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February 21, 2001
Weathertop: Reply to Aaron
Aaron asks, why did the Nazgul run off after stabbing Frodo
at Weathertop, since they appeared to have Strider and the Hobbits helplessly in their
I recall that Strider himself expressed puzzlement that the Nazgul disappeared.
There are several possible factors in the Nazgul's decision to bide their time.
First, the Nazgul were surprised to learn that the Hobbits held Westernesse
daggers, which were anathema to them. All the Nazgul (except the Witchking) stopped
in their tracks when Frodo pulled his short sword. Why imperil their immortality by
taking an unnecessary risk with those daggers? The Witchking kept coming because he
was overly confident, that "not by the hand of man" would he fall, incorrectly
assuming that Hobbits did not count. He shrieked when Frodo's blade cut through his
Second, the Nazgul knew nothing about the nature of Hobbits. They may have been
supremely confident, from eons of experience, that the knife wound would quickly kill off
little Frodo and expose him to their world.
Third, the Nazgul (oddly) feared fire, so may not have been able to tolerate being around
the campfire and Strider's flaming brand.