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The Black Uruks, or simply Uruks of Mordor, were an elite breed of Orc that made up part of Sauron's vast army.


Black Uruks were the first Orc-kind of Middle-earth named uruk, originating centuries before the Great Years when they made assaults upon Ithilien in 2475 of the Third Age.[1] (It was almost a millennium later that Saruman in Isengard bred the more familiar Orcs known as Uruk-hai.)

Boromir spotted Uruks of Mordor in Moria, soon before the skirmish in the Chamber of Mazarbul between the Fellowship of the Ring and the many Orc-kinds inhabiting Moria.[2]

Within Mordor, an unknown number of Uruks were stationed at the Tower of Cirith Ungol. After escaping from there, the Hobbits Frodo and Sam saw Uruks march from Durthang towards the Black Gate amidst the mass-movement of all of Sauron's remaining forces.[3]

Shagrat of Cirith Ungol

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

The army of Minas Morgul had Black Uruks in their ranks

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Uruks of Mordor are frequently seen: the invented character Murgash is one of them, at the Siege of Gondor, and many others march through the Orc-camp encountered by Sam and Frodo in western Mordor. Most notably, Shagrat, in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, is portrayed as an Uruk.


All Black Uruks depicted in the films are recognizable by their broader stature and long hair resembling that of the Isengard Uruk-hai. Gorbag was therefore depicted as a Black Uruk, being instead skinny, with the natural slouch of other common Orcs.

Ambiguation in films and games

In some adaptations, the label of "Black Uruk" is sometimes made synonymous with Black Orc (such as in EA's The Rise of the Witch-king) or even Morannon Orc - on the grounds that all three names denote a tougher breed of Mordor-indigenous Orc.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Swart Uruks
Albanian Urukë të zi
Arabic الوركاءس الأسود
Armenian Սև Ուրուկը
Azerbaijani Qara Uruks
Basque Uruks Beltzak
Bulgarian Cyrillic черно Уруки
Catalan Uruks Negre
Croatian Crni Uruks
Czech Černí Skuruti
Danish Sorte uruker
Dutch Zwarte Uruks
Esperanto Nigraj Uruks
Estonian Mustad Uruks
Finnish Musta Uruks
French Uruks Noir
Galician Uruks Negros
Georgian შავი ურუქები
German Schwarze Uruks
Hebrew ארךס שחורים
Hungarian Fekete Uruks
Icelandic Svartur Uruks
Indonesian Hitam Uruks
Italian Uruks Neri
Japanese 黒ウルクス
Kannada ಕಪ್ಪು ಉರುಕ್ಸ್
Kurdish Urukên Reş (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Latvian Melnie Uruks
Lithuanian Juodi Uruks
Macedonian Cyrillic Црни Уруки
Malaysian Hitam Uruks
Maltese Uruks Iswed
Mongolian Cyrillic Хар уруки
Nepalese कालो उरुक्स
Norwegian Svarte Uruks
Polish Czarne Uruks
Portuguese Uruks Negros
Russian Черный Урукс
Serbian Црни Урукс (Cyrillic) Crni Uruks (Latin)
Sinhalese කළු උරුක්ස්
Slovak Čierne Uruks
Slovenian Črni Uruks
Spanish Uruks Negros
Swedish Svarta-Uruks
Turkish Kara Uruklar
Uzbek Қора Урукс (Cyrillic) Qora Uruks (Latin)
Welsh Uruks Du
Yiddish שוואַרץ ורוקס