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. Azog is often known as the pale orc.

Azog The Hobbit

Azog the Pale Orc

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, The Hobbit white orc actor is Manu Bennett a Kiwi of some stature as you can imagine. 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.

Azog the Defiler The Hobbit Costume Trail
This Fibreglass Statue Was Made for the Hobbit Costume Trail

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!

Azog the Defiler The Hobbit Costume Trail

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.



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  1. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    January 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Mom L made it to the theater to see the movie! Loved it! Can’t wait to visit The Shire in NZ
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  2. meowmeowmans

    January 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Whoa! He’s big AND scary! We liked learning about how he was created, too.
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  3. Dezi and Lexi

    January 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    ConCats to da winners. Dat’s a Giant statue alwight.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi
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  4. The Swiss Cats

    January 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Mum would love to see all that stuff ! She’s a fan of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit : she read the books, she watched the movies, and re-read the books ! Purrs
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  5. da tabbies o trout towne

    January 14, 2015 at 7:38 am

    guys….we due knot think any one wantz ta mezz with thiz dood !!

    thanx for sharin XXXX


  6. Brian Frum

    January 14, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Yikes! That is one scary dude!


  7. Thomas Archer

    January 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, a-ma-zing Aunty! He’d strike fear into your heart, for sure!


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