Nov. 18, 2002
In the march with Merry and Pippin, Grishnakh led
Orcs of Mordor. He had a softer, more evil voice than the other orcs.
was short, crook-legged, very broad, with unusually long arms hanging
to the ground. His arms were described as hairy and the hobbits
his breath to be bad. He was quick to dodge Ugluk's attack and survive
others did not. Ugluk commented that Grishnakh seemed to know more than
should. Grishnakh knew of the Questioner as if he had been there during
work and may have heard something then. He knew the connection between
and the Ring, immediately recognizing the gollum throat noise when
He knew a nazgul waited at the bridge northwest of them on the east bank, and that they did not have to go through Isengard with such protection, and said so. His orders said the hobbits were not to be searched or plundered, but brought to Sauron.
Grishnakh was forced by the larger Orcs of Ugluk's Isengarders to cede leadership. But he waited until the hobbits were unguarded (see Ugluk) and stole them, probably for Sauron at first, but was egged on by Merry and then Pippin to think one of them had the Ring. He had to take them farther away to search them without being caught by his own men as well as Ugluk's, and take the prize for himself. When a rider came upon them suddenly, Grishnakh seemed about to kill the prisoners to prevent them from falling into the other side's hands, and was killed himself by the rider's spear.
Reference: Two Towers: "The Uruk-hai"