Heroes Wiki

-Welcome to the Hero/Protagonist wiki! If you can help us with this wiki please sign up and help us! Thanks! -M-NUva

READ MORE

Heroes Wiki
Advertisement
Warning.gif
Andy in childs play.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Talion contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

Could you really rest for all of eternity, knowing that you had the chance to stop him but did nothing?
~ Talion to Celebrimbor after defeating the Black Hand.
This ring is mine. And Talion is no more.
~ Talion to Eltariel, succumbing to Islidur's ring.

Talion is the main protagonist of the 2014 video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and its 2017 sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and a supporting protagonist turned antagonist in the DLC Light of Galadriel. He and Celebrimbor inhabit a single body in-game until the last act of Shadow of War, where he becomes a Nazgul that is holding off Sauron's forces at Minas Morgul.

A descendant of the Northmen in Rhovanion, and raised in Minas Tirith, he is a loyal Ranger of Gondor, and has spent his entire adult life as a Ranger in the garrison stationed at the Black Gate. Everything changed, however, when the Black Gate is attacked by Sauron's captains. At the moment of his death, Talion is possessed by an immensely powerful Wraith, saving his life, but also putting upon him a great burden.

Talion gets his revenge against the ones who killed his family, and decides to continue to fight against Sauron by forging a new ring. Despite being betrayed by Celebrimbor, Talion managed to survive by collecting a Nazgul ring, and decided to fight Sauron's forces as long as he could before he succumbed to the ring. Talion succumbed to the ring, but was freed from his curse when the One Ring was destroyed, and he was able to pass on to the afterlife.

He is voiced by Troy Baker, who voices Erron Black in the Mortal Kombat series, and also voiced Joel Miller in The Last of Us series, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock: Infinite, Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Delsin Rowe in Infamous: Second Son, Orkos in God of War: Ascension, Robin in Batman: Arkham City, Red Hood in Batman: Arkham Knight, Joseph Allen in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Snow Villiers in the Final Fantasy series, Sam Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and many others.

Background

Early Life

Talion was a Ranger of Gondor stationed at the Black Gate, the gateway into the lands of Mordor. Talion lived at the outpost with his wife and son, as they had to move to the Black Gate after Talion killed a Gondorian that was assaulting Loreth. Talion's father-in-law, Hallas, wanted to kill him, but Loreth convinced him that he was saving her, and they moved to the Black Gate, but they wanted to return home.

Shadow of Mordor

At the start of the game, the outpost is attacked by servants of Sauron. Talion's family is slain by one such servant, known as the Black Hand with the aid of The Tower and The Hammer. Talion expects to soon meet his family in the afterlife, and recalls the events before his and his family's death. Instead, however, Talion is resurrected and joined with a Wraith known as Celebrimbor (however he is unaware of his identity), presenting him with a unique for revenge on those who have wronged him. Celebrimbor is an individual with personal motives, but Talion chooses still to cooperate with him on his journey.

During their journey, Talion helps Celebrimbor regain his lost memories, and learns that he was the greatest Elven smith that created the rings of power. The two also work with the Outcast to destroy a statue of Sauron, help the Tribesmen of Núrn cure Lady Marwen (as it's revealed Saruman was possessing her), and aid a dwarf named Torvin kill a legendary Graug that killed his brother. Additionally, Talion and Celebrimbor began to grow an army of Orcs, using the Elf's wraith abilities to dominate the Orcs of Mordor to stand against Sauron and The Black Captains.

Talion and Celebrimbor succeeded in killing The Black Captains, but he learns from the Tower of Sauron that he is the Elf's vessel. Despite Celebrimbor telling him they can enter the afterlife, Talion decides to help the Wraith defeat Sauron.

Shadow of War

Talion and Celebrimbor decide to forge a New Ring to defeat Sauron, but after completing its creation, the wraith is captured by Shelob. Talion manages to not bleed out by wearing the New Ring, and travels afar to Shelob's lair to have her return Celebrimbor to him. She agrees if Talion gives her the ring, and he does so despite Celebrimbor telling him not to. Shelob gives Talion visions of the future, showing Minas Ithil being attacked by an Uruk army, and that the Palantir is there.

