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This sword is sold out!


This auction is for an officially licensed Lord of the Rings/United Cutlery UC1278
Sword of the Ringwraiths as pictured below. Factory new and in factory sealed original United Cutlery box. United Cutlery is not longer making this sword after the backruptcy and therefore is extremely hard to find.

Just to clarify one more time this is an authentic UC1278 Sword of the Ringwraiths. There are only a few of these left floating around and they will skyrocket in value once the Hobbit movie comes out. UNITED CUTLERY WENT BANKRUPT AND WERE BOUGHT OUT. THEY LOST THE LOTR LICENSE BUT RECENTLY RE-ACQUIRED IT AND HAVE BEGAN MAKING ONLY A FEW OF THE LOTR LINE UP, HOWEVER THEY WILL NOT BE RE-MAKING THE SWORD OF THE RINGWRAITHS. For more info on the bankruptcy and the purchase of United Cutlery go to www.ucforums.com or call United Cutlery at 800-548-0835.

UC1278
Sword of the RINGWRAITHS™
Retail Price: $499.99
(RARE -In Stock)
Overall Length: 53"(This Sword is massive -- approximately four and half feet)
Blade Length: 39-3/4"
Blade Thickness: 1/4"

BLADE MATERIAL: Acid etched, tempered, 420 J2 stainless steel, false-edged. (The acid etching is very unique -- look at the detail in the photos below)

HANDLE MATERIAL: Authentic battle worn solid metal crossguard and pommel, genuine leather wrapped grip.

PLAQUE: Wood, silk screened Nazgul runes. Hardware, instructions included.

Includes Certificate of Authenticity

 

Ringwraiths, also called Dark Riders or the Nazgul, were once powerful kings and sorcerers among Men until they were tempted by the power of the Ring and damned to serve Sauron. Corrupted with his Ring of Power, the 9 Ringwraiths are ordered by their master, Sauron to find the ring and bring it back to him. They can sense when the Ring of Power is near and can see the Ringbearer even more clearly when he places the ring on his finger.

In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, the Nazgûl (from Black Speech nazg, "ring", and gûl, "wraith, spirit"; also called Ringwraiths, Ring-wraiths, Black Riders, Dark Riders, the Nine Riders, or simply the Nine) are nine undead human kings who have succumbed through greed to Sauron's power and attained immortality as wraiths bound to the power of the One Ring as servants of The Enemy. They are first mentioned in his book The Lord of the Rings, originally published in 1954–1955. The book refers to the Nazgûl as Sauron's "most terrible servants." As an interesting note, Nazgûl are always known as Nazgûl, regardless of their choice of mounts.

According to Tolkien's legendarium, the nine Nazgûl arose as Sauron's most powerful servants in the Second Age of Middle-earth. They were once powerful mortal Men, three of which being "great lords" of Númenor. Sauron gave each of them one of the nine Rings of Power. Sauron also gave seven Rings of Power to the Dwarves, and Celebrimbor forged three for the Elves, untainted by Sauron's evil. It was Sauron's design to control the Nine, Seven, and Three Rings through the power of his One Ring, forged in secret for this purpose, but it was only the Nine who succumbed completely to its power:

"Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They could walk, if they would, unseen by all eyes in this world beneath the sun, and they could see things in worlds invisible to mortal men; but too often they beheld only the phantoms and delusions of Sauron. And one by one, sooner or later, according to their native strength and to the good or evil of their wills in the beginning, they fell under the thraldom of the ring that they bore and of the domination of the One which was Sauron's. And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death" (The Silmarillion: "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", 346).

The corrupting effect of the Rings extended their earthly lives far beyond their mortal lifespans, while their bodily forms faded over time until they had become entirely invisible to mortal eyes. They assumed visible form only under their outward black attire. The red reflection in their eyes could be plainly distinguished even in daylight, and in a rage they appeared in a hellish fire. They had many weapons; in The Fellowship of the Ring they were armed with steel swords while their leader, the Witch-king of Angmar, wielded a knife with insidious magical properties. Later, during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, he bore a "long pale sword" that struck fear into the hearts of Minas Tirith's defenders, and after the arrival of the Rohirrim he wielded a mace in a duel against Éowyn.

