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Battering ram is a siege engine used to knock down doors and walls. In some cases, it could be a weapon, as its pointed metal cap was used to impale soldiers during the Battle of Helm's Deep.
Battering Rams have been used by various cultures for thousands of years. In the years prior to the invention of guns and cannons, battering rams were a highly effective and fearsome weapon.
Grond was a one hundred and fifty-foot long battering ram with a head in the shape of a ravening wolf. It is named after the weapon of Morgoth, and also known as the 'Hammer of the Underworld' and broke the gates of Minas Tirith during the War of the Ring.
Uruk-Hai Battering RamEdit
In The Lord of the Rings" The Two Towers, The Uruk-Hai used a battering ram during the Battle of Helm's Deep to bash away at the keep doors. Their battering ram was a large, heavy log carried by several Uruk-Hai soldiers and propelled with sufficient momentum to break down doors. The ram had handles installed all over it, and was bound with metallic bands to prevent it from splitting. The battering ram was also fitted with metal caps with at either end. Both were pointed and tough, and they could aid in breaking down fortress gates as well as maim and eviscerate foot soldiers.
Their battering ram sucessfully broke into the fortress, the Orcs forcing the sharp ends of
its cap into the body of a soldier, dragging him helplessly until the he was pulled against the wall, killing him shortly after.
Then the Orcs brought their fearsome battering ram near the keep. They bashed at the gate just as before, but this time the humans were outnumbered. The ram nearly spelled certain doom for the innocent women and children of Hornburg, they screamed and sobbed in terror as they heard the ram slowly hammer away at the gate. Even though the Uruk Hai were successful in breaking down the gate, they were quickly suppressed and the lives women and children were spared from massacre
Battering Ram used in the Siege of GondorEdit
In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the armies of Mordor used a similar battering ram in the Battle of Minas Tirith. This ram was larger and required more Orcs to handle it. The end of the log was also sharpened to a point and the metal cap enshrouded it. The door was too strong for this ram to penetrate into the city and the orcs that carried it were killed one by one. Their approach failed until the Grond was called forth.