Azog The Defiler

Azog And "The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey"

Persons who've seen the first installment by Peter Jackson of the new trilogy in the works concerning The Hobbit, have all been introduced to a new villain, one you can be certain will be seen again.  Azog, is his name, and he is either known as "the defiler," or "the pale orc."  If you've read The Hobbit, then you might be wondering who in the world this character is, and where in the world he came from.  Azog is simply not in the book titled, The Hobbit[1].

The orc named Azog, however, is absolutely a character in the Tolkien Middle Earth world, he's just not in the book, The Hobbit, at all.  His son is in the book, but only at the near ending.  Azog's son is named "Bolg," and appears at the battle of five armies[2].

So who is this Azog, the pale orc?

In the Peter Jackson film, "The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey," there is Azog, the light skinned giant orc pursuing Thorin and company everywhere they go. This adds urgency and action to the film.  Thing is, the film probably ought not be thought of as a children's film the way the book was created to be a children's book.  At one point there is a scene where Azog is holding the beheaded head of the dwarf king Thror, Thorin Oakenshield's grandfather[3]; and then Azog throws the head at Thorin, this is hardly children's tale scenery.

This notion of Azog riding a white wharg (or wolf)?  That is all Peter Jackson's invention too. Another issue is that in the first installment of the trilogy concerning Bilbo and the dwarves is Jackson has seemingly made orcs and goblins two different species of creatures altogether.  He's clearly got Azog as an orc as he should be, were he in the book at all; but then he's gone on and made goblins something else entirely.  None of this should be any sort of issue at all, as none of it is true to Tolkien. Peter Jackson's Azog, however, is a triumph of a computer generated character for film.  The face, the body, all of it is digital, but of course based upon an actor's movements and facial expressions.  This computer generated Azog isn't unique to the first hobbit film, it is, in fact, the same techniques and technologies used for the Gollum character also in this film, and the LOTR trilogy of films[4].

To be straight about it, yes, Azog is a Tolkien creation.  Yes, Azog killed Thror, grandfather of Thorin, and former king of Erebor, the dwarf city fortress at The Lonely Mountain.  In Tolkien's tale Azog kills Thror at the battle for Moria, but is then killed by the dwarf known as Dain. It is Bolg, the son of Azog that appears in Tolkien's book, The Hobbit.  In Jackson's tale, Azog kills Thror at the battle for Moria, and then heroic grandson Thorin cuts off on of Azog's forearms, and gains his nickname "Thorin Oakenshield," in the process.  Thorin employees wishful thinking to believe that Azog is dead, and has been for many years as Thorin and company employee a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins to be their company burglar, but Azog pursues the dwarves and hobbit wherever they go.  One is left to presume the loss of part of an arm inspires never ending hatred in the pale orc for revenge, thing is, orcs hate dwarves anyway, and kill things unlike them simply for pleasure in the Tolkien world.

Will the pale orc appear in the second Peter Jackson film?  It's hard to say, there is no predicting what Peter Jackson is going to do. If you have a reasonable idea about how the second Hobbit film should play out, then you know the forest of Mirkwood, King Thranduil, and a lot of giant spiders ought to be involved.  Pale pursuing orcs ought not be an issue, but one can bet the third and final Hobbit film will certainly feature the pale orc Azog again, and specifically at the battle of five armies just outside the gates of the lonely mountain.  Jackson has the terrific battle scenes of Helm's Deep, and the battle for Minas Tirith to see if he can outdo.

Azog The Defiler

The Making Of Azog

Azog And Bolg, The Desolation of Smaug

The new and second Peter Jackson Hobbit film, "The Desolation of Smaug" again features Azog, the defiler.  Azog is in quite a lot of scenes, and along with him, a new giant and terrible one of the orc persuasion, Bolg, is also featured. Both very large and very pale orcs; and commanders of orc troops.

Azog is actually the father of Bolg, and Bolg is the orc in charge of the orcs in the misty mountains in the 3rd age following the death of Azog[5]. The thing about The Desolation of Smaug and it's director, Peter Jackson is, it's not going by the Tolkien book, Jackson literally is making things up as he goes.  Some of these things are pretty disagreeable, others are pretty wonderful.  So while I hate how he's done some things, he's done a good thing in even introducing the film going crowds to Bolg, son of Azog.

While everyone expects Smaug the dragon to be villain star of the new film, I find that it is more Sauron who is the star villain; and I do especially appreciate how Jackson develops Sauron and Gandalf's relationship, or conflict.  Bolg[5] is introduced first without name, as he appears to Azog during a chase for Thorin and Company, and tells him he must go to Dol Guldur to talk to their boss, "the one."  There, as Bolg accompanies Azog, and only after Sauron discusses how Azog is to lead his armies, is Bolg introduced and told to continue the chase for Thorin, the other dwarves, and Bilbo...a quest for pure vengeance on Azog's behalf.  Later, Azog has a confrontation with Gandalf, and is relieved of it by none other than Sauron who then is transformed into the firey eye we all know so well from the LOTR films.

Bolg, Son of Azog "The Desolation Of Smaug"