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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Through the Marshes.jpg|thumb|250px|''Through the Marshes'' by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Through the Marshes.jpg|thumb|250px|''Through the Marshes'' by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
The '''Dead Marshes''' are an ancient battlefield ([[Battle of Dagorlad]]), outside of [[Mordor]].  The [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|last alliance]] fought the forces of Mordor and it was here that many of the fallen had laid to rest. Through the years, the battlefield became marshes and swallowed up the dead.  [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], [[Sam Gamgee|Sam]], and [[Gollum]] took a passage through "The Dead Marshes".  Candles and lights danced about and Frodo was mesmerized by the lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead, at the bottom of the marshes. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them.
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The '''Dead Marshes''' were the swamped remains of part of  the [[Battle of Dagorlad]].
  
Barbara Strachey, in her fictionalised atlas ''[[Journeys of Frodo]]'', depicts the Dead Marshes as an eastward extension of the swamps of [[Nindalf]] (Wetwang), although on the ''[[The Lord of the Rings|Lord of the Rings]]'' map they appear separate.
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==History==
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The [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|last alliance]] fought the forces of Mordor and it was here that many of the fallen had laid to rest.  Through the years, the battlefield became marshes and swallowed up the dead.  [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], [[Sam Gamgee|Sam]], and [[Gollum]] took a passage through "The Dead Marshes".  Candles and lights danced about and Frodo was mesmerized by the lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead, at the bottom of the marshes. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them.
  
In ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in [[World War I]], specifically, the [[Battle of the Somme]] (when it rained, blast craters in no-man's land would become a series of pools or lakes with bodies of dead soldiers, from both sides, floating in them)
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==Inspiration==
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In ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in [[World War I]], specifically, the [[Battle of the Somme]]. When it rained, blast craters in no-man's land would become a series of pools or lakes with bodies of dead soldiers, from both sides, floating in them.
  
 
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"I shan't call it the end, till we've cleared up the mess." — Sam
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Through the Marshes by Ted Nasmith.

The Dead Marshes were the swamped remains of part of the Battle of Dagorlad.

History

The last alliance fought the forces of Mordor and it was here that many of the fallen had laid to rest. Through the years, the battlefield became marshes and swallowed up the dead. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum took a passage through "The Dead Marshes". Candles and lights danced about and Frodo was mesmerized by the lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead, at the bottom of the marshes. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them.

Inspiration

In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in World War I, specifically, the Battle of the Somme. When it rained, blast craters in no-man's land would become a series of pools or lakes with bodies of dead soldiers, from both sides, floating in them.