The One Ring, created by Sauron, is the most powerful of the Rings Of Power in Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings saga. Imbibed with Sauron's powers, the Ring rules over the lesser magical rings mentioned in its secret inscription.

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Why didn't Gandalf take Frodo with him to Isengard?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, why didn’t Gandalf take Frodo (and the Ring of Power) with him to Isengard? Since Gandalf was unaware that Saruman had joined forces with Sauron, why wouldn’t he want ...
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How does Gandalf know that the Ring had previously been called precious?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: It [the ring] has been called that [precious] before, but not by you. But we know that, at that time, Gandalf didn’t know whether that ring was the ...
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Could sombody use the Ring to control or influence Sauron or the Nazgul?

The book makes it quite clear that the One Ring could control the bearers of the lesser rings. We also know that Sauron had recaptured at least one of the seven dwarvish rings, presumably to use ...
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Did the Ring give Sauron any powers apart from controlling the other rings of power? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated multiple times while he was in possession of the Ring. What does the Ring actually allow Sauron to do that he could not do without it? Did it make him more powerful in battle? Did ...
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What does one do with a Ring of Power? [duplicate]

I've looked over multiple different questions, and they either dealt with something similar, or gave frustratingly vague answers. So I'm certain that my question is not technically a duplicate (though ...
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LOTR: Frodo's ultimate fate after sailing to Valinor [duplicate]

We know that Frodo suffered greatly after the destruction of the one ring and, with the intervention of Arwen and Gandalf, sailed away to Valinor to be healed if he could be. In Letter #246, Tolkien ...
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Was Gollum the key to destroying the Ring?

It seems that the Ring took control over Frodo, and he used it instead of throwing it to lava. It was destroyed by pushing Gollum, who was holding the Ring, into the lava. Does it mean that Frodo ...
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Why doesn't the “One Ring” make itself impossible to remove?

The "One Ring" seemed capable of changing its size, which is why Frodo wore it on a chain around his neck - to keep from accidentally losing it in the same way it was lost to Gollum. The Ring seems ...
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Why not encase the One Ring in solid metal?

In the Lord of the Rings, the One Ring corrupts the people near it, and it seems to have a stronger effect on anyone who sees it or touches it. Sauron and the Ring Wraiths also seem to be able to ...
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Was it the ring that gave Sauron all of his strength? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated by Isildur but he did not die. I suppose because the ring was taken from him but it was not destroyed. Having lost the ring how did he begin to gain power again? Did the ring have ...
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What is the One Ring's theme?

In the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy we hear this haunting piece (especially at 0:45) each time the One Ring is about to make it's presence felt. It's a powerful audio cue to the viewer, and is sometimes ...
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Why didn't the Fellowship throw the One Ring into some other volcano? [duplicate]

As I understand it, there were two things that could hypothetically destroy the One Ring: dragonfire and lava in a volcano. Unfortunately, the last dragon was killed before the events of Lord of the ...
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Why didn't Sauron make another ring to replace the One Ring? [duplicate]

When Sauron returned to Mordor, he had his forge, Mount Doom, and probably all of the tools that he has used to make the One Ring, so why didn't he just create a second Ring? Was it because he put too ...
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Why could Sauron only detect the One Ring if someone wore it? [duplicate]

As has been noted in many instances Sauron was searching for the One Ring and it has been subtly suggested that the ring itself was trying to get back to Sauron. That's why it deserted Gollum after ...
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Why was the One Ring of Sauron unadorned?

In this question we learn a great deal about the differences between the rings of power in Middle Earth. Here it's also quoted: "The Nine, the Seven, and the Three," he said, "had each their ...
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Why didn't Gandalf carry the Ring in Maiar form?

I understand that the Istari - the only other Maiar besides the Balrog to come into close proximity to the Ring - are constrained within a mortal body and subject to its mortal weaknesses, which ...
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Was the Sword of Kahless inspired by the One Ring?

Appearance-wise, the Sword of Kahless, as seen in the eponymous Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, looks nothing like the One Ring: But in terms of their effect on the holder, they are quite ...
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Did Gandalf know Bilbo had the One Ring?

From the movie, you can see that Gandalf knows Bilbo found something special during their adventure, but Bilbo did not tell him the truth in the end, nor did Gandalf pursue it. His final words seem to ...
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When did Frodo use the Ring for the first time?

The first time I can remember is right after Tom Bombadil tried it without becoming invisible, but I'm not sure. He had already possessed the Ring for many years at that point, so I guess he might ...
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Would Gandalf be invisible if he wore the One Ring?

If Gandalf wears the One Ring, will he be invisible? Or will he master it and be visible? Maybe I should ask: is there a chance that the "invisibility" effect of the Ring is a side effect of ...
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Since Boromir wanted the One ring so badly, why didn't he volunteer to take it during the Council of Elrond?

So I'm currently reading through the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time and this question has popped into my head. Boromir clearly desperately wanted the ring, as evidenced by him trying to ...
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Why was Sauron afraid of anyone finding the ring? [duplicate]

Since the ring was only able to be controlled by Sauron, why would he be afraid of someone else wielding it? Everyone, even the most powerful beings, admitted they couldn't use it. Yes, this ...
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Did the Ring in fact affect Tom Bombadil?

'Show me the precious Ring!' he said suddenly in the midst of the story: and Frodo, to his own astonishment, drew out the chain from his pocket, and unfastening the Ring handed it at once to Tom. ...
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Other than Sauron, Gollum, Frodo and Bilbo, did anyone ever possess the One Ring for long enough to be affected by it?

