We’ve told you already back when Middle-earth: Shadow of War was first announced, that the Nazgul would be bosses in the game. Now, Game Informer has footage of a Nazgul boss fight for you to witness, and it certainly looks like a doozy of an encounter to fight in.
In the Lord of the Rings mythos, the Nazgul were originally nine great kings of Men who were given Rings of Power by Sauron. However, one by one they fell to his will, becoming corrupted shades of their former selves and his deadliest servants. Though only two of them have names, the Witch-king of Angmar and Khamul the Easterling, Shadow of War is giving them all names and backstories.
In the Nazgul boss fight that’s shown in the footage, Talion faces off against Helm Hammerhand, who has control over the many different beasts of Mordor, including Ghuls and Caragors. In the Lord of the Rings books, Helm Hammerhand was a former king of Rohan, for whom the fortress of Helm’s Deep is named. Celebrimbor says that his fall to evil was the most tragic.
While Hammerhand is able to summon the various beasts of Mordor to his aid in battle, Talion can essentially do the same, dominating some of the animals himself or calling out his minions and subverted orcs to come and help him in battle. The reasoning behind Monolith’s use of various names and using them in ways that likely aren’t canon are similar to those of the films: they are being used to create a better story.
Monolith is working very closely with Middle Earth Enterprises, which owns worldwide exclusive rights to the two main Lord of the Rings properties, The Hobbit and the book trilogy. As long as Monolith doesn’t go too out of the way, they can do whatever they want to make a better story.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be releasing October 10 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Follow this link to see the interview and Nazgul boss fight for yourself.