Why is it that more rings of this nature/power could not be made again? Are there no elven smith's left with the capability? How were the rings of power "enchanted" with their magical properties to begin with if Sauron did not directly forge them?

You would think that more would be made to aid in the battles against Sauron and his armies if someone had the capabilities to do so.

  • any future rings made would still fall under the sway of the 1 ring, after the ring is destroyed however in theory more rings could be safely made i assume, but they would be forged across the sea as the skill to do such would have left middle earth long ago. – Himarm Jan 13 '15 at 20:59
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    I think you misunderstand the purpose of the Rings of Power. They're not weapons. – user8719 Jan 13 '15 at 21:37
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    @DarthSatan - they add to the power of the person, so they are an aid in war even if they can't act as flamethrowers – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 13 '15 at 22:58
  • Yes, we know the impact Gandalf's ring had on everyone around him, heart lifter and courage giver. That is a weapon in itself. – Joel Jan 14 '15 at 13:21
  • Sauron was a maker. None could do what he could do. So for more rings like that he'd have to be the one making em. Which he did. But then, you know, you gotta get on with business. Running the evil empire and all. Can't stand around making rings till the kingdom come. – Misha R Jan 16 '15 at 10:36
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I can think of a few reasons.

  • Lack of knowledge. The elves of Eregion were the ones who crafted the rings of power. Celebrimbor alone crafted the 3 elven rings. Celebrimbor is dead, and Eregion was wiped out by Sauron. I'm sure Sauron made sure that there wasn't even a leaflet of notes on how to craft rings of power, and I'm sure a lot of knowledge was lost in death.

  • Fear of the past. You see what happened the last time they crafted rings? Didn't go so well.

  • Lack of skill. Elves created other rings of power alone for practice...they were just less potent which implies they didn't have the skill to create rings of power that Sauron was able to make(the elven rings are the exception, Celebrimbor is pretty good at stuff). All the rings of power that were relevant in second and third age were crafted with the help of Sauron...again, outside of the elven rings, crafted by Celebrimbor, who is dead.

  • Fear of the future. Who would they give the rings of power to? They were leaving ME anyways, so they weren't going to fight against Sauron. Would they give them to men? Diving into some risky business by giving men power. It's not just the fact that rings of power corrupt men, power in general corrupts men(not all men of course). Having power leads to the desire for more power. Big reason why hobbits were particularly resistant against the ring...they didn't care for the power it held.

And the reason I didn't note that the one ring would probably be able to control any rings of power created with the techniques of Sauron is because I feel like we're under the assumption that we're talking about the Third Age/War of the Ring. If it's the second age than I would say none of those points would apply because it would be psychotic to craft more rings when Sauron has the one.

  • Sauron did show the elves how to make rings of power, and all the rings were crafted starting from this technique, so even the 3 elven rings were no different in this matter. Sauron himself only made the one, probably because, as it must be remembered, that the maker of the ring must "embed" a part of his own power in the ring, even Sauron was subject to this. So, creating a ring is not only risky business, it's also an exhausting business. But you're right, nobody knew how to make them anyway after the craftsmen of Eregion were dead, except Sauron himself. – Joel Jan 14 '15 at 13:30
  • This is getting into speculation, but it is not impossible that every member of the Gwaith-i-Mirdain (smiths of Eregion) were killed. Elrond did take some survivors of Eregion to Rivendell, and they certainly could have the smiths who reforged Narsil. Though whether they could have made more rings (if they had wanted to) is another question. – suchiuomizu Jan 15 '15 at 3:46

Apart from the other reasons why more weren't made, Saruman actually forged his own ring of power. It was discussed in this question: What is the significance of Saruman's Ring?

In July 3018, Saruman set a trap for Gandalf, using the Brown Wizard, Radagast, to lure him to Orthanc. When Gandalf came, Saruman revealed his rebellion sporting a newly made ring of his own, and vestments of many shifting colors. When Gandalf refused to join him, Saruman made him a prisoner atop the tower. In September Gandalf was able to escape by Eagle from the tower and return to the north.

Emphasis: mine

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