The History Of The One Ring From Lord Of The Rings Explained

The History Of The One Ring From Lord Of The Rings Explained


We all know the story of The Lord of the Rings
and its many heroes, villains, and epic battles. The story of the One Ring itself, however,
is a longer one, with a history that stretches all the way back to the beginning of J.R.R.
Tolkien’s fictional universe. Sauron, the actual “Lord of the Rings” referred
to in the title of Tolkien’s epic, was created by the deity Eru in the time before the world
was made. In his early life, he was called Mairon, and served as a craftsman to higher
beings until he was corrupted by Morgoth, the original Dark Lord of Tolkien’s world.
Morgoth attempted to conquer Middle-Earth in the First Age, and when he was defeated,
Mairon fled judgment, hiding in Middle-Earth, building his power until he could make his
next move. The Elves ultimately came to call him Sauron. As the centuries passed, Sauron began calling
himself “The Lord of Gifts,” and visited the Elves. Though some of the Elves, including
Galadriel and Elrond, distrusted him, the Elven smith Celebrimbor was taken with Sauron’s
gifts, and together they began forging the Rings of Power. They eventually gave 19 rings
to the races of Middle-Earth. Sauron forged the One Ring in the volcanic
fires of Mount Doom, pouring much of his own essence and power into it. The plan was to
use the One to control the wearers of the other rings. Unfortunately for Sauron, the ring-bearing
Elves were able to sense the presence of the dark lord, and avoid his control, leading
to a war against Sauron for the Rings of Power. The war finally ended when an army of Men
joined with the Elves. Sauron retreated back to Mordor to recover. More centuries passed, as Sauron continued
to fortify his stronghold in Mordor and completed the tower of Barad-dur. Near the end of the
Second Age, he was strong enough to again attempt conquest of Middle-Earth, but the
armies of Numenor, the nation of men, marched against him. Sauron surrendered and was taken
as a prisoner, but he was not humbled by this supposed defeat. In Numenor, Sauron again assumed a beautiful
appearance and convinced the Numenorians that they should worship his old master, Morgoth.
It was here that Eru, the supreme creator of all, intervened. Numenor sank into the
sea, its armies were drowned, and Sauron’s physical form was destroyed. His spirit, however
was able to return to Mordor, tied to the material world by the One Ring. Led by Elendil, the survivors of Numenor escaped
to Middle-Earth. Sauron watched the formation of their kingdoms, and his hatred of Elendil
led him to attack. Elendil and his sons, including Isildur, knew they couldn’t battle Sauron
alone, and formed the Last Alliance with the Elves to make a stand against the darkness. The siege of Barad-dur lasted for years, until
Sauron finally came out to join the fight himself. It was then that Isildur took up
his father’s sword, Narsil, and cut the One Ring from Sauron’s hand. Sauron was defeated,
and the victory marked the end of the Second Age. Sadly, Isildur was seduced by the One Ring’s
power, and kept it for himself, only losing it when he was killed in an ambush by Orcs.
The Ring vanished into a river, and would not be seen again for centuries. For more than 2,000 years, the One Ring was
lost. That changed the day two cousins, Smeagol and Deagol, went fishing near the spot where
Isildur was killed. There, Deagol discovered a gold ring in the water. Smeagol was immediately
drawn in by the One Ring’s power, and when Deagol refused to give it to him, Smeagol
responded by strangling his cousin and taking the One Ring for himself. “My precious.” With the Ring granting him an endless life,
he spent 500 years alone in the dark as his body and mind were twisted by the ring. Over
time, he came to be known as “Gollum.” Gollum and his ring lived in seclusion for
centuries, until a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins accidentally stumbled across the creature’s
lair while lost in the Misty Mountains. Bilbo found the ring in the dark, and used it to
escape Gollum after a riddle contest at which, quite frankly, Bilbo cheated. “What have I got in my pocket? “That’s no fair.” Though he initially lied about the ring, Bilbo
did eventually tell the wizard Gandalf the Grey more details about how came to possess
it. Gandalf was able to deduce that it was one of Sauron’s evil Rings of Power. Still,
the wizard decided the ring was relatively safe in the hobbit’s hands, leaving Bilbo
to keep it at his home in the Shire. