|Other names||Shadow of the East, the Black Easterling|
|Created/born||Second Age, East part of Middle-Earth|
|Years influential||Second Age-T.A. 3019|
|Destroyed||T.A. 3019, Battle of the Morannon|
|Realm||East part of Middle-Earth, Dol Guldur|
|Accomplishments||Commanded 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",  and "the Second Chief" or "the Black Easterling".
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. By S.A. 2251 he was already one of Sauron's servants.
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.
During the War of the Ring he was one of the Ringwraiths who entered the Shire, and asked Hamfast Gamgee for "Baggins" the day after Frodo Baggins had left Hobbiton. He then pursued the Hobbits to Bucklebury Ferry in the Shire some days later.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring", note 1
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"