Talion and Celebrimbor go to Minas Ithil, and help the Men of Gondor sent the Uruks back by using their own beats against them. Talion argues with the wraith on protecting Minas Ithil from falling, but Celebrimbor wants the Palantir only. Despite helping the Men of Gondor, Minas Ithil eventually falls to the Nazgul when they are betrayed by Idril's father, Castamir. Talion and Celebrimbor continue on with the aid of Eltariel, an assassin sent by Lady Galadriel to hold a stalemate against Sauron's forces and the Nazgul. In addition, Talion grows his army by taking over regions, and placing dominated overlords in charge of his fortresses.

Talion's partnership with Celebrimbor becomes strained when he learns that the Elf Lord aided Sauron in corrupting men who are now the Nazgul, as Celebrimbor forged rings for Sauron to give them. After defeating Isildur, Talion decides to free him from Sauron's control, and is ridiculed by Celebrimbor. Talion realizes that Celebrimbor wants to dominate Sauron and take control of his armies, and refuses to allow the wraith to become a new dark lord. Celebrimbor betrays Talion, deciding to make Eltariel his vessel and gives her the New Ring, as he manipulates her into helping him dominate Sauron.

Talion slowly dies alone, but speaks with Shelob, who reveals that when they were forging the New Ring, she saw a future where he and Celebrimbor dominated Sauron, and started to take over Middle-earth. Shattered, Talion questions how he can continue his fight against the darkness, and Shelob tells him to take over Minas Morgul, as he can hold off Sauron's forces there. Shelob tells Talion to open his eyes, and he realizes that Isildur's ring is still there, as it fell off his finger when being dominated. Talion decides to wear the ring, and becomes a wraith, returning to Minas Morgul and defeats the Witch King.

Talion looks through the Palantir to see Celebrimbor and Eltariel, and sees them defeat the Dark Lord, but Sauron cuts off Eltariel's finger, and merges with Celebrimbor into the Flaming Eye. As a result, Sauron and Celebrimbor battle for dominance for the Eye, but Sauron no longer has his greatest powers, trapping him.

Ringwraith

Talion continued to fight against Sauron and his forces, and proceeded to protect the forts he gained during the Shadow Wars. Talion slowly began to succumb to Isildur's ring, and reunites with Eltariel, who was ordered by Lady Galadriel to return to Minas Morgul and to kill him. Talion tells Eltariel that he hasn't fallen yet, and asks for her help in being the counterbalance against Sauron's forces.

Eventually, Talion succumbs to the ring, but is defeated by Eltariel, who learns of his past that led him to become a vessel for the ring maker. Talion is seen being greeted by the Witch King and the other Ringwraiths, and becomes a member as Eltariel decided to stay to fight off Sauron's forces to honor Talion.

Death and Release

By the end of Return of the King, Talion witnessed the death of Sauron, and was killed while riding a drake near Mount Doom. Talion awakes in the afterlife, being free of his curse and is no longer banished from death, and is last seen walking forward as he has found freedom and peace in death.

Skills and Abilities

Having been a Ranger for most of his life, Talion is a skillful swordsman, being very proficient at using both swords and daggers. Due to being a Ranger, he is also capable of using a bow, although for the most part it is Celebrimbor who does.

His experience as a Ranger has also provided Talion with a reasonable degree of stealth efficiency, as he is capable of moving swiftly to eliminate his enemies without being detected.

Talion is also proved to be a skilled climber, capable of scaling large walls and walking along ropes.

Aside from his physical armaments, Celebrimbor grants Talion a host of additional powers he can use to his advantage. While in the wraith world, Talion is capable of using shadow strike, an attack which allows him to teleport to his enemies' location and quickly kill them, as well as easily navigate over the terrain. Talion is also capable of binding his enemies' feet to the earth via flame and slowing down time in combat.

