Description and HistoryEdit
The army of Saruman consisted of Uruk-hai and also contained many wildlings from Dunland and Goblins from Moria. There was also quite a significant amount of Isengard Orcs trained for war, as well as Half-orcs (The latter being used mainly as spies or footmen). Their primary symbol was a white hand, or named the Hand of Saruman.
The army also had battering rams, some siege ladders, ballistas, and the Fire of Orthanc. Saruman used this army to attack the people of Rohan, most notably at the Battle of the Hornburg. They also fought at the Battles of the Fords of Isen, and a small band fought at the Skirmish at Amon Hen, though this group was destroyed by the Riders of Rohan at The Wold on the outskirts of Fangorn forest.
A small portion of the army stayed at Isengard and fought at the Battle of Isengard. The army was utterly defeated and completely destroyed by the Ents led by Treebeard, Pippin and Merry save for an unknown number of Dunlendings who surrendered to the victors.
At Rohan, some village raids were executed by Uruks, orcs and wildmen.
- Uruk-Hai of the White Hand
- Isengard Orcs
- Rohirrim spy
- Goblins of The Pit
- Crebain Spy
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit
In the The Two Towers (film), the culvert of the Hornburg was breached by a movie-only group of Uruks known as Berserkers where one rushed forth with an explosive in hand unstopped by an wave of arrows that pierced him, threw himself into it and breached it. The Uruk-hai were shown using Crossbows which were never mentioned as being used in the books. The Fire of Orthanc is there portrayed as gunpowder-like explosives. There is also a sequence where an Orc named Sharku, accompanied by Warg-riders, attack the people of Rohan on their way to Helms Deep.
- Gríma Wormtongue
- Lurtz (movie only)
- Sharku (leader of Saruman's Warg riders in the movie only)
- Unnamed Uruk-hai at Helm's deep and Isengard
- Crossbow (movie only)
- Fire of Orthanc and Torches
- Battering ram
- Scaling ladders