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[[File:Dead-marshes.jpg|thumb|350px|The Dead Marshes in [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Lord of the Rings film trilogy|The Lord of the Rings]]'' film trilogy]]
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|place_description = Swampy wasteland
 
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|place_realm = [[Middle-earth]]
 
|place_sub_realm = [[Emyn Muil]]
 
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|place_type = Land-home to the Dead
 
|place_time = [[First Age]]?? - [[Fourth Age]]??
 
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{{Quote|Dreary and wearisome. Cold, clammy winter still held sway in this forsaken country. The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark greasy surfaces of the sullen waters. Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed up in the mists like ragged shadows of long forgotten summers.|from Passage of the Marshes, [[The Two Towers]]}}
 
{{Quote|Dreary and wearisome. Cold, clammy winter still held sway in this forsaken country. The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark greasy surfaces of the sullen waters. Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed up in the mists like ragged shadows of long forgotten summers.|from Passage of the Marshes, [[The Two Towers]]}}
   
[[File:DEAD MARSHES location map in middle earth.PNG|thumb|225px|The Dead Marshes marked in red.]]
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[[File:DEAD MARSHES location map in middle earth.PNG|thumb|250px|The Dead Marshes marked in red]]
   
The '''Dead Marshes''' was an area of swampland east of the [[Emyn Muil]] and bordered on the east by the [[Dagorlad]] plain, site of the ancient [[Battle of Dagorlad]] during the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]].
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The '''Dead Marshes''' was an area of swampland east of the [[Emyn Muil]] and bordered on the east by the [[Dagorlad]] plain, site of the ancient [[Battle of Dagorlad]] during the [[War of the Last Alliance]].
   
==History==
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== History ==
   
The marshes predated the battle, but were not named until after. The Dead Marshes were part of the ancient battlefield of the Battle of Dagorlad between the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|Last Alliance]] and the forces of [[Mordor]], where many of the fallen were laid to rest. Over time, the battlefield became marshes, which swallowed up the dead, though their bodies could still be seen floating in the water.
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The marshes predated the battle, but were not named until after. The Dead Marshes were part of the ancient battlefield of the [[Battle of Dagorlad]] between the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|Last Alliance]] and the forces of [[Mordor]], where many of the fallen were laid to rest. Over time, the battlefield became marshes, which swallowed up the dead, though their bodies could still be seen floating in the water (although, according to Gollum, they are not physically there, and only appear as visions).
   
During [[Gondor]]'s war with the [[Wainriders]], [[King of Gondor|King]] [[Ondoher]]'s army was caught by surprise and he and men were driven into the Dead Marshes and defeated. When [[Eärnil II]] became king, he avenged the earlier defeat at the [[Battle of the Camp]] in [[TA 1944]], and the Wainriders were defeated and driven into the marshes where most perished.
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During [[Gondor]]'s war with the [[Wainriders]], [[King of Gondor|King]] [[Ondoher]]'s army was caught by surprise and he and his men were driven into the Dead Marshes and defeated. When [[Eärnil II]] became king, he avenged the earlier defeat at the [[Battle of the Camp]] in [[TA 1944]], and the Wainriders were defeated and driven into the marshes where most perished.
   
The Dead Marshes were located north-west of the [[Morannon]], and southeast of the [[Emyn Muil]]. [[Aragorn]] once captured [[Gollum]] here, on February 1, [[TA 3017|3017]] and took him to [[Mirkwood]].
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The Dead Marshes were located north-west of the [[Morannon]], and southeast of the [[Emyn Muil]]. [[Aragorn]] once captured [[Gollum]] here, on [[February 1]], [[TA 3017|3017]] and took him to [[Mirkwood]].<ref>''[[Unfinished Tales]],'' Part Three: The Third Age, II: "[[Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan]]"</ref>
   
===The War of the Ring===
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=== The War of the Ring ===
   
[[File:Dead-Mashes-Water.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Old dead bodies in the water of the marshes.]]
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[[File:Dead-Mashes-Water.jpg|thumb|left|225px|Corpses in the water of the marshes]]
   
