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The Black Breath, also known as the Black Shadow, was a serious and often fatal condition, resulting from contact with a Nazgûl.

Rather than actually being the breath of the unseen wraiths, it is more of an aura they can produce at will to incapacitate their foes. This power was used extensively in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, though not during their confrontations with Frodo and his companions in Eriador. A condition named similarly was also known during the First Age, but it is not known what was spreading it during that age.[citation needed]

Effects and TreatmentEdit

In a mild form, the Black Breath may cause a brief period of unconsciousness, accompanied by bad dreams, and a state of agitation upon being woken.

A severe case of the Black Breath, by contrast, can be fatal if not treated. It may initially manifest as deep despair and extreme drowsiness, with the victim gradually losing consciousness. In other cases, loss of consciousness occurs immediately. A period of hallucination-like nightmares progresses to deep unconsciousness and hypothermia, and the victim dies after a few days. These cases can, however, be treated using the healing herb Athelas.[citation needed]

Known victimsEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Swart Asem
Albanian Zezë e Frymë
Amharic ጥቁር ትንፋሽ
Arabic النفس الاسود
Armenian Սեւ շունչ
Azerbaijani Qara Nəfəs
Basque Arnasa beltza
Belarusian Cyrillic Чорнае дыханне
Bengali কালো শ্বাস
Bosnian Crni dah
Bulgarian Cyrillic Черният дъх
Cambodian ដង្ហើមពណ៌ខ្មៅ
Chinese 黑色的呼吸
Croatian Crni dah
Czech Černý dech
Danish Sortåndedræt
Dutch Zwarte Adem
Esperanto Nigra spiro
Estonian Mustaks Hinguseks
Filipino Itim na hininga
Finnish Musta hengitys
French Souffle noir
Galician Alento negro
German Schwarzer Anhauch
Greek Μαύρη Πνοή
Gujarati બ્લેક શ્વાસ
Hebrew שָׁחוֹר נְשִׁימָה
Hindi काले सांस
Hmong Dub ua pa
Hungarian Fekete Lehellet
Icelandic Svarturandardráttur
Italian Alito Nero
Kannada ಕಪ್ಪು ಉಸಿರು
Kazakh Қара тыныс (Cyrillic) Qara tınıs (Latin)
Korean 검은 호흡
Laotian ລົມຫາຍໃຈສີດໍາ
Latvian Melna elpu
Lithuanian Juoda kvėpavimas
Luxembourgish Schwaarzt Hauch
Macedonian Cyrillic Црн здив
Malagasy Fofon' Aina Mainty
Malayalam കറുത്ത ശ്വാസം
Malaysian Nafas hitam
Maltese Nifs Iswed
Marathi काळे श्वास
Mongolian Cyrillic Хар амьсгал
Norwegian Svartpust
Polish Czarny Dech
Portuguese Respiração preta
Romanian Respiratie neagra
Russian Черное дыхание
Scottish Gaelic Anail Dubh
Serbian Црни дах (Cyrillic) Crni dah (Latin)
Sinhalese කලු හුස්මක්
Slovak Čierny dych
Slovenian Črna dih
Spanish Hálito Negro
Sudanese Hideung Napas
Swahili Pumzi nyeusi
Swedish Svartandetag
Tajik Cyrillic Нафаскашӣ сиёҳ
Tamil கருப்பு மூச்சு
Telugu బ్లాక్ శ్వాస
Thai ลมหายใจสีดำ
Turkish Siyah nefes
Ukrainian Cyrillic Чорний дихання
Urdu سیاہ سانس
Uzbek Қора нафас (Cyrillic) Qora nafas (Latin)
Vietnamese Màu đen hơi thở
Welsh Anadl Du
Yiddish שווארצע אָטעם