The subject of this article originates from non-canonical sources. To find out about what is considered "canon" see LOTR:Canon.
The High Fells of Rhudaur were tombs invented by the makers of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in which the nine Nazgûl were buried. Described more as a prison of the dead than as a grave, the tombs were located North of the Trollshaws, within the boundaries of the old kingdom of Rhudaur; near the source of the river Hoarwell south of the Coldfells.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit film trilogyEdit
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the tombs are first mentioned by Lady Galadriel during the meeting of the White Council in Rivendell as part of their discussion concerning the rediscovery of the Witch-king of Angmar's Morgul-blade by Radagast in the ruins of Dol Guldur. The tombs are revealed as the location where the Witch-king was buried following the fall of the realm of Angmar, entombed there by the men of the North. The tombs themselves are said to be so dark that they would never come to light. As noted by Elrond, powerful spells lie upon the tombs, which should have prevented the crypts from ever being opened. Saruman however, rules that there is not enough proof that the Morgul-blade actually originated from the Witch-king's grave, and dismisses it.
In the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, upon arrival at the forest border of Mirkwood, Gandalf discovers Black Speech graffiti imprinted on an old ruin, coinciding with a telepathic message from Galadriel imploring him to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl. In the extended version, Beorn reveals that he heard rumors of the dead walking near the High Fells and asks Gandalf if there are tombs there. Gandalf remembers Galadriel's words and a flashback shows the Witch-King, as a dead man wrapped in cloth and chains, being buried by the men of the north. Gandalf then confirms the tombs there.
When Gandalf reaches the remote tomb of the Nazgûl he finds out that they have been revived and summoned to Dol-Guldur. He is joined by Radagast, and it is revealed that the Necromancer cannot be a mere human as the Nazgûl answer only to one master: Sauron. Both of them realize that the Necromancer is Sauron returned and that he is preparing for war with Azog as the commander of his legions who will begin his attack in the east since Sauron's mind is set upon Erebor. As Gandalf sends Radagast to warn Galadriel of their discovery, Gandalf enters the orc-infested Dol-Guldur and is attacked by Azog.
In addition to the Witch-king, the tombs are revealed to also house the remains of the other eight fallen Ringwraiths. The wizards discover that all nine crypts have been broken open from the inside. After realizing that the Nine have been resurrected from the dead, and have returned to their master in Dol Guldur, Radagast persuades Gandalf, who wishes to rejoin Thorin and Company, to instead investigate the ruins of Dol Guldur, in an effort to confirm their fears regarding the true identity of the Necromancer.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Dutch||Hoge Fjell van Rhudaur|
|French||Hauts Monts du Rhudaur|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Altas Colinas de Rhudaur|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||魯道爾荒陵|
|Spanish||Altos Páramos de Rhudaur|
- As a plot device, the resurrection of the Nazgûl serves to justify the use of the moniker The Necromancer, as used in the novel when referring to the dark presence dwelling within Dol Guldur, in that a necromancer is someone who communicates with and summons the spirits of the dead.
- It is interesting to note that a Púkel-man is located outside of the "Tomb" as is seen when Radagast and Gandalf discuss the Necromancer after discovering the Ringwraiths had escaped.