All About the Rings of Power from Lord of The Rings
"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 Land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
- Tolkien from The Lord of The Rings.
Without a doubt, the most famous rings in media over the last seventy years have been those from the epic Lord of the Rings series. We are all familiar with the Dark Lord obsessed with power and immortality, so he creates this One Ring to rule over all of Middle Earth and the inferior magical rings. But what about the other rings of power? Why were they created? What makes them unique? And why were they so subpar to the One Ring?
Today we have a deep dive into everything there is to know about the Rings of Power and their role in the new Amazon series ‘Rings of Power’. By the end, you’ll be an expert and perhaps be ready to start a rewatch of the old classic Jackson Trilogy.
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The Creation of the Rings of Power
Gwaith-i-Mírdain was a brotherhood of amazing jewel merchants where the creator of the Rings of Power Celebrimbor was a member. Unfortunately, he forged the rings at the request of Sauron, a mistake that he would always regret taking, as the rings of all but three were taken and used to reap havoc on the world. He would eventually die in despair at the hands of the Dark Lord and his creations.
The Rings of Power were forged during the Second Age and used by Sauron to seduce the rulers of Middle Earth. He succeeded in some ways with the lords of men but underestimated the dwarven and elven lords.
A holy being seduced the elven smiths, Annatar, who was Sauron in disguise, into forging powerful artefacts. They realised their errors only after the robbery and made steps to create a final set of three rings. With this last lifeline, there was still hope that Middle Earth might hold on to falling into darkness.
Sauron created the One Ring using the knowledge of the elven smiths to forge the ultimate ring in the fires of Mount Doom. He made it so that the one that wore this One Ring could control all the wearers of the other rings of power.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings
Celebrimbor forged the three rings to be worn by three elven lords. The motivation for this was a reaction to Sauron's betrayal after he took the original rings and started using them to spread his evil intentions around Middle Earth.
The rings projected bearers from the influence of the Dark Lord and his One Ring, allowing them to be undetectable from general observations and the ability to be unimpacted by the effects of time. However, unlike the other rings touched by Sauron, who might’ve benefited from long life, they were corrupted.
It was said that after Frodo destroyed the One Ring, the beauty and mystique of the rings also faded; thus, the region of Lórien also faded with power and light. The death of magic in Middle Earth led to the elves parting to places anew. So the defeat of the Dark Lord might’ve led to peace, but the cost was the power of the other rings.
Vilya was a sapphire set into a gold band ring, first worn by Gil-galad and then Elrond. It is considered the more powerful of the three elven rings, with a mystery about what powers it holds. Some speculate it allows the wearer to control the elements, such as syfering a torrent of water in a river or moving rock formations. Whilst others theorize it can be used to heal wounds.
Nenya was a mithril band inlaid with white adamant stone worn by Galadriel. Its power was to conceal and protect the three rings from the discovery and influence of the Dark Lord or the One Ring. In addition, its bearer used it to protect the fairest realm Lothlórien, the land of the elves, from the darkness.
Narya, or the fire ring, was a ruby gem set into a golden band that had had two owners (Gil-galad and Cirdan) before it came to be worn by Gandalf. It was said to allow the wearer to resist tyranny, domination and despair whilst also wielding great fire powers.
Seven Rings for the Dwarf-lords
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The elven smiths created the seven rings for the dwarf lords from each of the seven dwarf tribes in Middle Earth. Once worn, the bearers became powerful and wealthy, amassing their valuable treasure hoards, which became one of the aspects of the Hobbit book and films.
Sauron gave the dwarves these seven rings as a ploy to control them with the One Ring; however, his plan didn’t work as intended as they were largely unaffected by his mind games. Dwarves were naturally hardy and benefited greatly from the benefits of an increased lifespan, although the downside is they made the wearers intensively more greedy with the intention of ruin.
The ring of Thoror was given to Durin’s Folk. This hardy tribe ruled Khazad-dûm led by Durin I, and after the downfall of this great dwarven tribe, descendants of the survivors would make an epic voyage to try and reclaim it in the Hobbit.
This golden sapphire ring was worn by Durin III, other Kings of Durin's Folk, Thrór, Thráin II, and finally, Sauron. Its powers were like all the other dwarven rings, enhancing the wearers' skills to be exceptional wealth gainers.
The second dwarven tribe to be given a ring were the Firebeards, who resided in the Blue Mountains, although not a lot is known about how this ring looked. It could have been one of two names, "Úrya" or "Vanya", with the fate of the latter having between swallowed by up a great worm during an escapade.
The third dwarven tribe was Broadbeams, having initially resided in the Blue Mountains until they spit from the Firebeards. The ring of their house was either "Úrya" or "Vanya", and like with the Firebeards; the great worm swallowed it.
