Any of a large number of magical rings in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. This tag should only be used for questions about Tolkien's writings

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Did Sauron hold the 7 and the 9?

In The Lord of the Rings Galadriel refers to Sauron as the holder of the 7 and the 9. But it also says in the appendices that dragons had consumed some. Is there a definitive answer to this ...
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Did Sauron know who held the other two elven rings?

In Book II: The Ring Goes South, chapter 7, Galadriel states that Sauron is only starting to suspect that she is holding one of the three great elf rings, Nenya. How about the other two rings? ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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Why didn't the dwarves become ringwraithes? [duplicate]

The humans became ringwraithes, because they were easily corruptible, I think. The elves didn't because they made their own rings. Or at least I'm assuming that's the reason they didn't. As far as I ...
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Why did the Elvish Rings of Power lose their power? [duplicate]

The wiki for Nenya says of the 3 elvish rings, Their existence was hidden from Sauron, so they were untouched by his evil. It also says, After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat ...
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The message inscribed on the One Ring. What does this line mean?

The second last line of the message reads: One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them What exactly does this mean? By them, I'm assuming it's referring to the humans, elves and ...
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Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Sauron seems to have quite a bit of power while he does not have the ring. What does the one ring in his possession allow him to do that he cannot without it? He still controls thousands of orcs, ...
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Why are more rings of power not forged?

Why is it that more rings of this nature/power could not be made again? Are there no elven smith's left with the capability? How were the rings of power "enchanted" with their magical properties to ...
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Gandalf different approach towards magic rings in Hobbit Movie 3 and LotR Movie 1

My concern is only about the movies: In The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the end of the movie, Gandalf says that he knows that Bilbo had a magic ring but he let Bilbo keep the ring. Why did ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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Why didn't Círdan give Narya to another Elf-lord?

I just answered the question Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Maiar? and in the course of writing up my answer it occurred to me that there's no real reason for Círdan have given his Ring to a ...
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Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Istari? [duplicate]

Why did Cirdan choose Gandalf to wear Narya, of all the Istari? The reasoning for why he gave the ring at all doesn't seem to uniquely qualify Gandalf as the best recipient, unless Cirdan was being ...
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Dwarf rings unaccounted for?

The Dwarf Rings are being mentioned at the start of LOTR but no mention is made of them elsewhere despite the nine and three gathering heaps of attention. While the dwarfs of ME are renowned for ...
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Were the Rings of Power at all connected before the One “bound” them?

While considering a recent question, I realized that I may not have fully understood something about the creation of the Rings of Power: were they (the 3, the 7, the 9, and even the lesser rings) at ...
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Why were the Three Elven Rings subject to Sauron's will?

It is my understanding that Celebrimbor forged the Three Rings of Power, and that Sauron had no part in the creation of those rings. So why is it he was able to control them. I thought that all the ...
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What do rings in The Lord of the Rings do? [duplicate]

Rings seem to be rather important in The Lord Of The Rings, but what do magical rings do in general? I don't mean the side effects of wearing the One Ring (invisibility, long life span) but the ...
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What is the Witch King of Angmar's ring?

What would be the name of the Witch King's ring? Elrond, Aragorn and many others have rings that are 'named', so what would the Witch King's be? What does the Witch King's ring look like? Include a ...
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What are the powers shown by the Rings of Power?

We all know that "almost every creature" who puts on the One ring became invisible and that the creator (Sauron) can use it to control the other rings. But the other rings: The Nine The Seven The ...
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Is there a significance to the number of rings given to each race? [duplicate]

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In ...
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What race is Sauron and was he involved in the creation of the rings of power?

Okay, from my understanding, the Elves were the ones who made the Rings of Power, but who specifically made them? Were they just created by blacksmiths or was Sauron involved in their creation too? ...
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In the inscription of the One Ring, what or who does “them all” refer to?

Recall that Sauron has inscribed the One Ring with the following words. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In this ...
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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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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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Is the ring poem slightly inaccurate? Who wrote it?

It is clear that the three Elven rings were not made by Sauron. The inscription on the One Ring, made by Sauron, was in some way related to its power, even if we cannot say if it was by fancy (it ...
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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 ...