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The Great Goblin, or Dûrba-Hai in Orcish
Goblin Gate, The Misty Mountains
Orcish, Westron
T.A. 2941

Ogrod, The Great Goblin, was the Lord of Goblin Gate and King of the Central Misty Mountains as of T.A. 2941.


Like many of his predecessors, Ogrod was an unusually large Orc and was of the progeny of Ogslap, who slew his rivals for the throne of Goblin Gate. Due to his tremendous size, Ogrod was able to survive the bloody power struggles common to Orc tribes and finally assume the title of "The Great Goblin", or Dûrba-Hai in Orcish.

Ogrod is thought to have had Boldog blood, was twice as tall as any of his minions and had a bulbous head which seemed too large for his body. Although Ogrod was known for his cleverness and cautiousness, his explosive temper and pride often troubled his reign.

While ostensibly swearing allegiance to Bolg, the King of the North, he and his domain remained largely independent. Ogrod constantly feared that Bolg would attempt to usurp him, though he nonetheless remained a loyal vassal of the Lord of Gundabad.

Ogrod is described in Bilbo Baggins' autobiographical work There and Back Again, in which he is said to have taken the company of Thórin Oakenshield captive, accusing them of being spies, thieves, murderers and friends of Elves. He was finally slain by Gandalf, allowing the Dwarves to escape and the Quest of Erebor to continue.

The slaying of Ogrod reignited the ancient enmity which existed between the Dwarves and the Orcs, causing them to make preparations for war to secure their domination of the North. A host of Orcs loyal to Ogrod assembled at Mount Gundabad and intended to sweep southward until they learnt of the death of Smaug the Terrible and altered their plans.

Ogrod's death ultimately precipitated the Battle of Five Armies when this host of Orcs encountered the famed Dwarven warrior, Dáin Ironfoot, upon their arrival at Erebor.


In life, Ogrod wore the great-sword Elfhewer.

See also


  • MERP:Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls
  • The Hobbit: The Prelude to The Lord of the Rings (Videogame)