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Azog's army was amassed in the fortress of Dol Guldur, where Azog and the Necromancer were taking refuge. This was so their army could make a surprise attack on the dwarves.

The army made its first appearance during the attack on the Lonely Mountain and the city of Dale in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The army surprise attack was only successful due to the aid given by the Were-worms, who dug giant hole leading straight to the battle field. His main infantry was rumored to be tens of thousands strong, with the main portion consisting of different races of orc, goblin mercenaries, and Gundabad bats which appeared as "seas of locusts". Though the infantry was large in number, they were weak in strength, giving their opponent a distinct advantage. Even though they put a massive hole in the opponents army, the opponents advantage led to their ultimate downfall.





Dol Guldur

  • Pikemen
  • Swordsmen
  • Spearmen
  • Axemen
  • Sickle-Men
  • Ogre Warrior and Battering Ram
  • Ogre Catapult Carriers and Ogre-Riders
  • Troll Catapult Carriers and Troll Riders
  • Warg Riders
  • Gundabad Wargs
  • Goblin Mercenaries
  • Torch-carriers
  • Were-worms
  • Olog Hai Warriors
  • Giant Gundabad Trolls
  • Amputated Trolls


Strength of Azog's Army

  • 20,000 Guldur Orcs
  • 10,000-15,000 Gundabad Orcs
  • 200-400 Goblin Mercenaries
  • 100 Orc Berserkers
  • 40 Warg Riders
  • 24 Ogres
  • 26 Trolls (2 Amputated Trolls, 10 Misty Mountain Trolls, 3 Guldur War Trolls, 10 Guldur Olog-Hai, 1 Troll-Ram)
  • 100 Gundabad Bats

Total: 35,500+ troops

Battles involved


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Azog commanding his army
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Azog and his army beginning their attack on the city of Dale
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Orcs arrival at Dale
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