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"He's dead. Took a little tumble off the cliff."
Sharku to Legolas and Gimli, about Aragorn

Sharku was the veteran Orc from Isengard leading Saruman's Warg-Riders. He only appears in the film adaptation of The Two Towers.

Portrayal in adaptations

Peter Jackson's The Two Towers


Sharku during the attack on Rohan

Saruman's nickname "Sharkey" was stated in a footnote to be a corruption of the word 'sharku'.

In the second film of Peter Jackson's film trilogy, Sharku is sent by Saruman with a large group of Isengard Orcs on Wargs to attack the people of Rohan who are trying to reach the fortress of Helm's Deep. Aragorn has a short struggle with Sharku on his warg, where, as Sharku tries to knock him off the Warg, Sharku is stabbed in the chest by Aragorn's Elven knife. The Warg, in an attempt to throw Aragorn off, gallops towards the ledge of a cliff. Sharku then falls off his Warg and is trampled. Aragorn becomes stuck to the Warg's saddle and tumbles to his supposed death. Unable to find Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli threaten a dying Sharku who reveals Aragorn's fate before expiring.

He was acted by Peter Jackson's friend Jed Brophy.

Video games


Sharku in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II.

Sharku appears in the The Two Towers video game and in The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. He is also a hero in the game Battle for Middle-earth II for the Isengard faction.

Shown in the Top Trumps card game, Sharku is said to have been 5,000 years old and a veteran of the Goblin Wars, though this is not canon.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Mauro Castro
Spanish (Latin America) Eduardo Fonseca
Spanish (Spain) Lucas Cisneros
German Reinhard Scheunemann


"Sharku" is Black Speech for "Old Man".[2]


  2. The Lord of the RingsThe Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VIII: "The Scouring of the Shire"
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