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Uruks were a new breed of Orcs that appeared during the Third Age.

They were faster than normal Orcs and could travel during the day without being weakened. They were not only faster but smarter, stronger and larger, though they were still shorter than Men.

The name Uruk-hai has the element uruk, which is a Black Speech word meaning "Orc".

  1. Distinctions - Large build; better resistance to sunlight; faster, stronger and smarter than other orcs
  2. Average height - Shorter than Men
  3. Skin color - Swarthy In The Lord of the Rings, the term Uruk-hai refers chiefly to those bred in Isengard, and in one context are alternatively called Isengarders, while Uruks from Mordor are called Black Uruks or Uruks of Mordor.