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Boldog was an Orc-captain of the host of Angband during the First Age, who is only told of in the original Lay of Leithian, and does not appear in the stories of The Silmarillion.


"Boldog he sent, but Boldog was slain: Strange ye were not in Boldog's train."
From a passage in the "Lays of Beleriand"

As it is told in The Lays of Beleriand, Boldog was a formidable leader of Orcs, commanded by Morgoth to lead them on a great raid upon the realm of Doriath and to capture Lúthien, daughter of King Thingol and Queen Melian the Maia. Boldog drove his host south over the highlands of Dorthonion and the through enchanted forest of Taur-nu-Fuin following the Orcs' Road of Haste into the Pass of Anach. Where fell darkness met the mists of the magic, which were the Girdle of Melian, just east of the river Mindeb, the Orc-host reached the border of Doriath. To meet the deadly threat posed by Boldog's invasion in force, Thingol musters his full might with his two great Captains, Beleg and Mablung. He leads the army of Sindarin Elves beyond the North March of Doriath. Thingol and Boldog meet in single combat in the midst of the battle. Thingol wielded his Dwarf-forged sword, Aranrúth, Boldog fought with an iron spear of some note that was later used by Mablung in the Hunting of the Wolf. Thingol slays Boldog, the Orc-host is utterly defeated and the remnants destroyed by being driven into Taur-nu-Fuin.

Boldog fights Thingol

The Battle of the Northmarch was the culminating battle of a series of attacks in Morgoth's campaign against Doriath, following his victories in the Dagor Bragollach (Battle of Sudden Flame), the fourth of the great Battles of Beleriand that broke the Siege of Angband.


Details of Boldog's raid are scattered through numerous versions of texts within The Lays of Beleriand, compiled by Christopher Tolkien - however, no aspect of the plot-lines involving Boldog are in serious contradiction with the "final" canon of Quenta Silmarillion. Boldog's independent command of a host of orcs with its formidable objectives indicates that he would have been several ranks above most other Orc-Captains and champions (such as Orcobal or Balcmeg, who both were from a different century), and it is thought elsewhere in the sources that Boldog was of some lesser order of the Maiar corrupted by Morgoth that took the form of an Orc, as opposed to previously being an Elf that became mutilated (which was the ancient origin of Orcs in general).


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 博爾多格
Danish Boldog ("Torturkrigeren")