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"
This is fucking incredible
Thank you for this one.
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. . .
Yes, I tried to show it. This theme is very interesting and worth making a few more illustrations.
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.
And I would be interested to see how all nine lived before the turn into ghosts. Not only kings.
One of my favourites from your gallery!
is that the Witch King?
Rather, it is any of the nine Ringwraiths.
I see and do you know there names?
Really a great picture. I think I have never seen a picture so faithfully depicting how one of the nazgūls may have looked before turning to real wraith. I love the setting too, it is all so emotional and expressive. Good work!
This is maybe the best work I have seen of a human version of a Nazgul.
He's still human in this pic and still terrifying!
You are a genius. I love all of your paintings. So full of details. Congratulations!
Wow, that's a cool depiction of one of them. Fits the description so well.