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

Speculations on OriginsEdit

Great beasts may have 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 his 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 The 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

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Groot dier
Albanian Bisha e madhe
Amharic ታላቁ አውሬ
Arabic الوحش العظيم
Armenian մեծ գազան
Azerbaijani Böyük heyvan
Basque Piztia handia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікі звер
Bengali গ্রেট পশুর
Bosnian Velike zvijer
Bulgarian Cyrillic Страхотен звяр
Burmese ဂရိတ်သားရဲ၏
Cambodian ដែលមានទំហំធំសតវតិរច្ចាន
Catalan Gran bèstia
Cebuano Dakong nga mananap ?
Chinese 伟大的野兽
Cornish best Meur
Croatian Velika zvijer
Czech Skvělá bestie
Danish Store dyr
Esperanto Granda besto
Estonian Suur metsaline
Filipino Mahusay na hayop
Finnish Suuri peto
French Grande bête
Frisian Grut bist
Dutch Groots beest
Galician Gran besta
Georgian დიდი მხეცი
German Große Bestie
Greek Μεγάλο θηρίο
Gujarati ગ્રેટ પશુ
Haitian Creole Gwo bèt
Hausa Babban dabba
Hawaiian Nui na holoholona
Hebrew חיה גדולה
Hindi महान जानवर
Hungarian Nagy fenevad
Icelandic Mikill dýrið
Igbo Nnukwu anụ ọhịa
Indonesian Besar binatang
Italian Grandi Bestie
Japanese 偉大な獣
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಬೀಸ್ಟ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Ұлы жануар
Korean 위대한 짐승
Kurdish مه‌زین ته‌با (Arabic script) Mezin teba (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Улуу айбан
Latin Magna bestia
Laotian ສັດເດຍລະສານທີ່ຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່
Latvian Liels zvērs
Lithuanian Didelis žvėris
Macedonian Cyrillic големиот ѕвер
Malagasy Biby lehibe
Malay Binatang yang besar
Marathi ग्रेट पशू
Maori Kararehe kararehe
Mongolian Cyrillic Их араатан
Nepalese ठूलो जनावर
Norwegian Flott dyr
Pashto لوی ځناور
Persian جانور بزرگ
Polish Wielkie Bestie
Portuguese Grande besta
Punjabi ਮਹਾਨ ਜਾਨਵਰ
Romanian Fiara mare
Romansh Granda ?
Russian Великие Звери
Scottish Gaelic Bhiast mhòr
Serbian Велики звер (Cyrillic) Veliki zver (Latin)
Sesotho Phoofolo e khōlō
Sicilian Gran armali
Sindhi وڏي حيوان
Sinhalese මහා මෘගයා
Slovak Skvelá bestie
Slovenian Velika zver
Spanish Gran Bestia
Sudanese Sato galak hébat
Swahili Mnyama mkubwa
Swedish Stor fä
Tajik Cyrillic ҳайвони Бузург
Tamil பெரிய மிருகம்
Telugu గ్రేట్ మృగం
Turkish Büyük canavar
Ukrainian Cyrillic Великий звір
Urdu عظیم حیوان
Uzbek Буюк ҳайвон (Cyrillic) Buyuk hayvon (Latin)
Vietnamese To quái thú ?
Welsh Bwystfil mawr
Yiddish גרויס חיה
Yoruba Nla ẹhọnọn

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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