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'''Ghosts''' was a name commonly used to describe the [[undead]], beings which did not perish after what would be a natural death, but which continued to haunt the living in their after-life. While likely often the product of a vivid imagination, the dealings of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] with several types of undead testify that ghosts were a reality in [[Middle-earth]].<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''passim''</ref>
 
'''Ghosts''' was a name commonly used to describe the [[undead]], beings which did not perish after what would be a natural death, but which continued to haunt the living in their after-life. While likely often the product of a vivid imagination, the dealings of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] with several types of undead testify that ghosts were a reality in [[Middle-earth]].<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''passim''</ref>

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Ghosts by Ron Spencer
"...to them the Enemy had given rings of power, and he had devoured them: living ghosts they were become, terrible and evil."
Faramir

Ghosts was a name commonly used to describe the undead, beings which did not perish after what would be a natural death, but which continued to haunt the living in their after-life. While likely often the product of a vivid imagination, the dealings of the Fellowship of the Ring with several types of undead testify that ghosts were a reality in Middle-earth.[1]

In the late Third Age, the ruined and deserted Osgiliath was known as "a city of ghosts."[2]

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Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Ghosts are one of the most powerful Undead beings. They are altogether incorporeal, and drain constitution points from player characters.[3]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

Ghosts come in three types: phantoms, wraiths and wights.[4]

See also

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, passim
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  3. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012)
  4. Scott Bennie, Mike Mearls, Steve Miller, Aaron Rosenberg, Chris Seeman, Owen Seyler, and George Strayton (2003), Fell Beasts and Wondrous Magic, pp. 25-27