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