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The Questioner

The interrogator of Mordor

"We shan't hurry the enquiry."
Words of Grishnákh
from The Two Towers III 3
The Uruk-hai

A follower of Sauron who specialised in extracting information from their master's enemies. Little is known of the Questioner, who was mentioned only briefly by the Orc Grishnákh of Mordor as a threat to the Hobbits Merry and Pippin on their journey across Rohan. From what little information Grishnákh revealed, it seems that the Questioner was extremely thorough, leaving victims desperate to give up all of their secrets.

Some time before this, Gollum was captured on the borders of Mordor, and there is reason to think that he experienced the attentions of the Questioner. Gandalf suggested that he was taken into Mordor 'for examination'1, and later Gollum reveals painful memories of his time in the Dark Land.2 Though the Questioner is not specifically named in this regard, this seems to have been exactly the kind of work that we might expect to have called on their particular unpleasant talents.


Notes

1

The Fellowship of the Ring I 2, The Shadow of the Past

2

In The Two Towers IV 1, The Taming of Sméagol, Gollum drifts into a recollection of his questioning: ‘Leave me alone, gollum! You hurt me. O my poor hands, gollum!' The 'you' here seems to be the Questioner, or at least somebody fulfilling an equivalent role.

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