"Shire... Baggins..."
Khamûl, to Farmer Maggot[1]

Khamûl was one of the nine Ringwraiths second to the Witch-king, in Middle-earth after Arnor was defeated. During the Third Age, he held Dol Guldur as Sauron's lieutenant. After the Witch-king was slain, he became the Lord of Nazgûl for a short period.[2]

Biography Edit

Second Age Edit

John Howe - Khamul the Easterling

Khamûl the Easterling, by John Howe

Khamûl was once a mortal man who ruled the lands of the East known as Rhûn. He received one of the nine Rings of Power from the Dark Lord Sauron and in time he was corrupted and became one of his servants.

He first appeared as one of the Nazgûl in SA 2251.[3]

Third Age Edit

Denis Gordeev- Khamul in the Shire

Khamûl in the Shire, by Denis Gordeev

In TA 2951, Sauron sent three Nazgûl to abide in Dol Guldur, and Khamûl commanded the fortress thereafter.[4][5][3]

War of the Ring Edit

Khamûl was the Wraith who pursued the Hobbits to Bucklebury ferry in the Shire, and who asked Farmer Maggot for "Baggins" just before Frodo Baggins left Hobbiton.[1]

Khamûl also appeared in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields with the other Nazgûl, mounted on his Fellbeast and killing Gondor's soldiers at the beginning of the battle. After the Witch-king´s demise, he and the other seven lesser Nazgûl retreated to Mordor.[6]

Afterwards, Khamûl became the leader of the Nazgûl. He led them to the Battle of the Black Gate riding his Fellbeast, before they were attacked by the Eagles. The Nazgûl retreated when they sensed that Frodo claimed the Ring for himself, and were lured towards Mount Doom. He fell by the eruption's fire.[7]

Names Edit

Khamûl was called the Shadow of the East, the Second Chief, and the Black Easterling.[5] He was the only Ringwraith whose name was given by J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as one of the six Ringwraiths not of Númenorean descent.

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Peter Jackson's film trilogy Edit

Khamul's true apperance.

The model for Khamûl's true appearance


Khamûl before he was corrupted, according to

In Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Khamûl was shown briefly when speaking to Farmer Maggot, who directs him onward to Hobbiton. Later, the Hobbits evade Farmer Maggot, but Frodo senses a presence and tells his friends to get off the road. Hiding behind a tree, the Hobbits hushed as Khamûl approached, catching their scent. As the four stayed quiet, Merry throws a sack of vegetables behind the Rider's horse, alarming Khamûl and causing him to leave the Hobbits undetected.

In The Return of the King, after the ring was destroyed, Khamûl died along with the seven other Ringwraiths in the eruption of Mount Doom, the Witch-king having perished earlier during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

The Hobbit film trilogy Edit

Khamûl concept in The Hobbit

Concept art of Khamûl, as seen in The Hobbit films

In the The Hobbit films, the nine Ringwraiths had been buried in the High Fells of Rhudaur, but emerged at the summons of the Necromancer, who is revealed to be Sauron. In the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Khamûl and the other eight Ringwraiths engaged the White Council in battle, with Khamûl wearing spectral "Khaganate" Easterling armor.

Video games Edit

Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit

In prior versions of the stories, Khamûl was stationed at Dol Guldur on March 6th, when Aragorn revealed himself to Sauron and began marching on the Wood-elf realms on March 10th. On March 11th, his forces began assailing the nearby Lórien. After this failed, much of his force passed around the border of the woods and entered the Wold of Rohan. On March 12th, they were met with Ents sent east from Fangorn and Isengard, and were routed. Lórien was then attacked twice more on March 15th and March 22nd, but was never entered. The forces of Dol Guldur also went north into Mirkwood, battling the forces of King Thranduil under Mirkwood's trees, the climax of these battles being on March 15, 3019 which after a "long battle... and great ruin and fire" was won by Thranduil's forces.

Trivia Edit

  • Khamûl is the only Nazgûl whose true name is revealed.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic خمول
Armenian Խամոլ
Assyrian ܟܗܐܡܘܠ
Belarusian Cyrillic Кhамул
Bengali খামুল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хамул
Cambodian ខមឡ ?
Chinese (Hong Kong) 克哈穆爾
Georgian კჰამული
Greek Χαμούλ
Gujarati ખમુલ
Hebrew כאמול
Hindi खमुल
Japanese ハムール
Kazakh Cyrillic Кһамұл
Kannada ಖಮುಲ
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Кhамул
Macedonian Cyrillic Кхамул
Marathi खमुल
Mongolian Cyrillic Кhамул
Nepalese खमुल
Pashto خمول
Persian خمول
Punjabi ਖਮੁਲ
Russian Кхамул
Sanskrit खमुल्
Serbian Камул (Cyrillic) Kamul (Latin)
Sinhalese ඛමුල්
Tajik Cyrillic Кҳамул
Tamil க்ஹமுல்
Telegu ఖముల
Thai คามูล
Ukrainian Cyrillic Кгамул
Urdu خمول
Uyghur كھامۇل
Uzbek Кҳамул (Cyrillic) Khamul (Latin)
Yiddish כאַמול

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IV: "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, IV: "The Nazgûl Hunt for the Ring"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"
  4. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, IV: "The Hunt for the Ring"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, chapter IV: "The Hunt for the Ring", Notes
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter III: "Mount Doom"
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