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Morgul Orcs

Mordor, Minas Morgul, Morgul Vale


Black Speech (possibly), Westron, other Orc dialects

Average height

Between 5-6'

Skin color

Pale, jade-green

Hair color

Dark; usually none


Tall, slender, goblin-like features




Gorbag, by John Howe

Note: Material on this page largely concerns information depicted in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy, some of which may be missing from or may even contradict Tolkien's writings.

Morgul orcs, more commonly known as the "Orcs of Minas Morgul", were some of the bravest but lesser Orcs in all of Mordor, originating directly in Minas Morgul.


Their highest leader was the Witch-King, who led the Siege upon Minas Tirith. But at Cirith Ungol hundreds of them were killed by their own Mordor orc brethren over Frodo's Mithril shirt, including Gorbag, one of their leaders. Eventually Shagrat brought the Mouth of Sauron the shirt and told the authorities of Barad-dur that some rebel Morgul orcs were on the loose since some escaped the pass of the spider.

"I don't take orders from stinkin' Morgul rats!"
—Shagrat offending Gorbag
Even though Gothmog was the Witch-King's lieutenant, he was a
Orc head close osgil

A Morgul orc at Osgilliath

Morannon Orc. Morgul orcs were usually prejudiced by other orcs, mainly the Uruk-hai, mainly "Morgul rats" or "scum". Shagrat was a good example of showing prejudice against them.

Notable Morgul orcsEdit

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