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The keeper of one of the nine rings (Nazgul) by steamey The keeper of one of the nine rings (Nazgul) by steamey
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 thraldom 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 Nazgul were they, the Ringwraiths, the Ulairi, 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"
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
 Now I have thought this before about your work, but this piece is downright Shakespearean - the Great King hovering on the edge of madness thanks to his own lust for Immortal Glory and Power, all too close to becoming something WORSE than dead. . .
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steamey Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Yes, I tried to show it. This theme is very interesting and worth making a few more illustrations.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
 Hmmm … so if this is a fairly 'Numenorean' King of Men, would your next illustration of a Nazgul-on-the-Brink feature a more Easterling King? 
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steamey Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Maybe.Someday). I actually have a lo-o-ong list of themes for drawings)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
 Fair enough!
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muck1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This is a particularly great one. I always wondered how the Nazgul would look as mortal kings. It was a good choice to paint him like a man on the brink of madness, not as a stereotypical evil villain.
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steamey Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
And I would be interested to see how all nine lived before the turn into ghosts. Not only kings.
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gbindis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
One of my favourites from your gallery!
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steamey Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Really?
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
is that the Witch King?
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