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Is the One Ring’s appearance described in the books?

Is its appearance, shape, etc. actually described within the canon (besides that it is a gem-less ring)? I think everyone has the One Ring from the films in mind, where it is depicted as a golden ...
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Ring-bearers - who can notice what about whom and when?

So, I want to get something straight with respect to the bearers of the 20 rings of power (3 Eldar, 7 Dwarves, 9 Men, 1 Boss). Before asking my question(s), here is some Motivation: Sometimes ...
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Was this word used under the influence of the Ring? [duplicate]

It seems that everyone who dealt with the One Ring called it "precious". Did the Ring force people to use that moniker? Or was it some artefact of Middle-Earth languages as designed by Tolkien? Or ...
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Why is Arwen dying?

Inspired by xkcd #1256's Title text : To whoever typed 'why is arwen dying': GOOD. FUCKING. QUESTION. This refers to a scene in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). ...
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What was the earliest point at which Saruman knew of the One Ring not being lost?

According to Tolkien canon (e.g. sourced from JRRT ot CT), what was the earliest point that: Saruman suspected that the One Ring was not fully lost and is recoverable Realized that the One Ring was ...
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Do the bearers of the Elven rings know the identity of the other bearers?

I was just wondering if the identity of the owners of the Elven rings was known to the other bearers? In the Lord of the Rings, there is much mention of the identity of the wearers of the Elven rings ...
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Why does Cirdan give Narya to Gandalf instead of Saruman?

In the Lord of the Rings I recall some mention of when Cirdan gives Narya to Gandalf when the Istari arrive in Middle Earth. I think it is in the appendices but I cannot recall exactly, but I remember ...
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Did Gandalf wear his Ring of Power throughout the trilogy?

After Gandalf discovered that Sauron was back and sent Frodo on his quest to Rivendell, did he continue to wear Narya(of the Three Rings)? It seems like a huge risk to continue to wear it after the ...
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How were Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel able to comunicate telepathically?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrives in Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. While Saruman opposes ...
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Why were there 3-7-9 Rings of Power?

Is there any data in Tolkien (books/letters/etc..) to explain why there were precisely 9 Men rings and 7 Dwarf rings and 3 Elf rings? (the latter assumes that Sauron planned the nmber of Elvish rings ...
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How and why did the Elves sense Sauron's treachery when he put on the One Ring?

This question was borne out of another asking why the Dwarven rings produced greed and not invisibility shown here. Consider the following: Sauron encouraged and assisted the Elves in forging the ...
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Why did the Dwarven Rings of Power cause greed?

I was reading through some of the questions and answers here on the Rings of Power and I just wondered why the ring effects, affected different races in a slightly different way. I know other ...
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Did the 7 Dwarven Rings impact the enmity between Dwarves and Elves?

Was the enmity between Elves and Dwarves made worse - in clear attributable way - due to the negative influence of the Seven Dwarven Rings? This question arose because someone noted in an answer ...
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What did Sauron want/manage to achieve from the Seven Dwarven rings?

When Sauron gave the Nine Rings to Men, he obtained super-powered Lieutenants (Nazgul). I'm not sure if there were other side benefits (e.g. Angmar and other realms ruled by Nine allying with him). ...
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Are the 9 Nazgûl rings visible when worn?

We know that the Ring-wraiths themselves are invisible in the flesh: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. - The ...
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Would Gollum's clothes turn invisible when he wore The One Ring?

We know that both Frodo and Bilbo turned 100% fully invisible when wearing The One Ring, their clothes included (as seen in Bilbo's disappearing trick at his farewell party, and Frodo's disappearance ...
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Why did the Rings turn Nazgûl invisible and their clothes visible, while The One Ring turned both invisible?

Nazgûl themselves are invisible as human flesh, die to their 9 rings transposing them into the realm of shadows: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they ...
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Did Nazgûl wear their 9 rings?

Did Nazgûl wear their 9 rings? Wikipedia is singularly unhelpful: Some passages in the novel suggest that the Nazgûl wore their rings, while others suggest that Sauron actually held them. (with ...
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Was The One Ring the only ring of power with an inscription?

In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron's The One Ring has an inscription in it. It's revealed by exposing the ring to fire. The inscription describes the ring's purpose and power. However, this was not ...
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Do power rings get resized for each user?

Do the power rings in the DC Universe always need to be worn on a finger? The rings are generally depicted to be of human-size, but throughout the universe lantern corps members could be of ...
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Is the One Ring only loyal to Sauron or would it serve any powerful being?

I had this exchange on What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring? with Jeremy French. Jeremy French: But how would he have got it to fit? ...
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What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring?

As we saw here, the Balrog of Moria was a fallen Maia, as was Sauron, a being on the same level as Gandalf and Saruman. If he ever had captured the One Ring when he encountered the Fellowship in ...
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How did Gandalf not lose his ring?

After the fight with the Balrog Gandalf says to his fellows "Naked I was sent back - for a brief time, until my task is done." (The two towers, ch. The white rider). The three rings (and the one ...
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Was Frodo able to see that Gandalf wore Narya and Elrond wore Vilya?

Frodo sees Nenya on Galadriel's finger after looking into the Mirror of Galadriel, and yet Sam is unable to see it. Galadriel also says the following: It is not permitted to speak of it, and ...
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How does Galadriel know that Gandalf 'survives' his encounter with the Balrog?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf meets Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli for the first time since the Balrog encounter, he briefly gives some details of the encounter which to me are (perhaps intentionally) ...
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How did Sauron survive before the ring was created?

