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The High Fells of Rhudaur are tombs where the nine Nazgûl were buried. Described more as a prison of the dead than as a grave, the tombs are located North of the Trollshaws, within the boundaries of the old kingdom of Rhudaur. The High Fells exist only as part of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.
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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 in the High Fells, and dismisses it.
In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, upon the urging of Galadriel, Gandalf departs from Thorin and Company to travel with Radagast to the High Fells, in search of evidence concerning the Necromancer's true identity. In addition to the Witch-king, the tombs are revealed to also house the remains of the eight other 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, 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. In the extended version of the Desolation of Smaug you see him as a dead man, buried by the men of the north.
- 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.