The Witch-king on a drake.

All 9 Nazgûl

All of the Nine Riders.

The Nazgûl, or Ringwraiths in English, are canceled in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but will all nine make their appearance, including their leader, the Witch-king of Angmar, in the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War. They are the most loyal servants of the Dark Lord Sauron, and referred to as the Black Riders or the Nine. After the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age, they dwelt in Minas Morgul until their master called upon them once more in the Third Age.

The Nazgûl were known as Sauron's "most terrible servants", and only two of them were named: the Witch-king of Angmar (the leader) and Khamûl (the lieutenant of Sauron). The Nazgûl often travelled on black horses or on their fellbeasts wearing black cloaks and hauberks of silver mail. They are described as being strongest when The Dark Lord has possession of the One Ring. "'The Ringwraiths are deadly enemies, but they are only shadows yet of the power and terror they would possess if the Ruling Ring was on their master's hand again.'" (Tolkien,287). The power of the Nazgûl also grows when all nine are together and when night falls upon Middle Earth.


The Nazgûl were once the nine great Kings of Men. They were given the Rings of Power which they accepted without doubt. After Sauron forged the One Ring they became his slaves (by being corrupted by the power of their rings), which eventually turned them into wraiths, only visible to Sauron and the one wearing the One Ring.

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