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The One Ring, created by Sauron, is the most powerful of the Rings Of Power in Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings saga. Imbibed with Sauron's powers, the Ring rules over the lesser magical rings mentioned in its secret inscription.

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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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What would have happened to Saruman if Sauron acquired the One Ring?

This question is the opposite of another one. The other question asks "What would happen to Saruman if he got the One Ring?" and this one asks what would happen to Saruman if Sauron got the One Ring. ...
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Is there any canon evidence of a second “One Ring?”

In the videogame "Middle-Earth: Shadow of War" the opening scene shows Talion, really Celebrimbor, forging a second Ring of Power to combat the original One Ring. My question is whether this is ...
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Where does Tolkien discuss his bafflement at fans wearing One Ring replicas?

I'm certain that I read a passage from Tolkien somewhere expressing how disturbed/confused he was that anyone would want to make or possess a replica of the One Ring, being as it is a symbol of evil. ...
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How does Gandalf (or anyone) know how to destroy the Ring?

The only way to destroy the Ring is by throwing it into the fire of Orodruin. This fact doesn't seem to be common knowledge and many people in the story (like Gimli) only learn about it at the council ...
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Was the mission of the Fellowship of the Ring a 'secret' mission?

And I will choose you companions to go with you, as far as they will or fortune allows. The number must be few, since your hope is in speed and secrecy. [emphasis mine] Does the use of the word ...
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Who had hung the ring about Frodo's neck on a new chain?

'Have you got it here?' Bilbo asked in a whisper. 'I can't help feeling curious, you know, after all I've heard. I should very much like just to peep at it again.' (...) When he had dressed, ...
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How many times did Gandalf touch the One Ring in the books?

Inspired by this question here, not sure about the LOTR novels (no copy of my books with me) but, in the movies Gandalf touches the Ring once after Bilbo drops it, and gets a vision immediately of ...
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Could the One Ring tempt someone who couldn't touch it and didn't know it was even there?

I have always thought it interesting that Gandalf briefly handles the One Ring once or twice without being affected by it, as powerful as he is. (And my understanding is that the temptation is ...
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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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Would a Nazgûl in possession of the One Ring seek to use it? [duplicate]

All who came to possess the One Ring after Sauron, who possessed ambition for great deeds (basically not hobbits) have sought to master the Ring and use its power to serve their cause. Few, such as ...
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Why was Gollum never tempted to take the ring to Mordor or gain power?

From what I understand about the Ring and the way it works in the films and book, it always wants to return to its master, and does so by manipulating its users into thinking that they are the best ...
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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 happened to Sauron immediately after losing the One Ring? [duplicate]

I watched and read LotR and Hobbit and there is no mention of the events after the Last Alliance overthrew Sauron. I imagine that after Isildur cut off the Ring Sauron could be captured and for ...
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Why didn't Sauron “hide” the One Ring?

Okay, perhaps "hide" is the incorrect word here: but during the War of the Last Alliance, when his armies were shattered and the defences of his kingdom destroyed, why didn't Sauron at some stage ...
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How did the destruction of the Ring cause Arwen to change from Evenstar to Morningstar?

Arwen Undómiel , also known as "Evenstar" (or Evening Star), became mortal by choice and her "fate became tied to the outcome of the ring" (words of Elrond in the movie, don't remember how that was ...
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When did J.R.R. Tolkien write the verse found on the One Ring?

J.R.R. Tolkien spent many years creating his "Legendarium" - often writing stories decades before using them as foundational elements of his later work. He would also regularly revise individual works ...
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When Frodo was guided by Gollum to the Black Gate, how did he intend to enter Mordor?

In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in the second half of The Two Towers Frodo asks Gollum to act as a guide, to bring him to the Black Gate of Mordor. Gollum points out that to enter Mordor is easy (...
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What if Morgoth gained the One Ring?

There have been many questions about what the Ring would do to various beings of Middle Earth. In general It takes control of whatever it is through tempting them with power. There is some suggestion ...
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Was the Balrog of Moria aware of the presence of the One Ring during the events of Khazad-dûm?

I recall that evil creatures like Nazgûl can sense the presence of the Ring. At any rate, the Ring having a will of its own should be "calling" to the Balrog, who being a fallen Maia can make use of ...
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Is the One Ring sentient?

This question about the Ring's betrayal of Isildur brought up many different interpretations of the nature of the Ruling Ring and the extent of its ability to influence or even directly control events....
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Why did the One Ring betray Isildur?

First of all, let me point out that I know of this question, about how the Ring betrayed Isildur. I believe it is undisputed that the Ring caused itself to fall off Isildur's finger and into the river....
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Would the One Ring work if it was worn on the toe instead of the finger?

Would the One Ring work if it was worn on someone’s toe instead of their finger?
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Why did the One Ring not slip off Frodo's hand?

Clearly the One Ring slipped off the hands of Isildur and Gollum to further its own work to return to its master. So why did it not then slip off Frodo at any of the opportune moments in which a ...
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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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Would Aragorn have been able to resist the Ring?