The most important of Talion's abilities is his power to strike fear into and dominate Uruk, allowing him to access a whole host of opportunities. These enemies will then perform tasks such as gathering intel, spreading dissent, or attempting to assassinate their peers, underlings and commanders.

Quotes

Claim the head yourself.
~ Talion to the Hammer of Sauron.
Stand up, and fight!
~ Talion to the Tower of Sauron.
I came into this arena to fight Sauron's champion... I AM STILL WAITING!
~ Talion in the arena.
I have upheld my end of the bargain! And your... champion has upheld his!
~ Talion after killing all of the champions, moments before allowing Celebrimbor to continue the speech.
I'm not saying don't go. I'm saying don't go alone.
~ Talion to Idril on rescuing her father.
Damn these Orcs. Damn all of Mordor.
~ Talion if he is killed by a Uruk or Olag-hai and returns.
Do you ever think of your family, Celebrimbor? Of the life you once had?
~ Talion to Celebrimbor.
I cannot allows this. Isildur, I release you. Find peace in death.
~ Talion frees Isildur despite Celebrimbor's pleads.
I will not trade one Dark Lord for another. This is not the end I have fought for.
~ Talion to Celebrimbor and Eltariel.
I see the future you have wrought. A Bright Lord instead of a dark one.
~ Talion to Shelob after Celebrimbor's betrayal.
As long as I breath in my body... my fate is my own
~ Talion putting on Isildur's ring.
I am one. But we are many.
~ Talion leading the attack on Minas Morgul.
I am not of darkness yet. And I am not your brother.
~ Talion to the Witch-king.
The darkness must be contained.
~ Talion as a Nazgûl.
Isildur's ring weights heavy. It whispers to me like a lover, a jailer, but I will not submit.
~ Talion on Isildur's ring.
Kneel!
~ Talion's domination quote.
Kneel, now!
~ Talion's domination quote.
Kneel, orc!
~ Talion's domination quote.
You are beaten!
~ Talion's domination quote.
Bend your knee!
~ Talion's domination quote.
At my side, you will fight!
~ Talion dominating an Orc.
Swear loyalty, orc!
~ Talion dominating an Orc.
You will not kill me again.
~ Talion to Eltariel.
Yes. Of course. Such a little thing... Why should I give it up?
~ Talion to Eltariel, having become seduced by Isildur's ring.
You speak to me of betrayal? You abandoned me. You and Celebrimbor. You took everything from me. I have fought this war alone.
~ Talion to Eltariel.
I am banished from death, and bound to the Flaming Eye.
~ Talion to Eltariel after his defeat.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Talion's name is from Latin roots from the term law of talion, meaning "an eye for an eye".
  • Talion appears to have developed feelings for Lithariel and become infatuated with Idril, as Celebrimbor notes that he should ignore those feelings, as they cloud his mind.

