Snaga was a scout in the band of Mordor Orcs, sent by Sauron and led by Grishnakh, that meet Uglúk's group and their captives Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, as told in The Two Towers. When Uglúk believed that the Rohirrim had been made aware of them, he was blamed for it. The Uruk-hai chieftain threatened that he would cut off his ears.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Peter Jackson's The Two TowersEdit
- "Why can't we have some meats? (notices Merry and Pippin)... What about them? They're fresh."
- —Snaga to Uglúk about Merry and Pippin
Snaga was an Orc from Mordor brought by Grishnákh to help him gain control of Merry and Pippin and bring them back to their master's servant Saruman. Hunger for fresh meat eventually overcame his limited discipline and loyalty to the Dark Lord. After one of the orcs known as Mauhúr begins to say that they haven't eaten anything except ill food for three days, Snaga joins in and adds that their captives ''look fresh'' until he is denied his meal by the Uruk-hai scouts loyal to The Eye and The White Hand. He eventually tried to get "Just a mouthful" of the two captured Hobbits by sneaking in behind Uglúk, who was making sure the captives got to Isengard unharmed and unspoiled. When the orc attempted to kill Merry and Pippin, Uglúk saw him and cut off his head after which the Uruks cannibalize his corpse.