Grond the Battering Ram of Mordor – Lord of the Rings Lore

Grond the Battering Ram of Mordor – Lord of the Rings Lore


Grond, the Wolf’s head, the Black steel
Battering Ram that broke through the Great Gate of Gondor. Was it merely a weapon of brute strength or
was it empowered with Magic? Hello friends, It’s Karl here, and in today’s
video we’ll be discussing the history and characteristics of Grond. Before starting, I need to point out that
this topic involves a lot more speculation that most of my other videos, however whenever
I speculate on something I will always say so beforehand. Now Grond was said to be over a hundred feet
in length, and made of black steel. It’s head was shaped in the likeness of
a ravening wolf and we’re told that it was drawn by Great Beasts. We quite literally know nothing about these
animals, whether they were normal Wildlife in Middle-Earth or if Sauron had bred them
or corrupted them. My personal belief, is that these beasts were
found in far away lands where Sauron had strong influence, such as the Eastern and Southern
Lands, and that he then brought some to Mordor and bred them for the purpose of dragging
along his war machines. This would explain why they were nameless
in the books, as the forces of the West had never seen such animals before. However this is merely speculation, and I’d
like to hear your thoughts on their origins. Now Grond was named after the Hammer of Morgoth,
the first Dark Lord of Middle-Earth. Due to its tremendous weight, mountains trolls
were required to man it, and it was this weight that made it such a dreaded weapon. Yet we’re also told that it was imbued with
magic, as Tolkien says “on it spells of ruin lay”. We know that Grond was forged in dark smithies
of Mordor though who was responsible for its magic is debatable, as some believe it was
Sauron’s doing while others think it was the Witch-King’s. Considering where it was made and it’s destructive
potential I think it’s more likely to be Sauron’s magic though I feel it’s something
that we can’t say for certain. Unlike other battering rams, Grond’s top
was impervious to fire and it was the strongest siege weapon in Sauron’s arsenal. We’re told “It was against the Gate that
he would throw his heaviest weight. Very strong it might be, wrought of steel
and iron, and guarded with towers and bastions of indomitable stone, yet it was the key,
the weakest point in all that high and impenetrable wall.” This raises the question, why wasn’t it
used earlier in the battle before all the siege towers were deployed? And I believe there’s a twofold answer for
this. Firstly Grond was extremely slow, Tolkien
actually describes its movement as crawling, and Sauron would have wanted to weaken Gondor’s
defences as fast as possible before reinforcements could arrive, and secondly, The Witch-King
wanted to test Minas Tirith’s defences and keep them busy before Grond approached. We’re told “Yet their Captain cared not
greatly what they did or how many might be slain: their purpose was only to test the
strength of the defence and to keep the men of Gondor busy in many places.” When Grond reached the great Gate of Gondor
it was hurled forward but the Gates managed to withstand it. We’re told that the Witch-King cried aloud
“speaking in some forgotten tongue words of power and terror to rend both heart and
stone” He does so three times, and with each cry Grond was hurled once again at the
Great Gate, until with the last stroke it was burst asunder. From the previous quote I understand that
The Witch-King was casting some spell that weakened the door since Tolkien said “rend
both heart and stone”, and that the combination of the-Witch-King’s magic, Grond’s magic,
and Grond’s own physical impact was enough to eventually break through the gates. There are two more points I’d like to make,
though they don’t have an impact on the story or add much to it, as they mostly focus
on linguistics. However since they’re associated with Grond,
I thought I’d share them with you as I really enjoy Tolkien’s choice of words when it
comes to Grond. So the first thing I’d like to point out
is that Morgoth’s hammer that was also called Grond is linked with thunder during the Silmarillion. We’re told “Then Morgoth hurled aloft
Grond, the Hammer of the Underworld, and swung it down like a bolt of thunder.” Now the battering ram Grond also shares this
link, “With a vast rush Grond was hurled forward by huge hands. It reached the Gate. It swung. A deep boom rumbled through the City like
thunder running in the clouds” I doubt this is a meer coincidence, especially considering
that Tolkien wrote it, and I thought it would be a fun connection to share. The other linguistic aspect I enjoyed about
Grond, is that Tolkien manages to portray it as an inevitable approaching doom. This paragraph really struck me while I was
researching for this video: “Grond Crawled on. Upon its housing no fire would catch; and
though now and again some great beast that hualed it would go mad and spread stamping
ruin among the orcs innumerable that guarded it, their bodies were cast aside from its
path and others took their place. Grond Crawled on.” The repetition of Grond Crawled on really
makes it feel unstoppable, that no matter what was happening around it, it could not
be stopped or affected in any way. Anyway friends this wraps up the video and
I hope you enjoyed it. If you can leave a like cause it helps this
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together we’ll once again explore the magical world and Lore of Middle-Earth!