Other than the four characters mentioned in the title, did anyone ever have the ring in their possession for an extended period of time? Long enough that it began to affect them mentally or ...
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Was Sam ever affected by the Ring? [duplicate]

Of the Ring-bearers since Isildur, we have: Gollum, on whom the Ring's influence was strongest: it caused him to murder his best friend almost as soon as they found it, and turned him into a ...
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What would happen if the Ents got the One Ring?

I read this post from Tumblr via Imgur: My son wanted to know what would happen if an Ent got the One Ring. Something violent, probably. Stones will break, and roots will squeeze, ...
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Why does the One Ring make the wearer's clothes invisible?

The One Ring turns the person wearing it invisible. Is there an explanation of how it does this? It appears that direct contact with the skin activates the Ring's invisibility effects; why would it ...
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Why does the Ring have such an obsessive possessive effect?

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, we see in Bilbo and Frodo and, to a more extreme extent, Gollum, all bearers of the one ring, that they become extremely possessive of the ring and do ...
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Did Tolkien borrow some of the Ring's properties from the Silmarils?

In The Lord of the Rings, the One Ring has many powers which make it incredibly dangerous to anyone who holds it, or even comes within close proximity to it. It inspires jealousy, possessiveness, ...
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What is Tolkien trying to say in this letter?

In a draft of a letter, later recorded as #246, Tolkien makes a strange statement. I am interested in the first few sentences of the letter, but I will include the remainder for the sake of context. ...
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Why were Elrond and Isildur the only ones who went to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom?

Elrond's version of the tale of Isildur's Bane is particularly striking, as (in the movies) he is depicted as standing by the fires of Mount Doom watching in horror as Isildur refuses to destroy the ...
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Why not use the Ring?

I'm wondering if the Council ever, if briefly, considered using the Ring. At the Council of Elrond it is clearly "accepted" that the Ring is evil and will corrupt the wearer, but wouldn't a corrupt ...
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They defeated a ring-bearing Sauron once, why couldn't they do it again?

Why did everyone believe that if Sauron reclaimed the One Ring the world would succumb to him, just like that? Didn't he already fail twice in attempts at world domination, and once even while ...
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Why did Bilbo hide the ring?

When Bilbo escapes from the goblin caves in The Hobbit he doesn't tell anyone about the ring on purpose. They wanted to know all about his adventures after they lost him, and he sat down and told ...
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Why could Sauron not sense the ring? [duplicate]

If like 99% of Saurons' lifeforce was in the ring then why could Sauron not sense the ring wherever it were even if no one did wear it? Or how could he not sense it when Frodo was right in front of ...
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What does Galadriel mean by “All shall love me and despair”?

In Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo offers Galadriel the Ring, she loses control of herself and exclaims: And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord ...
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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

As I have mentioned before, I am only reading the LotR books for the first time right now, and I am only halfway through the second book at the moment, so my knowledge of the third book is based ...
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How did Gollum physically change after finding the Ring?

To be clear, I don't mean "by what means did the Ring physically change Gollum?", but rather "what were the overall physical changes affected on Gollum by his experiences after he found the Ring?". ...
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What did Sauron mean when he “talked” to Pippin?

When Pippin... um... 'borrows' the Palantir taken from Orthanc, he hears (for lack of a better word) Sauron say the following in his head: Tell Saruman that this dainty is not for him. I will send ...
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How had Saruman “cheated” Sauron?

In the book The Two Towers, when Gandalf confronts Saruman after Isengard is destroyed, Gandalf urges Saruman to surrender, more or less, and lists the reasons why he should do so: Isengard is in ...
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Why not send the Ring to the Undying Lands? [duplicate]

This is sort of a multi-part question that adds up to one larger question: Can Sauron get to the Undying Lands? (another question seems to have produced the answer to this - "No") Is the One Ring ...
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When Frodo offers her the ring, is Galadriel really tempted, or just making a point?

(Question sparked by discussion on Why does Frodo follow Galadriel and offer her the ring?) When Frodo suggests that Galadriel should take the ring, she appears tempted: she gives a vision of the ...
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Timespan of events occurring in Middle Earth [duplicate]

I haven't read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, I have just watched the movies. I want to know the timeline for events as per the movies. I want to know the exact timespan between the ...
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What would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...
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How was Boromir going to use the One Ring? [duplicate]

During the course of the Lord of the Rings, many people suggest using the One Ring against Sauron, for example Boromir, who proposes using it to defend Gondor. Likewise, more knowing characters such ...
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Why don't the Valar do anything about the One Ring? [duplicate]

After reading the Silmarillion, I wondered why the Valar, being near-gods, don't do anything about Sauron. They certainly possess the power; without Morgoth, Sauron is just in his shadow. At least Eru ...
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How were all the men able to resist the ring when they saw it at the Council of Elrond?

It was just sitting right there and they seemed OK with it; quite unlike the raging temptation the One Ring is made out to be (especially to men). They all stayed pretty chill. What gives?
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Did Sauron know the hobbit Ringbearers' identities?

If I recall correctly, it was Gollum's arrival in Mordor and spilling of various beans that allowed Sauron to know Bilbo had taken the Ring. But I can't see how he could have been told that it had ...
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Were the Nazgul invisible to Sauron when he did not wear the Ring?

When speaking about the Nazgul the Silmarillion states And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. Does this mean that ...
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If one of the Ring-wraiths found the One Ring, shouldn't they be able to break free from Sauron's control?

We are told that Sauron achieved control over the nine men because they wore the nine rings of power and the ruling ring controls the other rings and their wearers.So, if a Nazgul would find the One ...