Language of the Shadowclan Orcs

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What Humans Should Know

Our language is broken english mixed with some of our own orcish words along with some basic orcish from Tolkein.

The only words you humans need to understand are:

Gib (Give)  Urks (Orcs)  Tribuut (Tribute)tu (to) Wargod(Orcish god)

The correct response to an orc speaking the above phrase is to hand over some food and gold to appease the orc wargod.

Some other common words that you may find helpful are as follows:

Ug! hail Lusk axe
gug’ye goodbye Lusk-r Axe warrior
yub yes Womp mace
nub no Womp-r Mace Warrior
rulg thanks Kigg spear
Hoowah! Horray! Igg dagger
gruk understand Kigg-r Spear Warrior
Shardie NPC orc Lig-r arrow
Wargod Orcish God O’lig bow
lat you Ligz-r Archer
shinies gold Zult scimitar
rejin reagent Zult-r Scimitar Warrior
Mojo magic Kult kryss
Mojoka/Mojokii Magic using orc Kult-r Assasin
Mojo Water potion Sneek-r Thief


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What Orcs Should Know

Don’t use the word “I” to refer to yourself, instead use “me”.
Use broken english to fill in other words.

“Hello, I want to join Shadowclan, I am a new orc”
“Ug, me wan join clan, me new orc”

“I need an axe, where can I find some equipment?”
“Me need lusk, wher kan me git thingies?”

Basic Dictionary
All orcs need to know and use these words.
Nub gruk no understand Igg Dagger
Gug’ye goodbye K’igg Spear
Hoowah! Cry of happiness/War-cry Mojo Magic
humie human Shinies Gold
Shardie/Shard orc NPC Orc Gruk Understand
mojo water potion Rejin Reagents
Nub No O’ligz Bow
Lig-r Arrow Thingys Equipment
Ligz-R Archer Ug! Hail
Womp Blunt Weapon Womp-R Club/Mace Warrior
Lusk-R Axe Warior Lusk Axe
Yub Yes Wargod Orcish God
Lat You Rulg Thanks
Zult Scimitar Zult-R Scimitar Warrior
Numbers Dictionary
Orcs usually can not count very well
Zuth Zero Hash Six
Ash One Hdub Seven
Dub Two Hgakh Eight
Gakh Three Hfuth Nine
Futh Four HH Ten
H Five HHash Eleven
Urucku Dictionary
Words of the Shadow Clan orc virtue system
Duhkta Orcish Principle Iggju Fighting Tactics
Clog Might makes Right Gagru Deceptive Might
Faugh Battle Cleverness/Speed Rokgagh Deceptive Tactics
Snarf Deception Aughagh Deceit
Urucku Orcish Virtue Ghigneh Connection to Wargod
Kihagh Bloodlust Buorca Obediant Teamwork
Ogba Brutality Highat Sneaky
Extended Dictionary
This is a list of words from Tolkien’s Black Speech. It is not required to know or even use these words, but is intended to provide a basis for those who wish to develop a more complete ‘orcish’ language.
agh and albai elf (or) elves (n)
amal where (relative) ash one
bagronk dung-pit (n) búbhosh great (adj)
bugd- call (v) burguul shadow (‘burz + guul’) (n)
burzum darkness (n) buub pig (n)
buurz dark (adj) dug filth (n)
durb- rule (v) durub ruler (n)
dush sorcery, magic (n) duump doom (v)
fauth- lie hidden (v) gaakh let it be that
gakh three gazat dwarf (n)
ghaash (ghâsh) fire (n) ghaashum heat (n)
gimb- find (v) glob fool (n)
goi city (n) golug elves (n)
goth lord, master (n) gund stone (n)
guul (gûl) wraith (n) hai folk (n)
hosh guts (n) ilid elf or elves (n)
krak five krimp- bind (v)
krith nine lat you
lata- under (prep) lug tower (n)
m- root of interogatives mal where? (interrog)
mat- die (v) matuurz mortal (adj)
mog voice (n) narkuu never
nazg ring (n) nuut sky (n)
olog Troll (n) prakh- lure (v)
pushdug stinking (adj or participle) ronk pool (n)
sha together with (prep) shakh lord (n)
shara man (n) sharkuu (sharkû) old man (n)
skai or skah exclamation of contempt snaga slave (also used by Uruk-hai as ‘orc ofsmaller breed’
srinkh- gather (v) (transitive) ta him
tab his tak them
tala above thrak- bring (v)
throqu- devour (v) tug only (adv)
u to (prep) udu seven
uliima throne (n) uruk larger breed of orcs (n)
uzg land (n) za this
zagh mountain pass (n)
-at verb infinitive -hai people (collective plural)
-i or -u noun plural after consonant -ishi in (a suffixed postposition: burzum-ishi,”in the darkness”)
-ob of (case suffix) -ub- verb future tense suffix
-ug verb present active participle -uga verb past passive participle
-uuk (-ûk) all -ul them
-um -ness, -yness (n) -uur for (case suffix)
-uurz a common adjective-forming suffix -z noun plural after vowel
a- prefixed to an interrogative makes itinto a relative
gunduurz stony, rocky, rough (adj) duguurz filthy, dirty (adj)
shara-hai mankind (n) globuurz foolish, silly (adj)
bagronk-ishi ill, dying (literally ‘in the dung-pit’) snaguurz fawning, groveling (adj)

