According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void).

However, in The Battle of the Five Armies (at approximately 27 minutes) there are many samples of Black Speech by Sauron.

When he taunts Galadriel that she's "the only light, alone in the darkness" (according to the subtitles), what is heard is actually "ashi, burzum ishi" ("the only [one] in darkness").

Is there a full transcript of Sauron's speech in the Dol Guldur scene, up to the moment when Sauron is banished?


3 Answers 3


According to the movie subtitles, he says:

"It has begun.The east will fall.

So shall the Kingdom of Angmar rise.

The time of the Elves is over.

The Age of the Orc has come. "

  • 2
    Thanks, I also read subtitles. However, I asked for Black speech transcript, not for translation. Mar 11, 2015 at 0:32
  • 1
    Is it odd that Sauron would say "The age of the Orc"? I'd expect him to be more selfish.
    – user45549
    Aug 27, 2015 at 14:44
  • 2
    @Hatandboots I think he's going for parallelism with the previous line. "Sauron" isn't a race, so he's comparing Elves to Orcs. It's like an American saying "The age of the Old World is ending, it's time for the New World to take over." They would be referring to the United States specifically, rather than all of North/South America, but using a more general term because it fits the comparison more poetically.
    – Nerrolken
    Aug 27, 2015 at 14:49
  • Shouldn't it be west, and not east? Nov 28, 2016 at 6:39
  • 1
    @Hatandboots Orcs are as good as an extension of Sauron's will. So when he says age of the orc, he means "my age"
    – Valandil
    Nov 28, 2016 at 17:03

First lines are the beginning of the Ring-verse: Shre nazg golugranu kilmi nudur, Ombi Kuzddurbagu gundum-ishi bagu.

Then goes: Dunni kan markhan. Omidi-shu. Ashi burzum-ishi.

But the last words I also haven't been able to find :(

  • I think he's specifically asking about the parts we don't already know :) Also.. the way the scene plays out, I don't think Sauron is the one who says this part.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:49
  • Correct. Thanks for 'Omidi-shu', but is most interesting is the rest - when Sauron appears like huge red eye with visions passing over, until Galadriel banishes him. Sep 13, 2015 at 9:05
  • Looks Turkish-like to me. The quotation that was quoted, I mean. Aug 27, 2017 at 7:09

I searched and found various sources and according to them, the transcript of Sauron's Dol Guldur speech goes like this: Shre nazg golugranu kilmi nudur -"Three rings for the Elven Kings under the sky" Ombi kuzddurbagu gundum-ishi (bagu) -"seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone"

Dunni kan markhan -"You cannot fight the shadow" Omidi-shu -"Even now you fade" Ashi burzum-ishi -"One light alone in the darkness"

Iz er garan -"It has begun" Bur ghan-maszh -"the East will fall" Dazb Angmu gul-liz ash -"So shall the kingdom of Angmar rise" Dag bur-shur nurb Ainur -"The time of the Elves is over" Burz-khan im bro -"The Age of the Orc has come"

  • 1
    Which sources are these and where did you find them?
    – Valorum
    Dec 22, 2020 at 21:43

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.