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AZOG from The Hobbit AUJ by grantgoboom AZOG from The Hobbit AUJ by grantgoboom
Some quick fan art of the Pale Orc, Azog the Defiler, from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Such a cool baddie, I had to draw him. As of this moment (about a week after the movie's come out), there's almost no reference of him available on the internet, so I had to go off memory and a few tiny, blurry pics. Hopefully I didn't mess up that claw too bad. : P I may have to draw his awesome white warg at some point, too, and maybe sneak them both into my new art book: [link]

Some of the book purists are annoyed that Azog's in the movie – The character exists in Tolkien lore, but his story was changed/expanded a bit so that the first film would have a more effective villain, ala Lurtz or Gothmog. I personally thought it worked great. While I love the books, I don't have a single problem with creative adjustments that make for a more solid and entertaining movie. And, c'mon, you need mini-bosses to keep the characters on their toes until they reach the big bosses. It's just good storytelling.
:)

I loved the movie – I can't wait to see it again this weekend (and REALLY can't wait for film 2, Desolation of Smaug)!
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la-ela Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice!
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, that's great!

Also, I heard that the second part of the Hobbit trilogy will have some insight on Gandalf's 'other business' driving the Necromancer out of Mirkwood, too.
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Giratina3456 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite him being extremely evil and all that, I thought his eyes were very pretty.
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buzzybeeGIRL Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Azog is an amazing baddie. I'm generally a book purist, but I loved how Jackson brought the characters more to life (I mean, I'm getting to know about some of the dwarves more than I did in Tolkien's book - this isn't an insult to him, but he mainly focused on Gandalf, Bilbo, and Thorin, and while that's fine, I would have liked more information on the others, that said, Bofur ftw).

The only thing I can see missing is the spike that goes through his arm. See, the claw isn't attached to his arm - it's part of a sharpened spike, and the spike has been RAMMED into his arm, just below the elbow, I think?

Yeah. Azog. He's hardcore.
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Rammed into his arm? Dear God that's brutal. But being an orc, I guess brutality is pleasure.
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HomieBear Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I loved this movie so much and was inspired to search my Unfinished Tales to see what was from Tolkien and whatnot. Azog is mentioned as the slayer of Thrór and that he basically defiled his body as well. So, Azog the Defiler. Works for me! Love this.
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KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He`s pretty scary in the movie in my opinion, but his artificial claw had made me laughing.
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Sliversun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Nice work! I just saw the movie yesterday.

Please do more!
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winter-axe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wonderfull piece you´ve made here ;3

I simply love the evil grin Azog seems to share so generously(it could almost match the Mouth of Sauron :P)

Despite his prothesis. Azog looks healthy, almost handsome for an orc. It makes me wonder why. Perhaps he's always been big and strong enough to claim an extra portion of meat or he might not even be raised by orcs at all... Whatever it is I bet his history is at least slightly different than other orcs'.
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CursedFreak Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so in need of reference images of Azog and the Great Goblin!! :P

I have mixed feeling regarding Azog's insertion in the film though, while it seemed unnecessary I always like to see orc individuals getting the spotlight, after finally watching the film I thought he looked cool but his scenes (with the exception of the flashback) kind of bored me, I almost felt him shouting in my head "rawr! I'm filler!!"
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