"...everything you have, and everything you know, will be got out of you in due time: everything!"
Grishnákh to Peregrin Took and Merry Brandybuck in The Two Towers

Grishnákh was an Orc captain of Mordor who led a host of Orcs to join the Uruk-hai who were taking Merry and Pippin across Rohan to Isengard.


Grishnákh's plans for the two captives, Merry and Pippin, were in conflict with Uglúk's orders to deliver them unharmed. Grishnákh wanted to take them to Mordor, but Uglúk refused his plan, so Grishnákh slipped away while the Orcs and Uruk-hai argued amongst themselves. Grishnákh soon returned with other Orcs like himself.

Grishnákh was somehow aware of the existence of the One Ring (having been implied to have participated in the torture of Gollum), and suspected the two Hobbits of possessing it. When the Orcs holding the two Hobbits were attacked by the banished Éomer's Rohirrim, Grishnákh used the distraction to search the Hobbits for the Ring. Pippin tried to negotiate with Grishnákh, asking for himself and Merry to be freed in exchange for information about the Ring, but instead Grishnákh tried to carry them away. When it seemed a Rohirrim rider had discovered him, Grishnákh drew his sword to kill the Hobbits lest they be rescued or escape, but before he could act he was shot in the hand by a Rohirrim arrow and dropped the sword, at which point he tried to run but was ridden down and run through with a Rohirrim spear.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

Morgul rats

Grishnákh amongst fellow Orcs of Isengard, near Fangorn Forest

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

In The Two Towers, Grishnákh is played by Stephen Ure and is an Orc captain. He has more screen time in the Extended Edition, which shows Grishnákh and his Orc clan joining Uglúk to escort him and his Uruk-Hai to Isengard. When the Uruk-hai and the Orcs soon begin arguing amongst themselves over lack of food to eat, Grishnákh is vexed by Uglúk's insistence that the captive Hobbits not be killed or maimed. While it is unknown if he knew of Uglúk's mission, Grishnákh attempts to kill the captive Hobbits before he is hit by a Rohirrim rider's spear. Though he survives to chase Merry and Pippin into Fangorn Forest, Grishnákh is crushed to death by Treebeard stepping on him.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
German Ekkehardt Belle


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ግሪሽናክ
Arabic جريشناخ
Armenian Գրիշնախ
Belarusian Cyrillic Гришнак
Bengali গ্রীষ্ণখ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Гришнах
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛力斯那克
Czech Grišnákh
German Grischnákh
Georgian გრიშნახი
Greek Γκρίσνακ
Gujarati ગ્રીષ્ણખ
Hebrew גרישנאק
Hindi गृष्णख
Hungarian Grisnák
Japanese グリシュナフ
Kannada ಗ್ರಿಷ್ಖಾಕ್
Kazakh Грісһнак (Cyrillic) Grishnak (Latin)
Korean 그리쉬나크
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Грисhнакh
Macedonian Cyrillic Гришнак
Marathi ग्रिशंख
Mongolian Cyrillic Гришнак
Nepalese ग्रिश्नख
Pashto عریسهناکه ?
Persian گریسهناکه  ?
Polish Grisznák
Punjabi ਗਰੀਸ਼ਨਾਖ
Russian Гришнак
Sanskrit ङ्रिश्नख्
Serbian Грисхнак (Cyrillic) Grishnak (Latin)
Sinhalese ග්‍රිෂ්නාක්
Tajik Cyrillic Грисҳнакҳ
Tamil க்ரிஷ்ணக்ஹ்
Telugu గ్రిశ్నాక్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Грішнак
Urdu گراشناکہ
Uzbek Гришнах (Cyrillic) Grishnax (Latin)
Yiddish גרישנאַך


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Ch. III: "The Uruk-hai"
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