Their arsenal of deadly armaments was not confined to physical weapons: they were perpetually surrounded by an aura of terror, which affected all but the most powerful living creatures. Their breath (called the Black Breath) was poisonous. The effects of the Black Breath, also known as the Black Shadow, were contracted by exposure to them. Victims could suffer deep despair, unconsciousness, nightmares and even death. However, the herb athelas could be used to counter the effects. The most well-known victims to the Black Breath were Faramir, Éowyn, and Merry, who were healed by Aragorn during the War of the Ring.

In addition, their terrible cries caused terror, loss of bodily control and despair. The Lord of the Nazgûl was notorious for practicing black sorcery. According to Tolkien, though, it was the fear they inspired that was the chief danger:

They have no great physical power against the fearless," he wrote, "but what they have, and the fear that they inspire, is enormously increased in darkness.

The Nazgûl first appeared around S.A. 2251 and were soon established as Sauron's principal servants, less than three centuries after the rings were forged. The Nazgûl were dispersed after the first overthrow of Sauron in 3441 at the hands of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, but their survival was nonetheless assured since the One Ring survived.

They re-emerged around T.A. 1300, when the Lord of the Nazgûl, also known as the Witch-king of Angmar, the Black Captain and the Morgul-lord, led Sauron's forces against the successor kingdoms of Arnor: Rhudaur, Cardolan and Arthedain. He was eventually defeated in battle in 1975 and returned to Mordor, gathering the other Nazgûl in preparation for the return of Sauron to that realm, having achieved his goal of destroying all of Arnor's successor kingdoms.

In 2000, the Nazgûl besieged Minas Ithil and captured it after two years. The city thereafter became Minas Morgul, the stronghold of the Nazgûl, from where they directed the rebuilding of Sauron's armies, also acquiring a palantír for the Dark Lord. In 2942, Sauron returned to Mordor and declared himself openly in 2951. Two or three of the Nazgûl (the Second of the Nine was put in charge) were sent to his fortress in Mirkwood, named Dol Guldur, to garrison it.

In 3017, near the beginning of the story told in The Lord of the Rings, after hearing news of the One Ring, Sauron commanded the Ringwraiths to recover the One Ring from "Baggins of the Shire". Disguised as riders clad in black, they sought out Bilbo Baggins who, as Gollum had revealed, had the One Ring in his possession. It was around 3018 that the "Nine Walkers" of the Fellowship of the Ring were chosen to mirror the Nazgûl, "Nine Riders".

The Nazgûl rode specially bred black horses that were trained in Mordor to endure the terror. By now, they had learned that the Ring was in the possession of Bilbo's heir, Frodo. They found Frodo and his company at Weathertop, where the Witch-king stabbed Frodo in the arm with a Morgul blade, breaking off a piece of the blade in the hobbit's flesh. When they were swept away by the waters of the river Bruinen, their horses were drowned. The Ringwraiths were forced to return to Mordor to regroup. They reappeared later mounted on fell beasts, at which point they were referred to as Winged Nazgûl.

The Witch-king of Angmar himself was slain by Éowyn and Merry (known as the Magnificent thereafter), during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields: Merry's stab with a powerfully enchanted Barrow-blade drove the Witch-king to his knees, allowing Éowyn, the niece of Théoden, to deliver a strike between his crown and mantle. Which blow actually destroyed him is a matter of debate, since the text specifically mentions that Merry's blade was enchanted and covered with runes meant for the Witch-King, while Éowyn fulfilled a prophecy that he would not be killed by "Man". However, The prophecy is somewhat ambiguous, as Meriadoc was a hobbit, not a member of the race of Man. In both cases, the weapons that struck him were destroyed — a standard fate for weapons that touched his undead flesh. Whether all Nazgûl had this power is unknown.

The remaining eight Ringwraiths attacked the Army of the West on their fell beasts during the last battle at the Black Gate. However, when Frodo put on the Ring in the fires of Mount Doom, Sauron ordered the eight remaining Nazgûl to fly there to intercept him. They arrived too late, with the Ring falling into the fire. At the moment of the One Ring's destruction, the remaining Nazgûl were destroyed.

