Straight down upon the Nazgul they bore, stooping suddenly out of the high airs, and the rush of their wide wings as they passed over was like a gale.
But the Nazgul turned and fled, and vanished into Mordor's shadows, hearing a sudden terrible call out of the Dark Tower.....
Their peril is almost entirely due to the unreasoning fear which they inspire (like ghosts). They have no great physical power against the fearless; but what they have, and the fear that they inspire, is enormously increased in darkness. The Witch-king, their leader, is more powerful in all ways than the others; but he must not yet be raised to the stature of Vol III. There, put in command by Sauron, he is given an added demonic force.
...victory was slipping from his grasp even as he stretched out his hand to seize it. But his arm ws long. He ws still in command, wielding great powers. King, Ringwraith, Lord of the Nazgul, he had many weapons, He left the Gate and vanished.
I actually didn't know that any book of such a name ever existed before I saw the movies (Pardon, me for saying that, but now, I find myself to be proud of being an LOTR fan as well as reader and I'm spreading the word to my friends).
In a scene in the movies, the nine (or maybe 8, because I believe that the Lord of the 9 is leading the armies) are shown to be flying into the scene over Minas Tirith. Now, during the actual battle, once their initial part of throwing people from the skies is done, there isn't any part of them in the battle, especially after the Rohirrim appear. Then suddenly, we have the Witch-King slayed. After that, I couldn't see any of the Nazgul involved in the battle, especially after the arrival of Aragorn by the ships. Then when we finally get to The Black Gate, we can see the Nazgul again.
The Nazgul came again, and as their Dark Lord now grew and put forth his strength, so their voices, which uttered only his will and malice, were filled with evil and horror. Ever they circled above the city, like vultures that expect their fill of doomed men’s flesh. Out of sight and shot they flew, and yet were ever present, and their deadly voices rent the air. More unbearable they became, not less, at each new cry. At length even the stout hearted would fling themselves to the ground as the hidden menace passed over them, or they would stand, letting their weapons fall from nerveless hands while into their minds a blackness came, and they thought no more of war, but only of hiding and of crawling, and of death.
Then, I also have a question about the actual powers of the nine. For that matter, I found myself asked by one of friends, who has only watched the movies and hasn't read the books at all. When we actually get to the black gate and Aragorn goes into the battle, and then the armies including Gandalf go in after him, he asked me why would Gandalf The White need to fight like other humans? Why doesn't he use his powers.
Now, I feel this applies to some more of such "powerful" characters. I feel the movies don't really give much scope into the characters' true powers.
Gandalf was a Maiar spirit, given flesh, and sent to Middle Earth by the Valar to guide and instruct the free peoples of Middle Earth in their struggles against Sauron. As such he would have had extensive magical power at his disposal, but he was forbidden by the Valar from openly using it, or for that matter becoming a “power” himself. In this, Saruman, who was under the same instructions, failed. The times we do see Gandalf using his power, other than making fireworks etc, is when he is trying to counter the powers of evil…. The Balrog, and the Nazgul.
In the case of the Nazgul, their power is primarily fear. They do not need to physically fight or cast death balls etc, for the mere sight of them, or the sound of their voice is sufficient to make most men fall to the ground in fear.
So, this means, (let's keep aside the Witch King) that at any given time, Galdalf was more powerful than the 8 of the Nazgul. So, when Gandalf carried Pippin to Minas Tirith, before starting the journey, I remember him saying, "Three days, as the Nazgul flies and you better hope we don't have one of those on our backs." Why would this be. That was of course the answer when Pippin asked him how long Minas Tirith was. Technically speaking (well, I'm an Electronics Engineer!!!) Gandalf should have no problems with the Nazgul at all. What about that???
In the likeness of men they appeared, old but vigorous, and they changed little with the years, but aged slowly, though great care lay on them; great wisdom they hand, and many powers of mind and hand.
Am I asking too many questions? Well, please forgive me, but I DO have a habit of asking too many questions.
And by the way, I thought my post stupid really, and some of the questions I've posted right now might seem stupid too. But anyways, I'm not afraid to ask question, even if they're stupid, because, I ask them to clear my own doubts.
I hope I'll get as fantastic answers to this post as I got to the original thread. Umm, but if I still have doubts after, well and if, someone answers these questions, I WILL ask more questions. Sorry and thank you.
This is just a way of saying: Three days as the bird flies, or three days if you travel in a straight line from A to B. The Nazguls had at that time gotten their flying beasts to ride on. Of course flying is quicker than riding, and if a Nazgul had been on their back (following them), well that wouldn't be fun for them, would it? ;)Three days, as the Nazgul flies and you better hope we don't have one of those on our backs
This is just a way of saying: Three days as the bird flies, or three days if you travel in a straight line from A to B. The Nazguls had at that time gotten their flying beasts to ride on. Of course flying is quicker than riding, and if a Nazgul had been on their back (following them), well that wouldn't be fun for them, would it?
well how do you kill a spirit?
There is a lot more to add to this..... and answers to your other questions.
But I still don't understand what a maia is. Can anybody explain to me??
When the ring was destroyed and when Sauron fell with it, what exactly caused the Nazgul to, umm, should I say, die? And when Sauron was defeated by Isildur, what happened to the wraiths. Well, since I've read nothing about the History of LOTR or the ME, I do not know when exactly they became the wraiths from men. Before Sauron returned to Barad-Dur, where were the wraiths? Were they always in Minas Morgul? Even when Sauron existed as the Nacromancer in Dol Guldur?
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