Sauron's ring was destroyed by Frodo and he was defeated. How did he create the ring in the first place if he couldn't survive without it?
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How powerful is Sauron post-ring vs. pre-ring?

Sauron was one of the Maiar, from the dawn of creation. At some point he had a mortal body, lost in the fall of Númenor. He later guided the creation of the Rings, then made the One Ring personally. ...
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Why Was the One Ring Always Worn On the Forefinger?

Is there any significance to the ring-bearers, who actually put the One Ring on, wearing the One Ring on their forefingers rather than on their ring fingers in the LOTR movies? Is this a stylistic ...
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Why didn't Gollum grow old and die after he lost the One Ring to Bilbo?

Gollum had his life largely extended because he possessed the one ring. He appeared to be an old, deformed, and twisted creature. According to this list, he had the ring for 478 years. His loss of ...
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Why did all the Ringbearers leave Middle Earth in the end?

At the end of The Return of the King, Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel left Middle Earth on a ship, along with other elves. I named those five because they were all ringbearers and it ...
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What were the other Rings of Power in LOTR made of?

"One Ring to rule them all"... Is there any detail in Tolkien's work indicating what those "all" rings - for Men, Elves and Dwarves - were made of? Mithril? Platinum? Gold? Some other magical ...
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What material was the One Ring made of?

Is there any detail in Tolkien's work indicating what the One Ring was made of? Mithril? Platinum? Gold? Some other magical material?
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Why did Sinestro think that forging a yellow ring was a good idea?

In the Green Lantern film, Sinestro asks that the Guardians forge a yellow ring: Sinestro: With my own eyes, I saw this creature produce fear in our finest warriors and then feed on that fear! ...
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Were the Green Lantern rings in DC comics somehow influenced by Sauron's ring?

Reading all the recent Qs on The One Ring, I realized that I know of a similar item - the Green Lantern Ring. It also gives the wearer magical powers and more or less an identity. Is there any ...
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Were there any differences between the Rings of power given to the Dwarves and the Men?

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, Were the Seven Dwarf-destined rings actually different (aside from possibly physical fit due to finger size ...
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Why were the Elvish Rings of Power not made by Sauron?

Among all the rings of power, the 3 rings possessed by Elves are special in that they (unlike Men's and Dwarves' and The one) were made by Elves and not Sauron. Why? As in, Were they made before ...
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Why didn't Saruman take Narya from Gandalf?

We know that Gandalf was given Narya, the Ring of Fire (one of the Elven three) by Cirdan the shipwright. When Saruman imprisoned Gandalf, why did he not attempt to take the ring from him? It would ...
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How could the One Ring betray Isildur?

From Galadriel in Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring It betrayed Isildur to his death Why does Galadriel say it's a betrayal by the One Ring? Wasn't it Isildur who let it fall? How could ...
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Was the “One Ring” inscription a side effect or a feature?

We know that The One Ring had an inscription on it, revealed when heated by fire: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them Was that ...
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Why was One Ring's inscription in Tengwar?

We know that The One Ring had an inscription on it, revealed when heated by fire: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men ...
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How many wearers of the One Ring were there?

I know this is something of a list question but I hope it's allowed as it should be a definitive list with references. Who in the lord of the rings series wore the One Ring? I know that Bilbo and ...
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What happened to Isildur when he put on the One Ring?

DVK's answer to this question states that invisibility is the trait Hobbits get when wearing the One Ring, because this is an enhancement of their already stealthy nature. He also suggests that other ...
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Why Didn't Sauron Become Invisible While Wearing the One Ring?

I'm curious as to why Sauron is the only being/person shown wearing the One Ring who does not become invisible? Isildur, Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, and Samwise all become invisible while wearing the One ...
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How did Sauron remain in control of the Nazgûl?

The One Ring gave Sauron control of the Nine, yet when it was taken from him he still possessed the power to control them (or, at least he regained it towards the end of the third age). Why is this? ...
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What kind of power was hoped-for/expected to be gained from the One Ring?

Several characters tried to get hold of the One Ring on Frodo's journey to Mount Doom, some by force like Boromir, some by persuasion like Galadriel. All spoke of gaining power and using it against ...
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What happened to the “other” Rings of Power?

In the Lord of the Rings it is said "In Eregion long ago many Elven-rings were made, magic rings as you call them, and they were, course, of various kinds: some more potent and some less. The ...
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If Galadriel had claimed the One Ring, would Sauron have become her servant, or would have Galadriel become his servant?

This question was inspired by the Andres F answer to another question. In his answer he stated "we are told that if she ever took the One Ring, she would become way more powerful than Sauron ...
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What Was In the One Ring to Make It So Powerful?

In the movie version of Fellowship of the Rings, at the beginning of film, we're shown all the rings being forged, including Sauron's One Ring of power. However, there's no indication as to what ...
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Could the One Ring be destroyed in any manner besides Mount Doom?

Was there something more mystical about Mount Doom that meant another volcano wouldn't work and no matter how much energy was put into it, it would not be destroyed? A comment mentioned that not even ...
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Why did Gollum ever take off the ring in the first place?

Bilbo was able to take the ring because Gollum had taken it off. If you had the ring, and were accustomed to wearing it, why would you ever take it off anyway?