This is the dreaded Witch King’s Dagger from director Perter Jackson’s highly acclaimed ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’, released on December 10th, 2001, and distributed by New Line Cinema.
The dagger, constructed by the world-famous Weta Workshop, features a jagged aluminium blade fixed to a ribbed resin handle and is embellished with a pointed cross-guard and spiked pommel. It has been expertly weathered in shades of silver and brown to emulate the appearance of rusted iron.
Memorably, the weapon appears in the scene in which Frodo and his beloved hobbits are ambushed by The Nazgul at Weathertop. In the ensuing battle, The Witch King poisons young Frodo by stabbing him with his cursed Morgul dagger.
This particular piece was gifted to executives at ‘Sideshow Toys’, the licensed distributor of official LOTR collectibles, during a set-visit in 2002. Director Peter Jackson allowed the executive team to choose mementoes from the set but stipulated that each selected item should be branded with a unique identifier code and corresponding note of ownership. This item has been branded: “Witch King Dagger 12 June 02 | 0002 W Sideshow Toy”, which verifies its origination and authenticity.
‘Lord of the Rings; Fellowship of the Ring’ earned over $871 million dollars at the worldwide box office and was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, eventually winning in the categories of ‘Best Cinematography', 'Best Make-up', 'Best Original Score' and 'Best Visual Effects'. It also won four British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), including 'Best Film' and 'Best Director'.
This beautifully crafted prop-dagger is one of a very small number of major articles of ‘Lord of the Rings’ memorabilia in private hands today!
The article exhibits only minor wear due to production use but remains overall in very good condition.