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During the time of the events of The Lord of the Rings, Sauron learned from Gollum that the One Ring was located in an area called "Shire" and held by a hobbit named "Baggins", and sent forth the Ringwraiths disguised as riders in black. At this time, the Riders did not know the location of the Shire, but when they by chance came upon Gríma Wormtongue in Rohan, he told them what he knew of Saruman's plans, including his interest in the Shire, and its location.

The Witchking of Angmar and the other eight Nazgûl rode swiftly from Mordor to the lands of the Shire. They continued to search for "Baggins" until they tracked him to Buckland. Five of the Riders raided Buckland but could not find the Ring.

The Witchking led four other Nazgûl to Weathertop where they discovered Frodo Baggins and the other hobbits, accompanied by the Ranger Aragorn. The Ringwraiths attacked the party and the Witchking wounded Frodo with a Morgul-blade. Frodo's wound threatened to turn him into a wraith like the Nazgûl.

 

Here is the entire line of Licensed Lord of the Rings Weapons/Armor (most are hard to get, gone altogether, or expensive since the United Cutlery went bankrupt. United Cutlery re-obtained the lost license and only make a few of the LOTR line up.)
UC1264 Sting (mass production sting. Limited Edition is UC1424)
UC1265 Glamdring
UC1266 WitchKing
UC1267 Narsil
UC1278 RingWraith
UC1296 Shards of Narsil (limited edition)
UC1298 Hadhafang Sword of Arwen
UC1299 Striders Sword
UC1309 Urik-Hai
UC1370 Herugrim King Theoden Sword
UC1371 Elven Knife of Strider
UC1372 Legolas Daggers
UC1373 High Elven War Sword (Estimated only 800 made)
UC1380asnb Anduril (non limited)
UC1380aslb Anduril (limited)
UC1400 Boromir
UC1423 Eowyn
UC1424 Sting (limited edition Museum Ed.) Second most expensive UC sword ever.
UC1425 Glamdring (limited edition Museum Ed.) Most expensive UC sword ever.

Scabbards
UC1300 Sting Scabbard
UC1366 Strider Scabbard
UC1381 Legolas Scabbards
UC1396 Andruil Scabbard
UC1417bl Glamdring Scabb.. (Blue)
UC1417w Glamdring Scabb. (White)

Staffs
UC1385 Saruman Staff
UC1386 Gandalf the white Staff (old style)
UC1386 Gandalf the white Staff (new style)
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Axe
UC1397 Gimli Battle Axe
UC1415 Gimli Walking Axe

Gauntlet
UC1411 Sauron Gauntlet (limited edition)

Helmets
UC1382 High Elven War Helm (limited edition)
UC1383 King Elendil Helm (limited edition)
UC1384 Gimli Helm (limited edition)
UC1412 Sauron Helm (limited edition)
UC1414 Gondor Infantry Helm (limited edition)
UC1430 Isildur Helm (limited edition)

Shields
UC1428 High Elven War Shield (limited edition)
UC1454 2nd Age Gondor Shield (limited edition)

Miniatures
UC1264min Mini Sting
UC1265min Mini Glamdring
UC1266min Mini WitchKing
UC1267min Mini Narsil
UC1278min Mini RingWraith
UC1296min Mini Shards of Narsil
UC1298min Mini Hadhafang
UC1299min Mini Strider Sword
UC1371min Mini Knife of Strider
UC1372min Mini Legolas Daggers
UC1380min Mini Anduril
UC1264dnmc Mini Sting ClamPack
UC1265dnmc Mini Glamdring Clam
UC1266dnmc Mini WitchKing Clam
UC1267dnmc Mini Narsil ClamPack
UC1278dnmc Mini RingWraith Clam
UC1298dnmc Mini Hadhafang Clam
UC1299dnmc Mini Strider Sword Clam
UC1230dnmc Mini Anduril Clam Pack
UC1371dnmc Mini Strider Knife Clam
UC1372dnmc Mini Legolas Dagg. Clam