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'''Khamûl''' was one of the nine [[Nazgûl|Ringwraiths]], second only to the [[Witch-king]] himself. He was called [[Sauron]]'s lieutenant, "'''Shadow of the East'''", and "'''the Black Easterling'''". He was a king of [[Easterlings]] before being given one of the [[Nine Rings]]. He was the only Ringwraith whose name was given by [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]].
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| name=Khamûl
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| othernames=Shadow of the East, the Black Easterling
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| created=[[Second Age]], East part of Middle-Earth
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| years=[[Second Age]]-{{TA|3019}}
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| age=4200+
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| destroyed={{TA|3019}}, [[Battle of the Morannon]]
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| realm=East part of Middle-Earth, [[Dol Guldur]]
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| gender=Male
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| race=[[Men]]/[[Nazgûl]]
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| accomplishments=Commanded the fortress of Dol Guldur.
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'''Khamûl'''<ref group="note">He was the only Ringwraith whose name is revealed in the [[Legendarium]].</ref> was one of the nine [[Nazgûl|Ringwraiths]], second only to the [[Witch-king]] himself. He was called [[Sauron]]'s lieutenant, "'''Shadow of the East'''", <ref>{{UT|Hunt}}</ref> and "'''the Second Chief'''" or "'''the Black Easterling'''"<ref name="Note1">{{UT|Hunt}}, note 1</ref>.  
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==History==
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He was a king of [[Easterlings]] during the [[Second Age]], and he was one of the nine Men to whom Sauron gave [[Nine Rings|one of the Rings of Power]]. Like the others, he became a powerful sorcerer and ruler until eventually faded into a [[Wraith]] and his will was surrendered to Sauron.<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref> By {{SA|2251}} he was already one of Sauron's servants.<ref name="SA">{{App|SA}}</ref>
  
Khamûl commanded the fortress of [[Dol Guldur]] after Sauron's return to [[Mordor]]. It was he who asked [[Gaffer Gamgee|Hamfast Gamgee]] for "Baggins" the day after [[Frodo Baggins]] had left [[Hobbiton]] and pursued the [[Hobbits]] to [[Bucklebury Ferry]] in [[the Shire]] some days later.
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It was said that, after the Witch-king, Khamûl was most ready to perceive the presence of the [[One Ring]], but his power was most confused and diminished by daylight.
  
Following the destruction of the [[One Ring]], Khamûl perished with the rest of the Ringwraiths at the [[Battle of the Morannon]].
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In {{TA|2951}} Sauron returned to [[Mordor]] and declared openly to his enemies. Khamûl and two other Ringwraiths were sent to the fortress of [[Dol Guldur]] and Khamûl took command.<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref>
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[[File:Stephen Hickman - Gaffer Gamgee and the Black Rider.jpg|thumb|left|''Gaffer Gamgee and the Black Rider'' by [[Stephen Hickman]]]]
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During the [[War of the Ring]] he was one of the Ringwraiths who entered the [[Shire]], and asked [[Gaffer Gamgee|Hamfast Gamgee]] for "Baggins". However it was the day after [[Frodo Baggins]] had left [[Hobbiton]], and he then pursued the [[Hobbits]] to [[Bucklebury Ferry]] in [[the Shire]] some days later.<ref name="Note1"/>
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Following the destruction of [[the One Ring]], Khamûl perished with the rest of the Ringwraiths.<ref>{{RK|VI3}}</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [[:Category:Images of Khamûl|Images of Khamûl]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of Khamûl|Images of Khamûl]]
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John Howe - Khamûl the Easterling.jpg
Khamûl
Biographical Information
Other namesShadow of the East, the Black Easterling
Created/bornSecond Age, East part of Middle-Earth
Years influentialSecond Age-T.A. 3019
DestroyedT.A. 3019, Battle of the Morannon
Age4200+
RealmEast part of Middle-Earth, Dol Guldur
Physical Description
RaceMen/Nazgûl
GenderMale
AccomplishmentsCommanded the fortress of Dol Guldur.

Khamûl[note 1] was one of the nine Ringwraiths, second only to the Witch-king himself. He was called Sauron's lieutenant, "Shadow of the East", [1] and "the Second Chief" or "the Black Easterling"[2].

Contents

History

He was a king of Easterlings during the Second Age, and he was one of the nine Men to whom Sauron gave one of the Rings of Power. Like the others, he became a powerful sorcerer and ruler until eventually faded into a Wraith and his will was surrendered to Sauron.[3] By S.A. 2251 he was already one of Sauron's servants.[4]

It was said that, after the Witch-king, Khamûl was most ready to perceive the presence of the One Ring, but his power was most confused and diminished by daylight.

In T.A. 2951 Sauron returned to Mordor and declared openly to his enemies. Khamûl and two other Ringwraiths were sent to the fortress of Dol Guldur and Khamûl took command.[5]

Gaffer Gamgee and the Black Rider by Stephen Hickman

During the War of the Ring he was one of the Ringwraiths who entered the Shire, and asked Hamfast Gamgee for "Baggins". However it was the day after Frodo Baggins had left Hobbiton, and he then pursued the Hobbits to Bucklebury Ferry in the Shire some days later.[2]

Following the destruction of the One Ring, Khamûl perished with the rest of the Ringwraiths.[6]

See also

Notes

  1. He was the only Ringwraith whose name is revealed in the Legendarium.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring", note 1
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"