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Castellan of Mount Gundabad, Great Chieftain of the Orcs of the Misty Mountains.

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Introducing S.E.E. Director's Cut: Bolg

When the Necromancer orders Azog back to Dol Guldur, Bolg resumes the hunt for the Company of Thorin Oakenshield. Azog and Bolg lead the armies of hell across the lands of the north and into battle against the free peoples of Middle-earth. Bolg’s sculpt was created by Nazgûl, and has been seen before in the concept art of The Battle for Middle-earth III (view an earlier news article about BfME III). Bolg is the last of the heroes of The Misty Mountain faction of the Special Extended Edition, Director’s Cut. Our first article of 2016 will detail his involvement in the story and in the game.



Bolg was the Castellan of Mount Gundabad and son of Azog (read more about Azog). Slain by Legolas in The Battle of The Five Armies*, Bolg returns to the battle in S.E.E. Director's Cut to destroy his hated foes, the Dwarves and Elves of Middle-earth.

Strong of body and of will, Bolg can switch between Morgul bow and his menacing, self-forged mace. He can summon his ash coloured Warg to lead the mounted Hunter Orcs over the vast terrains of Rhovanion. As a hero, and due to the basic balance changes in S.E.E. Director’s Cut, he is unable to take down an entire army by himself; however strong he may be as a hero. Rather, and much like the lesser heroes, he inspires the wild armies beneath him to fight harder, increasing attack and defence. He is a natural leader, second only to Azog’s command, with strong powers and buffs that will change the course of the battle against the free peoples of Middle Earth.

The Misty Mountain heroes are listed as:

  • Balrog, Shadow and Flame of Moria
  • Azog, The Defiler
  • Bolg, The Castellan of Gundabad
  • Yazneg, Captain of the Hunter Orcs
  • Fimbul, Lieutenant of Azog
  • The Great Goblin, Vile Goblin King
  • Moria Cave Troll, Captive Beast

If you have your own suggestions for the Misty Mountain faction of The Special Extended Edition, Director’s Cut, please post them in our forums at T3A, Revora. Alternatively, you can comment your suggestions here.

Bolg, Castellan of Mount Gundabad

He carries out Azog’s will, and Bolg too wants the blood of Durin’s line destroyed. However, seeking to become more than just the spawn of his father, Bolg's ritualistic self-mutilation involved torturous metal plates, embedded into his body. Under his armour, deep, infected wounds scar his lacerated pale skin. Muscle and metal are one.

As part of the second hunt for Thorin, Bolg tracked the dwarves to the hidden wood-elf kingdom. The Hunter Orcs were unable to breach the great bridge and door of the Woodland Realm. Knowing partially of the wood-elf’s dealings with Lake Town, Bolg sent his hunters to find a second entrance, one in which the guard was less. The reward was swift in arriving; the Hunter Orcs found the Dwarven barrel-riders trapped within the water gate. A Morgul laced arrow hit Kili, of the royal family and cousin to Thorin, and slowly poisoned his body, later to incapacitate him. At this moment, the prince and captain of the guard of the Woodland Realm arrived and attempted to rescue the Dwarves from their immediate capture by the Hunter Orcs.

Bolg’s forces suffered great losses from the two elves, but continued to track their quarry. On their northern Wargs and under the cover of night, the Hunters rode into Lake Town. The stealth siege of Bard’s house went awry with the second, timely arrival of the elvish prince and she-elf captain.

Berated and humiliated by Azog, in front of the forces of Dol Guldur, Bolg is given a new mission and is sent to Gundabad.

The battle is going well for Azog. Evil times have brought about loses to his enemies before he joins the fray. As Bolg, the commander of reinforcements from Gundabad arrive at Raven Hill, the Battle of the Five Armies takes another turn in favour of the forces of hell. The reinforcements consist of Gundabad Orcs, giant bats, High Pass goblin mercenaries and Bolg’s own, personal bodyguard of elites.

From there however, the armies of good won the battle in spite of mounting odds and the loss of the King of Erebor and his two cousins. Not until later in the War of the Ring, would the northern tribes of goblins and orcs of the Misty Mountains and Dol Guldur, rise again to besiege the Elves and Dwarves.

Further Notes

Castellan is an archaic word; it means captain of a castle or fortress. In the case of Bolg, he rules over Mount Gundabad in place of Azog. Bolg's duties while at Gundabad would include keeping a garrison at his fortress and reporting to his father on the progress in their preparations for a final war against the free peoples of Middle-earth. Ultimately, Azog orders Bolg to reinforce The Battle of the Fives Armies with the armies kept at Mount Gundabad, this is the fifth army to join the fray*.