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Optional Advanced Orcish by Gulghrim


Yes – Yub
No – Nub
Hail – Ug
Goodbye – Gug’ye
Thanks – Rulg
Orc – Uruk
Female orc – Kuruk
Noble orc(tribe leader) – Nob
Orc adult – Grunt
Orc child – Gruntee
War – Trug
God – Ulu
The orcish god (Wargod known as the Guardian)- Trugulu
NPC orc(seen by the Shadowclan as traitorous orcs) – Puluruk
Treasure – Bulag
Gold – Rubug
Gem – Kushma
Tribute – Purub
Axe – Lusk
Scimitar – Zult
Mace – Womp
Shield – Oltha
Dagger – Igg
Spear – Kigg
Kryss – Kult
Arrow – Lig
Bow – Olig
Axe wielding orc – Luskhu
Scimitar wielding orc – Zulthu
Mace wielding orc – Womphu
Spear wielding orc – Kigghu
Archer orc – Olighu
Assassin orc –  Kulthu
Orc thief –  Fulu
Apprentice orcish mage – Mojokii
Orcish mage – Mojoka
Craftsman orc(maker) – Kabuhu
Light – Jurzum
Darkness – Burzum
Fire – Ghaash
Water – Brugh
Earth – Abhu
Wind – Yula
Lord – Shakh
Master – Goth
Ruler – Durub
Army – Rukh
Magic – Dush
City – Goi
Voice – Mog
Fool – Glob
Man/woman – Shara
Old person – Sharkuu
Young person – Narkuu
Throne, chair – Uliima
Land – Uzg
Trip – Zalu
Mountain – Zagh
Tree/forest/wood – Galu
Warrior – Trughu
Thief – Fulag
Sailor – Ulbha
Traitor – Pulagh
Troll or ogre – Olug
Elf – Golug
Dark elf – Buurz’golug
Dwarf – Gazat
Duergar – Buurz’gazat
Human – Ulug
Tall humanoid – Puglug
Small humanoid – Ruglug
Pig – Buub
Boar – Pugbuub
Gorilla – Bugarug
Follower/disciple – Gulug
Evolution – Grakhug
Doom – Duump
Stone – Gund
Tower – Lug
Sky – Nuut
Mortal – Matuurz
Never – Narkuu
Slave – Snaga
Death – Magru
Food – Rabu
A drink – Agral
World – Puguzg
Prophecy – Baghu
Prophet – Bagath
The end of the world – Brukha

