Army List Notes: Angmar

Angmar, the realm of the Witch-King (the chief of the Nazgul, or Ring-Wraiths) in the far north, was established around 3A1275 with the express purpose of destroying the remaining Dunedain of Arnor (RotK, p390). Rhudaur, the ex-Dunedain state that fell under the influence of Angmar (FotR, p269) is covered by the Dunlending list.

Climate is of course rated Cold, and indeed, the Witch-King was said to have the power to influence the the cold of winter itself (RotK, p392). Aggression is arted as 3, since Angmar continually attcked the realms of Arthedain and Cardolan; it is not rated 4, since it was itself once attacked (and destroyed) - by the armada of Gondor in 3A1975 (RotK, p406).

Centered as it was astride the Misty Mountains (RotK, p389), H(S) are compulsory. The climate would have been too cold for many sorts of vegetation, and hence only Wd - likely fir trees, and RGo (stunted scrub) are allowed, plus BUA: the men of the realm lived in Carn Dum (FotR, p196).

The C-in-C is the Witch-King himself, riding his black horse (RotK, p407). Since the many men of his realm are always mentioned before the Orcs (RotK, p389, 407), and evil powers tended to trust men more than orcs (TT, p205; RotK, p197), I assume that sub-generals would be mostly, if not exclusively men.

Not only men and Orcs formed the armies of Angmar, but other 'fell-creatures' (RotK, p389). Among these would have been Trolls and Wolves. Trolls were very abundant in the lands to the north of Rivendell nigh on Angmar (FotR, p257, 271). Some (Ettens, whenec Ettenmoor), had two heads (Hob, p43). Trolls were incredibly tough (FotR, p428) and are rated as a Bd (S); the Bd (O) supports double-based with them mean that they will not be overrun by Kn, while at the same time enabling their bases to be bigger, so that their figures can be more easily accomodated. The more evil of the giants and ogres might possibly substitute for trolls (Hob, p63, 82).

Wolves were also common in the north (Hob, p101). See the Goblin army list notes for notes on wolves ridden and unridden.

Like men, orcs provided a major component of the forces of Angmar (RotK, p389, 407). See the Goblin army list notes for notes on Orcs and their classifications.

Angmar's men are likely to have been mostly of Dunlending origin (RotK, p517). Some possibly could have been Woodsmen, or some such if from the eastern-side of the Misty Mountains - Woodsmen are covered by essentially the same army list, and so the same gradings will apply (Hob, p117). See the Dunlendings army list notes for the graing of these men. A greater proportion of armoured men are allowed on the assumption that Angmar would have been better provided with facilities for armour production (peopled as it was by goblins as well as men), and additionally, spearmen may be regraded as Sp (I), and axemen as Bd (O) on the assumption that the influence of Rhudaur may have led to some men fighting in closer formations.

Rhudaur fought alongside Angband at the battle where Argeleb was killed (RotK, p390) hence the provision for Rhudaur allies.

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