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Dwimmerlaik was a name given to Lord of the Nazgûl by Éowyn (as Dernhelm) when she confronted him during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields[1].

By extension, it is possible that Dwimmerlaik is how the Rohirrim called the rumors of the Nazgûl in general.


It means 'phantom' (lit. "magical art") cf. Dwimmordene; from the Old English word gedwimer 'sorcery'.

It is not clear whether the word refers to a creature of the Rohanese folklore (like the holbytlan) therefore when Eowyn confronted the Witch-King she rather identified him with one, than coining the word on that moment.

David Day in A Tolkien Bestiary considered that a Dwimmerlaik is any creature of Rohanese superstitious folklore that includes Elves and Ents. However there is no indication in Tolkien's writings that the word pre-existed or that it was used for other races[2].

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"