Noun plural:

Put a ‘z’ after vowel
Slave – Snaga
Slaves – Snagaz

Put a ‘u’ after consonant
Pig – Buub
Pigs – Buubu


Beautiful – Luba
Big – Pug
Coward/something meaningless – Nubhosh
Dark – Buurz
Drunk – Gral
Foolish/stupid – Globuurz
Great/something amazing – Bubhosh
Little – Rug
Magical – Mojo
Ring – Nazg
Stinking – Pushdug
Ugly – Bratug

Pronouns and miscellaneous:

I/me – Ulg
My/mine – Ulga
You – Lat
Your – Lut
Him/her – Ta
His/her – Tab
We/us – Glu
Them – Tak
Their – Tuk
This – Za
That – Zu
Than – Ol
To – Ula
For – Bra
Are – Plu
Like – Jul
How – Krub
From/by – Tlug
Only – Tug
And – Agh
Of – Ogh
Is – Ib
All – Kag
Where (Relative) – Amal
Where (Interrogative) – Mal
When (Relative) – Abul
When (Interrogative) – Bul
Acknowledgement – Dabu
Above – Tala
Under – Lata
Front – Tulu
Behind – Lutu
Together – Sha
Through – Thrak


Becoming – Mag
Being – Grob
Believe – Klut
Bring – Prakh
Calling – Bugd
Conquering – Throku
Dying – Mat
Eating – Rag
Enter – Valg
Gathering – Srinkh
Giving – Blukh
Go – Bu
Having – Prugh
Hiding – Fug
Knowing – Urth
Let – Gab
Let’s go – Gabbu
Lie hidden – Fauth
Looking – Trag
Making – Kabu
Mix – Nag
Serving – Snug
Stealing – Tabu
Surrounding – Krimp
Taking – Fugru
Understanding – Gruk
Wanting – Bagru

Verb suffixes:

Present – Ug
Past – Uga
Future – Ub


Stealing – Tabu
Steal – Tabuug
Stole – Tabuuga
Will steal – Tabuub


Zero – Zuth
One – Ash
Two – Dub
Three – Gakh
Four – Futh
Five – Krak
Six – Blug
Seven – Udu
Eight – Tukh
Nine – Krith
Ten – Ash’zuth
Eleven – Ash’ash
Twelve – Ash’dub
Twenty – Dub’zuth

Virtues – Urucku:

Might – Clog
Cleverness – Faugh
Deception – Snarf

Bloodlust(Luskhu)- Kihagh
Brutality(Womphu)- Ogba
Tactics(Kigghu)- Iggju
Deceit(Kulthu)- Aughagh
Deceptive might(Olighu)- Gagru
Deceptive Tactics(Zulthu)- Rokgagh
Connection to Wargod(Mojoka)- Ghigneh
Obediance, teamwork(Kabuhu) – Buorka

Orcish bloodlines ranks:

The warriors(Luskhu, Womphu, Kigghu and Olighu:)


The thieves:


The craftsman orcs


The mage orcs

Apprentice Mojoka

The assassin orcs


The priest orcs


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Orcish Grammar

by Yorick of Yew

Note: What follows is the language of the Shard Clan (NPC orcs), which most Shadowclan orcs do not speak.  Zult-R orcs are most likely to know the Shard Clan language.

This volume, and others in the series, are sponsored by donations from Lord Blackthorn, ever a supporter of understanding the other sentient races of Britannia. –

The Orcish tongue may fall unpleasingly ‘pon the ear, yet it has within it a complex grammar oft misunderstood by those who merely hear the few broken words of English our orcish brothers manage without education.

These are the basic rules of orcish:

Orcish has five tenses: present, past, future imperfect, present interjectional, and prehensile.  Examples: gugroflu, gugrofloog, gugrobo, gugrolu!, gugrogug.

