Meet Azog the Defiler, one of the biggest and most terrifying characters in Middle-Earth. We were not able to take too many pictures of the mannequin of Azog but there is plenty of detail to be appreciated.
We think big in Middle-Earth and they don’t come any bigger than Azog the Defiler from the Hobbit. While the original Azog was created using computer graphics, Azog is played in the movies by Kiwi Manu Bennett. His performance is subsequently enhanced with motion capture technology (performance capture). You can see how this is done in the Weta video at the bottom of this post.
It has been created by artists from Weta Workshop. It is based on the digital original, and you can get some idea of the impact this giant dwarf slayer might have caused as you stand looking up at him.
The statue of Azog was originally on the Level 2 foyer at Te Papa Museum in Wellington. On the plinth he stands 3.5 metres, (about 11.5 feet) tall. There is a lot of costume detail such as footwear and weaponry. Also take a look at his grim loincloth, there look some very unhappy dwarf faces there!
Who was Azog the Defiler?
Azog was chief of the Orcs of Moria and there is a line of history linking Thorin to the giant orc. Thror, one of Thorin’s ancestors was killed by Azog and this began the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. This coflict reverberated down through Middle-Earth time to the Battle of the Five Armies. Unlike most Orcs Azog is white skinned and is known as The Pale Orc.
Azog the Defiler Features :-
- Leather boots/foot protectors
- Loincloth made from victims heads
- Weapon arm, Weapons
- Fibreglass Figure
You can check out more costumes from The Hobbit on our Costume Pages.