly change his appearance, I was prepared to believe that 60 years later he had decided to look a bit younger. On the other hand, Hugo Weaving Elrond and especially Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, looked about the same as they had a decade earlier, which especially in Blanchett's caseI found wonderful. Too much 'make up' and you create something unbelievable; too little, and there's no point.
Also only a couple of the dwarves got any speaking lines Did Bombur speak at all?CGI VFX - Making of - Azog - The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey by Weta Digital - CGMeetup
Still, fleshing out 13 dwarves is hard enough when you have two characters thatrequire alot of focus on.
I'm sure they'll get lines soon enough. Perhaps they'll just need to wait their turn. Radagast is probably my biggest complaint. Reminds me of a Disney character or something. I understand he probably was a bit eccentric, but I think it went a bit too far to be honest.
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Aye, he puts me off. I understand his solitary life makes him But to that point? He lived in Valinor for God knows how long. He shouldn't be like that at all.