The Gundabad Orcs were the Orcs inhabiting Mount Gundabad. They had attacked the mountain and took it from the Dwarves of Durin dwelling there. They were the servants of the Witch-king of Angmar before they had seized Gundabad.
Some time during the Second Age, the orcs that had survived the destruction of Angband were forced to wander the Northern Waste and find a new home. This was when they attacked the mountain and took it from the Dwarves. In the Third Age, the Orcs of Angmar officially stated Gundabad as their capital, which angered the Dwarves greatly.Gundabad remained an Orc stronghold, until it was cleared of orcs in TA 2799, after the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. However, small groups of orcs must have returned and fortified it anew during the events of The Hobbit, menacing Wilderland once again. It was from here that the Goblins present at the Battle of Five Armies came from in their marching numbers. Their leader, Bolg, son of Azog, was the supreme commander of the orcs from Mount Gundabad and presumably the northern Misty Mountains, and was killed by Beorn, the skin-changer. It is unknown what became of the orcs after that or who their leader was, but they eventually became a threat again. In battle, they were armed with orcish scitimars, spears and axes.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEditThe Gundabad Orcs seen in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy look different from any other orcs seen so far in the film adaptations. These orcs had dark skin, fangs, claws, and a small amount of hair. They wore armor of brown and white fur coats threaded with various beast's teeth and wooden shields bearing the Eye of Sauron. They, like many orcs, used long scimitars with which they impaled and slashed their victims.
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Azog is from Mount Gundabad. The band of orcs led by Azog's subordinates, Yazneg and his lieutenant Fimbul, is made up from orcs of different tribes, mainly from Gundabad and Moria.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Bolg is sent by his father Azog to lead forth the armies of Gundabad. There are two types of Gundabad Orcs, the armored soldiers and the Berserkers. The Berserkers have white snow-like skin and are stronger built than their fellow Gundabad Orcs. They wield huge maces and act as Bolg's main enforcers.
Legolas and Tauriel go to the fortress in Mount Gundabad to scout on Bolg. At night, Bolg commands the forces of Gundabad to march forth and legions of orcs along other foul creatures are seen leaving the pass to Angmar and following their leader to Erebor. These armies of Gundabad Orcs are later seen marching upon the battlefield near Ravenhill. However, they are quickly destroyed by Beorn and the Great Eagles led by Radagast.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, the armies of Gundabad are divided in two units, Gundabad Warriors which wore shields and scimitars and Gundabad wolf riders which rode huge Dire wolves which were of course wargs. One battalion of each was commanded by a Thrall Master of Angmar. In a deleted level of this game the election of a leader is also described. Even though each orc tribe had a chieftain all the orc tribes were united under one leader. If this leader died the chieftain of the tribes would dispute the place of leader in a competition that consisted in killing goblins.