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This article refers to the battering ram of Sauron. For other namesakes, see Grond (disambiguation).

"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 its hideous head, founded of black steel, was shaped in the likeness of a ravening wolf; on it spells of ruin lay. Grond they named it, in memory of the Hammer of the Underworld of old. Great beasts drew it, Orcs surrounded it, and behind walked mountain-trolls to wield it."
The Return of the King

Grond, also known as the Wolf's Head, was a one hundred-foot long battering ram with a head in the shape of a ravening wolf. Though named for Morgoth's Warhammer, it was created in the likeness of the Wolf of Angband, Carcharoth.


Grond was forged in Mordor by Smithies of Barad-dûr during the final years of the Third Age, specifically for use by the army besieging the city of Minas Tirith in Gondor. It shared its name, in homage, with the "Hammer of the Underworld," a great mace wielded by Morgoth, Sauron's former master.

Grond was said to be 60 feet high, 150 feet long, and as thick around as an enormous tree, making it much larger than any other such battering ram in Middle-earth. Fire burned in its great maw. It was operated by a team of great beasts, escorted by a band of Orcs, and several Trolls were needed to utilize it. The creatures pulling it would occasionally go mad and run through the battlefield, trampling anything and anyone underfoot. Aided by the "spells of ruin" laid on it during its forging in Mordor, and by the Witch-king of Angmar during the Siege, Grond smashed open the formidable Great Gate of Minas Tirith with just three or four blows.

Thrice the great ram boomed. And suddenly upon the last stroke the Gate of Gondor broke. As if stricken by some blasting spell it burst asunder: there was a blast of searing lightning, and the doors tumbled in riven fragments to the ground.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

"Bring up the wolf's head."


Grond Approaches the Gates of Minas Tirith

In Peter Jackson's film The Return of the King, Grond has fire spewing from its carved jaws and the Great Beasts pulling it are four huge rhinoceros-like creatures (in the book only called the "Great beasts"). The ram's wolf design is extended, with the whole battering ram carved to resemble a great wolf. Gothmog refers to it as both "Grond" and "the wolf's head" in the film; in the Extended Edition of The Return of the King, he summons it after a failed attempt to breach Minas Tirith with a standard battering ram. As the Host of Mordor and its allies watched it approaching Minas Tirith, they could be heard chanting its name: "Grond! Grond! Grond! Grond!" It is much like its portrayal in the book, as it strikes Minas Tirith's gates four times before breaking through.

Rankin Bass

Grond in the Rankin/Bass film of 1980.

In the 1980 animated Return of the King film, Grond is depicted as drooling acid in one shot, and its eyes glow red. Here the Great Beasts that tow it into position are Oliphaunts.

Video games


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Grond breaks through Minas Tirith.
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Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ግሮንድ
Arabic جروند
Armenian Գրոնդ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Грунд
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛龍德
Chinese (Mandarin) 格龙得
French Gronde
Georgian გრონდი
Greek Γρονδ
Gujarati ગ્રોન્ડ
Hebrew גרונד
Hindi गरोड
Japanese グロンド
Kannada ಗ್ರೋನ್ಡ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Гронд
Korean 그 론드
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гронд
Macedonian Cyrillic Гронд
Malayalam ഗ്രൊംദ്
Marathi ग्रोन्द
Mongolian Cyrillic Гронд
Persian گراند
Punjabi ਗ੍ਰੋਨ੍ਦ
Russian Гронд
Sanskrit ङ्रोन्द्
Serbian (Cyrillic) Grond (Latin) гронд
Tajik Cyrillic Гронд
Sinhalese ග්‍රොඳ්
Tamil கிராண்ட்
Telugu గ్రోన్డ్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґронд
Urdu گراونڈ
Uzbek Гронд (Cyrillic) Grond (Latin)
Yiddish גראָנד