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GroupingLegendary creature
Sub groupingUndead
Similar creaturesGhost
Drawing of Gustave Doré

A wight (Old English: wiht) is a creature or living sentient being.[1][2] In its original usage, the word wight described a living human being,[3] but has also come to be used within fantasy to describe certain undead. The earliest example of this usage in English is in William Morris's translation of the Grettis Saga, wherein haugbui is translated as "barrow-wight". Wights also feature in J. R. R. Tolkien's world of Middle-earth, especially in The Lord of the Rings and in George R. R. Martin's HBO television series Game of Thrones and novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.[4] Since its 1974 inclusion in the RPG Dungeons & Dragons, it has become a recurring form of undead in other fantasy games and mods, especially in D&D-based games such as Neverwinter.[5]

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  1. ^ "Wight". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 1974.
  2. ^ Hoad, T. F., ed. (1996). "Wight". The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Wight". Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (1974 ed.). Merriam-Webster. 1974.
  4. ^ Martin. "Chapter 52: Jon". A Game of Thrones. pp. 533–536, 545–548.
  5. ^ https://neverwinter.gamepedia.com/Deathlock_Wight