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Revision as of 13:27, 16 August 2010

The Three Rings of the Elves of Eregion are magical artifacts. They have the power of preservation.[1]

Unlike the other Rings of Power, they were forged by Celebrimbor alone, and were never touched by Sauron.

Names and descriptions of the Three Rings

They remained hidden and their whereabouts were seldom revealed. Frodo Baggins learned that Nenya was worn by Galadriel, who used it to protect Lothlórien from attack. Frodo later carelessly revealed this to Aragorn, who reprimanded him for doing so.

The other two rings were revealed at the end of the Third Age, after Frodo destroyed the One Ring, and the Dark Lord Sauron was completely overthrown. It transpired that Elrond had wielded Vilya and Gandalf had wielded Narya.

After the destruction of the One Ring, the bearers of the Three Rings gradually left Middle Earth, the power of their rings possibly diminished.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)


 Rings of Power 
The One Ring
Three Rings
(Narya · Nenya · Vilya)
Seven Rings
(Ring of Thrór)
Nine Rings