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The most powerful servants of Sauron in Middle-earth. Also known as Ringwraiths, Black Riders, and The Nine. They were once mortal men, bearers of nine of the Rings of Power.

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Why did Peter Jackson add the Nazgûls attack scene in Bree when it was not present in the original story, nor very important for the plot?

Although it's a very good scene from the film, I don't see why Peter Jackson added it to the story (remember). In the books, the Hobbits do not meet the Nazgûl in Bree, and that does not really ...
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How did Gandalf know the Nazgûl crossed the river in secret?

Our heroes in Middle-earth knew the Nine Riders were coming even though the riders were keeping their movements secret. ”I have an urgent errand,” he said. “My news is evil.” Then he looked about ...
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What were the other 8 Nazgul doing while the Witch-King weakened Arnor?

While the Witch-King established Angmar and battled the 3 kingdoms of Arnor, what were the other 8 Nazgul doing? Were they helping him or did they have other tasks? It seems like they could have been ...
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The Storm of Mordor and the Nazgul

In the Lord of the Rings, book IV (in The Two Towers), Frodo and Sam encounter a storm coming from the east towards the Emyn Muil. Suddenly, they hear the screech of a – what is presumed to be &...
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Do the Nine Kings of Men still wear the rings after turning into Nazgûl? [duplicate]

Sauron gave several rings of power to many species that inhabited Middle Earth. The men were the most gullible and had been transformed into wraiths that are loyal to Sauron. After this transformation,...
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Why did the Nazgûl not attack a second time at Weathertop?

Even Aragorn and the Hobbits are surprised at Weathertop that the Nazgûl did not try a second attack to take the ring. The following possible reasons are offered or implied: The Nazgûl where ...
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How did Sauron continue to hold the Nine after he was defeated in the Second Age?

The Nazgûl appeared during the Second Age. Long after that, Númenor was destroyed along with Sauron's physical form, and relatively shortly after that, Sauron was again vanquished by Isildur and his ...
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If somebody stole the nine rings from Sauron, could that person control the Ringwraiths?

This came up in the comments to another question. According to Letter #246 of J. R. R. Tolkien, Sauron ... still through their nine rings (which he held) had primary control of their wills. (...
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Could Sauron have created new Ringwraiths?

By the time of the War of the Ring, Sauron had retrieved and now held in his possession the Nine Rings of Men and (at least some of) the Seven Dwarven Rings. Since the Ringwraiths no longer possessed ...
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Would a Nazgûl in possession of the One Ring seek to use it? [duplicate]

All who came to possess the One Ring after Sauron, who possessed ambition for great deeds (basically not hobbits) have sought to master the Ring and use its power to serve their cause. Few, such as ...
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Meaning of the text about the death of the Witch-king

After the Witch-king is stabbed by Merry and Éowyn Tolkien writes.. a cry went up into the shuddering air, and faded to a shrill wailing, passing with the wind, a voice bodiless and thin that died, ...
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If Sauron had triumphed, would the Witch King have been reincarnated?

If Sauron had managed to regain the One Ring and defeated the forces of the West, would the naked disembodied spirit of the Witch King of Angmar be given a new form after his corporeal/spiritual ...
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Why did the Nazgûl not try to reclaim their rings from a weakened Sauron together? [duplicate]

It's mentioned in the Unfinished Tales that Sauron’s “mightiest servants, the Ring-wraiths, who had no will but his own, being each utterly subservient to the ring that had enslaved him, which ...
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What is the creature that the Nazgul ride called?

What are the dragon-like creatures that the Nazgul ride in the later part of the series called? Anything in relation to the books or movie and out of universe ...
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Who stabbed Frodo?

In The Lord of the Rings there are five Nazgûl that remain behind and attack the Hobbits on Weathertop. Which Nagûl stabbed Frodo? Was it the Witch-king or was he one of the four that pursued Gandalf?...
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Were the Nazgûl undead?

