We shall be sealed together in death.
~ The Black Hand's famous quote.

The Black Hand of Sauron is one of the main antagonists, along with Sauron himself, of the 2014 videogame, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. He is one of the Black Númenóreans, and also a Black Captain that acts as an extension of Sauron's will.

He was voiced by Nolan North, who would voice Zog the Eternal and Isildur in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and also voiced Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty zombies, Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line, Cyrille Le Paradox in the Sly Cooper series, The Penguin in the Arkhamverse, David in The Last of Us, Modi in 2018s God of War, and many others.


The Black Hand of Sauron is by far the most powerful and dreaded of all the enemies encountered in the game and is a direct nemesis of the protagonist, being responsible for the murder of his entire family (alongside countless other innocents).

The Black Hand of Sauron is served by an elite group of Uruk orcs known as the Talons of the Black Hand, as well as another aspect of Sauron known as The Tower. There is also a lesser aspect of Sauron known as The Hammer that acts as one of his underlings.

In addition he has a limitless army of orcs under the command of innumerable war-chiefs and encourages them to battle not only enemies but themselves in bloody power struggles that continually shift the way Sauron's armies are structured.


Come back to me, elf-lord!
~ The Black Hand during the ritual.
You cannot escape us.
~ The Black Hand.



  • The Black Hand is a character that was made specifically for the game, and does not appear in any of J.R.R. Tolkien's stories.
  • Nolan North would work with Troy Baker and Alistair Duncan again in God of War (2018).
  • Despite being one of the main antagonists of the first game, the very person who murdered Talion's wife and son, The Black Hand is only ever seen on-screen in two cut-scenes that take up less than three minutes.


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Dark Armies
Leaders: Morgoth | Sauron | Saruman
Nazgûl: Witch-King of Angmar | Khamûl | Helm Hammerhand | Suladan | Isildur | Nazgûl Sisters
Balrogs: Durin's Bane | Gothmog | Tar-Goroth
Dragons: Smaug | Ancalagon | Scatha | Drogoth the Dragon Lord | Glaurung
Great Spiders: Shelob | Ungoliant
Werewolves: Carcharoth
Goblins/Orcs: Gorkil the Goblin King | Great Goblin | Azog | Bolg | Brogg the Twin | Mogg the Other Twin | Yazneg | Grishnákh | Gothmog | Gorbag | Zog the Eternal | Gazmog
Uruk-hai: Ugluk | Lurtz | Shagrat | Hodhvarz
Black Númenóreans: Mouth of Sauron | Agandaur | Black Hand of Sauron | Hammer of Sauron | Tower of Sauron
Olog-Hai: Brûz the Chopper
Men of Darkness: Ar-Pharazôn | Gríma Wormtongue | Bill Ferny | Lheu Brenin | Easterlings | Corsairs of Umbar | Dunlendings | Haradrim
Various Creatures: Barrow Wights | Trolls | Wargs | Fellbeasts | Gûlavhar | Watcher in the Water

Corrupted Elves
Fëanor | Celegorm | Caranthir | Curufin | Maeglin | Celebrimbor

Corrupted Hobbits
Gollum | Lotho Sackville-Baggins | Ted Sandyman

Alfrid Lickspittle | Master of Laketown | Old Man Willow

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