- "I command. I return to Isengard by the shortest road."
- —Uglúk in The Two Towers
Uglúk and his company ambushed the Fellowship of the Ring at Amon Hen, succeeding in capturing two of the company's four hobbits, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. Under orders from Saruman, Uglúk's company set out towards Isengard.
Uglúk stood by his lord Saruman's demands when a band of Orcs from Moria, led by Grishnákh, tried to apprehend Merry and Pippin to take them to Mordor, and he beheaded Grishnákh's follower to prevent Saruman's orders from being disobeyed. The hobbits were taken some ways further, but near the borders of Fangorn Forest, a band of Rohirrim led by Éomer attacked and routed the Uruk-hai. Uglúk was slain in single combat by Éomer himself during the fighting.
Portrayal in adaptations
In Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Two Towers, Uglúk is played by Nathaniel Lees. In the preceding film, the initial leader of the Uruk-hai was Lurtz, who killed Boromir and was slain by Aragorn at Amon Hen. Uglúk took command of the troop after his death, proving himself disciplined by standing by the instructions given by Saruman from the "master". When Snaga's hunger proves to be a threat to the captive Merry and Pippin, Uglúk reminds him of their importance (and that they "are not for eating"), but Snaga tries to lay hands on them anyway, and Uglúk beheads him.
Voice dubbing actors
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Gerardo Vásquez|
|Spanish (Spain)||Enrique Serra Frediani|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Mauro Castro|
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||烏骨陸|