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Questions tagged [rings-of-power]

The Rings of Power are twenty magical rings in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, most notably the One Ring which also has its own tag.

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How does Gandalf know that dragon-fire might be able to melt the rings of power, but not the One Ring?

In Fellowship of the Ring "The Shadow of the Past", Frodo asks about destroying the One Ring. Gandalf says: It has been said that dragon-fire could melt and consume the rings of power but there is ...
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Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like?

Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like? Is there any known descriptions of all the Rings of Power. If not which rings have been described as to what they looked like? The Rings of Power ...
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What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring?

What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring? I'm talking about the 9 given to the kings of Men and the 7 rings given to the Dwarves (3 destroyed by dragons, 4 recovered by ...
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Do the Nine Kings of Men still wear the rings after turning into Nazgûl? [duplicate]

Sauron gave several rings of power to many species that inhabited Middle Earth. The men were the most gullible and had been transformed into wraiths that are loyal to Sauron. After this transformation,...
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Why didn't the Hobbits receive any magic rings? [duplicate]

When the Rings of Power were being handed out, the only races that were given magic rings were the Men, Elves and Dwarves. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the ...
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How did Sauron continue to hold the Nine after he was defeated in the Second Age?

The Nazgûl appeared during the Second Age. Long after that, Númenor was destroyed along with Sauron's physical form, and relatively shortly after that, Sauron was again vanquished by Isildur and his ...
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If somebody stole the nine rings from Sauron, could that person control the Ringwraiths?

This came up in the comments to another question. According to Letter #246 of J. R. R. Tolkien, Sauron ... still through their nine rings (which he held) had primary control of their wills. (...
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Could Sauron have created new Ringwraiths?

By the time of the War of the Ring, Sauron had retrieved and now held in his possession the Nine Rings of Men and (at least some of) the Seven Dwarven Rings. Since the Ringwraiths no longer possessed ...
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Are the Valar vulnerable to the One Ring?

We know that the One Ring would have corrupted any mortal (humans, dwarves, hobbits, etc) or Elf who claimed it. Only Gandalf or another Maia (Saruman, say, or Radagast) could even have tried to wrest ...
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What does Sauron want to do with the three Elvish Rings and why?

On the One Ring there is an inscription: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. What does "bind them" mean in this context ...
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Why would the Ringbearers wear their rings during the Fellowships' Quest at the risk of Sauron regaining the one ring?

This question is similar but not entirely the same. It seems to me that the bearers of the elven rings ran a great risk by wearing their rings whilst Frodo trekked to Mordor. If at any time Frodo ...
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How did Sauron learn of the Three?

My understanding of ring lore is that Sauron, disguised as Annatar, Lord of Gifts, taught Celebrimbor and the elves of Eregion how to make rings of power, and together they made the Seven and the Nine....
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What were the names of the seven rings of power held by the Dwarves in LoTR?

The seven rings were given to the dwarves of seven clans: Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Blacklocks, Stonefoots. What were the names of the rings given to them?
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What happened to the dwarves and elves that received rings?

If I remember correctly, Sauron is said to have crafted three rings of power for the elf leaders, seven for the dwarf kings and nine for the human lords. The human kings were corrupted and turned into ...
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Could Narya abandon Gandalf?

In the fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: A Ring of Power looks after itself, Frodo. It may slip off treacherously, but its keeper never abandons it. Does this mean that the other rings would ...
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Why did Sauron not have control of the three rings before the Great War?

Elrond said during the council that if Sauron gets the One Ring back, he will have full control of those who have the three rings. But why did Sauron not already have control of them before the Great ...
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Why would Sauron want the one ring back? (Canon reference?) [duplicate]

So, question should say everything, but I'll detail what answer I'm looking for. Including the "Rings of Power" that were forged by the elves under Sauron's guidance: 3 Rings for the Elves 7 Rings ...
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What does one do with a Ring of Power? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Why were the three rings allowed to go to the Undying Land?

The One Ring, it is said, would not be allowed in Valinor, but the three rings, Narya, Nenya and Vilya, crafted by Celebrimbor (who learned the skill from Sauron) were allowed to travel West. All went ...
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How does a mortal use a ring of power to full effect?

I ask this mainly because mortals turn invisible when they use any ring of power, also Frodo in the two towers book says to Smeagol something along the lines of "If I were to put the ring on you ...
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Why didn't Sauron make another ring to replace the One Ring? [duplicate]

When Sauron returned to Mordor, he had his forge, Mount Doom, and probably all of the tools that he has used to make the One Ring, so why didn't he just create a second Ring? Was it because he put too ...
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What happened to the Witch King's Ring? [duplicate]

After the battle when the Witch King of Angmar was defeated his helm and clothing remain. At this point he either died or dissipated into a bodiless form. If he was wearing one of the Nine Rings, ...
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What are the “Powers” quoted by Gandalf to Frodo in “The Shadows of the Past”?

