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Grond (battering ram)

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[[Image:Grond from Peter Jackson's The Return of the King.jpg|thumb|300px|The battering-ram Grond, as portrayed in [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]]]
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"''Italic text''Great engines crawled across the field; and in the midst was a huge ram, great as a forest-tree a hundred feet in length, swinging on mighty chains. Long had it been forging in the dark smithies of [[Mordor]], and it's hideous head, founded of black steel,  was shaped in the likeness of a ravening wolf; on it spells of ruin were laid. Grond they named it, in the memory of the Hammer of the Underworld of old. Great beasts drew it, orcs surrounded it, and behind it walked mountain-trolls to wield it.''Italic text''"
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'''Grond''' was a battering ram, used to destroy the [[Great Gate of Minas Tirith|Great Gate]] of [[Minas Tirith (Gondor)|Minas Tirith]] during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]. It was named intentionally to evoke the memory of the ancient weapon of [[Morgoth]], the "[[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Hammer of the Underworld]]".
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'''Grond''' was a battering ram, used by [[Sauron]]'s forces to destroy the [[Great Gate of Minas Tirith|Great Gate]] of [[Minas Tirith]] during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]. The ram was "a hundred feet in length", and its head was of black steel, made to resemble a wolf. It is told that Grond had been induced with "[[magic|spells of ruin]]". During the Siege of Gondor, Grond was drawn to the Great Gate by "[[great beasts]]" and was wielded by [[mountain-trolls]].<ref name=RKV4>{{RK|V4}}</ref>
  
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==Etymology==
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''Grond'' means "very weighty and ponderous" in [[Sindarin]].<ref>{{PE|17}}, pp. 99, 183</ref> It was named intentionally to evoke the memory of the ancient weapon of [[Morgoth]], the "[[Grond (Hammer of the Underworld)|Hammer of the Underworld]]".<ref name=RKV4/>
  
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== Portrayal in adaptations ==
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File:The Return of the King (1980 film) - Grond.png|Grond, as portrayed in [[The Return of the King (1980 film)|''The Return of the King'' (1980 film)]]
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File:The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King - Grond.jpg|Grond, as portrayed in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]''
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File:Lord of the Rings Online - Grond.jpg|Grond, as portrayed in ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]''</gallery>
  
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'''2003: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]'':'''
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:The ram took the shape of the whole wolf's body, rather of just its head. [[Gothmog (Lieutenant of Morgul)|Gothmog]] called it in after a smaller battering ram proved futile against the great gates.
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'''2015: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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:Grond was encountered in the Epic Quest "[[The Strength of Sauron]] Book 3: Chapter 8: Gothmog Appears". The player managed to slightly damage the great ram, delaying its use in the coming battle. [[Gothmog]]'s arrival forced the player to withdraw before further damage could be done.
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Latest revision as of 23:13, 27 August 2015

This article is about the battering ram. For the weapon used by Morgoth, see Grond (Hammer of the Underworld).

Grond was a battering ram, used by Sauron's forces to destroy the Great Gate of Minas Tirith during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The ram was "a hundred feet in length", and its head was of black steel, made to resemble a wolf. It is told that Grond had been induced with "spells of ruin". During the Siege of Gondor, Grond was drawn to the Great Gate by "great beasts" and was wielded by mountain-trolls.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Grond means "very weighty and ponderous" in Sindarin.[2] It was named intentionally to evoke the memory of the ancient weapon of Morgoth, the "Hammer of the Underworld".[1]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

The ram took the shape of the whole wolf's body, rather of just its head. Gothmog called it in after a smaller battering ram proved futile against the great gates.

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Grond was encountered in the Epic Quest "The Strength of Sauron Book 3: Chapter 8: Gothmog Appears". The player managed to slightly damage the great ram, delaying its use in the coming battle. Gothmog's arrival forced the player to withdraw before further damage could be done.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 99, 183