Fictional characters of middle-earth. The most powerful of Saurons servants. Creatures of menace. Also known as ringwraiths, black riders, and the nine. These evil minions were once mortal men corrupted by Saurons "One Ring".

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Why did the Ringwraiths wear cloaks?

To my understanding and what the movies seem to portray, the Ringwraiths are invisible to mortal men. This would almost assume that if they were to take off their cloaks they would become invisible. ...
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What is the Witch King of Angmar's ring?

What would be the name of the Witch King's ring? Elrond, Aragorn and many others have rings that are 'named', so what would the Witch King's be? What does the Witch King's ring look like? Include a ...
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Shrieking noise, Nazgûl or his beast?

Who makes that shrieking noise, the Nazgûl or the beasts they ride on?
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Witchking ignoring Frodo's presence in Minas Morgul?

When Mordor's army is marching out of Minas Morgul and Frodo, Sam and Gollum are nearby, The Witchking stops all of the sudden and starts looking around. I remember reading somewhere that he indeed ...
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Spells of Dunedain - Tolkien

I need someone well versed in Tolkien books and all writings. Is there a Elven/Vala/Maiar spell to bind Nazgul to the Void and trap them?
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Why didn't the Nazgul or their beasts pick up the Hobbits' scent?

Orcs and Uruks can smell people from some distance away. And Aragorn says (in FotR, A Knife in the Dark): ... And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. ...
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Why are the ringwraiths fearful of coming in contact with water?

At least twice in LoTR:FotR, ringwraiths cower away from bodies of water. The second time (the ford of Bruinen) can be explained away by their fear of some Elvish magical trap through the enchantment ...
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Nazgul: The WitchKing of Angmar & the other 8 - roots? [duplicate]

"They were once Men. Great Kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deciever gave them Nine Rings of Power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one, falling into darkness. And ...
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Why is the Witch King of Angmar portrayed to be incredibly weak?

As far as I know The Witch King has not won a single battle. He has been: Burned by Aragorn Swooshed away by Arwen Fled from Gandalf Fled from Glorfindel and eventually killed by Eowyn. This ...
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Why didn't the Nazgûl stab more people to create more wraiths?

My understanding is those stabbed by a Morgul blade slowly turn into a wraith. Is there a reason the Nazgûl and the Witch King of Angmar did not go around stabbing people and turning them into ...
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How did the Witch King of Angmar get his sword back?

Spoilers for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Witch King clearly has his sword in The Fellowship of the Ring. How and when did he get his sword back? Judging by the shape of ...
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What kind of Wraith would Frodo have become?

When Frodo is stabbed by the Witch King of Angmar's Morgul blade at Weathertop, Aragorn explains that Frodo is slowly becoming a wraith himself, the longer he goes untreated. If Frodo had become a ...
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How does Aragorn defeat the Wraiths on Weathertop so easily? [duplicate]

I'm showing my ignorance here, but in the Fellowship of the Rings movie Aragorn seemed to drive away the Ring Wraiths away from Weathertop relatively easily. Were the Nine weaker at that point in the ...
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How did Eowyn kill the Witch King? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Did Éowyn Slay the Witch King of Angmar if He Wasn’t Alive? I've watched The Lord Of The Rings trilogy so many times, but I have never actually read the books. ...
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What did the Nazgûl do before Sauron rose again?

It is my understanding (please correct me if I'm wrong) that hundreds, if not thousands, of years passed between Isildur defeating Sauron, and Sauron's renewed rise to power. Is there any detail in ...
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Why was the realm of shadows impenetrable to vision but not hearing?

Did Tolkien ever explain why those in the realm of shadows (Nazgul, Frodo, Bilbo) were not visible from the normal realm; and yet could hear and be heard (Nazgul could speak to humans, and hear their ...
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Are the 9 Nazgûl rings visible when worn?

We know that the Ring-wraiths themselves are invisible in the flesh: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. - The ...
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Why did the Rings turn Nazgûl invisible and their clothes visible, while The One Ring turned both invisible?

Nazgûl themselves are invisible as human flesh, die to their 9 rings transposing them into the realm of shadows: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they ...
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Did Nazgûl wear their 9 rings?

Did Nazgûl wear their 9 rings? Wikipedia is singularly unhelpful: Some passages in the novel suggest that the Nazgûl wore their rings, while others suggest that Sauron actually held them. (with ...
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Could any of the other eight Wraiths be destroyed by man?

A prophecy "He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of a man will he fall." —Glorfindel, The Return of the King, Appendix A (iv) has been interpeted by ...
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Who were the Nazgul before they became wraiths?

I recall reading somewhere of the history of the nine riders, but I cannot remember where it was. (It seems perhaps they were from northern kingdoms?) The leader of the Nine was the Witch King of ...
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Is it Eowyn or Merry who kills the Lord of the Nazgul (or both)?

In the Lord of the Rings when the Lord of the Nazgul is killed, there seems to be some confusion as to exactly who is responsible? Is the reason down to the sword of the Barrow Downs that Merry stabs ...
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Does Frodo believe he can challenge Sauron?

In the Two Towers, when hiding outside Minas Morgul while the Lord of the Nazgul is passing, Frodo has these thoughts: He knew that the Ring would only betray him, and that he had not, even if ...
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Witch King and Barrows of Cardolan

I was reading an answer to a question and in the answer it was mentioned that: [The Witch-king] had been shaken by the fire of Gandalf, and began to perceive that the mission on which Sauron had ...
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The Nazgul are afraid of fire but can they be harmed by it?

When Aragorn and the Hobbits are on Weathertop, just after seeing the Nazgul below them and prior to inflicting Frodo's knife wound, Aragorn says the following: Sauron can put fire to his evil ...
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Were Nazgul horses regular horses?

In the movies, the Nazgul ride black horses with armour. I was wondering if that is all they are, or do they have some sort of magic? Are they evil?
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What did the nine achieve?

As a follow up to this question: What did the nine actually achieve for their master during the war of the ring? The only major thing I can think of is that they killed Theoden.
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How powerful were the nine really?

It is explained numerous times how powerful and deadly the Nazgul are — however, on multiple occasions, they failed their master badly. Some examples: Frodo and the Hobbits escaped both during the ...
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Did the Nazgûl Retain Their Rings of Power?

In The Fellowship of the Rings, Frodo sees the true appearance of the Nazgûl: He was able to see beneath their black wrappings. There were five tall figures: two standing on the lip of the dell, ...
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Are the Nazgûl Blind?

They were once Men. Great kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them Nine Rings of Power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question. One by one, falling into darkness. They ...
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How Was the Sound of the Nazgûl Composed?

Yes, yes, I am a complete freak. I think the screech/scream of the Nazgûl is both AWESOME and terrifying at the same time. I love it even though it makes me shiver! How was the sound of the Nazgûl ...
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How did Sauron remain in control of the Nazgûl?

The One Ring gave Sauron control of the Nine, yet when it was taken from him he still possessed the power to control them (or, at least he regained it towards the end of the third age). Why is this? ...