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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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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Could Aule the Smith destroy the One Ring? [closed]

I've always wondered. Sauron studied under Aule the Smith before he went evil. Assuming that the Valar would allow the Ring to come to Valinor, and assuming that none of them tried to take it, and ...
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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 ...
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What was JRR Tolkien's inspiration for the One Ring?

I was recently reading The Republic, by Plato, and when we came to the section about the ring of Gyges, my teacher claimed that this was the inspirition for the One Ring. I doubt he had any real ...
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How could Gimli strike the Ring

I was wondering why Frodo was unable to cast the One Ring into the fire but Gimli struck it with his axe during the Council of Elrond? Wouldn't any dwarf be attracted to the jewel, amplifying the ...
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Why would the elves help destroy the One Ring?

In Lord of the Rings, the rings preserve what you desire the most. The Elves have three rings preserving their kind's well-being, as well as preserving Rivendell. If the One Ring is destroyed, and ...
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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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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

Near the end of Shadow of Mordor, My question is did Celebrimbor ever
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The search for the One Ring

Was anyone looking for the One Ring (to destroy it) before Gollum or Bilbo found it? I know Sauron wasn't particularly prevalent after Isildur took the ring, but I was just curious as to whether ...
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Would the One Ring have stayed hidden if Bilbo hadn't turned up?

Gollum managed to keep the One Ring safe in his possession for over 600 years. His cave is very well hidden, the goblins living nearby appear to be unaware of it and aside from Bilbo's visit there ...
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When did the ring exercise its will?

It is said that the one ring has a will of its own and can perform certain actions impossible for inanimate objects, most notably losing itself from Gollum to Bilbo. In hindsight, you could say that ...
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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 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 to 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 didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?

When Frodo put on the One Ring, both the Nazgul and Sauron himself found Frodo. However when Bilbo had the ring and possibly used it many times, Sauron sought Gollum to get a hint on where to look for ...
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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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Why did Smeagol become addicted to the ring, when Bilbo did not?

Why did Smeagol turn into a 'creature', but not Bilbo Baggins? Deagol found the ring in a lake, Smeagol stole it and then turned into a weird creature. Bilbo did not turn into a creature when he ...
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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, ...