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Great-beasts

The great beasts of Sauron pulling Grond

Great beast
Dominions

Mordor, Morgul

Languages

None

Average height

Larger than 30'

Skin color

Gray

Hair color

None

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

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

ReferencesEdit

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

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