THE WATCHER (THE LORD OF THE RINGS)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Guarder of the West Gate
The Watcher in the Water was a horrifying and mysterious beast with many tentacles living in a stagnant pool near the Westgate of Moria in Middle-earth – a lake described by J.R.R. Tolkien as “… a dark, still lake” which was created by the damming of the Sirannon river. The water had crept deeper and deeper, closer and closer to The Doors of Durin leaving only a narrow walkway where once The High Road allowed traffic between Ost-in-Edhil and Khazad-dûm many years before during The Second Age. Some say it was the creature itself who created the dam over many decades.
The Watcher is thought to have emerged from beneath Moria, being described by Gandalf as “older, fouler” than Orcs. During the attempted recolonization of Moria by the Dwarves, the Watcher killed Óin when his reconnaissance party visited the West Gate.
When the Fellowship arrives by the pool of water, many immediately begin to feel an evil feeling emanating from the water. Boromir attempted to throw a rock into the water, for which he was reprimanded by Frodo. After Gandalf opened the gates and the fellowship moved towards the entrance, the Watcher attacked Frodo using its many long tentacles to grab hold of his legs. Sam slashed at the tentacles that were grabbing his friend, managed to injure the monster and it released the Hobbit. Gandalf then commanded that the Fellowship run further into the gate to escape the Watcher’s wrath. The enraged monster’s tentacles tore down the ancient holy trees which stood on either side of the doors, the beautiful doors of Durin and many boulders, thus trapping the Fellowship inside the Long Dark Of Moria.