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The Wight's Chant is an incantation sung by the Barrow-wight when Frodo Baggins, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took, and Sam Gamgee are trapped in its barrow. When Frodo first hears it, it's a song of horrible sounds and cold words that chill him to the bones.

The reference near the end to the "dark lord" refers to Sauron and his assumed dominion-to-come, who, sensibly, therefore must have had power over the wights.

Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

In The Two Towers (film)Gollum chants something similar to the Wight's Chant in the Dead Marshes as Frodo's talking to him, just before Frodo refers to him as Sméagol.


Cold be hand and heart and bone,
and cold be sleep under stone:
never more to wake on stony bed,
never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead.
In the black wind the stars shall die,
and still on gold here let them lie,
till the dark lord lifts his hand
over dead sea and withered land.

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