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Rings seem to be rather important in The Lord Of The Rings, but what do magical rings do in general? I don't mean the side effects of wearing the One Ring (invisibility, long life span) but the intended effects of rings. Based on Saruman's creation of his own Ring, they can't all be for the purpose of enslaving the races of Middle-Earth. Reading this article on the Rings of Power suggest they help the wearer become awesome at tasks that the wearer would try and undertake normally (Dwarves gathering money, Gandalf's helping him lead).

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  • @MattGutting I looked at that but those only focus on the Rings given by Sauron and I was hoping to encompass others (like Saruman's) as well. – Daniel Aug 7 '14 at 13:29
  • @Daniel I don't believe Saruman has a magic ring. At least not one of the 9, 7, 3 or 1 – Liath Aug 7 '14 at 14:28
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    @Liath --- Saruman makes a ring of his own, but I don't think its powers (if any) are ever made clear. – Ian Thompson Aug 7 '14 at 14:35
  • The only rings beyond those that are mentioned are the "lesser Elven-rings" that Gandalf describes to Frodo (in "The Shadow of the Past"). He describes them as "essays in the craft" and doesn't say anything else about them. – Matt Gutting Aug 7 '14 at 15:20