- Orcs of the Mountains
The large goblins of the Misty Mountains
A race of Orcs that inhabited the Misty Mountains. They were of a
recognisably different kind to other Orcs, being somewhat larger than
most, and well adapted for life in their tunnels beneath the
Mountains. Their most important contribution to history was at the
beginning of the Third Age, when they descended from their Mountains
to attack Isildur as he rode home from the War of the Last Alliance.
Thus, the Orcs of the Mountains were directly responsible for the loss
of the Ruling Ring that Isildur carried.
Long centuries after that fateful raid, their chieftain Azog slew the
Dwarf-king Thrór, and so triggered the long War of the Dwarves and
Orcs. After that War, most of the Orcs of the Mountains were slain or
scattered, but some survived under the leadership of Azog's son Bolg.
They still had a part to play in history: not least because it was the
capture of Bilbo Baggins and his companions by a band of these Orcs
that led to the finding of the Ring - the same Ring their ancestors
had caused to be lost nearly 3,000 years before.