Paul Lasaine - Wraith World

Wraith World, by Paul Lasaine

The Wraith-world or the unseen realm was an alternate dimension[citation needed] where cursed spirits such as the Ringwraiths existed.


The One Ring could draw any Ring-bearer to the wraith-world, allowing its denizens to be fully seen. It allowed the bearer to utilize strange powers and heightened olfactory and auditory senses. Any wraith within the realm would see the ring-bearer, and vice versa, and the bearer could be subjected to that world's weapons, such as the Morgul-blade. Additionally, upon wearing the Ring, the bearer would turn invisible except for the wraiths themselves.[1]

Those who were in the Wraith-world could also see the brilliant, shining form of the High Elves known to exist in the other side of the threshold of the Unseen: Frodo Baggins saw Glorfindel in this form while wounded by the Morgul-blade.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the Wraith-world appears as the ordinary physical world, though the world appears dark, gloomy, damp and distorted, because of the aura of the Ringwraiths. Ring-bearers would be easily identified by the wraiths once he wears the Ring.

The Hobbit film trilogy

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Elves of Mirkwood are shown in shining form once Bilbo Baggins, the Ring-bearer, puts on the Ring and enters the Wraith-world, although they are not shown as such in The Desolation of Smaug.


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 6: The Return of the Shadow, The First Phase, IX: "Trotter and the Journey to Weathertop"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"
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