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Lord of the Rings Rings & Things: The One Ring of Power

One Ring

The One Ring:
- Appears in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King
- Also known as Isildur's Bane and the Ring of Power
- Originally forged and worn by Sauron
- Worn by Isildur until his death
- Worn by Gollum followed by Bilbo and lastly Frodo

The One Ring was forged by Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom. He used it to control the nine Rings Given to Men, whose bearers became Ringwraiths known as the Nazgûl. It also controlled the seven Dwarven Rings, but the Dwarves proved resistant to magic and their Rings were lost. The three Elven Rings were removed and hidden to prevent him from corrupting them.

The One Ring was cut from Sauron's finger at the Battle of Dagorlad by Isildur. Elrond then led Isildur to Mount Doom, but Isildur refused to throw it in and destroy it. He instead chose to take it for his own. The Ring then betrayed Isildur at Gladden Fields. It became known as Isildur's Bane and as time passed, many even forgot its nature.

In The Third Age:
The Ring lay hidden for a long time. After a time, Sméagol found it and went under the mountain where he hid for long years. During this time, the Elves used their rings to protect the Elven havens of the Grey Havens, Lothlórien and Rivendell. Bilbo won it from Gollum, as he now called himself, in a riddling contest.

In The Fellowship of the Ring:
Bilbo left it to Frodo, his nephew, when he left The Shire. Frodo accidentally used the Ring in Bree when he fell. Frodo attempted to use the Ring to escape the Nazgûl when they attacked the Hobbits at Weathertop, but he was still wounded by the Witchking. With Aragorn's help, Frodo brought the Ring to Rivendell. A Council was held by Elrond and Frodo volunteered to take the Ring to Mount Doom to be destroyed. When Galadriel brought him to the Mirror of Galadriel, Frodo offered to give her the Ring and though she was tempted, she declined to take it. At Amon Hen, Boromir was overcome by the lure of the Ring and attacked Frodo, who managed to escape.

In The Two Towers:
In Emyn Muil, Frodo and Sam captured and tamed Gollum. Gollum became their guide, but Gollum still desired to have the Ring back. After Faramir captured the three of them in Ithilien, he took them to Osgiliath where Frodo nearly gave himself and the ring to a Nazgûl before Sam stopped him. After seeing what nearly happened, Faramir then freed them.

In The Return of the King:
After Shelob pricked Frodo, Sam thought he was dead and took the Ring. When he found Frodo alive in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, he returned the Ring to Frodo. When they finally reached the Cracks of Mt. Doom, Frodo decided to keep the Ring. However, Gollum attacked him and bit off his finger with the Ring. He then fell with the Ring into the the lava below where the Ring was destroyed. Once the Ring was destroyed, the power of the three rings given to Elves, as well as the seven given to Dwarves and the nine given to Men faded because they were bound to the One Ring.

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