Navigation

           WBLogo.png Heroes

Animated Features
Mewsette | Jaune Tom | Robespierre | Bilbo Baggins | Gandalf | Thorin Oakenshield | Bard the Bowman | Elrond | Thranduil | Sméagol | Fíli and Kíli | Dwalin | Balin | Óin | Glóin | Dori | Nori | Ori | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur | Frodo Baggins | Samwise Gamgee | Aragorn | Meriadoc Brandybuck | Peregrin Took | Éowyn | Théoden | Peter Dickinson | Vinnie Genzianna | Crazy Shapiro | Rozzie Featherschneid | Eva | Batman (DCAU) | Thumbelina | Prince Cornelius | Jacquimo | Li'l Bee, Gnatty, & Baby Bug | Mother | Hero | Stanley | Gus | Rosie | Michael Jordan | Stan Podolak | Bugs Bunny | Lola Bunny | Daffy Duck | Danny Cat | Sawyer Cat | Kayley | Garrett | Devon and Cornwall | Ayden | Lady Juliana | Sir Lionel | Bladebeak | Stan Marsh | Kyle Broflovski | Eric Cartman | Kenny McCormick | Iron Giant | Hogarth Hughes | Annie Hughes | Dean McCoppin | General Rogard | Wakko Warner | Osmosis Jones | Leah Estrogen | Drix | Frank DeTorre | D.J. Drake | Kate Houghton | Damian Drake | Mother | Dusty Tails | Hero Boy | Hero Girl | Conductor | Billy the Lonely Boy | Know-It-All | Hobo | Smokey and Steamer | Victor Van Dort | Emily | Scraps | Lucas Nickle | Zoc | Hova | Queen Ant | Wasps | Robin (Original) | Starfire (Original) | Raven (Original) | Cyborg (Original) | Beast Boy (Original) | Mumble | Gloria | Ramón | Nestor | Raul | Lombardo | Rinaldo | Noah the Elder | Memphis | Norma Jean | Leonardo | Raphael | Donatello | Michelangelo | Splinter | April O'Neil | Casey Jones | Max Winters | Soren | Gylfie | Digger | Twilight | Eglantine | Noctus | Marella | Ezylryb | Jimbo Farrar | Carmen | Lovelace | Emmet Brickowski | Wyldstyle | Vitruvius | Batman (Lego) | UniKitty | Benny | Metalbeard | Good Cop | President Business | Finn | The Man Upstairs | Mordecai | Rigby | Benson Dunwoody | Pops Maellard | Skips | Muscle Man | Hi Five Ghost | Junior | Tulip | Diamond Destiny | Alfred Pennyworth | Robin | Batgirl | Lloyd Garmadon | Kai | Jay Walker | Nya | Cole | Zane | Master Wu | Misako | Lloyd Garmadon (2017) | Kai (2017) | Jay (2017) | Cole (2017) | Zane (2017) | Nya (2017) | Robin | Beast Boy | Cyborg | Starfire | Raven | Migo | Meechee | Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi | Sweet Mayhem | Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade | Kitana | Jax Briggs | Reptile | Nitara | Scooby-Doo (2020) | Shaggy Rogers (2020) | Fred Jones (2020) | Daphne Blake (2020) | Velma Dinkley (2020) | Blue Falcon (2020) | Dynomutt (2020) | Captain Caveman (2020) | Dee Dee Skyes (2020) | Kung Lao | Kurtis Stryker | Jade | Cyrax | Smoke | Li Mei | LeBron James | Dom James | Courage the Cowardly Dog | Muriel Bagge

