Gaunt-men are one of the many creatures bred and twisted by darkness in Angband during the First Age. Part of the creatures known as Ancient Evil, Gaunt-men served Morgoth (Sauron’s master) in Angband prior to Morgoth’s expulsion from the world. After Morgoth’s fall, the remaining Gaunt-men went into hiding in the realm that later became Angmar. Their power was greatly diminished. With the return of Sauron, their power has returned and they now walk the world again, along with the other forces of darkness.
When The Five Wizards, sent by the Valar to aid in the fight against Sauron, arrived to lend wisdom to the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, the Witch-king summoned the Gaunt-men to his service. Among them, five gained greater power to match the five Wizards. These five, embodying death, pestilence, famine, war, and purest evil, became known as the Gaunt-lords. The Gaunt-lords were created using lore surrounding the coming of the Wizards and the physical manifestation of spirits. These creatures are among the most powerful of the Enemy’s servants.
The main Gaunt-lords are:
- Drugoth the Death-monger, DEATH (Minion of Shadow)
- Ferndúr the Virulent, PESTILENCE (Minion of Plague) - Disease
- Thadúr the Ravager, FAMINE (Minion of Misery)
- Ivar the Blood-hand, WAR (Minion of Battle)
- Gortheron the Doom-caller, PUREST EVIL
The many types of Gaunt Men (and Lords) that have come forth and been reported in the war are:▼ Gaunt Men (34 P)