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Tar-Goroth is a Balrog in the Lord of the Rings videogame Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Tar-Goroth was a general in Morgoth's army under Sauron when the first Dark Lord battled the Host of Valinor. He was defeated by the nature spirit named Carnán and fell in the pits of Gorgoroth, at the end of the War of Wrath.

He is accidentally awakened when Talion and Celebrimbor forge a new Ring of Power. Upon being called back by the Uruk sorcerer named Zog the Eternal, Tar-Goroth resurfaces as a servant of Sauron and proceeds to go on a rampage to destroy any creature that stands in his path and torching the forest of Carnán. For this reason, Talion agrees to stop the Balrog, both to make amends and to get the normally neutral nature spirit on his side.

He is destroyed by Carnán, Talion and Celebrimbor, with it's remains frozen in a lake. Zog comes to resurrect him but reveals that he is now planning to corrupt the demon into aiding him in his plan to supplant Sauron as the new Dark Lord. The necromancer fails and is apparently killed by the Ranger from the Black Gate.


  • He was first shown in the game's cinematic announcement trailer, but was not given an official name until the announcement of the limited Mythrill edition, which includes a statue of him fighting Talion riding a drake made out of nature by Carnan.


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Dark Armies
Leaders: Morgoth | Sauron (Peter Jackson, Conquest, Shadow of Mordor) | Saruman (Peter Jackson)
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 (Battle for Middle-Earth) | 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

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