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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 28, 7:55pm


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Kings, Sorcerers, Warriors


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The Nazgûl were comprised of men who were originally "kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old". However, Tolkien describes the three Númenóreans who succumbed to Sauron's temptations as "great lords" (The Silmarillion). Even Herumor and Fuinur, two Númenóreans who lived after the Akallabêth, ie. after the death of the last King of Númenor, don't appear to have used kingly titles in exile - they are described as lords who hold sway over the Haradrim.

But I agree with you, it's conceivable that they could have styled themselves as kings in later years. If the Lord of the Nazgûl was one of these Númenóreans, then one of them certainly gets a (Witch-)kingly moniker, in the Third Age if not earlier.


Tolkien's exact phrasing might matter here: "Men proved easier to ensnare. Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing."

To me, that indicates that at least some of these Men (such as the future Witch-king) did not take such titles as "king" until after they made use of the power of the Rings. And it was with the Rings that some became powerful sorcerers, doubtless under the tutelage of Sauron. Of course, some or all of them had probably achieved some measure of greatness before they ever came under the thumb of Sauron. We do know of Khamul who was apparently a king of an Easterling people either before of after he was gifted with one of the Nine Rings.

#FidelityToTolkien
#ChallengeExpectations

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