Created by the Dark Lord Sauron, The One Ring is the most powerful of the Rings Of Power in JRR Tolkiens Lord Of The Rings saga. Imbibed with Saurons powers, the ring rules over the lesser magic rings mentioned in its secret inscription.

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Why not let a dwarf carry the One Ring to Mount Doom, since their will cannot be dominated by the rings of power?

As we know, the dwarves did not succumb to the seven rings as men did to the nine - it merely made them even more greedy, stubborn and wrathful: For the Dwarves had proved untameable by this ...
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Who came to know Gollum had once possessed the One Ring?

Related: Sauron, Gollum, and the Ring I've always found it interesting that Gollum possessed the One Ring for approximately five hundred years without Sauron sniffing it out; it seems actual talk of ...
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Why is Gandalf upset when Frodo sees the script on the One Ring?

Recently I watched the first Lord the of the Rings movie, Fellowship of the Ring. Gandalf takes a envelope and throws in the fire, and picks it up and gives it to Frodo and asks him if he can see any ...
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Why didn’t they just take the ring to Valinor?

At the end of ‘The Return of the King’, Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and others boarded a boat and left Middle-earth for Valinor. Is there any canon explanation why they couldn’t just take the ring there in ...
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What Kept Gollum Alive After Losing the Ring? [duplicate]

The rings of power (or maybe just the one ring) prolongs life but does not increase it. This allowed Gollum to live way beyond a normal lifespan which is explained in the lore. However he loses the ...
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What would an orc do if it found the One Ring?

If an orc found the One Ring, would it try to use it? Or were the orcs "programmed" to turn it over to Sauron?
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What was more powerful - the power of the ring or the willpower of Gandalf and Aragorn?

I have not read the book but have seen the movie. The ring almost tries to possess everyone like Boromir, Sam, Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, etc. But why does it never affect Gandalf and Aragorn. Was it weak ...
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Why didn't the One Ring abandon Bilbo like it abandoned Gollum?

The One Ring abandoned Gollum, expecting to be found by an orc but when Bilbo found it, why didn't it then abandon Bilbo? It could have easily fallen off when he was squeezing through the gate after ...
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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Why was the One Ring so fascinating?

In Lord of the Rings, why was the One Ring so fascinating? I mean, each and every person (or Hobbit) wanted to have it when they saw it. Even Frodo, who had the ultimate task of destroying the ring, ...
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Is the One Ring a part of Sauron's Soul

Is The One Ring not just an object that holds a part(or most of) Sauron's power but rather also a part of his soul? (similar to Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in Harry Potter). Sauron almost dies when his ...
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What are the exact powers of the rings/One Ring?

I have not read the Lord of the Rings series, but I love the movies. The only power that I have caught in them is the ability to turn invisible, which Bilibo shows in the FOTR. Throughout the entire ...
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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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Why was the One Ring such a problem?

According to the poem: 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 ...
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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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Why were the effects of the ring instant for Smeagol and not for Bilbo? [duplicate]

I am wondering why after Smeagol first saw the ring, without even touching it, he was immediately prepared to kill his friend to get it. Bilbo had the ring for many years and yet he was willing to ...
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Would the One Ring created by Sauron make a mortal creature immortal?

The One Ring extended Gollum/Sméagol's life and vitality by 478 years and Bilbo's vitality by 60 years. Did it have the power to make them truly immortal if they had kept it, or did it just grossly ...
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Can Smaug melt the One Ring?

From The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past", we know that Gandalf told Frodo: there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough ...
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Why was Frodo not allowed wear the Ring before Rivendell but was allowed after?

Following on from "Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?" and it's (possible) dublicate "Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood ...
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Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves? [duplicate]

Currently reading The Hobbit to my daughter, and we came to the Barrels out of Bond chapter where the Dwarves are captured and imprisoned by the Wood Elves. Bilbo sneaks in with his magic ring of ...
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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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Why did Sauron keep Mount Doom alive after forging of the One Ring?

Sauron knew that the one ring would be destroyed ONLY in mount doom where it was forged. Why did he keep mount doom alive? Wasn't the risk of keeping mount doom too high? From Sauron's perspective, ...
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Why do Bilbo and Frodo gain access to Valinor?

It's been quite some time since I read the actual books but in the movies at least at the end Frodo and Bilbo are granted passage on the last ship out of the Grey Havens to Valinor. As I understand ...
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Would the One Ring even work for anyone but Sauron?

The temptation of the One Ring, we quickly learn, is always tied up with power: each character's fantasies of possessing it seem to be about what they would do with great power. Even Sam, as I ...
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Was the Smeagol/Gollum dynamic a product of the Ring, or loneliness?

