"One ring to rule them all..." when sauron creates the one ring does he create a "Network" among the rings of power ?

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    I'm not sure what exactly you're asking here. In what sense is the One Ring, or any of the other rings, like a computer or an operating system? Oct 30, 2014 at 17:16
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    I thought the WWW were the Palantíri.
    – Max
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:31
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    @PrahladYeri The One Ring did have influence over the other rings, including those possessed by the "good" races. That's how he twisted the Kings of Men into the Nazgul, and such. The Elven rings are, I think, the only ones outside of his control, through the powerful magic of the Elves. (And maybe something about them being hidden from him during their creation? I'm forgetting the specifics.)
    – Nerrolken
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:31
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    YOu seem to be asking about the interconnectivity between the rings. Might I sugggest: drop the connection to "the world wide web" entirely and just ask this question, describing what sort of connection you suspect they have, and asking what sort of connection really exists. If you want to assume this means that Sauron created the internet in LotR, then that is your perogative.
    – Zibbobz
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:33
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    Your question is clear and interesting for me Oct 31, 2014 at 9:31

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It's a reasonable analogy, the many rings being magically connected (like a network) and the One serving as a malicious tool to hijack the network and control it. (Although technically, the Elves would have made the "web" since they forged most of the many magic rings of the world, Sauron just would have been the hacker who took advantage of it.)

But given that the World Wide Web didn't exist in Tolkien's time, that's all it is: a modern analogy applied to the book. Not anything inherent in the story, or in the writer's intention toward our understanding of the story.

Keep in mind, even the more mundane comparisons like "the Ring is nuclear power" or "the War of the Ring was World War II" were vigorously denied by Tolkien. He wanted his stories to stand alone, applicable to other concepts (as you're doing here) but never simply taken as a re-telling or substitution.

  • concept is the function of the one ring as a part of a system and the rings as being "networked by sauron would it be a worm a virus or just an hack? Oct 30, 2014 at 17:39
  • well understood here about tolkiens lotr and his views it being WWII . Oct 30, 2014 at 17:43
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    When you're making the leap from "digital network of computers" to "magical network of rings," the distinctions between worm, virus, and hack become kind of meaningless. I'd call it a hack, since it isn't "installing" anything on the other rings, just hijacking the network to send "malicious code" (i.e. Sauron's influence) to all the "servers" (i.e. rings) on the network. I suppose the closest analogy would be that Sauron installed a backdoor into the "ring network" that allowed him admin access across all devices. But this is all a stretch.
    – Nerrolken
    Oct 30, 2014 at 17:47
  • the mirror ogfgaladrael chapter: galadrael mentionoing ehe eye of sauron that frodo saw in the mirror and both sam and frodos expearience in using the ring "seeing and feeling the eye of sauron" gives a hint of what the holders of the three rings had to deal with, we are not given information of the seven , the nine, or the lesser rings Oct 30, 2014 at 17:53

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