During the quest to destroy the [[One Ring]] (Third Age: [[3019]]), Gollum led [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] on a passage through the marshes. They entered the Dead Marshes at Dawn on the 1st of March. The Passage was marked by lights that danced about and candles which Gollum called "''candles of corpses''"; it is likely that those who become entranced by these lights and attempt to touch the bodies drown in the water and go down to join the dead. It seems that the bodies only appear in the water when the lights are lit. At the Mere of Dead Faces, Frodo became entranced by these lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead at the bottom of the marshes, though Sam broke him out of his trance. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them. While passing through the marshes, a [[Nazgûl|Black Rider]] on a [[Fell beast]] passed overhead, terrifying Gollum enough that he started to slip back into his old speech-habits, which he had somewhat given up after swearing to "serve the master of the [[One Ring|Precious]]." They exited the Marshes on the morning of March 2nd.
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During the quest to destroy the [[One Ring]], Gollum led [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] through the marshes. They entered the Dead Marshes at Dawn on the 1st of March. The Passage was marked by lights that danced about and candles which Gollum called "''candles of corpses''"; it is likely that those who become entranced by these lights and attempt to touch the bodies drown in the water and go down to join the dead. It seems that the bodies only appear in the water when the lights are lit. At the Mere of Dead Faces, Frodo became entranced by these lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead at the bottom of the marshes, though Sam broke him out of his trance. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them. While passing through the marshes, a [[Nazgûl|Black Rider]] on a [[Fellbeast|Fell beast]] passed overhead, terrifying Gollum enough that he started to slip back into his old speech-habits, which he had somewhat given up after swearing to "serve the master of the [[One Ring|Precious]]." They exited the Marshes on the morning of [[March 2]], [[3019]].<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]], [[The Two Towers (novel)|The Two Towers]],'' Book Four, Chapter II: "[[The Passage of the Marshes]]"</ref><ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]],'' [[Appendix B]]: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"</ref>
   
[[File:Dead_in_the_Marshes.png|thumb|Dead in the Marshes]]
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[[File:Dead_in_the_Marshes.png|thumb|An apparition within the marshes]]
   
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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== Portrayal in adaptations ==
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=== Peter Jackson's The Two Towers ===
   
In [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Two Towers (film)|The Two Towers]]'', the Dead Marshes [[File:Dead_Ones.png|thumb|left|Dead One]]are shown with jets of fire rather than the misty candle-flames described in the book. Frodo actually falls into the muck where ghostly figures surround and reach for him, though Gollum pulls him out.
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[[File:Dead_Ones.png|thumb|An illusory Elf corpse]]
   
===Translations around the World===
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In [[Peter Jackson]]'s ''[[The Two Towers (film)|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'', the Dead Marshes are shown as foggy ponds with jets of fire rather than the misty candle-flames described in the book. Frodo actually falls into a marsh, in which ghostly figures surround and reach for him before Gollum pulls him out.
   
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*In the ''[[Journeys of Frodo]]'' atlas by [[Barbara Strachey]], the Dead Marshes are depicted as an eastward extension of the swamps of [[Nindalf]] (Wetwang), although on ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' map they appear separate.
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*In ''[[The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien|The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in [[World War I]], specifically, the [[Battle of the Somme]], in which he saw dead men who were lying in the mud where they were killed.
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*In the ''[[Journeys of Frodo]]'' atlas by [[Barbara Strachey]], the Dead Marshes are depicted as an eastward extension of the swamps of [[Nindalf]] (Wetwang), although on the ''[[The Lord of the Rings|Lord of the Rings]]'' map they appear separate.
 
*In ''[[The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien]]'', Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in [[World War I]], specifically, the [[Battle of the Somme]], in which he saw dead men who were laying in the mud where they were killed.
 
   
 
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*[[The Lord of the Rings]]: [[The Two Towers (novel)|The Two Towers]], "[[The Passage of the Marshes]]"
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*[[Unfinished Tales]]: [[Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan]], "The Northmen and the Wainriders" pgs. 288-95
 
*[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]
 
 
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Latest revision as of 14:51, May 19, 2020

Dead-marshes

The Dead Marshes in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy


"Dreary and wearisome. Cold, clammy winter still held sway in this forsaken country. The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark greasy surfaces of the sullen waters. Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed up in the mists like ragged shadows of long forgotten summers."
from Passage of the Marshes, The Two Towers
DEAD MARSHES location map in middle earth

The Dead Marshes marked in red

The Dead Marshes was an area of swampland east of the Emyn Muil and bordered on the east by the Dagorlad plain, site of the ancient Battle of Dagorlad during the War of the Last Alliance.

History Edit

The marshes predated the battle, but were not named until after. The Dead Marshes were part of the ancient battlefield of the Battle of Dagorlad between the Last Alliance and the forces of Mordor, where many of the fallen were laid to rest. Over time, the battlefield became marshes, which swallowed up the dead, though their bodies could still be seen floating in the water (although, according to Gollum, they are not physically there, and only appear as visions).

During Gondor's war with the Wainriders, King Ondoher's army was caught by surprise and he and his men were driven into the Dead Marshes and defeated. When Eärnil II became king, he avenged the earlier defeat at the Battle of the Camp in TA 1944, and the Wainriders were defeated and driven into the marshes where most perished.

