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Grishnakh was an orc in J. R. R. Tolkien's series of books Lord of the Rings from the ashen wastes of the evil land of Mordor. Grishnakh was part of a group of Orc hunters under the dark lord Sauron's dominion that joined Ugluk's Uruk-hai troop on the plains of Rohan. Grishnakh's plans for the troops' captives, Merry and Pippin, were in conflict with Ugluk's orders to deliver them to the wizard Saruman. Believing they might have the treasure his lord sought, he tried to steal the Hobbits away from the watchful Uruk-hai.

The name Count Grishnakh was also used as the stage name for Varg Vikernes (originally Kristian Vikernes) in the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Vikernes is in prison for murdering his former bandmate and setting fire to several churches.