Live-Action Films
Dorothy Gale | Toto | Scarecrow | Tin Woodman | Cowardly Lion | Wizard of Oz | Glinda the Good Witch of the North | The Munchkins | Aunt Em | Sam Spade | Miles Archer | Effie Perine | Rick Blaine | Victor Laszlo | Ilsa Lund | Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady 1964) | Harry Callahan | Superman (Christopher Reeve Series) | Danny Torrance | Dick Hallorann | Wendy Torrance | Rick Deckard | Gizmo | Billy Peltzer | Kate Beringer | Mr. Wing | Supergirl (Donnerverse) | The Goonies (Mikey, Brand, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Andy & Stef) | Sloth Fratelli | Marion Cobretti | Seymour Krelborn | Audrey | Adam Maitland | Barbara Maitland | Lydia Deetz | Batman | Vicki Vale | Alfred Pennyworth | Harvey Dent | Forster | Luke Eveshim | Helga Eveshim | Robin Hood | Will Scarlet | Azeem | Friar Tuck | Dr. Richard Kimble | Sara Crewe | Robin | Dr. Chase Meridian | Michael Jordan | Stan Podolak | Bugs Bunny | Lola Bunny | Daffy Duck | President James Dale | General Decker | Byron Williams | Barbara Land | Tom Jones | Taffy Dale | Billy Glenn Norris | Richie Norris | Grandma Norris | Cedric and Neville Williams | Batgirl | Neo | Morpheus | Trinity | Carter Blake | Susan McCallister | Russell Franklin | Janice Higgins | Tom Scoggins | Jim Whitlock | Sherman "Preacher" Dudley | Paul Edgecomb | John Coffey | Brutus "Brutal" Howell | Eduard Delacroix | Gracie Hart | Mr. Jingles | Lou | Butch | Ivy | Sam | Peek | Osmosis Jones | Leah Estrogen | Drix | Frank DeTorre | Harry Potter | Ron Weasley | Hermione Granger | Sheldon Mopes | Rainbow Randolph | Scooby-Doo | Shaggy Rogers | Fred Jones | Daphne Blake | Velma Dinkley | Mary Jane | Emile Mondavarious | Chris McCormick | Sheriff Sam Parker | Kangaroo Jack | Charlie Carbone | D.J. Drake | Kate Houghton | Damian Drake | Mother | Dusty Tails | Patrick Wisely | Jeremiah Wickles | Xan | Duma | Ripkuna | Peter | Kristin | Rip's Family | Charlie Bucket | Willy Wonka | Joe Bucket | Oompa Loompas | Mr. Bucket | Mrs. Bucket | Charlie's Grandparents | Candyman | V | Evey Hammond | King Leonidas | Sweeney Todd | Johanna Barker | Anthony Hope | Tobias Ragg | Maxwell Smart | Max | Wild Things (Carol, K.W., Douglas, Ira, Judith, Alexander & The Bull) | Diggs | Catherine | Seamus | Yogi Bear | Boo-Boo Bear | Ranger Smith | Rachel Johnson | Frog-Mouthed Turtle | Ranger Jones | Babydoll | Sweet Pea | Rocket | Blondie | Amber | Barnabas Collins | Victoria Winters | Elizabeth Collins Stoddard | Carolyn Stoddard | David Collins | Josette du Pres | Willie Loomis | Bilbo Baggins | Gandalf | Thorin Oakenshield | Fíli | Kíli | Dwalin | Balin | Óin | Glóin | Dori | Nori | Ori | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur | Radagast | Elrond | Galadriel | Sméagol | Gwaihir | Frodo Baggins | Raleigh Becket | Stacker Pentecost | Mako Mori | Bard the Bowman | Beorn | Legolas | Tauriel | Thranduil | Godzilla | Ford Brody | Ishiro Serizawa | Vivienne Graham | William Stenz | Joseph Brody | Sandra Brody | Elle Brody | Joseph Cooper | Amelia Brand | Dáin Ironfoot | Napoleon Solo | Illya Kuryakin | Gaby Teller | Alexander Waverly | Tarzan | Jane Porter | George Washington Williams | Akut | Kala | Kerchak | King Kong | James Conrad | Mason Weaver | Hank Marlow | William Randa | Houston Brooks | San Lin | The Losers Club (Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozier & Stan Uris) | K | Lara Croft | Richard Croft | Lu Ren | Parzival | Art3mis | Curator | Anorak | Daito | Aech | Sho | Davis Okoye | Dr. Kate Caldwell | George | Agent Harvey Russell | Jonas Taylor | Suyin Zhang | Dr. Minway Zhang | Meiying Zhang | Jaxx | Mac | DJ | Lori Taylor | Dr. Heller | Toshi | The Wall | Mowgli | Bagheera | Baloo | Kaa | Akela | Bhoot | Nisha | Vihaan | Gray Brother | Colonel Hathi | Detective Pikachu | Tim Goodman | Lucy Stevens | Mothra | Rodan | Mark Russell | Madison Russell | Emma Russell | Sam Coleman | Ilene Chen | Rick Stanton | Behemoth | Scylla | Methuselah | Queen MUTO | Harley Williams | Beth Williams | Austin Williams | Snorky | Paige | Zoe | Parker | Abra Stone | Billy Freeman | Roger | Gwen | Old Ed | Duke | Tom Cat | Jerry Mouse | Kayla Forester | Spike Bulldog | Toodles Galore | Ilene Andrews | Nathan Lind | Jia | Josh Valentine | Bernie Hayes | Cole Young | Sonya Blade | Jax Briggs | Liu Kang | Kung Lao | Raiden | Scorpion | LeBron James | Dom James