The Dead Marshes were located north-west of the Morannon, and southeast of the Emyn Muil. Aragorn once captured Gollum here, on February 1, 3017 and took him to Mirkwood.[1]

The War of the Ring Edit

Dead-Mashes-Water

Corpses in the water of the marshes

During the quest to destroy the One Ring, Gollum led Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee through the marshes. They entered the Dead Marshes at Dawn on the 1st of March. The Passage was marked by lights that danced about and candles which Gollum called "candles of corpses"; it is likely that those who become entranced by these lights and attempt to touch the bodies drown in the water and go down to join the dead. It seems that the bodies only appear in the water when the lights are lit. At the Mere of Dead Faces, Frodo became entranced by these lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead at the bottom of the marshes, though Sam broke him out of his trance. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them. While passing through the marshes, a Black Rider on a Fell beast passed overhead, terrifying Gollum enough that he started to slip back into his old speech-habits, which he had somewhat given up after swearing to "serve the master of the Precious." They exited the Marshes on the morning of March 2, 3019.[2][3]

Dead in the Marshes

An apparition within the marshes

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Peter Jackson's The Two Towers Edit

Dead Ones

An illusory Elf corpse

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the Dead Marshes are shown as foggy ponds with jets of fire rather than the misty candle-flames described in the book. Frodo actually falls into a marsh, in which ghostly figures surround and reach for him before Gollum pulls him out.

Behind the Scenes Edit

TranslationsEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Dooie Vleie
Albanian Keneta Vdekur
Armenian Մահվան Ճահիճներ
Arabic المستنقعات الميتة
Azerbaijani Ölü Bataqlıqlar
Basque Hildako Padura
Belarusian Cyrillic мёртвыя Балоты
Bengali মৃত জলাভূমি
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мъртвите блата
Catalan Pantans Morts
Chinese (Hong Kong) 死亡沼澤
Corsican Paludes Morti
Czech Mrtvé močály
Danish Dødemandsmarsken
Dutch Dode Moerassen
Esperanto Mortintoj Marĉoj
Estonian Surnud Sood
Finnish Kalmansuot
French Marais des Morts
Georgian მკვდართა ჭაობი
German Totensümpfe
Greek Βάλτοι των Νεκρών
Gujarati ડેડ ભેજવાળી જમીન
Hebrew ביצות המתות
Hindi मृत दलदल
Hungarian Holt-láp
Icelandic Dauðarmýrar
Irish Gaelic Riasca Marbh
Italian Paludi Morte
Indonesian Rawa Mati
Japanese 死者の沼
Latin Mortuus Paludes
Latvian Miroņu Purvi
Lithuanian Negyvosios Pelkės
Japanese デッド沼地
Korean 죽은 늪
Kurdish Mirî Avzêl (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Macedonian Cyrillic мртвите блата
Malaysian Paya Mati
Malayalam ചത്ത ചതുപ്പുകളുടേയും
Maltese Bassasiet Mejta
Manx Claddeeyn Marroo ?
Mongolian Cyrillic үхсэн элбэгтэй
Nepalese मृत मार्शेस
Norwegian Daumyrene (Werenskiold tr.)
Daudemyrene (Bugge Høverstad tr.)
Pashto مړه جبه
Persian باتلاق مرده
Polish Martwe Bagna
Portuguese Pântanos Mortos (Brazilian Portuguese)

Pântanos dos Mortos (Portugal)

Romanian Smârcurile Morții
Russian Мёртвые Топи
Sanskrit डेअद् मर्शेस्
Serbian Мртве баруштине (Cyrillic) Mrtve Baruštine (Latin)
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Ciénaga de los Muertos
Sinhalese මළ වගුරු
Swedish Döda Kärr
Swahili Mabwawa Wafu
Tagalog Poso ng mga patay
Tajik Cyrillic Деад Марсҳес
Tamil இறந்த சதுப்பு
Telugu డెడ్ చిత్తడినేలలు
Turkish Ölü Bataklıklar
Uzbek Деад Марсҳес (Cyrillic) O'lik Botqoqliklar (Latin)
Vietnamese đầm lầy chết
Welsh Corsydd Marw
Yiddish טויט מאַרשיז
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:

Provinces/Regions:

Dunland | Ithilien | Rohan | Arnor | Ettenmoors | Gondor | Lindon | Minhiriath | Rhûn | The Shire | Mordor | Harad | Forochel

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Caradhras | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Old Forest | Tower Hills | Weather Hills

City/Fortifications:

Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Hornburg | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Orthanc | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno

Miscellaneous:

Cair Andros | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Buckland | Enedwaith | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Fords of Isen | Weathertop | Argonath

The rest of Arda:

Númenor | Dark Land | Aman | Valinor | Tol Eressëa

References Edit

  1. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter II: "The Passage of the Marshes"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"
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