Gorbag was an intelligent and crafty Orc captain of Cirith Ungol during the Third Age, originally from Minas Morgul.



Shagrat and Gorbag in a deadly argument

After Shelob paralyzed Frodo Baggins, two Orc patrols led by Gorbag and Shagrat came across his cocooned body, taking him back to Cirith Ungol where they planned to torture him. While sifting through Frodo's belongings, a dispute began between the two captains over Frodo's Mithril vest, which escalated into a vicious fight all over the fortress between the Morgul and Cirith Ungol Orcs. Gorbag survived much of the fight but was killed by Shagrat.[1][2]

J.R.R. Tolkien's first ideal name for Gorbag was Yagúl, as mentioned in Sauron Defeated.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


Gorbag as an Uruk by John Howe

In Peter Jackson's live-action film, Gorbag and Shagrat have a major role reversal. In the book, Shagrat informs Gorbag of the nature of Shelob's venom and how it functions, whereas Gorbag assumes this role in the film and explains it to his fellows upon finding Frodo. Also, Shagrat is the one to claim the vest for himself, while Gorbag insists it be taken to Sauron. After the fight, Shagrat flees to the Black Gate with the mithril shirt while the wounded Gorbag is left for dead in the tower. He was in fact still alive and was about to kill Frodo when Samwise Gamgee impales him from behind. Another difference is that the book version of Gorbag is a Black Uruk (the same as Shagrat) while in the film, Gorbag is a crook-legged and long-armed orc. It should be noted that the death of the orc captain in the film is similar to the end Snaga.

Gorbag was portrayed by Stephen Ure, the same actor who had played Grishnákh in the previous film.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (video game)

Gorbag appears as a boss at the end of the "Cirith Ungol". In the game, Gorbag knocks down Shagrat and then Sam must defeat him by stunning him with javelins.

The Lord of the Rings: Game Boy Advance Third Age

In this game, Gorbag is an evil mini-hero that can be picked up in certain levels.

LEGO: The Lord of the Rings


Lego Gorbag

Gorbag is a character in LEGO The Lord of the Rings.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Guilherme Lopes
German Thomas Albus
Italian (Italy) Mauro Magliozzi


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጎርባግ
Arabic جورباج
Armenian Գորբագ
Belarusian Cyrillic Горбаг
Bengali গরবাগ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Горбаг
Chinese (Hong Kong) 哥巴葛
Georgian ღორბაგი
Greek Γκόρμπαγκ
Gujarati ગોરબાગ
Hindi गोर्बग
Japanese ゴルバグ
Kannada ಗೋರ್ಬಾಗ್
Kazakh Горбаг (Cyrillic) Gorbag (Latin)
Korean 고리 가방
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Горбаг
Macedonian Cyrillic Горбаг
Marathi गोरबाग
Mongolian Cyrillic Горбаг
Nepalese गोरबाग
Persian عورباگ ?
Russian Горбаг
Serbian Горбаг (Cyrillic) Gorbag (Latin)
Tajik Cyrillic Горбаг
Tamil கோர்பக்
Telugu గొర్బ్యాగ్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Горбаг
Urdu گورباگ
Uzbek Горбаг (Cyrillic) Gorbag (Latin)
Yiddish גאָרבאַג


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter X: "The Choices of Master Samwise"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter I: "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
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