Video Games
Talion | Celebrimbor | Batman | Lucius Fox | James Gordon | Renee Montoya | Peter Grogan | Catwoman | Harvey Dent | John Doe | Alfred Pennyworth | Iman Avesta | Vernon Blake | Tiffany Fox

Shorts
Bugs Bunny | Daffy Duck | Porky Pig | Lola Bunny | Tweety Bird | Sylvester | Granny | Elmer Fudd | Yosemite Sam | Tasmanian Devil | Foghorn Leghorn | Road Runner | Speedy Gonzales | Pepé Le Pew

See Also
Adventure Time Heroes | Amblin Entertainment Heroes | Animalympics Heroes | Arrowverse Heroes | Batman Heroes | Ben 10 Heroes | Camp Lazlo Heroes | Cartoon Network Heroes | Castle Rock Entertainment Heroes | Cats & Dogs Heroes | Courage the Cowardly Dog Heroes | Craig of the Creek Heroes | DC Animated Movie Universe Heroes | DC Extended Universe Heroes | DC Super Hero Girls Heroes | Friends Heroes | Game of Thrones Heroes | Hanna Barbera Heroes | Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe Heroes | Happy Feet Heroes | Harry Potter Heroes | Jellystone! Heroes | Laika Heroes | Legendary Entertainment Heroes | Loonatics Unleashed Heroes | Looney Tunes Heroes | Mad Max Heroes | Middle-Earth Heroes | MonsterVerse Heroes | Mortal Kombat Heroes | New Line Cinema Heroes | Pokémon Heroes | Powerpuff Girls Heroes | Regular Show Heroes | Rick and Morty Heroes | Road Rovers Heroes | Sesame Street Heroes | Scooby-Doo Heroes | South Park Heroes | Space Jam Heroes | Stephen King Heroes | Steven Universe Heroes | Superman Heroes | The Amazing World of Gumball Heroes | The Flintstones Heroes | The Jetsons Heroes | The Larry Sanders Show Heroes | The LEGO Movie Heroes | The West Wing Heroes | Tim Burton Heroes | Tiny Toon Adventures Heroes | Tom and Jerry Heroes | TMNT Heroes | Veep Heroes | Village Roadshow Pictures Heroes | We Bare Bears Heroes | Westworld Heroes | Xiaolin Showdown Heroes | Yu-Gi-Oh! Heroes

            Middle earth sbg-1-1024x257.png Heroes

Thorin and Company
Gandalf (Peter Jackson) | Bilbo Baggins (Peter Jackson) | Thorin Oakenshield | Fíli and Kíli (Peter Jackson) | Dwalin | Balin | Óin | Glóin | Dori | Nori | Ori | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur

Fellowship of the Ring
Gandalf (Peter Jackson) | Frodo Baggins | Samwise Gamgee | Peregrin Took | Meriadoc Brandybuck | Aragorn | Legolas | Gimli | Boromir

Valar
Manwë | Ulmo | Aulë | Oromë | Mandos | Irmo | Tulkas | Varda | Yavanna | Nienna

Istari
Gandalf (Peter Jackson) | Radagast | Morinehtar & Rómestámo

Rohan
Théoden | Éowyn | Éomer

Gondor
Faramir | Talion | Isildur | Arwen Undómiel | Baranor

Woodland Realm
Thranduil | Tauriel

Gondolin
Turgon | Eärendil

Others
Eru Ilúvatar | Elrond | Galadriel | Celebrimbor | Eltariel | Sméagol | Gwaihir | Beorn | Bard the Bowman | Sigrid | Dáin Ironfoot | Tom Bombadil | Goldberry

Advertisement