From New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. comes J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, brought to the big screen in an epic trilogy. Weta Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costumes to all three films.
Summoned from beyond the grave by their master's will, the Ringwraiths rose to challenge the White Council in the tangled ruins of Dol Guldur. Spectral, formless beings, the nine Wraiths could not be seen by mortal eyes lest they robed themselves to walk among the living. The Elves and Istari of the White Council perceived beyond the limits of mortal sight, and to them the Nazgûl appeared as warriors, clad for battle in black mail and plate.
Weta Workshop's high-quality Middle-earth collectibles are designed by the very same artists and technicians who work on our movies. It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece. Whether it be a prop replica, beautiful environment or iconic character, we treat our collectibles with the same level of care and attention to detail that we bring to our film work.
Seeking nothing less than dominion over all of Middle-earth, the Dark Lord Sauron drew his wicked servants from the greedy and weak-willed men across the land. Gifted with magical Rings of Power, petty kings and would-be sorcerers fell quickly to his enchantment and became wraiths; the rings they so craved becoming shackles, bound for all eternity to their malevolent Lord.
Called simply Harad, meaning South, the vast unmapped lands beyond Umbar were a mix of arid plains, hot deserts, and steaming jungles where many peoples dwelt. Among them were those of the nameless Ringwraith of Harad, though he had long since forgotten them. A black helm of twisted metal, stamped with arcane symbols and bound with nails enwrapped his faceless head, its forms the only clue to his long-forgotten home.
"Though the Wraiths had previously been portrayed as pale kings in `Ring vision,' the film's director wanted them to assume new forms, as if spiritually armoured for battle."
Daniel Falconer - Author & Senior Concept Designer, Weta Workshop
Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each sculpture is hand painted and minor variation will occur.