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 by saying this I have likely doomed it to being labeled as one).

What are the 'powers' of the twenty Rings of Power? For one thing, the One made its wearer invisible and quasi - immortal. The Nine, I think, made their wearers invisible only when they chose to be when they were still human. But that's all I know about their powers.

I'm not asking about their corrupting influence, nor am I asking about what was done (for example; The Seven let the Dwarves build their wealth but made them greedy, I get that, but how did those rings increase the treasure troves? Did they generate gold? Did they make the Dwarf Lords just that lucky when choosing mining spots?).

To reiterate my question, what powers did the rings give their wearers?

  • Here's an answer that says something about what Gandalf used his ring for. It doesn't cite the books though.
    – Molag Bal
    Mar 14, 2016 at 23:19
  • @Richard That just tells me that the rings helped get them their wealth. It doesn't tell me how the rings managed this. They have the mountains of treasure because of the rings, but how did the rings get that for them?
    – Anonymía
    Mar 14, 2016 at 23:29
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    @Anonymía - If you feel that the present question hasn't attracted the answers you want, the appropriate actions are to a) Post comments asking for additional info. Most users will be happy to oblige or b) Post a bounty explaining that the existing answers have insufficient info.
    – Valorum
    Mar 14, 2016 at 23:31
  • @Richard Alright then, and I appreciate your help: My uncertainty lies in the fact that the 'true power' of the rings are not known. By true power, I mean the defining attributes they give their bearers, which is described cryptically. For example, The Nine's true powers are not clear, but the bearers of The Nine were described as 'using' the rings to become grand kings and sorcerers, so The Nine clearly had some power besides invisibility if they could attain such stature for their bearers when used (did they give heightened charisma, or mind - control, or 'transported' them into kingship?).
    – Anonymía
    Mar 14, 2016 at 23:43
  • And another thing; Galadriel apparently used her ring to 'create and sustain' Lothlorien. So did the ring 'conjure' up a city, or maybe levitated the stones to build it? Or did simply having the Ring of Water make her so intimidating that people just went ahead and built it for her? Also, Gandalf had the Ring of Fire, and described himself as a servant of the 'secret fire' and welding a 'flame of Anor' when he fought Durin's Bane, so did the ring enhance his Maiar power to the point where hue could slay such a demon?
    – Anonymía
    Mar 14, 2016 at 23:51