The Lord of the Rings: What Are the Rings of Power and What Do They Do

The Lord of the Rings and Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming Rings of Power series establish such rings as central elements of the narrative. But after all, what are these objects and what does each of them do? We’ll see that now.

The Rings of Power were created by the artisans of Eregion, led by the elf Celebrimbor, grandson of Fëanor. The motivation behind the creation of these artifacts came from Sauron, who at the time could still assume a beautiful appearance in order to deceive the elves.

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The Dark Lord disguised himself as Annatar, the lord of gifts, and helped create 16 of the 19 rings of power. Three of these rings, the most powerful among them, were forged by Celebrimbor himself, without Sauron’s intervention.

Three Rings for the elven kings under the sky

Celebrimbor forged the three rings on his own. Sauron never touched them. They were called Narya, the ring of fire, Nenya, the ring of diamond, and Vilya, the ring of air.

Narya was first worn by Gil-Galad, king of the Noldor, who gave it to Círdan, who then passed it on to Gandalf, who wore the ring until the end of the Third Age.

Gil-galad was also the owner of Vilya, before he passed to Elrond after Gil-galad’s death. Nenya was used only by Galadriel.

The three rings had special properties. Narya had the power to inspire others to resist tyranny, domination, and despair (in other words, to evoke hope from others around the wielder), as well as to give resistance to time weariness.

The power of Galadriel’s Nenya was preservation, protection, and possibly concealment from evil, for it is stated of Lórien that “there is a secret power here which keeps evil from the land.”

Vilya, the ring of Gil-galad, was the most powerful of the three. It is speculated that he granted the power to predict the future, control the elements (since Elrond, who later possesses him) conjures a torrent of water in order to prevent the Nazgûl from entering Rivendell. In addition to the healing power.

Seven for the Dwarves in rocky enclosure

These rings have already been interfered with by Sauron, who helped in the forging of these artifacts. They were given to the dwarven lords.

The rings granted vast wealth to the wearer, but they also intensified the wearer’s greed, which eventually led to the downfall of the dwarves, at least those who wore the seven rings. This is even addressed, albeit indirectly, in The Hobbit.

It is worth pointing out that Sauron’s true intention was to dominate the dwarves through these rings, but the nature of the race prevented them from being influenced by the Dark Lord.

Unfortunately, they ended up self-destructing in greed.

Nine for the Men Death Chose

Nine rings were given to human kings, which were eventually corrupted by Sauron.

The effects of the Nine on Men were that each of them acquired great power and wealth, as well as apparent eternal life.

After a while, however, life became unbearable for them, and when they put on the rings, they often beheld Sauron’s ghosts and illusions.

One by one they fell under Sauron’s permanent control, and became specters who did only Sauron’s bidding.

They remained permanently invisible, except to those elves who once lived in the Undying Lands (few in the Third Age) and Maiar like Sauron and the wizards. They were also visible to those who wore the Ruling Ring. This process also seemed to link their lives and power with those of Sauron, making them little more than extensions of his will.

When Sauron’s power was weak, the wraiths themselves were also quite powerless. As Sauron grew stronger, however, they became much more powerful, to the point where the Witch-king was presumably able to match Gandalf the White in strength.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power hits Amazon Prime Video on September 2, 2022.

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