We know that the Valar are also called Powers of the World. In The Fellowship, chapter II - The Shadows of the Past, we see Gandalf talking to Frodo: But there is only one Power in this world that ...
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Was the ring Narya ever intended to be passed to a mortal?

The ring Narya was one of three made by the Elvish prince Celebrimbor with the aid of Sauron. This particular ring was described as having the following abilities: To inspire and invoke courage from ...
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Did Celebrimbor actually give Durin a ring of power personally?

In dwarven legend, the dwarves swear that the greatest of the 7 dwarven rings was given to Durin by Celebrimbor rather than Sauron. If he did how could Celebrimbor (when captured by Sauron personally) ...
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Did Sauron hold the 7 and the 9?

In The Lord of the Rings Galadriel refers to Sauron as the holder of the 7 and the 9. But it also says in the appendices that dragons had consumed some. Is there a definitive answer to this ...
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Did Sauron know who held the other two elven rings?

In Book II: The Ring Goes South, chapter 7, Galadriel states that Sauron is only starting to suspect that she is holding one of the three great elf rings, Nenya. How about the other two rings? Did ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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Did Sauron keep the rings given to the Nazgul because he didn't have the one?

Sauron was said to have kept the 9 rings given to the Nazgul. I read an article which claimed if the Nazgul had their rings they would have been even greater in power. If this is true, why would ...
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Why didn't the dwarves become ringwraithes? [duplicate]

The humans became ringwraithes, because they were easily corruptible, I think. The elves didn't because they made their own rings. Or at least I'm assuming that's the reason they didn't. As far as I ...
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Why did the Elvish Rings of Power lose their power? [duplicate]

The wiki for Nenya says of the 3 elvish rings, Their existence was hidden from Sauron, so they were untouched by his evil. It also says, After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat of ...
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The message inscribed on the One Ring. What does this line mean?

The second last line of the message reads: One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them What exactly does this mean? By them, I'm assuming it's referring to the humans, elves and ...
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Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle-earth? [duplicate]

Sauron seems to have quite a bit of power while he does not have the Ring. What does the One Ring in his possession allow him to do that he cannot without it? He still controls thousands of orcs, ...
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Why weren't more Rings of Power forged?

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 ...
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Why are there rings for Dwarves and Elves and Men, but not Hobbits or Orcs?

Simple: every other race in Middle Earth has rings, why do Hobbits and Orcs not?
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Gandalf's different attitude towards magic rings in The Battle of Five Armies and The Fellowship of the Ring

My concern is only about the movies: In The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the end of the movie, Gandalf says that he knows that Bilbo had a magic ring but he let Bilbo keep the ring. Why did ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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Why didn't Círdan give Narya to another Elf-lord?

I just answered the question Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Maiar? and in the course of writing up my answer it occurred to me that there's no real reason for Círdan have given his Ring to a ...
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Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Istari? [duplicate]

Why did Cirdan choose Gandalf to wear Narya, of all the Istari? The reasoning for why he gave the ring at all doesn't seem to uniquely qualify Gandalf as the best recipient, unless Cirdan was being ...
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Dwarf rings unaccounted for?

The Dwarf Rings are being mentioned at the start of LOTR but no mention is made of them elsewhere despite the nine and three gathering heaps of attention. While the dwarfs of ME are renowned for ...
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Were the Rings of Power at all connected before the One “bound” them?

While considering a recent question, I realized that I may not have fully understood something about the creation of the Rings of Power: were they (the 3, the 7, the 9, and even the lesser rings) at ...
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Why were the Three Elven Rings subject to Sauron's will?

It is my understanding that Celebrimbor forged the Three Rings of Power, and that Sauron had no part in the creation of those rings. So why is it he was able to control them. I thought that all the ...
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Why did Sauron want the Seven Rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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What do rings in The Lord of the Rings do? [duplicate]

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 ...
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What is the Witch King of Angmar's ring?

What would be the name of the Witch King's ring? Elrond, Aragorn and many others have rings that are 'named', so what would the Witch King's be? What does the Witch King's ring look like? Include a ...
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What are the powers shown by the Rings of Power?

We all know that "almost every creature" who puts on the One ring became invisible and that the creator (Sauron) can use it to control the other rings. But the other rings: The Nine The Seven The ...
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Is there a significance to the number of rings given to each race? [duplicate]

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the ...
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What race is Sauron and was he involved in the creation of the rings of power?

Okay, from my understanding, the Elves were the ones who made the Rings of Power, but who specifically made them? Were they just created by blacksmiths or was Sauron involved in their creation too? ...
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In the inscription of the One Ring, what or who does “them all” refer to?

Recall that Sauron has inscribed the One Ring with the following words. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In this ...
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Is the One Ring’s appearance described in the books?

Is its appearance, shape, etc. actually described within the canon (besides that it is a gem-less ring)? I think everyone has the One Ring from the films in mind, where it is depicted as a golden ring,...