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The age of Men is over. The time of the Orc has come!
— Gothmog

Gothmog was a lieutenant of Minas Morgul, second-in-command to the Witch-king of Angmar, lord of the Nazgûl, at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, at which he commanded the forces of Morgul after the Lord of the Nazgûl was slain by Éowyn. This information is the only reference in The Lord of the Rings to Gothmog, and his fate is not recorded, although it is strongly implied that he and almost all of the servants of Sauron that fought before the gates of Minas Tirith were destroyed. Almost nothing is known of Gothmog, not even what being he was. Tolkien scholars speculate that he might have been an Orc, a Black Numenorian or a Ringwraith.

Gothmog shared his name with a much earlier character, Gothmog, lord of Balrogs. The original Gothmog was clearly a different character than the Gothmog of The Lord of the Rings despite having shared the same name. It would seem that the Gothmog of the Third Age had taken, or been given, the name in memory of Morgoth's captain; an interesting choice, since Sauron and the Lord of Balrogs were presumably rivals for Morgoth's favor during the Elder Days.

In the film, Gothmog is portrayed as an Orc-general with a misshapen face. He is played by Lawrence Makoare, and his voice is provided 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. During the battle he attempts to battle Eowyn but she leaves him unable to walk with a wound to his crippled left leg, and he is soon killed by Aragorn and Gimli afterwards.

Battle vs. Hurlock (by Greenberet69)Edit

Gothmog:RedRedRedRedRed

Hurlock Vanguard:DarkredDarkredDarkredDarkredDarkred

In the Dead Marshes near Mordor Gothmog and 3 Orcs and 1 Warg are hiding in the area from the Men of the West, Elves, and Dwarves meanwhile The Hurlock Vanguard and 2 Hurlocks and 1 Genlock and 1 Blight Wolf and in the area trying to find a place to build a underground base so the Darkspawn can attack Middle-Earth. The Genclock spots Gothmog and the Orcs and warg and takes out its Darkspawn Longbow and fires killing a orcReda orc sees The Vanguard and the Darkspawn and takes out a Bow of Mordor and fires killing the GenlockDarkredThe Hurlock and the Darkspawn roar at Gothmog and the Orcs who mounts his Warg and charges with his scmitar with the orcs close behind. A Hurlock charges at Gothmog only to have its head cut offDarkredand the Vanguard sends in the Blight Wolf and tackles Gothmog to the ground and turns around to see the Warg and both the Warg and the Blight Wolf charge at each other. Meanwhile a Hurlock charges with its Greatsword and cuts a orc in half only to be stabbed with a spear by the other OrcRedDarkred. The Vanguard charges with its Darkspawn Longsword and Shield and deflects a strike from the spear and stabs the OrcRed. Meanwhile the Blighr Wolf and Warg have wandered off and once again engage each other and after biting and scratching each other a few times the Blight Wolf scratchs the Warg's face and then the Warg dies from the Darkspawn's poison blood and wanders off back to the VanguardRed. Meanwhile Gothmog and the Hurlock Vanguard see each other and attack each other with Gothmog succeding in knocking away the Darkspawn Shield and slashes the Vanguard's left leg making the Vanguard fall down and as Gothmog tries to strike the he looks up to see the Blight Wolf and is able to put his sword up and as he is tackled kills the Blight WolfDarkred. However Gothmog gets trapped under the Blight Wolf and tries to move it but with only one arm he is having a hard time, The Darkspawn Vanguard recovers and moves over to Gothmog who looks up in horror as the Vanguard decapitats GothmogRed. The Hurlock Vanguard raises his fists in the air and roars in victory

Winner: The Hurlock Vanguard

Expert's OpinionEdit

The Hurlock Vanguard won because he had the better weapons, important X-Factors on his side, and he didn't have a bad arm.

To see the original battle, weapons and votes, click here.

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