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tolkienmatters:

Nazgûl, Black Speech for “Ring-Wraith”, were Men who fell to Sauron’s power and became his most deadly servants. They were all great kings of men and received nine rings of power from Sauron the Fair, which in turn corrupted them and bent them to his will. The only named

Nazgûl are the Witch-King and Khamûl The Easterling. Similar to wights they had no real physical appearance and often wore heavy robes and armor. They would often shriek to intimidate foes and communicate, a blinding noise that debilitated enemies. Contact with Nazgul could result in the Black Breath. They first appeared in a major way where the Witch-King took Angmar and campaigned against the Kingdom of Arnor. The campaigns and successes against the Dunedain solidified the Witch-King’s position as the leader of the Nine and lieutenant to Sauron himself. Defeated at the Siege of Fornost, the Witch-King retreated and proceeded to retake Minas Ithil from Gondor. Minas Ithil became Minas Morgul, and the Nazgûl maintained order and discipline among the armies of Mordor, and were feared among the orcs. The War of the Ring saw them as intelligence and terror units. They cloaked themselves in black robes and sought the One Ring, knowing it was in the hands of a “Baggins” from the “Shire”, as told by Gollum when captured. The chase lead them to Weather-top where they fought with Gandalf, who fled but was chased. The remaining Nazgul came upon Aragorn and the Hobbits. They wounded Frodo, learned that the Ring belonged to a hobbit, but were routed by Aragorn. Their chase after the wounded Frodo would end with Glorfindel defeating them at the Fords of Bruinen. Nazgûl terror tactics were used during the war on Gondor, mounted on fell-beats they would spread fear and dread among Men. This proved successful in the initial phase of the war and during the siege of Gondor, however the defeat of the Witch-King in the Battle of Pelennor Fields proved decisive. The last act of the

Nazgûl  was the Battle of the Morannon, where the mounted

Nazgûl were engaged by the Great Eagles of Gwaihir. They were all destroyed following the destruction of the Ring.

“’I’l give your name and number to the Nazgul,’ said the soldier lowering his voice to a hiss. ‘One of them’s in charge at the Tower now.” The other halted, and his voice was full of fear and rage. ‘You cursed peaching sneakthief!’ he yelled ‘You cant do your job, and you can’t even stick by your own folk. Go to your filthy Shriekers, and may they freeze the flesh off you! If the Enemy doesn’t get them first. They’ve done in Number One, I’ve heard, and I hope it’s true!’” – Orcs discussing discipline following the fight at the Tower of Cirith Ungol, after the Battle of Pelennor. Return Of The King, The Land of Shadow.

tolkienmatters:

Oliphaunts, also known as “Mûmakil” in Harad (plural of mûmak), were large creatures similar to elephants. They are from Far Harad. They were tamed by the Haradrim and used for war. Strapping siege towers on the back of these elephants and launching darts and spears from there. They were presumably used during the wars with Gondor over Umbar, but were extensively used during the War of the Ring. First seen by Frodo and Sam in Ithilien marching to Mordor. They were also used during the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Often considered a myth in the West, the hobbits were very surprised to see such beasts, and Sam sang a poem of them, presumably learned from a Shire folk tale.

“Grey as a mouse,
Big as a house,
Nose like a snake,
I make the earth shake,
As I tramp through the grass;
Trees crack as I pass.
With horns in my mouth
I walk in the South,
Flapping big ears.
Beyond count of years
I stump round and round,
Never lie on the ground,
Not even to die.
Oliphaunt am I,
Biggest of all,
Huge, old, and tall.
If ever you’d met me
You wouldn’t forget me.
If you never do,
You won’t think I’m true;
But old Oliphaunt am I,
And I never lie.” 

– Samwise Gamgee in Ithilien, Two Towers, The Black Gate is Closed.

When the black breath blows
and death’s shadow grows
and all lights pass,
come athelas! come athelas!
Life to the dying
In the king’s hand lying!

tolkienmatters:

Rammas Echor, Sindarin for “Great Circle-Wall”, was a major fortification protecting Minas Tirith. Built following the loss of Minas Ithil, it served as the second line of defense against the East, The first being the Anduin river. It completely encompasses the fertile town lands of Pelennor and the White City, with three major gates. The North gate, The South Gate, and Osgiliath Gate protected by the causeway forts. It ran 10 leagues around the Pelennor, and it’s farthest point of the Osgiliath gate was 4 leagues away. The wall’s first major action was during the War of the Ring, where the Witch-King’s army breached the causeway forts with large explosives and siege weaponry. It was taken quickly, and the next major battle would be at Minas Tirith. The Rohirrim came to the Battle of Pelennor past the occupied wall through the Stonewain Valley, a forgotten road known only to the Woses, Wildmen of the Drúadan Forest. An amazing example of Gondorian architecture, that wasn’t very useful.

“Death in the morning and at day’s ending
lords took and lowly, Long now they sleep
under grass in Gondor by the Great River.
Grey now as tears, gleaming silver,
red then it rolled, roaring water:
foam dyed with blood flamed at sunset;
as beacons mountains burned at evening;
red fell the dew in Rammas Echor.”

– Ending stanza of the Mounds of Mundberg, regarding the dead of the Anduin. Return Of The King, The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields.

undomiel:

Don’t go where I can’t follow.

undomiel:

Don’t go where I can’t follow.

wesninskey:

Middle-Earth meme:  movies [3/6]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

aowyn:

women of middle-earth 1/? – éowyn

Then Merry heard in all sounds of the hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel.
“But no living man am I! You are looking upon a woman. Eowyn am I, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.“ 

arwencuar:

I will take it.
I will take the Ring to Mordor.

allfathers:

And Aragorn the King Elessar wedded Arwen Undomiel in the City of the Kings upon the day of Midsummer, and the tale of their long waiting and labours was come to fulfilment.