Despite leaving Frodo and Sam to finish what the Fellowship started, Would Aragorn had he had the ring been able to control it without falling to Sauron's will and becoming his servant, was there a ...
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Can the One Ring change in size?

Does the One Ring change size with its bearer? Being that the ring is magical, does it conform to the ring bearer's hand size? In the very first battle scene Sauron get his fingers cut off, then ...
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Aside from the Rings of Power, what else did Sauron make in his forge at Mount Doom?

We know that the forging power of Mount Doom was legendary and vastly powerful. And I see from other questions here that Sauron kept the forge at Mount Doom essentially crafting things. My question ...
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Where is the “Ring-verse” inscribed on the One Ring?

I know that the inscription of the rings says: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them," But my question is more about the ...
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Why didn't Gandalf take Frodo with him to Isengard?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, why didn’t Gandalf take Frodo (and the Ring of Power) with him to Isengard? Since Gandalf was unaware that Saruman had joined forces with Sauron, why wouldn’t he want ...
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How does Gandalf know that the Ring had previously been called precious?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: It [the ring] has been called that [precious] before, but not by you. But we know that, at that time, Gandalf didn’t know whether that ring was the One ...
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Could somebody use the Ring to control or influence Sauron or the Nazgûl?

The book makes it quite clear that the One Ring could control the bearers of the lesser rings. We also know that Sauron had recaptured at least one of the seven dwarvish rings, presumably to use ...
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Did the Ring give Sauron any powers apart from controlling the other rings of power? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated multiple times while he was in possession of the Ring. What does the Ring actually allow Sauron to do that he could not do without it? Did it make him more powerful in battle? Did ...
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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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Was Gollum the key to destroying the Ring?

It seems that the Ring took control over Frodo, and he used it instead of throwing it to lava. It was destroyed by pushing Gollum, who was holding the Ring, into the lava. Does it mean that Frodo ...
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Why doesn't the “One Ring” make itself impossible to remove?

The "One Ring" seemed capable of changing its size, which is why Frodo wore it on a chain around his neck - to keep from accidentally losing it in the same way it was lost to Gollum. The Ring seems ...
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Is there a similarity between the breaking of Narsil and the loss of the One Ring by Sauron?

I wonder whether there is any suggestion in Tolkien's books that the breaking of Narsil led to the weakening of the strength of the men of the West and thus to the corruption of Isildur and the fall ...
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Why not encase the One Ring in solid metal?

In the Lord of the Rings, the One Ring corrupts the people near it, and it seems to have a stronger effect on anyone who sees it or touches it. Sauron and the Ring Wraiths also seem to be able to ...
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Was it the ring that gave Sauron all of his strength? [duplicate]

Sauron was defeated by Isildur but he did not die. I suppose because the ring was taken from him but it was not destroyed. Having lost the ring how did he begin to gain power again? Did the ring have ...
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What is the One Ring's theme?

In the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy we hear this haunting piece (especially at 0:45) each time the One Ring is about to make it's presence felt. It's a powerful audio cue to the viewer, and is sometimes ...
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Why didn't the Fellowship throw the One Ring into some other volcano? [duplicate]

As I understand it, there were two things that could hypothetically destroy the One Ring: dragonfire and lava in a volcano. Unfortunately, the last dragon was killed before the events of Lord of the ...
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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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Why could Sauron only detect the One Ring if someone wore it? [duplicate]

As has been noted in many instances Sauron was searching for the One Ring and it has been subtly suggested that the ring itself was trying to get back to Sauron. That's why it deserted Gollum after ...
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Why was the One Ring of Sauron unadorned?

In this question we learn a great deal about the differences between the rings of power in Middle Earth. Here it's also quoted: "The Nine, the Seven, and the Three," he said, "had each their ...
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Why didn't Gandalf carry the Ring in Maiar form?

I understand that the Istari - the only other Maiar besides the Balrog to come into close proximity to the Ring - are constrained within a mortal body and subject to its mortal weaknesses, which ...
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Was the Sword of Kahless inspired by the One Ring?

Appearance-wise, the Sword of Kahless, as seen in the eponymous Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, looks nothing like the One Ring: But in terms of their effect on the holder, they are quite similar....
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Did Gandalf know Bilbo had the One Ring?

From the movie, you can see that Gandalf knows Bilbo found something special during their adventure, but Bilbo did not tell him the truth in the end, nor did Gandalf pursue it. His final words seem to ...
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When did Frodo use the Ring for the first time?

The first time I can remember is right after Tom Bombadil tried it without becoming invisible, but I'm not sure. He had already possessed the Ring for many years at that point, so I guess he might ...
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Would Gandalf be invisible if he wore the One Ring?

If Gandalf wears the One Ring, will he be invisible? Or will he master it and be visible? Maybe I should ask: is there a chance that the "invisibility" effect of the Ring is a side effect of weakness?...
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Since Boromir wanted the One ring so badly, why didn't he volunteer to take it during the Council of Elrond?

So I'm currently reading through the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time and this question has popped into my head. Boromir clearly desperately wanted the ring, as evidenced by him trying to ...