All transitive verbs in the prehensile tense end it “ug.”  Examples: urgleighug, biggugdaghgug, curdakalmug.

All present interjectional conjugations start with the letter G unless the(y) contain the third declensive accent of the letter U.  Examples: ghothudunglug, but n azhbuugub.

The past tense can only refer to events since the last meal, but the prehensile tense can refer to any event within reach.

The present tense is conjugated like the future imperfect tense, when the interrogative mode is used by pitching the sound a quarter-tone higher.

Orcish hath no concept of person, as in first person, third person, I, we, etc.

Orcish grammar relies upon the three cardinal rules of accretion, prefixing, and agglutination, in addition to pitch. In the former, phonemes combine into larger words which may contain full phrasal significance. In the second, prefixing specific phonetic sounds changes the subject of the sentence into object, interrogative, addressed individual, or dinner.

Agglutination occurs whenever four of the same letter are present in a word, in which case, any two of them may be removed or slurred.

Pitch changes the phoneme value of individual syllables, thus completely altering what a word may mean. The classic example if “Aktgluthugrot bigglogubuu dargilgaglug lublublub(“) which can mean “You are such a pretty girl,” “My mother ate your primroses,” or “Jellyfish nose paints alms potato,” depending on pitch.

Orcish poetry often relies upon repeating the same phrase in multiple pitches, eve(n) changing pitch midword. None of this great are is translatable.

The orcish language uses the following vowels: ab, ad, ag, akt, at, augh, auh, azh, e, i, o, oo, u, uu.  The vowel sound a is not recognized as a vowel and does not exist in their alphabet. The orcish alphabet i(s) best learned using th(e) classic rhyme repeated at 23 different pitchs:

Lugnog ghu blat suggaroglug. Gaghbuu dakdar ab highugbo, Gothnogbuim ad gilgubbugbuilug Bilgeaugh thurggulg stuiggro!

A translation of the first pitch:
Eat food, the first letter is ab,
Kill people, the next lette(r) is ad,
I forget the rest But augh is in there somewhere!

What follows is a complete phonetic library of the orcish language:  ab, ad, ag, akt, alm, at, augh, auh, azh, ba, ba, bag, bar, baz, bid, bilge, bo, bog, bog, brui, bu, buad, bug, bug, buil, buim, bum, buo, buor, buu, ca, car, clog, cro, cuk, cur, da, dagh, dagh, dak, dar, deak, der, dil, dit, dor, dre, dri, dru, du, dud, duf, dug, dug, duh, dun, eag, eg, egg, eichel, ek, ep, ewk, faugh, fid, flu, fog, foo, foz, fruk, fu, fub, fud, fun, fup, fur, gaa, gag, gagh, gan, gar, gh, gha, ghat, ghed, ghig, gho, ghu, gig, gil, gka, glu, glu, glug, gna, gno, gnu, gol, gom, goth, grunt, grut, gu, gub, gub, gug, gugh, guk, gulg, gur, gurt, ha, hagh, hat, hig, hig, hok, hrak, hrol, hug, i, ig, igg, igh, ign, ihg, ikk, it, jak, jek, jja, ju, juk, ka, ka, ke, kgh, kh, ki, klap, klu, knod, knu, kod, krug, kt, kug, lat, log, log, lub, lug, lug, luh, ma, nag, nar, natz, neg, neh, nog, nug, nug, nuk, o, oag, ob, og, ogh, oh, olm, om, oo, oog, oth, pa, pig, qo, qua, quil, rekk, rim, ro, rod, ru, rug, rukk, rur, sag, sah, sg, snarf, stu, thu, thu, thu, thug, tk, tug, u, ud, ug, ugh, ukk, ulg, urd, urg, urgle, ut, zug.

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Writing credit goes to: Copied to Stratics and edited by Stupid Miner. June 2009.

Last modified: April 3, 2011

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