A "Weregild" is the amount of money someone is worth to their tribe or town. If killed in combat, their family would be entitled to reparations from the slayer according to the value of the weregild.


At the start of the Third Age, Isildur claimed the One Ring as a weregild for his father's and brother's death, despite all councils from the wise to destroy it.[1]


  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age