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).

What were the benefits - both planned and realized - of giving the Seven Rings to Dwarves?


I don't have my copy to hand, so I can't give a direct quote but one specific use that he later had was to try to bribe the dwarves for information by giving them the rings of power he held, and I believe it was generally understood that the rings were the source of great wealth to their bearers.

In particular, this was conveyed by Gloin at the council in Rivendell in book 2, that the messenger of Sauron wanted information about the Shire and Bilbo, and the One Ring, and offered "gifts/rings as he gave of old".

  • The dwarven rings are the "gifts of old" in this case, so even if Sauron had offered a captured one to Gloin, Gloin could not have been the original dwarf lord wearing the ring.
    – SteveED
    Dec 11 '12 at 2:34
  • Understood, which is why I said "use that he later had". Also, the ring was (probably) offered to Dain, King under the mountain, rather than Gloin (again, my copy is not to hand, but I think it was with Dain that the messenger of Sauron spoke). Dec 11 '12 at 3:16

The same thing Sauron wanted with the other Rings: Complete domination of middle earth.

TolkienGateway.net wiki - Rings of Power

His original plan is most obvious in the Rings of Men, which slowly corrupted the users until they were fully under his power. He wanted to do the same with the elves and dwarves.

The dwarves were not dominated, so the rings corrupted them by making them greedy, xenophobic and territorial. These are traits Sauron could also find useful.

The dwarven rings influence was that the dwarves stayed mostly out of the way of his other plans. The dwarves also caused endless trouble to the elves during the 3rd age, and that could be a useful side effect of the greed.

Four rings were destroyed by dragons, probably sent by Sauron. Sauron recaptured the other three dwarven rings, and presumably most of the dwarven treasure with them.

  • "complete domination" sounds pretty vague. Are there specific canon examples of what he intended the Rings to do explicitly? Did the rings achieve something canonically tangible that directly aided him? Dec 9 '12 at 19:54
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    Direct cannon evidence about the dwarven rings is limited to the LOTR appendices, the Silmarillion and a few other minor sources. Canonically, the rings made the dwarf lords obsessed with collecting treasure to the exclusion of everything else, like helping fight Sauron. I believe Gandalf says something to this effect this in the first book, but I can't find the reference at the moment.
    – SteveED
    Dec 9 '12 at 20:24
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    Indeed, additionally, it is mentioned that the "exclusion of everything else" led to a lack of offspring in the dwarves, where they would not have children, and thus their numbers dwindled, making them weaker with every generation. Dec 10 '12 at 6:30
  • @CodeWarrior: I'd love a citation for that...
    – Charles
    Dec 18 '14 at 1:57
  • @Charles I don't have a LotR citation, but secondary citations. I did some searching through online copies of the LotR and Silmarillion but could not find a specific reference off-hand, but hopefully these may lead you to them: Wikipedia - Wikia.LotR - Tolkien Gateway Dec 18 '14 at 3:41

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