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Where the other Nazgûl were slowly swallowed by the taint of their rings, not being fully dead, The Tainted are wraiths who gave himself wholly and willingly to Sauron. Now all natural things rebel in his presence, vegetation withers, animals sicken and bold warriors cower. They are abomination whose merest presence is poison to life, honour and hope.