Various sources refer to the Nazgûl as being undead. What was Tolkien's view on this, would he have classified the Nazgûl as undead?
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How did the Nazgul survive?

It is settled pretty strongly that life is given by Illuvatar and the Gift Of Illuvatar to Men is death. And yet, we see the Nazgul (and the Dead Men of Dunharrow) refusing the gift and have some sort ...
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What are the differences between the Dead Men of Dunharrow and the Nazgûl?

The Dead Men and the Nazgûl were essentially both "undead" characters. While they were "undead" for various reasons, with the Nazgûl having been semi-resurrected and the Dead Men not properly dead ...
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What happened to the Witch King's Ring? [duplicate]

After the battle when the Witch King of Angmar was defeated his helm and clothing remain. At this point he either died or dissipated into a bodiless form. If he was wearing one of the Nine Rings, ...
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Do non-Elven blades damage the Nazgûl despite being destroyed?

As I understand it (correct me if this is wrong) swords not crafted by elves are destroyed upon striking a Nazgûl- but do they do any damage to him (it?) in the process?
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Why did the Witch King wait till the gate was broken before entering Minas Tirith?

In The Return of the King, the Witch King of Angmar is mounted on a flying fell beast. When the gate of Minas Tirith is broken down, he quickly rushes in to confront Gandalf. But he is mounted on ...
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How does one fight the Nazgûl?

In Fellowship of the Ring, it is said in several places that Aragorn, Glorfindel, and perhaps even a few other people, were able to fight off Nazgûl; they can't fend off all nine at once, but if they ...
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Why does Sauron send Grishnakh instead of a Nazgul to deal with Saruman's Uruk-hai? [duplicate]

This again is another strange decision on Sauron's part, we know from Grishnakh and the fact Legolas killed a fell beast that there is at least one Nazgul on the eastern side of the Anduin, possibly ...
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Were the Nazgul invisible to Sauron when he did not wear the Ring?

When speaking about the Nazgul the Silmarillion states And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. Does this mean that ...
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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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Do the Ringwraiths love Sauron?

Is it known in canon how the Ringwraiths felt about Sauron? They were his servants and he had complete control over them since he had the nine rings. My question is generally, do they have feelings ...
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Do the Nazgûl feel pain [duplicate]

If the Nazgûl are neither dead or alive then would it really matter to them if they were set on fire? I'm talking of when Aragorn fights the Nazgûl in the film when Frodo is stabbed.
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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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Witch-king 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 Witch-king stops all of the sudden and starts looking around. I remember reading somewhere that he indeed ...
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Why do the nine Kings (Wraiths) respond to Sauron? [duplicate]

I saw the Fellowship of the Ring. Nine rings were forged for the kings of men. I saw the entire series, the nine are on the side of Sauron. I am watching the Hobbit : Desolation of Smaug. Gandalf ...
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How long does it take to be turned into a Ringwraith?

The nine men that took the Rings of Power from Sauron, turned into Ringwraiths eventually. How long do you have to have a Ring of Power in order to turn into a wraith? Sméagol had it for many years ...
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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. Senses,...
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Why are the Ringwraiths fearful of coming into contact with water?

At least twice in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Ringwraiths cower away from bodies of water. The second time (the ford of Bruinen) can be explained away by their fear of some ...
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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 now ...
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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 been swooshed away by Arwen fled from Gandalf fled from Glorfindel and eventually been killed by Eowyn. ...
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The Witch-king vs Gandalf [closed]

I've been reading answers to this question but none of them answer it. Who is stronger in magic and swordfight? Who would win? People say Gandalf is equal to Sauron, but I find that extremely hard to ...
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Why didn't the Nazgûl stab more people to create more wraiths?

My understanding is that 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 the ...
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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. In the ...
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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, due 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 the Nazgûl wear their 9 rings? [duplicate]

Did the 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. (...
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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 many ...
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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 ...