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Captain of Morgoth

A leader of the Orcs at the Nirnaeth

An unnamed individual, presumably an Orc, who led the western forces of Morgoth against the Eldar and Edain in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. The Elves in that region had set themselves in a strong defensive line along the Ered Wethrin, planning to withstand Morgoth's assaults, but the Captain had been ordered to weaken their position by drawing them out into the field. To do so, he brought out and maimed a captive Elf to anger his enemies. That Elf was Gelmir of Nargothrond, whose brother Gwindor saw what was done. In ferocious anger, Gwindor charged, and the Elves of Nargothrond followed him. So the Captain of Morgoth succeeded in drawing out his enemies, but he himself was slain by the enraged Elves.


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