100 thoughts on “Grond the Battering Ram of Mordor – Lord of the Rings Lore”

  1. Hello friends, first of all I hope you're having a great day! As I mention at the start of the video, this video has more speculation than my other videos, but there are quite a few missing pieces to its puzzle (such as When it was built, the beasts, was it made purely for the Gates of Gondor). This video was stuck in developmental limbo for a few weeks though I finally managed to get it done! I'll be having a 20k special video with some annoucements either tomorrow or n Monday! 🙂 Anyway, I hope you enjoy it guys, as always subtitles are available, and any feedback is appreciated!

  2. I hate the magic in LOTR, like okay there were spells used on the ram and on the door? Ok what fucking spells, and why are they specific to the ram and door?

  3. Absolutely love these videos, work nights at a garage so listening to these and Learning the lore from Lord of the rings really makes the night shift bearable.
    Cheers!

  4. Who's to think that with Grond, (and all of the forces sent forth from Mordor at that instance), that it was one of Sauron's last-ditch efforts, (because, like in an arm's race, and it might be differentiated with Britain when they introduced tanks in WW1, maybe they were just rushing for the ability to have superior technology), maybe the power of the wizards and the forthcoming of the Heir of Elindil, which he was ever searching for in the Palantir already, and hence the Dark Lord Sauron, being in his lesser form, recruited the Witch-king of Angmar, who he already had control of by controlling his Ring of Power, could have brought him from Minas Morgul and together to cast spells together to bewitch all of them (including Grond) and make a pact to invade Gondor. After all, the Witch-king of Angmar was his first spial, (being the infiltrator controlling the rest of the Nine at the beggining to search for the Ring), and let him command the armies at the Pellennor Fields, which he failed at, being defeated by a prophecy.

    And they had no idea, (and He had no idea that Frodo and Sam, in their sneaky Hobbit ways, had somehow found their way past the Watchers, and on into Shelob's layer). And the story goes on and on…

  5. lol, the warhammers in fantasy is so ridiculously oversized. the hammer Grond would weigh a couple of tons if made by solid iron or steel. A warhammers head is barely double that of a carpenters hammer, it`s just the shaft that is different.

  6. What if Grond was forged from Grond? Sauron was supposed to be a great Smith, what if he had reformed the hammer into a battering ram?

  7. Haven't read Tolkien in a while. Is the location of Morgoth's warhammer accounted for after his fall? Could it be that the actual metal from it had been used to forge the second Grond?

  8. Morgoth used Gromd, The hammer of the underworld, to kill Fingolflin in mortal combat, that battering ram has deep car reaching history, in the Silmarillian

  9. I think it's a cop out from Tolkien to have the Ram actually break through…. As far as I can see The White City, was poorly built around the main walls and gate, there should have been a motte dug out, and the Trolls REALLY should have easily been taken out with the defensive/aggressive stance of the gate, which is always the weak spot ,and ALWAYS the most heavily defended area.!.!

  10. Imagine how this Battle would have turned out if the ork lines just split up in rosters against the horses like in the napoleonic time… But i guess the ghost army still would have been too op.

  11. The head of a wolf, the nose of a vampire bat And a mouth that bursts into flames like the fires of hell
    Draged by giant beasts And puled by trolls

  12. A couple video ideas for you:
    1) If you could ask Tolkien 5 questions about his Universe, what would they be?
    2) Wargs

  13. I wonder if Grond had a spirit in it, kind of like how the Elven swords have a sort of spirit and can seem to react to events. That would explain that paragraph where it seems like Grond moves forward with a purpose.

  14. This is why Gondor needed black powder weapons. I'm guessing Grond might be a wee bit less inexorable under a hail of mortar fire.

  15. Maybe it was the actual hammer head of Morgoth's mighty hammer? I recall he was quite massive in himself and none now could actually wield it so they repurposed it into a battering ram? The book says it was forged in Mordor but it's possible that this is simply referring to how they were making it suitable for their needs? Or rather than simply being the head of the hammer, it might have originally been the hammer itself? Sauron was after all once a servant of Aule, the great Smith who also created the dwarves and taught them his craft. This is in part likely how Sauron was able to pass the knowledge of forging the rings of power for example so I wouldn't put it past him to be capable of using the remains of Morgoth's warhammer to create this battering ram.

