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Yes. While the deceit of the ring was to offer imaginations of supreme power, it did in fact, absolutely, one hundred percent, confer real power upon its wielder - just not supreme power, which not even Sauron possessed. The other answer is incorrect. There are examples of the Ring's powers - chiefly the domination of other wills, but also the understanding ...


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The Ring made its wearer invisible by shifting them mostly into the Unseen world. Gandalf told Frodo: You were in gravest peril while you wore the Ring, for then you were half in the wraith-world yourself. Gandalf also stated: if [a mortal] often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades: he becomes in the end invisible permanently, and ...


140

Bilbo DID become addicted to the Ring - when it came time to part with it, he had a full on freakout: ‘Everything?’ said Gandalf. ‘The ring as well? You agreed to that, you remember.’ ‘Well, er, yes, I suppose so,’ stammered Bilbo. ‘Where is it?’ ‘In an envelope, if you must know,’ said Bilbo impatiently. ‘There on the mantelpiece. Well, ...


111

I think this is the key factor: The only power over them that the Rings wielded was to inflame their hearts with a greed of gold and precious things (Source as above) As we all know, there is nothing more "precious" than the One Ring. So a dwarf would be likely to keep the One Ring for himself, and attempt to use its power to gain more gold and wealth. ...


108

I just read that passage last night; re-reading the story with my son. Gollum used to wear it at first, till it tired him; and then he kept it in a pouch next his skin, till it galled him; and now usually he hid it in a hole in the rock on his island, and was always going back to look at it. And still sometimes he put it on, when he could not bear to be ...


106

Elrond says so in the council: “But Gandalf has revealed to us that we cannot destroy it by any craft that we here possess,” said Elrond. “And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it: for good or ill it belongs to Middle-earth; it is for us who still dwell here to deal with it.” -FotR, Book 2, Ch.2. Basically, since Sauron made it in ...


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It didn't Gimli is only saying poetically that he prefers Galadriel to Arwen. Arwen is never referred to as "the Morningstar". You may be confused by the dialogue between Gimli and Éomer: ‘But first I will plead this excuse,’ said Éomer. ‘Had I seen [Galadriel] in other company, I would have said all that you could wish. But now I will put Queen Arwen ...


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There actually is an in-universe answer. This answer to why Sauron doesn't become 'invisible' himself gives it to us. The Ring made its wearer invisible by shifting them mostly into the Unseen world. Gandalf told Frodo: You were in gravest peril while you wore the Ring, for then you were half in the wraith-world yourself. The ring doesn't ...


93

Tolkien had not decided on the significance of the ring that Bilbo found when he wrote the Hobbit. Indeed in the first edition of the book Gollum wagers the ring as his stake in the game against Bilbo. So the out-of-universe reason for why the ring of power grants invisibility is that when it was found it solved the need for the protagonist to get the ...


89

Possibly In the foreword to Lord of the Rings, Tolkien observes: Saruman, failing to get possession of the Ring, would in the confusion and treacheries of the time have found in Mordor the missing links in his own researches into Ring-lore, and before long he would have made a Great Ring of his own with which to challenge the self-styled Ruler of Middle-...


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I think it's fair to say that when Frodo put on the ring in the novel, Sauron was (in order of events); Panicked (what the hell!?) Scared that the Ring is in such a vulnerable position (indicating that he knows that it's somewhere that it can be destroyed) Angry (at instantly realising that everything his enemies have been up to has been an elaborate ruse) ...


80

Bilbo wore the ring for substantially less time than Smeagol/Gollum (who was estimated to have been a ring bearer for nearly 600 years) but even limited exposure to its presence caused his behaviour to become erratic. He was incredibly reluctant to part with the ring, periodically wore it (despite dire warnings from Gandalf) and on one occasion, he flew into ...


78

The One ring slowly gets into people's minds. I'm pretty sure Boromir was full of good intentions during the council of Elrond, but day by day, he became obsessed with the ring and then tried to take it by force.


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I don't think it really mattered. The Ring tempted people with whatever power they craved. Look at the temptations that Sam suffered when he briefly took care of it in The Choices of Master Samwise: Already the Ring tempted him, gnawing at his will and reason. Wild fantasies arose in his mind; and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age, striding with ...


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Balrogs were Maiar, of which Sauron (and Gandalf) were also both examples. We do know that Gandalf, with the limitations imposed on him in his "mortal" form, could have defeated Sauron with the Ring (from Letter 246): "It would be a delicate balance. ... If Gandalf proved the victor, the result would have been for Sauron the same as the destruction of ...


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It wanted to stay hidden until the proper time Most of this is synthesis on my part, as there are no detailed writings concerning the Ring's intentions. If the Ring is a mostly dumb object, the answer could be that it didn't plan ahead: "I am on Isildur's finger, Isildur is not my master, therefore I must slip". It could also have been a random event, as ...


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Elrond and Boromir (at the Council of Elrond) lay out a few good reasons why it's imperative that Sauron's ring is destroyed now; He'll just keep coming back His Ring was lost but not unmade. The Dark Tower was broken, but its foundations were not removed; for they were made with the power of the Ring, and while it remains they will endure. The ...


69

Gollum was claiming an almost dormant ring, plus he was not claiming the One Ring, he was just claiming possession of a gold ring that turned you invisible. It was coincidental that it was the One Ring - it was not that which caused Gollum to claim it. Gollum was not claiming it against Sauron, but just trying to treasure a simple magical ring. On the other ...


67

Knowledge of how to destroy the Ring dates back to at least the end of the Second Age, after Isildur took the Ring, and as described in the chapter The Council of Elrond: 'Alas! yes,' said Elrond. 'Isildur took it, as should not have been. It should have been cast then into Orodruin's fire nigh at hand where it was made. But few marked what Isildur did. ...


64

Gandalf is upset because the fact that Frodo sees the writing, means that it is The One Ring. It's as simple as that. Throwing the ring into the fire was the test to determine if it was in fact The One Ring.


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The ring was capable of taking indirect action on its own. The Ring also caused those who possessed it to become obsessed with it, so much so that they might kill anyone who showed too much interest in it or attempted to touch the Ring. With an evil will of its own, the Ring would make attempts to return to its Master. It could "call out" subliminally to ...


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I think a few things contributed to his resistance: Hobbits are naturally more resistant to the influences of the ring than other races (Gandalf comments on this). Sam had only been carrying the ring for a short time, the longer the ring is in someone's possession, the more addicted they become to it. Sam's love for Frodo was too great for the ring to ...


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The previous answers offer a good explanation of the book canon, but since your question is clearly inspired by the Great Eye of the movies, I'll make the distinction more explicit: The colossal, fiery "Great Eye" is a creation of the movies... In the book, it's mostly a metaphor and a logo for Mordor, while Sauron has a normal physical body. He never ...


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