There are a lot of orcs that are mentioned by name in the Lord of the Rings books; Ugluk, Grishnakh, Mauhur, Gothmog, etc.

But are there any mentions of their names in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy?

  • Many Orcs are named in the credits, without their names being spoken onscreen. I think there probably are some, but I actually can't think of any specific examples.
    – Nerrolken
    Jul 10, 2015 at 16:16
  • The scene in the tower after Frodo gets Shelob'd. There's some dialogue between an uruk hai and an orc there and I swear someone says soemone's name. I think it's in Return of the King.
    – Daft
    Jul 10, 2015 at 16:16
  • I'm almost sure that Lurtz is named in the films, as he was invented for them (it). I wouldn't bet all my money, though. Jul 10, 2015 at 18:19
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    IIRC, Lurtz is never actually named in the films - just in the credits and supporting materials
    – The Fallen
    Jul 10, 2015 at 18:26

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I've had a read through all three film scripts...

...as well as the scripts for the various special editions. Although several Orcs and Uruk-Hai are mentioned by name in the script notes (notably Lurtz and Grishnákh) none of them are mentioned within the dialogue itself.

  • That's shocking, really. Jul 10, 2015 at 22:48
  • Speciesism at its subtle worse. Jul 11, 2015 at 12:57
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    @JamesMcLeod - How many Germans are named in typical WWII period war film? Jul 13, 2015 at 14:59
  • @dvk - Hitler usually gets a mention.
    – Valorum
    Jul 13, 2015 at 15:48
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    @Richard - So does Sauron. The analogy holds :) Jul 13, 2015 at 17:05

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