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Race
Division
Probably one of the Uruk-hai1
Culture
Settlements
In the service of Isengard
Pronunciation
'Loo'gdoosh'
Meaning
Uncertain2

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Lugdush

An Orc in the service of Isengard

An Orc, and apparently an Uruk, in the service of Saruman. He was a member of Uglúk's raiding band that captured Merry and Pippin beneath Amon Hen, and drove them westwards to the eaves of Fangorn Forest. It was there that Lugdush met his end, at the hands of Éomer's Rohirrim.


Notes

1

Lugdush is never specifically identified as one of the Uruk-hai, but he was directly under the command of the Uruk Uglúk, and apparently his most trusted lieutenant, so this does seem likely.

2

We generally have very little basis for interpreting the names of Orcs, but in the case of Lugdush we have at least a partial clue. In the Black Speech, Sauron's Dark Tower was known as Lugbúrz, and we know from other sources that the -búrz element meant 'dark'. There is therefore at least some basis for guessing that the Lug- in Lugdush meant something related to 'tower' (perhaps Lugdush was a particularly tall Orc, for example). This is all rather speculative, however, and it is quite possible that there is no real connection between the names Lugdush and Lugbúrz.

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