- "Swiftly he returned, and his wrath was redoubled, so that nothing could withstand him, and no weapon seemed to bite upon him. He scattered the bodyguard, and pulled down Bolg himself and crushed him."
- —The actions of Beorn, in The Return Journey, chapter 18 in The Hobbit.
BiographyEditIn The Hobbit, Bolg was the son of Azog of Moria, succeeding him after his death in the Battle of Azanulbizar (the last battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs) in TA 2799 by Dain who became Dain Ironfoot. He had resettled in the old refuge of Mount Gundabad after the kingdom of Angmar was abandoned, and apparently ruled Goblins of the Misty Mountains from their capital at Mount Gundabad during the Battle of the Five Armies.
Bolg ruled the northern goblins for about 150 years and led the army of goblins, Wargs, and Bats in the Battle of the Five Armies, in which he took his bodyguards with him. In that battle he was crushed by the mighty Beorn, avenging Thorin Oakenshield who had just been fatally wounded.
The meaning of the name Bolg is uncertain. As discussed in the book The History of The Hobbit, the word bolg is listed as meaning "strong" in the vocabulary list for Mágol, one of the languages constructed by Tolkien. Mágol seems to have been based on Hungarian, and Tolkien seems to have worked on in the years he was writing The Hobbit, or even earlier. The History of The Hobbit also cites bolg as being a word of unknown meaning in the language of the Iverni, a people of early Ireland mentioned in Ptolemy's 2nd century Geography.
Portrayal in adaptionsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEditIn Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Bolg is played by Lawrence Makoare. He is portrayed as a huge, pale, bearded orc clad in armour and bones. Bolg's father Azog has a greatly expanded role in the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film of the trilogy. Bolg has an extended role as well in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Bolg appears briefly in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey during the Battle of Azanulbizar, fighting Dwalin and seemingly being wounded by him, and appear extensively in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (though his appearance is slightly different, as he is now portrayed via CGI, rather than via live action as in the first film). In the new film he bears a strong resemblance to his father, Azog the Defiler.
Bolg is sold as an action figure in a two-pack with Gandalf the Grey. From the size of the figure compared to Gandalf, it appears that Bolg, like his father, will be massive for an orc.
In the booksEdit
- The Hobbit (first appearance)
In the moviesEdit
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (cameo appearance)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again
- ↑ The Hobbit: The Clouds Burst
- ↑ The History of The Hobbit is a two-volume work containing Tolkien’s unpublished drafts of the novel, accompanied by commentary written by John D. Rateliff.