Morgul Blade

Morgul Blade. Once stuck, a victim suffers immensely as any fragment of the blade left behind will make its way to their heart.
Once stuck, a victim suffers immensely as any fragment of the blade left behind will make its way to their heart.

History

The Morgul Blade was a weapon employed by the Witch-king of Angmar in the Third Age (and possibly beforehand). In the ruins of Weathertop (Amon Sûl), the Witch-king stabbed and almost succeeded in mortally wounding Frodo with said blade. Despite only being mentioned as a ‘Morgul-knife’ by Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Rings, the lore surrounding the accursed blade was expanded in the movie adaptations of The Hobbit.

“‘They tried to pierce your heart with a Morgul-knife which remains in the wound. If they had succeeded, you would have become like they are, only weaker and under their command. You would have become a wraith under the dominion of the Dark Lord; and he would have tormented you for trying to keep his Ring, if any greater torment were possible than being robbed of it and seeing it on his hand.'”

Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien, 1954, p. 291)

Retrieved from the ruins of Dol Guldur by Radagast, Gandalf presented the Morgul Blade to the White Council as proof that the ‘enemy’ had return. The blade had originally been buried with the Witch-king when he was defeated by the Men of the North and it was implied, by Galadriel, to have been made specifically for him.[1]

Description

Despite being described as a ‘long thin knife’, the Morgul Blade could more accurately be ascribed to a dagger due to its pointed tip and a double-edged blade. Designed to break off in stab wounds, the Morgul Blade itself was poisonous with the ability to turn wounded victims into wraiths. Stabbing of the blade was described to be ‘like a dart of poison ice’ which may have implied that the metal was cold to the touch. Additionally, the Morgul Blade has the unique property of vanishing away, leaving only a hilt. However, reasons for it vanishing away are still debatable as some argue that the blade melts away when the tip is broken off and others imply when a non-Nazgûl being touches the blade.[3]

Base Stats

[Commander] Might +8
[Commander] Focus +8
[Commander] Speed +4
[Army] Attack (Orcs Uruk-hai Trolls) +1
Supported Races: Maiar, Orcs, Uruk-hai, Undead, Evil Men

Special Effects

Blight [After the Commander Performs a Normal Attack] 50.0% chance of dealing an additional 26.6%/160.0% Poison Damage (effect modified by Focus stat)
Frenzy [Every Round] [Allied Commander] Has a 15.0%/90.0% chance of performing normal attacks twice, but each attack deals –8.3%/50.0% damage
Might of Uruk-hai [Uruk-hai Allied Unit(s)] Damage dealt +2.0%/12.0%
Poison Coating [First 5 Round(s)] [Allied Commander] Poison Damage dealt +5.0%/30.0%
Specialist [Commander] Skill Damage +2.5%/,15.0% normal attack damage –2.5%/15.0%

Citations

[1] Jackson, P. (Director). (2012). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Film]. Warner Bros. Pictures.

[2] Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954). The Fellowship of the Ring (4th ed.). Unwin Paperbacks.

[3] Why does the Morgul blade dissolve after Aragorn touches it? (2015, August). StackExchange. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/100173/why-does-the-morgul-blade-dissolve-after-aragorn-touches-it