Black Uruks were the first Orc-kind of Middle-earth to be named uruk, for they originated before the Great Years, and first appeared in assaults upon Ithilien that took place in 2475 of the Third Age. (It was almost a millennium later that Saruman in Isengard bred the more familiar Orcs specified simply by the name Uruk-hai.)
Known Uruks of Mordor Edit
Portrayal in adaptations Edit
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy Edit
In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Uruks of Mordor are frequently seen: Murgash is one of them, at the Siege of Gondor, and many others are later seen marching through the Orc camp encountered by Sam and Frodo. Most notably, Shagrat, in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, is portrayed as an Uruk.
All Black Uruks depicted in the films are recognizable not merely by their tougher and broader stature, but by their long hair identical to that of the Isengard Uruk-hai. Gorbag was therefore not likely portrayed to be a Black Uruk, for he is seen to hold himself in the same slouched manner of other typical Orcs.
Ambiguation in films and games Edit
The Orc-class label of Black Uruk is sometimes made in adaptations to be synonymous with Black Orc (such as in EA's The Rise of the Witch-king) or even with Morannon Orc - on the grounds that all three names denote a tougher breed of Mordor-indigenous Orc.