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A race of monstrous scavengers, Kergrim haunt the tombs and barrows of Middle-earth, feeding on the dead and on unwary adventurers. The exact nature and origins of the Kergrim are not known. Their fearsome size and appearance point to them being an offshoot of the race of Trolls. Their burrowing claws and rodent-like teeth resemble those of the Nameless Things that gnaw at the roots of the earth. It is possible the Kergrim are some strange hybrid of both creatures. If they are indeed related to Trolls, it is a distant connection, for magical Elf weapons attuned to such creatures do not glow in the presence of Kergrim. Lacking further information, the people of Middle-earth define Kergrim simply as "beasts." But far from being dumb animals, the Kergrim seem to possess some level of intelligence and are dangerous foes.

Kergrim are found wherever there are ancient tombs, in places such as Men Erain in Evendim, Barrow-downs in Bree-land, and the Skumfil instance in Moria. They are classified as "normal" and are always aggressive. They are weak to Fire damage and resistant to Cries.


Kergrim were created for The Lord of the Rings Online. They were inspired by British legends of a ghoul that haunts churchyards and gravesites. They do not appear in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

A listing of known sightings from survivors of the encounters: