|"Khamûl the Easterling" by John Howe|
|Other names||Shadow of the East, the Black Easterling, the Second Chief|
|Position||Second-in-command to Witch-king|
|Location||East of Middle-earth|
|Affiliation||Sauron and Witch-king|
|Birth||Second Age |
East of Middle-earth
|Death||25 March T.A. 3019 (aged 4200+) |
Battle of the Morannon
|Notable for||Commanding Dol Guldur|
Pursuing Frodo Baggins
|Gallery||Images of Khamûl|
Khamûl[note 1] was one of the nine Ringwraiths, second only to the Witch-king himself. Lieutenant of Dol Guldur since T.A. 2951, he is called "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 he 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 the most ready to perceive the presence of the One Ring, but is 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". 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.[note 2] He was also one of the six or nine Ringwraiths, led by the Witch King, that followed Gandalf on Shadowfax and attacked him at night on Weathertop; they were repulsed after a violent fight on 4 October, and Frodo and Aragorn saw the lights of that battle from their camp. The Witch King and Khamûl remained watching Weathertop (waiting for the Ring Bearer to come) for two days thereafter, along with three other Wraiths.
Following the destruction of the One Ring, Khamûl perished with the rest of the Ringwraiths.
Portrayal in adaptations
- During the nighttime section of the Shire level, Frodo overhears the conversation between Khamûl and Gaffer Gamgee just as he is about to deliver the Bag End key to Number 3, Bagshot Row. The conversation plays out as it does in the novel except that Khamûl's lines are audible. Instead of simply walking back down the path after the conversation ends, Khamûl (who is mounted on his horse) intimidates the Gaffer by rearing his steed while letting out a ghastly wail, before galloping back down the road. No voice actor is specified for the role.
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- The Nazgûl in charge of Dol Guldur is known simply as "The Lieutenant of Dol Guldur", formerly "The Cursed Rider". He is said to have been an Easterling chieftain who wielded the Ring "Orôm, the Warmonger".
- ↑ He was the only Ringwraith whose name is revealed in the legendarium.
- ↑ It was noted in The Hunt for the Ring that the Nazgûl were unable to cross the “elvish waters” of the Brandywine, although Tolkien did not provide any further explanation of this weakness. See The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "A Conspiracy Unmasked", p. 116.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "A Knife in the Dark", p. 167-9
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 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"
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "Flight to the Ford", pp. 187-189
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "The Council of Elrond", pp. 251-3
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"