10 Things Movie Viewers Don’t Know About The Witch King Of Angmar


The Witch King of Angmar is one of the most fearsome villains in the Lord of the Rings series. Here are some things to know about him.

The Witch King of Angmar is one of the most fearsome villains in the Lord of the Rings series. As the leader of the Nazgul and commander of Sauron’s forces, the Witch King is an incredibly powerful being and his mere presence is enough to strike fear into the hearts of men and elves alike.

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That being said, while the character had a big role in the Lord of the Rings movies, not too much was revealed about him. While this, in part, is also true in the books there is far more information available about the character’s past.

10 How He Got The Name

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Some may be surprised to learn that the Witch King of Angmar didn’t choose his name, not was it given to him by Sauron. The Witch King gained his name after he founded the kingdom of Angmar while warring against the Dunedain of Arnor.

The Witch King waged war against the Dunedain for centuries, eventually defeating the kingdom and installing himself as ruler of the area after conquering Fornost.

9 His Past

Nothing is known of who the Witch King of Angmar was before he became a Nazgul and a wraith to Sauron. That being said, as the Witch King of Angmar is the most powerful of the Nazgul, it stands to reason that he was one of the three Numenoreans that were turned into Nazgul.

While the Witch King was probably a Numenorean, his name or anything about his pre-wraith existence are long forgotten, even to the Witch King.

8 The Prophecy

One of the most iconic scenes in the Lord of the Rings was the scene in which Eowyn slayed the Witch King of Angmar with the help of Merry. This came after a prophecy was told in which the Witch King of Angmar would not be slain by a man.

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While Eowyn landed the killing blow, the reason why the Witch King was exposed in such a way was due to the fact Merry stabbed him with a cursed blade. Still, it was very unfortunate that the Witch King would run into the only two members of the Rohan army that weren’t men.

7 Minas Morgul

One of the most visually compelling locations in the Lord of the Rings movies was Minas Morgul, the home of the Witch King of Angmar. The city looks like it radiates evil energy, with the structure glowing an evil shade of green and sporting menacing gargoyles.

Some movie watchers might not be aware that Minas Morgul used to be a Gondorian city called Minas Ithil before it fell to the Witch King and he corrupted it with evil sorcery.

6 Fought In War Of The Last Alliance

The Witch King of Angmar is an incredibly old being. While the Witch King fought in the War of the Ring in the Third Age, the character has roots in the Second Age of Middle Earth. After all, it was during the Second Age that the Rings of Power were forged by Sauron.

Due to the fact that the Witch King was a Nazgul during the Second Age, he also fought during the War of the Last Alliance. After Sauron’s defeat, the Nazgul disappeared until Sauron’s strength increased in the Third Age.

5 Dunedain War

The Dunedain were related to the ‘Faithful’ of Numenor. These Numenoreans fled the doomed civilisation before it was destroyed and reclaimed by the sea. That being said, these Dunedain wouldn’t be safe from destruction.

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After Sauron gained more power and the Nazgul returned to Middle Earth, the Witch King formed his own kingdom of Angmar and waged war against the Dunedain in the kingdom of Arnor.

4 Burned Weathertop

One of the most iconic scenes in the Lord of the Rings saw the Hobbits being surrounded by the nine Nazgul on the watchtower of Weathertop. In the movies, Aragorn comes to their aid but in the books, it is Gandalf who arrives and saves the Shirefolk.

What is interesting about this scene is that the current state of the watchtower was the fault of the Witch King. During his war against Arnor, the Witch King destroyed Amon Sul and it would be known as Weathertop from this moment.

3 Defeated By Gondor

Gondor in Lord of the Rings

The Witch King has been involved in three main conflicts on Middle Earth, the War of the Last Alliance, the War against Arnor, and the War of the Ring. While the Witch King had some victories in the battle against Arnor, he would ultimately lose this conflict as well.

While the Witch King of Angmar was able to eventually conquer the Kingdom of Arnor, he was ultimately defeated after Gondor and the Elves of Rivendell united to defeat the leader of the Nazgul.

2 Killed A Gondorian King

Minas Morgul in Lord of the Rings

The Witch King of Angmar had been a thorn in the side of men for thousands of years, with the leader of the Nazgul fighting for Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance and the War of the Ring in the Third Age.

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While he did often end up on the losing side, the Witch King of Angmar did have some notable victories. The Witch King of Angmar is responsible for Gondor being ruled by stewards, with King Eärnur entering the gates of Minas Morgul to duel the Witch King, only to never be seen again.

1 Captured Osgiliath

Lord of the Rings: Frodo facing Nazgul in Osgiliath

Prior to the War of the Ring, Gondor had been involved in several skirmishes with the Nazgul. While Gondor was able to keep them at bay, to some degree, the Nazgul had also managed to capture some notable Gondorian land.

In addition to Minas Morgul, the Nazgul and the Witch King of Angmar had managed to capture the Gondorian capital of Osgiliath.

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Updated: November 5, 2020 — 5:30 pm

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