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    ‘The Rings Of Power’: Who Are Nazgul? How Did They Become The Most Trusted Ring Servants Of Sauron?

    The Rings of Power‘ also known as ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ premiered on September 1 on Amazon Prime. The first season has met with a mostly positive response with particular praise for its visuals. It is based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s appendices and is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth.

    The show and its source material are filled with a plethora of characters, settings, and storylines that are fascinating. One of the characters in middle-earth is called Nazgul. They are the most trusted servants of Sauron and are bound to the power of the One Ring. Let’s find out more about them.

    Who Are Nazgul In ‘The Rings Of Power’?


    Nazgul are also known by different names like the Black Riders, ringwraiths, Dark Riders, the Nine Riders, and the Nine. They were a group of nine men who got under Sauron’s influence.

    Throughout the second and third ages, the Nazgul wore the Rings of Power that gave them immortality. But it came with a price and reduced them to invisible wraiths.

    The nine men then became Sauron’s ring servants bound to the power of the One Ring. In the books, they are described as the dark lord’s “most terrible servants”.

    By the end of the third age, the Nazguls were residing in the Minas Morgul, which was at the entrance to Sauron’s realm, Mordor. They would dress in black and ride black horses. The main weapon of Nazgul is terror.

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    How Did They Become The Most Trusted Ring Servants Of Sauron?

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    Eye of Sauron

    The 19 rings of power were forged by Celebrimbor. Sauron later captured them and gave nine of them to lords and warriors of Men including three Númenóreans, and an Easterling king.

    The rings made the Men immortal and they further used them to achieve great power, wealth, and everything else in life. But as time progressed, the rings corrupted their morale.

    Nazguls eventually succumbed to the ring’s power and got into the wraith world. They became the slaves of dark lord Sauron. Their life and powers were bound to the One Ring.

    At the end, when Sauron diminished, the Nazguls had the same fate. All of them revered Sauron because of their lust for power and fortune. Only two of the Nazguls were ever named. They were the Witch-king of Angmar and Khamûl the Easterling.

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