Is there any indication about whether the split-personality relationship between Smeagol and Gollum was a direct result of the Ring's influence? Obviously it had an incredibly powerful effect on him, ...
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How did Bilbo Baggins find the one ring exactly?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, it explains how Bilbo got the ring: Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by ...
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Why are the fires of Mount Doom specifically required to destroy the One Ring? [duplicate]

All the volcanoes in middle earth are a throw back to Melkor trying to trash middle earth (executive summary of this answer). Would any other volcano contain enough 'power' from Melkor to do ...
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What is the 'babelfish effect' when Bilbo puts on the Ring and understands the spiders?

In the movie Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, the band enter Mirkwood and are attacked by giant spiders. In the movie - the spiders appear to 'chitter' to one another. After Bilbo puts on the Ring, ...
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Why does Smaug smell the ring (when it was invisible) and refer to it as 'precious'?

In Jackson's Hobbit Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo stands near Smaug as he wakes up and puts on the ring to become invisible. From what we can see, Smaug doesn't lay eyes on the ring. Whilst Yet Smaug ...
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Sauron, Gollum, and the ring

How did Sauron know to torture Gollum on the whereabouts of the ring? We know that Gollum said "Baggins" and "Shire" while being tortured, but why did they think he might know in the first place?
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What happens if someone dies while wearing the One Ring?

In the Hobbit story at the battle of five armies, a stone hit Bilbo in head and he faints away while wearing the One Ring. Since he was wearing the ring all the time during the battle, he remained ...
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Why didn't Elrond or Círdan take the ring from Isildur by force and destroy it?

'Alas! yes,’ said Elrond. 'Isildur took it, as should not have been. It should have been cast then into Orodruin’s fire nigh at hand where it was made. But few marked what Isildur did. He alone ...
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Why did Sauron blow up if he only had his fingers cut off?

In the Lord of the Rings why did Sauron blow up when he only had his fingers cut off?
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How much did Tolkien write about the worshippers of Sauron? The Easterlings, the Harad, the Khand

Watching The Lord of the Rings movies I was really captivated by the elephant riders and the men in brazen scale armor who aided the orcs against the forces of Gondor and Rohan. From what I ...
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What is the point of Sauron making the One Ring?

Why would Sauron make himself a ring that he invested most of his power in? Wouldn't it be better to keep the power in his physical form and not risk leaving his power in a physical form that could be ...
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Would Smaug have been able to identify and claim the One Ring?

Reputed to be intimately familiar with every last item within his hoard, Smaug instantly noticed the theft of a relatively inconsequential cup by Bilbo Baggins. Had he been able to defeat the barrel ...
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Aftermath of the destruction of the Ring [duplicate]

Were there any major events or stories that happened after the destruction of the Ring or was that the final storyline of Tolkien?
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What was Boromir or his father thinking about the One Ring?

How could the One Ring help them? Leaving aside the evil inside the One Ring, how could the One Ring bring any help to Gondor? It seems that one of the useful powers of the One Ring is that it could ...
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Was Gandalf ignorant of the effects of Frodo having the ring for 17 years?

In an answer of mine for the question 'Who are all the characters to have touched The One Ring?', someone astutely asked 'how come?' Was Gandalf aware of the Rings' effects on a holder before ...
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What would happen if a Barrow-Wight had taken the One Ring and why didn't they?

When the Hobbits are take by the Barrow-Wights, they are all held in a barrow and are unconscious for a time and both they and the Ring are at the mercy of the Barrow-Wights. This event is clearly ...
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Range of invisibility of the One Ring

In The Hobbit, the One Ring turned Bilbo invisible (more or less completely) along with his clothing, armour, etc. However, one passage in chapter 8 suggests that this power did not extend to his ...
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Did the One Ring choose Sméagol over Déagol?

Did the One Ring "choose" Sméagol over Déagol while they fought over it? Did it intentionally seduce Sméagol perhaps because he was less innocent than Déagol?
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Who are all the characters to have touched The One Ring?

Who are all the characters in The Lord of the Rings to have touched The One Ring, actually worn it on their fingers, or otherwise had it in their possession (even for a brief period of time)? Please ...
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Who are the rest of members at Elrond's Council?

In Peter Jackson's film The Fellowship of the Ring, when the Council of Elrond takes place it shows a total of 22 members: We all know the names of the ones who were part of the Fellowship, but I ...
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If Gollum had the one ring so long, how did he not have more power?

Is it as simple as "he didn't know what to do with it"?
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…and in “The Darkness” bind them: Is this referring to Melkor's brand of 'not mere lack of light' darkness?

"One ring to bring them all.. and in The Darkness bind them" For the longest time, I thought this was simply a metaphor for evil. But I discovered recently that Morgoth generated a special sort of ...
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Why Did Sauron Believe Pippin Had the One Ring?

When Pippin looked into the Palantir of Orthanc, why did Sauron believe Pippen was the ring bearer? I'm just a couple of chapters into The Return of the King, and it isn't clear to me from the movie, ...
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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 ...