Azog was an orc-chieftain in Moria, and father of Bolg, the leader of the orcs who descended upon Erebor in the Battle of Five Armies.

Biography


Azog was an Orc of unknown origin and the chieftain of the Orcs of Moria. He is known to have had at least one son, Bolg, who succeeded him after his death.3

In T.A. 2790, King Thrór went north with a single companion, Nár. When they came to the east-gate of Moria they found it open.1 Depite Nár begging him to be cautious, Thrór entered through the gate and never returned, for he was captured and slain by Azog. Nár hid near the gate for many days until finally Thrór's body was flung out from it. Branded across Thrór's forehead was the name AZOG in Dwarf-runes. Azog threw a money purse to Nár and warned him that any Dwarf who attempted to enter Moria would face the same fate. Nár fled weeping down the Silverlode.1

"If beggars will not wait at the door, but sneak in to try thieving, that is what we do to them. If any of your people poke their foul beards in here again, they will fare the same. Go and tell them so! But if his family wish to know who is now king here, the name is written on his face. I wrote it! I killed him! I am the master!"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Durin's Folk

When Thrór's son Thráin learned of what had happened to his father he summoned a great host of Dwarves to seek revenge on Azog.1 This marked the beginning of the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs. After sacking many Orc strongholds in search for Azog the host came to Azanulbizar in T.A. T.A. 2799.3 Here Azog had gathered a great host which now poured out from the Gates of Moria.1 So began the Battle of Azanulbizar. The Dwarves managed to push back the Orcs and Náin, Thráin's cousin, called for Azog to reveal himself.

Thereupon Azog came forth, and he was a great Orc with a huge iron-clad head, and yet agile and strong. With him came many like him, the fighters of his guard, and as they engaged Náin’s company he turned to Náin, and said:
"What? Yet another beggar at my doors? Must I brand you too?"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Durin's Folk

Azog emerged and slew Náin but saw that the battle was lost as he looked out over the valley.1 He turned and fled towards the gate but before he got to the doors Dáin Ironfoot, Náin’s son, caught him and hewed off his head.

Azog was succeeded by his son Bolg who led the Orcs of the north until his death in T.A. 2941 in the Battle of Five Armies.3
References
, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Durin\'s Folk
, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Third Age
, The Hobbit, The Clouds Burst
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