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