Today I will cover another one of my favorite big screen uglies: Gothmog from Peter Jackson’s The Return of the King.
I heard that according to Tolkien Lore, it’s a bit ambiguous whether or not he was an Orc or a Balrog. Either way, I’m focusing on the movie version.
Gothmog is a grotesque, deformed and physically disabled orc. His face reminds me of a cross between the Elephant Man, Sloth from the Goonies and the original silent-era Phantom of the Opera.
Gothmog is pretty bad ass. I mean, he’s some kind of general or something, despite his physical disabilities. Hell, even as he’s having trouble getting off his warg, he contemptuously shoves away some orc trying to help him. He’s like: “I’ve been like this my whole life: what’s YOUR excuse?” So cool.
I mean, when he first appears at the Battle of Pellenor fields, he’s riding in like some kind of smug sheriff (I heard that the actor channeled John Wayne).
He’s super ugly and has a gravelly monster voice. Plus his armor is really neat. I like his design over many other orcs out there, but to be fair the Mordor Orcs in general are uglier and scarier than any of their counterparts, in my opinion.
In the theatrical version he just kind of disappears when Aragorn charges in with his ghost army. I was happy to see him come back and get destroyed by all the heroes together in the Extended Edition.
Short, but sweet. I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Monster of the week.