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Spectres were evil creatures only mentioned fleetingly in linguistic writings.[1][2] Likely spectre was just another name for undead beings such as ghosts or wraiths.

Perhaps spectres were related to the Sindarin concept auth (Quenya ausa), referring to a spectral apparition.[3]


Spectre derives from Latin spectrum.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Specters are rare, incorporeal Undead monsters. They are included among the minions of the Balrog of Moria.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Index" (entry for dwimmerlaik)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 17, 101 (footnote 155; cf. root NASAG)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 9
  4. "specter". Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition at Dictionary.com (retrieved December 16, 2010)
  5. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), p. 129
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