The premiere of The Rings of Power is just around the corner. The Amazon Prime Video series has less than a month left for its premiere, scheduled for next september 2, and these days we are dusting off Tolkien’s Legendarium and reviewing part of his world and mythology. Today we are going to continue the tradition by focusing on the object that gives name to the fiction, the rings of power. How many there are? Who made them, what powers did they give, and how were they used? We are going to respond to all of this in this article, in which of course we will start with the poem from The Lord of the Rings that is still capable of giving us goosebumps.
“Three Rings for the Elven Kings under heaven. Seven for the Dwarven Lords in palaces of stone. New for Mortal Men doomed to die. One for the Dark Lord, upon the dark throne in the Land of Mordor, where the Shades. A ring to govern them all. One Ring to find them, one Ring to draw them all and bind them in the darkness, in the Land of Mordos where the Shadows lie.”
The One Ring
The power of the rest of the rings depends on the survival of the One Ring, for whose creation Sauron needed all his power. Part of the shapeshifter’s soul resides in it and when used it corrupts the wearer of it and increases their Sauron power. Forged in the fires of Mount Doom, he can only be undone in them and getting there is not easy, you already know that eagles are not taxis. Unlike the rest it is an unadorned band of gold, though it bears Sauron’s enchantment and the Ring Verse written on it in the Black Tongue, being only visible when heated or when in the Dark Lord’s hand.
Among the powers of the One Ring we find invisibility, the extension of the wearer’s life, control over it by Sauron and knowledge about the location of the rest of the rings linked to it.
The Three Rings of the Elves
The rings “for the Elven kings under heaven” are three in number and are named after the three elements of nature. We have Narya the Red or Fire Ring. Nenya, the Ring of Water, also known as the White or Diamond Ring. And finally there would be Vilya, the Blue or Air Ring. They were forged by Prince Celebrimbor in the Kingdom of Eregion, near the Misty Mountains. Sauron tricked him into making them and when he was done he destroyed his kingdom and forced him to confess where they were, seizing them and binding them to the One Ring.
After the fall of Sauron and the separation of the One Ring from his finger, already in the Third Age, the elves used them again to heal and combat the decay that the passage of time brings with it. The ring of Narya (Fire) ended in Gandalf’s possession; the Ring of Nenya is the one that Galdriel uses to protect and preserve the realm of Lothlórien; and Vilya lies in Rivendell, guarded by Elrond.
The Seven Rings of the Dwarves
We pass to the Seven Rings “for Dwarf Lords in palaces of stone.” Each one of the great dwarf clans had theirs: the House of Durin (Durin’s Fok), the Firebeards (Firebeards), Broadbeams (Broadbeams), Ironfists (Ironfists), Stiffbeards (Stiffbeards), Blacklocks (Blacklocks) and Stonefoots (Stonefoots). They were forged by elves, possibly with Celebrimbor again involved, and Sauron could only get hold of three of them. Gandalf told Frodo that the rest were fed to the dragons.
In addition to increasing life expectancy, the Seven Rings they bring with them wealth and poweralthough they end up corrupting and leading to greed and rage.
The Nine Human Rings
The last. “For mortal men doomed to die,” Sauron forced Celebrimbor to forge nine rings and gave them to the great leaders among men. Namely: kings, sorcerers, famous warriors and even Black Númenóreans and a Man from the East. Like the rest, they gave their wearers a longer life, invisibility at the mercy and even allowed them to influence the will of their subjects through terror. On the contrary, they corrupted more than any other. Eventually, their owners wore out and faded to become the Nazgul, the Ringwraithsthe moment when they were at the complete mercy of Sauron and became his most loyal servants.
This week we have reviewed them even more in depth in reports such as the one that narrates the entire history of the Nazgul, including the Witch King of Angmar, and in special pieces such as the one dedicated to the fall of the Nazgul. We have also shared the theories about the mysterious black sword from the trailers, which could be a Morgul blade and belong to the servants of Sauron. surely they are the great protagonists of the seriesbecause its showrunners have insisted a lot on knowing how the Nazgul originated, but we will have to wait until September 2 to find out.
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