  16. this was the stupid part of the movie, because if you look at ANY castle made in the middleages they always have a moat, or are on a high cliff with very small roads leadign up to it, (done on purpose ofcours).. thats makes this whole wolf ramming the gate look STUPID!!!..

  17. What are you doing you useless scum!?

    The gate's too strong we can't get through.

    Get back there and smash it down!

    But nothing can breach it.

    Grond will breach it. Bring up the wolfs head.

    GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND. GROND.

    .. The story continues on disc 2.

  18. What a bad design for a battering ram. The open head with the flames inside would be more effective if it were solid and hence heavier and stronger. Using an elevated structure could quite likely just break the top of the gate and leave the bottom closed and still prevent entry.

    Anyway the whole issue could have been done away with if the ring was just flown to mt doom on an eagle.

  19. I like to think that Grond actually WAS the hammer of Morgoth. Maybe Sauron recovered it and made use of it as his own hammer. Great video! I love your work.

  20. Do you think the beasts used to move Grond could be related to those used by the Wainriders who attacked Gondor in the early part of the 3rd Age?

  21. Many have heard of the mighty Grond, the great black wolf that brought down the gates of Gondor, but fewer still have heard of its lesser kin:

    Fred.

  22. On the subject of siege towers: Sauron and The Witch King more likely employed them because in a siege of a high walled fortress(realistically) nothing is gonna take down the walls, so attackers would use catapults to set the back areas on fire while infantry approaches in towers and the main force pushes a siege engine to break the gate….Or they would starve them out by burning and looting all nearby crop fields.

  23. So no one thought of mixing some water and dirt to make mudslides I'm sure even the strongest orcs would struggle with that.

  24. grond, imbued with the power of Mormon and Jehovah's witnesses of old, no door nor gate could withstand its inevitable breach.

  25. I like to think that Grond the battering ram, and Grond, Morgoths hammer are one and the same, given Morgoth's immense size and power.
    After his defeat and the departure of the Valar from middle earth, there was no one left who could wield it. So Sauron had it turned into his most deadly siege weapon.
    But it really brings into perspective just how powerful the forces at play were during the 1st age, compared to during the War of the Ring.

  26. As someone who's only seen the movies and never read the books…. I had absolutely no fucking clue, that the god damn BATTERING RAM used ONCE had this much lore behind it….. Its a fucking battering ram… Tolkien was really something else.

  27. I like how all of his logical conclusiobs never mention that, none of these events actually took place.

    It made for a more interesting movie

    Tolkein was not basing the book on actual events

    The producers and editors don't care about the accuracy of film as much as he does

    He's like the maimonides of tolkein reviews.

    I love your work btw. Thank you for the uploads

  28. Alright I’m not the only one who thinks it’s odd that literally everything bad is “black” and all the good guys are white 😂

  29. Maybe the creatures pulling grond were some sort of alternate oliphant, like a middle earth's version of rhinos or hippos.

  30. Even though its appearance in the live-action movie was fantastic I kind of prefer his appearance in the rankin-bass cartoon. It had an awesome appearance and drooled lava showcasing is desire to have the gates broken!

  31. Interesting video that leave more questions 🙂 could Gondor have stopped Grond somehow or actually destroyed it? If so, how would Mordor have continued the siege?

  32. Not only was he paying homage to his masters weapon by naming it Grond but he did he also pay homage to him by making it look like Morgoths Werewolf ? It makes sense . Out of animals he chose why a wolf . Sauron knew how to turn into one but that would be a little weird making it cause of that . I think they're referencing to Morgoths Wolf that lived in Angband . I forgot his name.

  33. In medieval warfare the gatehouse was always the weak part of a city/castle and it would tend to be where the attackers put the strongest offensive, as well as where the defenders had the heaviest defenses.

  34. Once again, good job on the videos! And thank you so much for reviewing over the lore of the trilogies of the Silmarillon, the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings, since I'd never read the books. Thank you so much!

    I would like a suggestion of a video about Ancalagon if that video is not available. But if it is, then thank you for making it! If you do make it, thank you so much for reading the comment! I really like Ancalagon, and I hope I'll get to see a video on him soon.

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