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Great beast
Name Great beast
Dominions Unknown, Mordor ?
Languages None
Height Larger than 30'
Weight
Skin Color Gray
Hair Color None
Lifespan
Distinctions Gigantic, horned, powerful, brutish
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Great-beasts

Peter Jackson's depiction of the great beasts used by Sauron, to pull Grond

The Great beasts, or Great Siege Beasts, were used by Sauron's armies as burden beasts, most notably during the Battle at Minas Tirith. These beasts pulled the colossal battering ram Grond to the gate of Minas Tirith to destroy the Wall after the smaller battering rams failed, during the Siege of Gondor.[1]

Speculations on OriginsEdit

Great beasts may have indeed been created by Eru himself or perhaps from a long line of giant creatures stemming from Melkor's corruption of the world before the destruction of Almaren long ago during the Years of the Lamps.

When in those far back days, Melkor's interference caused the appearance of monstrous beasts of "horn and ivory" that fought with other beasts and were forever marred by Melkor's evil influence, but this was never really explained.[2]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

In Peter Jackson's film Return of the King they are depicted as gigantic rhinoceros-like creatures with a horn protruding from their heads. The special features section of the extended edition reveals that for the film these creatures were modeled after the extinct Megacerops.

Video gamesEdit

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth gamesEdit

The Lord of the Rings: ConquestEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IV: "The Siege of Gondor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"

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