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Servant of Death by Grimdar Servant of Death by Grimdar
"Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They could walk, if they would, unseen by all eyes in this world beneath the sun, and they could see things in worlds invisible to mortal men; but too often they beheld only the phantoms and delusions of Sauron. And one by one, sooner or later, according to their native strength and to the good or evil of their wills in the beginning, they fell under the thralldom of the ring that they bore and of the domination of the One which was Sauron's. And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death" (The Silmarillion: "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", 346).

The WitchKing and the Ringwraiths are my absolute favorite characters of all time. It was a depressing, and sad moment when a HOBBIT slayed the Witchking of Angmar. Blasphemy!! Needless to say, it was time to paint one. The Witchking and the 9 all together still live in my imagination. :)
Photoshop CS2, about 8 hours. 18 inches x 17 inches original
Custom brushes

-Updated file.. I had uploaded the wrong version.

Details shots added: [link] [link]
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Xxrubyx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow *.*
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mks5958 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Great work!
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DHBW Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
WOW....
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kittykolorz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
veeeeeeeeeeeeery well done and very creepy. perfect title too! keep going! ;P
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thewitchkingplz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
fool, not even a hobbit can slay something that already died
but its good you are on my side and not theirs
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jackhallow101 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I LOVE IT best nazgul yet witch is why i just have to request a cargul [link]
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bloody Awesome!
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paulmccartneyluvr Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Ring Wraith? that looks AWSOME
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EscyKane Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Great atmosphere!
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JacobMace Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always like to see dark things done right. ^^
Awesome job!
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Rivenbeak Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Photographer
This is amazing art!
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Tri-angel1133 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
brilliiant
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MrMahoo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Wow, very creepy, well done! :)
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is incredibly creepy... Great work! =D
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Covy77 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
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beliknarf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
good work i like it !
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nevs28 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very powerful and mysterious!
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the-poets-of-blah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I resembles power, as well as fear. Great work :)
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very reminiscent of Frazetta's Death Dealer, maby just in subject and pose, but upon further observation, also texture, however somewhat less contrast than a traditional Frazetta. But I think that is just the medium (all digital and all) Not worse, just different. Still Rockin awesome!
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Kynks Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Amazing!

:O
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XoxoScarletKiss Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Wow, just hardly looking through your gallery and I must say your work is absolutely Brilliant! Looking at this art takes me to a whole new different world; and I love getting that feeling just by looking at a picture.

Don't stop the artwork, keep it going, I'm dying to see more!

-Alex-
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jeyaprakash Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
superb
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TheRedLightning Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
bloody awesome!! brilliant job on this one :D
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Excellent work! Perfect mood/setting! :)
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:iconstorykillinger:
StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHGAWD!!!!! AWESOMENESS does not define it!
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aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakin' awesome. I love the details. Looks much better than the film characters :D Like you got the nine human kings from my imagination :D
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! As a huge fan of Lotr, I can tell you that this painting simply oozes with evil-nazgul-awesomeness. :D I love the atmosphere in here. Just one minor detail though, it was Eowyn of Rohan who slew the witch king, not a hobbit, though if it weren't for Merry she wouldn't have succeeded. Great work! :D :+fav:
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LordBloodySoul Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's just to awesome for words O.O No word could discribe this beautiful, creepy and amazing picture!! O.O

Keep it up!
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Wedginator Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning.
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JarmenKell Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
totally agree! great work! i thought their horses were more armored and undead-ish
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KirbyKat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Hehe... Lord of the Rings. Haven't seen that in a while. I love the effect on the cloak; it makes you really get a feeling of dread... XD The hand also sticks out, and seems to glow... An awesome effect. And the reins look superb. :D
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falconfire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I am glad I am not the only one who was sad when the WitchKing of Angmar and the 9 were destroy by hobbit. This is is really super amazing. :D
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Nargoron Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
horse with raider are very good!! and the background... amazing picture!!!
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AngelKiller666 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
You win alot you know that?
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PhotoGraphChick Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
(speaklessssss......)
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Sojubyeong Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I think that you've blurred the wispy areas a little too much, but that's okay! :+fav:
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MELARka Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
:clap:
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PARENTAL-BybVISORY Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Whaaouuuuu !

BiOUTiFiOUL ^^
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delarmedia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
remarkable from depth, to colors, everything!
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Calico666 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
This is magnificent. I've seen a fair few pieces of work on Tolkien's world, and this is right up there with the best. Seriously.

I'm also a huge fan of both the Silmarillion and The Nine, and this fills me with glee =)
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BilboobliB Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only one word ,Wicked!
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MCKrauss Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Your work has been featured here. [link] If you want it removed, please let me know. :)
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ScreenDragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist
looks great ^^
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stipend Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008   General Artist
excellent!
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Charlothiena Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Ducks behind pillow* Is he gone? XD

An excellent picture.

Yay for the Lord of the Rings!
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fedora-blues Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist
This is awesome! The Ring Wraiths are one of the coolest parts of LOTR. :thumbsup:
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SpiritOfNature Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunned.. It is so awsome..
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mrapokaliose Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
it look like Nasgul in the Lord of the ring !Good work !
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bigTaki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
wow! fantastic, I like your style! this art is wonderful!
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Shindoh Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
This is amazing!
Great atmosphere! =)
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