The Castellan of Dol Guldur is another son of Azog, seen briefly in The Battle of Azanulbizar, defeated yet surviving; and he plays a part of Gandalf's capture at Dol Guldur. The giant orc was tasked to harvest the ring of power from Gandalf, however, before completing this task, he was annihilated by Galadriel.

*According to the film's interpretation of The Battle of the Five Armies, the five being: Dwarves from the Iron Hills, Mirkwood Elves, Refugees of Lake Town, Azog's army of Dol Guldur and Bolg's army of Mount Gundabad. In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, the five armies are Dwarves, Men, Elves, Goblins and Wargs. Bolg of Mount Gundabad leads the goblin armies of the Misty Mountains, and an alliance with the Wargs of the Misty Mountains, who are under their own leadership. Traditionally, air forces are not counted as armies, so the Great Eagles and the bats from Mount Gundabad are not included in the count.

Learn more about Bolg in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit in The Thains Book. Thainsbook.net

Thank you for reading. As always, find our most up to date information and media at The Third Age, Revora Forums. Forums.revora.net

Article by Matt Alexi

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Hoar
Hoar

The one that I was waiting for the most! I have a one question. I can't see bow when he is on the warg, does that mean that there is no Warg-Archer combination?

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RiderOfRohan
RiderOfRohan

There are no pre existing animations with that combination for the Warg and I don't think the S.E.E. team has an animator to fix that.

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Hoar
Hoar

Well, Edain Mod for ex. has Warg Archers as an Isengard summon from spellbook, thus I see no problem in that :P

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RiderOfRohan
RiderOfRohan

Yes well Edain has a pretty well balanced team, S.E.E. I believe consist of the Team leader who (now) models and codes, a rigger, and some mappers.

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Nazzie Creator
Nazzie

That's true. SEE Team is now what it used to be when I had three Coders other than me, several Modelers, one Animator, one Audio Editior, one Marketing Guy, one Support Manager and several donators and trading partners :-/

I have no means (anims) to produce Warg Riders using bows no.

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SauronLordofTheEarth
SauronLordofTheEarth

Amazing!

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The_Spin
The_Spin

If I am correct the Warg Archers are originally from the Witch Kings Kingdom mod, found in the 4 Ages net. I would like to see in game the Orc Captain that was in Dol Guldur guarding Gandalf and Golfimbul as an Orc or Goblin hero according to your liking though and some Ettenmoors or Mount Gram Orcs. Thank you and nice work on this guys :)

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MattTheLegoman Author
MattTheLegoman

The trolls of the Ettenmoors and the goblins of Mount Gram do not play as an important part in the Battle of the Five Armies and the War of the Ring.

You are talking about, not merely a captain, I explain in my text that he is the Castellan of Dol Guldur, a son of Azog. He won't be appearing in the skirmish and multiplayer game as far as I know. He would be part of a campaign scenario taking place at Dol Guldur, so they are no plans to add him yet.

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The_Spin
The_Spin

I am not talking about Bolg, but the Orc Guard of Dol Guldur, that is in the last picture of your article. If only you could give him a name and add him in game that would be nice ;) Do you have a unit roster to check on please ?

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MattTheLegoman Author
MattTheLegoman

That is the Castellan of Dol Guldur. As far as I know he does not have a name in the media. I don't think it would be a good plan to add every recognisable hobgoblin into the playable faction. I say that there are no plans for him yet.

While the planning of the Misty Mountains S.E.E. Director's Cut are for the most part completed you are welcome to put your input in. You can find our forums on T3A here:
Forums.revora.net
And the sub-forum with the development of the Misty Mountain faction is here:
Forums.revora.net

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Nazzie Creator
Nazzie

That is simply a remnant from PJ's work on Bolg. It's an actor, wearing a suit and makeup that looks like Bolg, cause it was intended as Bolg before they went with the CGI version. I'm ok with calling him another son of Azog, even though that's probably not what PJ thinks. I think they simply got him in there to not make the actor feel bad for being replaced by a CGI version. He has the same sort of metal parts embedded in his skin and he's even got them bear paws on his shoulders. If you ask me, they should have changed him slightly to differ more from CGI Bolg.

He won't be in SEE though.

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Guest
Guest

any word on the evil men faction? iam very interested in seeing more of rhun and harad.

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Nazzie Creator
Nazzie

Yes, Harad is up with Rohan, after this release.

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The_Spin
The_Spin

God I have been for very long out of Revora... Thanks and good luck mate, can't wait to play this :D

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Nazzie Creator
Nazzie

Thank you. Just got back from a long break =)

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The_Spin
The_Spin

Nice of you to be back mate

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