Wight (W."Wiht", "Thing, Demon") was an old term for a person or being, in Eriador and other lands it was also used to designate the enigmatic occupants of the places of the dead.Elves knew these as "Gorthothlim" (S."Dwellers of the Dead";Q."Firimardor") and even their Loremasters were unsure of their origins, though many believed them to have been either fallen Ainur or other types of Demons, powerful Undead, bound spirits of deceased mortals similar to Wraiths or - and Elves feared this possibility most - the disobedient Souls of dead Elves who had refused to enter the halls of Mandos and had been tortured and twisted by the Dark Lord.Whatever might have been the truth, Gorthothlim were powerful Spirits which could take possession of dead bodies and often had great knowledge in Dark Sorcery and were sometimes even able to turn their mortal victims into lesser Undead. Wights appeared in a triadic hierarchy, the lowest were the Gorthothlim Nibin (S."Petty Wights") or "Grim Wights", which were indeed just soulless corpses or skeletons animated and under command of the true Wights, followed by the Gorthothlim Nuin (S."Under-Wights") or "Fell Wights", which were ideed lesser mortal Undead enslaved by the true wights as extensions of their power, and finally the Gorthothlim Goriaid (S."Great Wights") or "Wight-Lords", the true Wights or Dwellers of the Hills of the dead who ruled over the lesser undead like tyrants over their slaves and liegemen.
Depending on their realm different Kinds of Wights had appeared including the Barrow-wights (also called Mound-wights or Tomb-Wights),Banner-wights, Blood-wights, Ice-wights or Frozen Wights, Mountain-wights, Plague-wights, Ringwights, Ruin-wights and the Dievlig-wights of Dunland and Draugar of Rhovanion.However all of these had in common to be the lesser minions or acolytes of the Dwellers of the dead or true Wights or similar demonic beings.
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