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King of the Dead

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The '''King of the Dead''' is a term used in [[The Return of the King]] that could refer either to [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] or the King of the [[Dead Men of Dunharrow]]. It is only ever used as a cry made by the evil men that Aragorn's Army of the Dead rout from Gondor "the King of the Dead is upon us!".
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The '''King of the Dead''' was the king of the oath-breaking [[Men]] of the [[White Mountains]], who swore allegiance to [[Isildur]] in the [[War of the Last Alliance]]. For breaking his oath, he and his people were cursed to walk the [[Paths of the Dead]] until they could redeem themselves, which they achieved by aiding Isildur's heir [[Aragorn]] in the [[War of the Ring]].
 
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In [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]] he interpreted the King of the Dead as the leader of the Dead Men who acts as a figurehead for them, with several lines of dialogue. He was played by [[Paul Norrell]]
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Revision as of 13:32, 15 June 2007

The King of the Dead was the king of the oath-breaking Men of the White Mountains, who swore allegiance to Isildur in the War of the Last Alliance. For breaking his oath, he and his people were cursed to walk the Paths of the Dead until they could redeem themselves, which they achieved by aiding Isildur's heir Aragorn in the War of the Ring.