Gothmog (Lieutenant of Morgul)
|"Gothmog" by John Howe|
|Titles||Lieutenant of Morgul|
|Position||Second-in-command to the Witch-king|
|Affiliation||Sauron, the Witch-king|
|Language||presumably Westron and/or Black Speech|
|Death||probably 15 March T.A. 3019 |
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
|Gallery||Images of Gothmog|
His fate is never specified; presumably he perished along with almost all of the servants of Sauron that fought before the gates of Minas Tirith, or he fled with the others out of Rammas and across the Anduin.
Almost nothing is known of Gothmog, not even what being he was. Tolkien scholars speculate that he might have been one of the following:
- A Man, in which case he was probably a Black Númenórean like the Mouth of Sauron
- One of the Nazgûl, although Tolkien never specifically mentions his name among the Nazgûl.
- He could be anything from an Orc or Uruk, (although he had a Sindarin name) or a Boldog, a fallen Maia in Orc form.
Portrayal in adaptations
1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:
- Gothmog is portrayed as an Orc-general with a misshapen face. He is played by Lawrence Makoare and voiced by Craig Parker. Peter Jackson wanted to show a hideously deformed orc, one that would aptly convey the "ugliness" of Mordor. The upper left side of Gothmog's body is swollen and pock-marked from a disease of some sort, as described by the design department. His pale, yellow skin may also be a consequence of this illness. Gothmog's intelligence is far above that of the common orc and he, understandably, would be the perfect link between the Witch-King and the other planners of the siege of Minas Tirith (most likely men in Sauron's service) and the mindless mass of orc infantry on the front lines. While Gothmog likely did not have the intelligence to design the attack on the White City he certainly would have been able to ensure orders were carried out. Gothmog is clearly a brutal commander, but also an over-confident one. Peter Jackson comments that Gothmog feels powerful with Mordor's massive army behind him, but in reality is a crippled orc, as seen in his failed dismount from a Warg in the Extended edition. Gothmog does, however, seem to be a capable warrior, though somewhat inhibited by his crippled left side.
- In the midst of the chaos, Gothmog is forced into hand-to-hand combat. He sees a pocket of particularly stiff resistance, primarily from Théoden and Éowyn, and decides to fight Éowyn. She is a more skilled fighter than he, however, and soon injures him on his crippled left leg, rendering him essentially unable to walk and useless to Mordor's army as a whole. After Éowyn has killed the Witch-King, in an act of revenge, Gothmog attempts to kill her with a mace he finds nearby. He is, however, killed just in time by Aragorn and Gimli. As he is about to strike, Aragorn cuts off his armored right arm, but Gothmog persists and Gimli hits him in the abdomen with his axe. Aragorn then cuts through Gothmog's armor on the right side with his sword to finally bring the Orc down.
2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- Gothmog was a wraith. He was first encountered at the end of Epic Volume IV Book 3: Voices of the Past, where he revealed himself to the player as being Mordirith pulled back from the Void and given a new form.
- Gothmog as a Human - article by Steuard Jensen discussing the nature of Gothmog
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
- ↑ Steuard Jensen, "Gothmog as a Human", tolkien.slimy.com (accessed 29 May 2020)
- ↑ Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 172
- ↑ Peter C. Fenlon, Coleman Charlton, Jessica Ney, John Croudis, Keith Robley, Anders Blixt (1990), Gorgoroth (#3112)
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) , Director's Commentary