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The Wight's Chant was an incantation sung by the Barrow-wight when Frodo Baggins, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Peregrin Took, and Sam Gamgee were trapped in its barrow after leaving Tom Bombadil's house. When Frodo first heard it, it manifested as a song of horrible sounds and cold words that chilled him to the bone.[1]

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.

The reference near the end to the "dark lord" refers to Sauron (and his assumed dominion-to-come), who by extension may have had power over the wights.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gollum chants something similar to the Wight's chant in the Dead Marshes as Frodo is talking to him, just before Frodo refers to him as Sméagol.

The wights do not appear in the films.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Ch. VIII: "Fog on the Barrow Downs"