The Nazgûl, known in the Common Speech by various other names including Ringwraiths, Black Riders or the Nine, are enemies that appear during the course of Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Led by the Witch-king of Angmar they are the most loyal servants of the Dark Lord Sauron. After the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age, they dwelt in Minas Morgul until their master called upon them once more during the Third Age.
The Nazgûl were known as Sauron's "most terrible servants," and often travelled on black horses or 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 by Sauron (disguised in fair form as Annatar) which they accepted without doubt. After Sauron forged the One Ring they became his slaves (by being corrupted by the power of their rings and bound to his will), which eventually turned them into wraiths, only visible to Sauron and the one wearing the One Ring.
The Nine NazgûlEdit
- The Witch-king of Angmar (Lord of the Nazgûl)
- Khamûl the Easterling
- Talion (true ending, player determined)
- Isildur (freed by Talion, who eventually took his place among the Nazgûl)
- Helm Hammerhand
- Isildur and Helm Hammerhand are named as Nazgûl in Shadow of War. This is the first incarnation of any story regarding Middle-Earth where these two heroes have been identified as or Nazgûl.
- In the original stories created by J. R. R. Tolkien, only two Nazgûl are named: The Witch-king of Angmar and Khamûl the Easterling. The rest are never named.
- Alongside The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, this is the only other incarnation of the Nazgûl seen wearing armor rather than their black cloaks outside the novels.
- The Nazgûl were originally supposed to make an appearance in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor but were cancelled.