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Hi, all! I decided to just get it done and make this comparison so I didn't need to look it up every single time! Since Azog and Bolg depart so heavily from their book counterparts, I decided to write this so people would stop getting confused about who was in what, and what was ruled by who. Will it help? Probably not.

Canon Azog:

  • Died in T.A. 2799, approximately 142 years before the Hobbit begins
  • Was the leader of the Moria clan
  • Killed Thrór, eventually causing the Battle of Azanulbizar and ultimately his death
  • Head sliced off by Dáin
  • Strong Orc

Jackson's Azog "The Defiler"

  • Died approximately 142 years after the Battle of Azanulbizar
  • Leader of like, anything Sauron wasn't
  • Killed Thrór during the Battle of Azanulbizar, causing you to wonder what caused it in the first place
  • Hand sliced off by Thorin, and ultimately killed by said Dwarf 142 years later
  • The most powerful Orc to ever exist, so strong he could probably take on a Balrog

Meanwhile...

Canon Bolg:

  • Actually a character in the Hobbit
  • Primary leader of the Orcs in the Battle of Five Armies
  • Son of Azog, wishes to avenge his death
  • Killed by Beorn
  • Not much is known, leaving a great deal to be developed for an interesting character

Movie Bolg:

  • Eats slightly less steroids than daddy Azog
  • Secondary villain
  • Motivation: "Bolg like to smash Dwarves"
  • Heck, I don't even remember how he died. Was he even in the movie? Did I just dream him up?
  • No expansion or development whatsoever.

And that's all the major differences. You might be able to tell that I'm a firm believer that Bolg should've been the main Orc villain of the Hobbit films. It would've been more canon, made more sense, and would have more room for non-lore breaking character development.

That's all, good day!