Lore Sundays: Bolvar Fordragon (part 2)

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Another Sunday, another Lore article for you Murlocs. It is time to continue with the story about Bolvar Fordragon, the (ex) Lich King. Last Sunday we started the first part which you can read it here if you didn’t already. I highly recommend you going through the first part before reading this one.

Let’s get started!

After the fire of the red dragons, what was left behind was the ash of the fallen warriors. The other alive warriors from both Horde and Alliance already left the battle. Due to the toxic clouds, both of the armies were left to retreat before the red dragons came in.

Bolvar Fordragon after the fire of the red dragonflight
Bolvar Fordragon after the fire of the red dragonflight
(artwork by Tooth on ArtStation)

Bolvar Fordragon was among the fallen and presumed to be dead after the fire. What was not known is that the paladin survived the flames. Actually the flames of the dragons re-shaped his life, re-shaped his destiny. There is an interesting bug in the game from a dialogue dialogue between Korialstrasz and Alexstrasza. Due to a bug which allowed some players to speak Draconic, players were able to read and translate Alexstrasza’s words:

They must not discover the fate of the young paladin. Not yet.


Fall of the Lich King

Later on, the forces of the Horde and Alliance finally made their way to the Icecrown Citadel. Only then, it was revealed that Bolvar Fordragon is actually alive and held captive. He was captured by the Scourge alongside Dranosh Saurfang after the battle. Arthas, the Lich King tortured them both in order to break their will. Bolvar have been kept somewhere between life and death by the flames of the red dragonflight. Despite the Lich King’s extensive efforts to corrupt him, Bolvar refused to yield.

Bolvar held kaptive by Arthas, the Lich King
Bolvar held kaptive by Arthas, the Lich King
(artwork from World of Warcraft Trading Card Game)

After Arthas, the Lich King was slain, the spirit of his father appeared in the throne room. King Terenas warned the adventurers that there always must be a Lich King, for the good of Azeroth. There must be a jailor of the damned, as without him, the Scourge would be too dangerous. Somebody would need to take Arthas’ place and keep the Scourge in control. Tirion Fordring took up the Helm of Damnation and wanted to bear this burden. It was then, when Bolvar appeared and stopped him. He was talking atop of the Frozen Throne, his body wrapped by the dragons’ fire. As his last act of service for Azeroth, Bolvar insisted to be the jailor of the damned. Bolvar Fordragon sought to keep the Scourge under control.

Bolvar as the new Lich King
Bolvar as the new Lich King
(artwork by Glenn Rane on ArtStation)

After he put on the Helm of Damnation, he encased in the ice of the Frozen Throne. He warned Tirion that no one must know of his fate and what happened there. Bolvar instructed him to tell the world that the Lich King is dead – and that Bolvar died with him.


Bolvar was the Jailor of the Damned for a long time until the recent events. He kept the Scourge under his control as the new Lich King for a long time. Sometime after Sylvanas Windrunner abandoned the Horde, she visited the Icecrown Citadel. There, she fought against Bolvar, the Lich King and eventually defeated him. After winning the battle, she took the Helm of Damnation from him. Bolvar remarked that the helm would be her prison if she would wear it and become the lord of the Scourge. Instead, Sylvanas split the helm in two and destroyed the Lich King. With doing so, she also pierced the veil between Azeroth and the Shadowlands.

The Lich King, Bolvar Fordragon
The Lich King, Bolvar Fordragon
(artwork by Bayard Wu on ArtStation)

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