The Ironfirsts resided in Rhûn, where they held the ring “Tínya" until the Cold-dragon "Hrímil Frost-heart" ate it.
The Stiffbeards were closely associated with Ironfists living in the mountains of Rhûn. When it came to their ring, “Sindya” or “Manthirf”, Sauron asked for its return, but they refused, thus leading to the ring being taken by force and many of the folk becoming killed or enslaved.
Originally paired with the Stonefoots, the Blacklocks resided in Rhûn. Their ring was either called "Taurya" and was taken back by Sauron, or "Tulcya", which was eaten by the dragon "Thostír the Rank".
The Stonefoots lived in Rhûn with the Blacklocks, and like with their paired tribe, they owned either the rings of "Taurya" or "Tulcya". With the fates of these rings discussed just above.
Nine Rings of Mortal Men
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The nine rings for men were created by them same elven smith you’d forged all the rest and became tainted at Sauron’s touch. The Dark Lord took them, gifted them to the nine human lords, and watched as they crumbled to his power under the influence of the rings. They would fall under his control through this corruption, eventually becoming the Nazgûl.
The Nazgûl formed due to the lord’s corruption and became undead servants of the Dark Lord, wearing black cloaks and riding black horses. Anyone that witnessed them saw their conjuration as the body before the shadow of death. These Dark Riders, Ringwraiths, or the Nine would become the necessary hand Sauron required after his fall if he had any hopes of reacquiring the One Ring.
By the end of Lord of the Rings, they’d even taken to riding dragons, making it easier for them to reach the four corners of Middle Earth and be even more formidable foes when up against a massive army.
Only a few of the lords and their rings have been named in official lore, this being their leader Lord Khamûl who was king of the Easterlings in the Second Age. With little more known about them when they fell under the control of evil.
Although they were each given nine rings in total, we don’t know what they were called and whether they had any powers. We know that they corrupted the minds of the wearers, but like the naturally hardy dwarves, the human mind was weaker and fell to the spell of the Dark Lord. The fate of these rings is also uncertain; the riders could wear them, or Sauron might’ve required them after they were dead and beyond saving.
The One Ring of the Dark Lord
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Now the One Ring is the most famous of all Middle Earth’s rings; it is also the most powerful as it was an improvement of the elven smith design and forged in the fires of Mount Doom. Therefore, it was the perfect weapon for a Dark Lord to control all those in places of power in Middle Earth by its ability to control the ring bearers and its promise of enteral life and other powers.
Unlike the other rings of power, this golden band had no gems or grand designs; instead, it looks plain and unremarkable. That is until you heat it or throw it in a fire, then a script in elvish appears in black letters glowing like lava (see above). Other ring bearers also found that if they wore the ring, it was plain, but when Sauron wore it, regardless of the heat, it glowed like surrounded by flames.
The benefits of the One Ring gave Sauron eternal life, the ability to amass large armies and cause the destruction of creating human and dwarven lineages. Still, he was not quite able to control the three elven lords to the same degree. Sauron never touched their forged rings, so they were never tainted by his influence to the same degree. Whilst they stayed pure, there was still hope in the darkness.
The Rings of Power TV Show
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a 2022 Amazon Prime show that made headlines for many reasons, from the excitement of fans returning to Middle Earth to the show spending upwards of 57 million dollars on each episode (8 in total).
This prequel series is based on the events that transpired well before the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, taking material from letters and lore written by Tolkien and fleshing it out into a story of how the rings were made and Sauron rose to power.
So in the first season, do we see any rings? We see a lot of lovely set pieces and intrigue related to the rise of Sauron’s rise to power and costumes of beautifully made rings to suit various characters. However, in the first couple of episodes I’ve seen at time of writing this we’ve yet to see ‘rings of power’, but we do get to meet Celebrimbor, the elven smith who’d come to create the three elven rings to fight back against them.
The first series at least looks at how Sauron convinced the elven smiths to forge his many rings to influence the minds of man and dwarf. We’ll likely see the outcomes of these creations in the predicted five seasons of the show.
Final Remarks: All About the Rings of Power from Lord of The Rings
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The lore of the Rings of Power in the Lord of the Rings world is fascinating, except I am shocked that there isn’t much written about most of the minor rings of power. However, this reason could be because Tolkien wanted to leave an air of mystique to the magic and history of his world, but it would be cool to know more about the making of each ring and what their powers entailed. Maybe the Rings of Power TV show will fix this and add more lore to tell us more about the Ringwraiths, the seven dwarf tribes, their rings, and how they fell so tragically to Sauron.
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