Uruk-Hai, LotR (3.5e Race)

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The Uruk-hai (Black Speech: Orc folk) are an advanced breed of Orcs that appeared during the Third Age. They were created to enhance the army of Saruman as they appear to be much better in battle than regular Orcs.

The Uruk-Hai (or Uruk) made up a large part of Saruman's army, together with the Dunlendings and other human enemies of Rohan, and also served as the elite troops of Mordor. They are faster than normal Orcs and could travel during the day without being weakened. They are not only faster but smarter, stronger and larger: unlike Orcs, they are taller than Men. There are suggestions that the Uruk-hai were the result of crossbreeding Orcs and Men. Certainly, other creatures in Saruman's armies, and under his command in the Shire, appear to have been hybrids, though these "half-orcs" were as tall as Men and are never described simply as Orcs, as the Uruk-hai frequently are. Saruman's army of Uruk-hai fought against King Théoden of Rohan and his people at Helm's Deep.

The Uruks of Saruman the White used an S elf-rune wrought in white metal on the front of their iron helms. It was clear this "S" stood for Saruman, because their shields had a small white hand (the symbol of Saruman) centered on a black field. Aragorn commented that their gear was not in the manner of other Orcs at all. Instead of curved scimitars, they used short, broad-bladed swords. Their great bows were made of yew wood, in length and shape as those of Men. They also appeared different physically: greater stature, swart, slant-eyed, thick legs and large hands. Although they did not like the light of the sun, they could withstand it better than other Orcs. Saruman promised them man-flesh as a treat. He aided them with his wizardry as well: when Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas followed the party of Uruks who kidnapped Merry and Pippin, Saruman's will caused weariness of the heart for the pursuers and lent speed to the Orcs. Ugluk led the Uruk-hai of Isengard, and since they were the strongest he felt that he led the hobbit march as well, insisting on going back by way of Isengard. This was the group that slew Boromir.

The name Uruk-Hai has the element Uruk, which is a Black Speech word meaning Orc, related to the (Valinorean) Quenya word Urko (Ñoldorin Quenya: Orko) of the same meaning. The element hai means "folk", so "Uruk-hai" is "Orc-folk". A similar term is Olog-hai ("troll-folk"), used for a breed of especially strong and vicious trolls capable of surviving sunlight.

                                                                              -From lotr.wiki

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +2 Str, +2 Con, -2 Int, -2Cha
  • Humanoid (Orc)
  • Medium-Size: No bonuses or penalties due to size
  • Uruk-Hai base land speed is 30ft
  • Darkvision out to 60 feet.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, The Black Tongue. Bonus Languages: Goblin, Orc, Harad, Eastern.
  • Favored Class: Barbarian or Ranger. Uruk-Hai are natural in the wilderness fighting, some merely go and attack while others hunt their foe.

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Uruk-Hai Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
5 years +D2 +D3 +D4
Table: Uruk-Hai Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
15 years 20 years 25 years +1D12 years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Uruk-Hai Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 5' 9" +D12 140 lb. × (2D6) lb.
Female 5' 7" +D12 120 lb. × (2D6) lb.


Male Names

Lugdush, Mauhúr, Uglúk, Lurtz, Shagrat,

Female Names

Similar to Male Names.

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