Uruk-hai shield

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[   Uruk-hai shield   Uruk-hai shield.png
Appearance white-handed shield
Slot shield
AC 1
Special (none)
Base price 7 zm
Weight 50
Material iron

The Uruk-hai shield is a kind of shield. When unidentified, it is a white-handed shield. (This is not an error for "white-handled"—the shield does not have a white handle but the image of a white hand, which is reflected in the default tileset image for the item. Compare the red-eyed shield.)

As its name suggests, the Uruk-hai shield is usually encountered as part of the starting inventory of Uruk-hai (with about a 2/3 chance). Orc-captains may start with an Uruk-hai shield or an orcish shield, with a 1/3 chance of each. Since Uruk-hai tend to be more dangerous than Mordor orcs, because of their use of poisoned arrows, one might expect the Uruk-hai shield to be superior to the orcish shield used by Mordor orcs, but in practice the two shields are identical in all but name and appearance.

Uruk-hai shields are considered racial equipment for orcs, for purposes of the racial armor unofficial conduct and the racial AC bonus in UnNetHack[1].


The white hand is the symbol of the wizard Saruman, one of the antagonists of The Lord of the Rings, who raised an army of Uruk-hai in an attempt to rival the titular "Lord of the Rings", Sauron. The white hand was a deliberate imitation of the red eye used by Sauron.


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