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

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 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

  • In The Lord of the Rings: Conquest you can see dead great beasts on the maps Weathertop and Pelennor Fields.
  • The Lord of the Hunt DLC contains a memory about Great Beasts. Torvin describes how "Great Beasts appear to be distant cousins of the six-tusked Mûmakil" and that he has seen them "rampage and crush Orc, Troll and Man alike".


  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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