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This article refers to the orc of Cirith Ungol. For other namesakes, see Snaga (disambiguation).

Snaga was the name of an Orc in the Tower of Cirith Ungol.


Snaga was the only surviving subordinate of Shagrat after the skirmish in the tower of Tower of Cirith Ungol. He met Samwise Gamgee on the stairs of the Tower of Cirith Ungol and ran off to the tower's higher levels. However, he then got in the way of Shagrat, whom he had betrayed. The Black Uruk captain began to threaten that he would either be fed to Shelob or killed in a similar manner to the traitorous Radbug. Snaga mockingly told him that all of his loyal soldiers had been killed by the Orcs led by fellow rival captain Gorbag. Shagrat attempted to kill the lesser Orc, who evaded him and climbed the stairs to where the captive Frodo Baggins was. Snaga began to torture the hobbit prisoner, until Sam attacked him. The two fought until Snaga lost his balance and died falling through the level's trap door.[1]


The word Snaga means 'slave'.[2]

Coincidentally, Snaga also means "strength" in many Slavic languages, including Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian.

Portrayal in adaptations


Snaga appeared in The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series), voiced by Gordon Reid.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጽናጋ ?
Arabic أن قوة
Armenian Սնագա
Assyrian ܨܢܐܓܐ
Belarusian Cyrillic Снага ?
Bengali ষ্নাগা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Снага
Chinese (Hong Kong) 史那加
Dari صناگا
Georgian სნაგა
Greek Σναγγα
Gujarati ષ્નગ
Hebrew סנאגא
Hindi स्नागा
Japanese スガガ
Kannada ಸ್ನಾಗ
Kazakh Cyrillic Снага
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Снага
Laotian ສນະgະ ?
Macedonian Cyrillic Снага
Marathi ष्नग
Mongolian Cyrillic Снага
Nepalese ष्नग
Pashto صناګا
Persian صناگا
Punjabi ਸ੍ਨਗ
Russian Снага
Sanskrit ष्नग
Serbian снага (Cyrillic) Snaga (Latin)
Sinhalese ෂ්නග
Tajik Cyrillic Снага
Tamil ஷ்நக​
Telugu ష్నగ
Thai ษนะง ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic Снаґа
Uzbek Снага (Cyrillic) Snaga (Latin)
Yiddish תנאַגאַ


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Ch. I: "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F: I: The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age