- Apr 5, 2020
My personal read of the Ring Wraiths is that they are powerful beings, being unbeatable and functionally immortal on the field of battle. They command vast armies and have some form of improved cognition and perception. Yet for all that, they are slaves. What little will they have is completely subservient to Sauron and for all the power that they craved and now possess, they can not enjoy it or wield it in a meaningful fashion. Pathetic losers might be a bit much, but I think it is obvious that they are meant to be tragic figures. They are cautionary tales about greed, endless ambition and making Faustian deals.I always got the impression that the Ring Wraiths were supposed to be seen as pathetic losers. They used to be kings, now they're just the insubstantial servants of Sauron, with no agency of their own. It makes sense that the Witch King would cling on to the prophecy in order to feel important and powerful.