You touch it, and I'll stick this blade in your gut!
~ Gorbag threatens Shagrat.
Nah, this fellow ain’t dead. She’s jabbed him with her stinger and he’s as limp as a bone fish.
~ Gorbag upon finding a paralyzed Frodo, who had been stabbed by Shelob

Gorbag is an Orc Lieutenant in service of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings book trilogy and subsequent movie adaptations.

He is stationed at Cirith Ungol alongside other Mordor Orcs but also several Uruk-hai led by Shagrat, with whom they have a tense relationship that eventually boils over into violence in Return of the King after Frodo is captured and his possessions divided up among the Orcs.


In the books

In the books, Gorbag covets Frodo's Mythrill shirt, and when he tries to take it, Shagrat injure and apparently kills him, which in turn starts off a violent free-for-all between the Orcs and the Uruk-hai that ends with the two sides wiping each-other out. Posing as a corpse, Gorbag attempts to stab Shagrat from behind only to be killed by him.

In the films

In the movies, it is Gorbag who is the loyal one and Shagrat who succumbs to greed when he demands that Gorbag hand over the Mythrill shirt. Gorbag insists that it go to the Great Eye along with everything else Frodo had on him. When Shagrat refuses to listen, Gorbag threatens to skewer him if he doesn't comply, leading to a fight that then spills over into their respective followers, and as in the book, Orc and Uruk-hai turn on and annihilate one another. But with Gorbag still alive, he goes after Frodo as the latter tries to escape, only for Sam to impale him from behind on Sting.

In video games

In the video game adaptation of Return of the King, Gorbag is a boss battle that Sam must win to free Frodo, as opposed to Sam simply stabbing him from behind while he is distracted.

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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 | 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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