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King of the Dead

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King of the Dead
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Biographical Information
Other namesKing of the Mountains
LocationWhite Mountains
AffiliationIsildur (betrayed)
BirthSecond Age
Physical Description

The King of the Mountains, or later, the King of the Dead, was the ruler of the Oathbreakers.


The king of the people that lived in the shadow of the White Mountains swore allegiance to Isildur in the War of the Last Alliance. For breaking his oath, he and his people were cursed to walk the Paths of the Dead until they could redeem themselves, which they achieved by aiding Isildur's heir Aragorn in the War of the Ring.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"