Beware of Gríma Wormtongue

A couple of decades ago, I slowly but surely made my way through the trilogy of The Lord Of The Rings while I was away for a vacation with the family. I found it a difficult to read, but it was still a worthy investment of my time as the story, as most of you should know by now, is a great one.

There are plenty of nasty creatures and characters in the trilogy, from Trolls, and Ring Wraiths, to the wizard Sauramon the White, and the main antagonist Sauron, but for me, the most vile of all the evil characters, was a man by the name of Grima Wormtongue.

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Gríma Wormtongue Waits To Advise King Theoden In “The Two Towers” 2002

If I remember correctly, Grima did not have any true magic in the books, but was still an enchanter of sorts, if you do not recall his character, or his name Grima (Meaning Grim, or Helmet) Wormtongue, does not give it away, he, like his name implies, was particularly skilled, and practiced, at worming his insidious ideas into others minds. Wormtongue often liked to stand next to King Theodin, and whisper things into his ears, to influence his decisions, therefore leaching on the King’s power, and being the true controller of the Kingdom.

I think the reason the character Wormtongue stuck with me so much throughout my life, is because he was the most common type of real world villain, and most perverse of them all. I find him worse than Sauron, who at least was honest enough to openly declare war on people, or Sauramon, though he did hide his evil from others, at least did not pollute peoples’ minds with lies.

Wormtongue’s are so unfortunately common in real life, you can see them going into the bosses office after some difficulties with others, or going to lunch with them, they may have even wormed their way into the bosses chairs themselves. Sometimes you find them actually whispering right in your plain sight in real life, just as Wormtongue does. You don’t know exactly what they are whispering, but you can be sure by the way that they will not say it in the open, that it is not good. Most likely they are trying to align others against their antagonists, to make a team, and grab some power.

At times of course, they may come to whisper in your ears, this may make you feel like you are part of the inside crew, but there is no inside crew, you are only another tool needed to achieve the goals of the Wormtongue.

Don’t be fooled. Heed Tolkien’s warning, and beware of Grima Wormtongue.

10 Responses to Beware of Gríma Wormtongue

  1. Grima Wormtongue was a great character in LOR. Such an insidious villain! And you’re right, there are Wormtongues everywhere. I love your final warning.

  2. Thanks Janene.

    Always nice to have your visits, we have all been a victim of wormtonguery, at some point in our lives, shudder, what a villain.

  3. I first met a Grima in Shakespeare’s Othello character, Iago. Nasty piece of work.

    I hate deceit of any kind, but this sort is one of the worst.

    Thoughtful post.

  4. @Mulled Vine
    Thanks Mulled, glad you liked it 🙂

  5. I haven’t read LOR or seen the movie, but I recognize the character you’re talking about. Uriah Heap in “David Copperfield” would be a perfect example. As a gymnastics coach, I once worked for an employer who engaged in Grima-tactics. My response was just to ignore her and do my job.

  6. @nothingprofound
    Ignoring their negative actions is usually my response also, but sometimes they are able to get someone to listen to their lies and suddenly you have to deal with accusations from the one they influenced, unfortunately in that situation I usually get angry at being accused, and often this just plays into the waiting hands of the wormtongue, who plotted this all out before hand, horrible calculating people that they are.

  7. My last job involved a whole slew of Grima Wormtongues. It was sheer horror, like being trapped in an awful nightmare. I’ve never been so happy to leave a place until my experience there!

  8. @Helena Fortissima
    I left a similar place once, and thankfully my next job was absolutely nothing like the one before it which restored my faith in humanity once again.

  9. Good post. Luckily I’ve never run into Wormtongue or his kin but I’ve heard horror stories.

  10. @Big D
    You are very fortunate you have not run into these types, I think I would like very much to live where you live.

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