April 26, 2001
The Nazgul Retreat
I would have to agree with Elinor on this one. The Nazgul (as
you all know) are drawn to the Ring, because it rightfully belongs to their Master. Would
they hunt the Ring down only to run when finding it? I think not. Their retreat can be
explained (as Elinor mentioned) very easily.
First, Frodo did get the Witch King's foot, but I doubt that would scare them away.
Second, they were not in full, there were only 5, not 9. This seems like a reasonable
explanation, but there is still something missing. I'm sure you all remember Aragorn
saying that the Riders feared those wielding fire. Let us not forget that it was Aragorn
who leapt out with the brand, the same Aragorn that Sauron fears because he is the
rightful King of Gondor. Maybe, for the time being, the Riders felt HIS presence and
feared HIS wrath.