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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Middle-earth TV Series Discussion: Gothmog: Edit Log


Aug 14, 4:20pm

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In The Silmarillion, at least, Gothmog seems to have been a proper name given to the Lord of the Balrogs. The Gothmog of the Battle of the Pelannor Fields is clearly a different character, but he does seem to share the same name. It does not seem to be used as a title.

...if the Rohirrim at their onset were thrice outnumbered by the Haradrim alone, soon their case became worse; for a new strength came now streaming to the field out of Osgiliath. There they had been mustered for the sack of the city and the rape of Gondor, waiting for the call of their Captain. He was now destroyed, but Gothmog the lieutenant of Morgul had flung them into the fray; Easterlings with axes, and Variags of Khand, Southrons in scarlet, and out of Far Harad black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues.

Now, Gothmog might well have been an Uruk, Olog-hai (Black Troll) or even a Man (perhaps of Black Númenórean descent). It is pure speculation to suppose that he might have been a Nazgûl. It seems most likely to me that he was Uruk-hai.

The name itself does sound Sindarin, but maybe it had been adapted into the Black Speech.

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(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Aug 14, 4:28pm)

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