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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight.jpg|thumb|250px|''Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight'' by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight.jpg|thumb|250px|''Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight'' by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
'''Barrow-wights''' are wraith-like creatures based on the Old Norse Draugr. ''[[Barrows|Barrow]]'' refers to the burial mounds they inhabited and ''wight'' is an Old English word for "human being" or "person" (it does not mean "spirit" or "ghost"; it is cognate to modern German "Wicht", meaning "unpleasant person"). Tolkien borrowed this concept from Norse mythology, e.g. ''Waking of Angantyr'' and ''Hrómundar saga Gripssonar''.
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'''Barrow-wights''' are wraith-like creatures
  
 
Evil spirits of some kind (perverted [[Maiar]] or possibly [[Fëa and hröa|spirits]] of [[Orcs]], fallen [[Avari]], or evil Men), they were sent to the [[Barrow-downs]] by the [[Witch-king of Angmar|Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]] in order to prevent a resurrection of the destroyed [[Dúnedain|Dúnedain]] kingdom of [[Cardolan]].
 
Evil spirits of some kind (perverted [[Maiar]] or possibly [[Fëa and hröa|spirits]] of [[Orcs]], fallen [[Avari]], or evil Men), they were sent to the [[Barrow-downs]] by the [[Witch-king of Angmar|Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]] in order to prevent a resurrection of the destroyed [[Dúnedain|Dúnedain]] kingdom of [[Cardolan]].
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During the [[War of the Ring]], [[Frodo Baggins]] and company were trapped in the [[Barrow-downs]], and nearly slain by wights. It has been speculated that Frodo was trapped in the [[uncommon words|cairn]] of the last prince of [[Cardolan]].
 
During the [[War of the Ring]], [[Frodo Baggins]] and company were trapped in the [[Barrow-downs]], and nearly slain by wights. It has been speculated that Frodo was trapped in the [[uncommon words|cairn]] of the last prince of [[Cardolan]].
  
== Other versions of the legendarium ==
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==Etymology==
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''[[Barrows|Barrow]]'' refers to the burial mounds they inhabited and ''wight'' is an Old English word for "human being" or "person"; unlike a popular misunderstanding, it does not mean "spirit" or "ghost"; it is cognate to modern German "Wicht", meaning "unpleasant person".
  
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Due to the misunderstanding, DnD has created a monster called "Wight", a kind of wraith.
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==Inspiration==
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They were based on the Old Norse Draugr.  Tolkien borrowed this concept from Norse mythology, e.g. ''Waking of Angantyr'' and ''Hrómundar saga Gripssonar''.
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== Other versions of the legendarium ==
 
Due to his inspiration from ''Hrómundar saga Gripssonar'', during the writing of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (see ''[[The History of The Lord of the Rings]]'') Tolkien at first foresaw a link between the wights and the [[Nazgûl|Ringwraith]]s, initially describing the Black Riders as horsed Wights, but the suggestion that they were the same kind of creatures was dropped in the published work. In the final work there remained a link between them: the wights were now spirits sent by the Witch-king.
 
Due to his inspiration from ''Hrómundar saga Gripssonar'', during the writing of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (see ''[[The History of The Lord of the Rings]]'') Tolkien at first foresaw a link between the wights and the [[Nazgûl|Ringwraith]]s, initially describing the Black Riders as horsed Wights, but the suggestion that they were the same kind of creatures was dropped in the published work. In the final work there remained a link between them: the wights were now spirits sent by the Witch-king.
  

Revision as of 02:39, 18 August 2008

Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight by Ted Nasmith.

Barrow-wights are wraith-like creatures

Evil spirits of some kind (perverted Maiar or possibly spirits of Orcs, fallen Avari, or evil Men), they were sent to the Barrow-downs by the Witch-king of Angmar in order to prevent a resurrection of the destroyed Dúnedain kingdom of Cardolan.

Barrow-Wights by John Howe.

They animated the dead bones of the Dúnedain buried there, as well as older bones of Edain from the First Age which still were buried there.

During the War of the Ring, Frodo Baggins and company were trapped in the Barrow-downs, and nearly slain by wights. It has been speculated that Frodo was trapped in the cairn of the last prince of Cardolan.

Etymology

Barrow refers to the burial mounds they inhabited and wight is an Old English word for "human being" or "person"; unlike a popular misunderstanding, it does not mean "spirit" or "ghost"; it is cognate to modern German "Wicht", meaning "unpleasant person".

Due to the misunderstanding, DnD has created a monster called "Wight", a kind of wraith.

Inspiration

They were based on the Old Norse Draugr. Tolkien borrowed this concept from Norse mythology, e.g. Waking of Angantyr and Hrómundar saga Gripssonar.

Other versions of the legendarium

Due to his inspiration from Hrómundar saga Gripssonar, during the writing of The Lord of the Rings (see The History of The Lord of the Rings) Tolkien at first foresaw a link between the wights and the Ringwraiths, initially describing the Black Riders as horsed Wights, but the suggestion that they were the same kind of creatures was dropped in the published work. In the final work there remained a link between them: the wights were now spirits sent by the Witch-king.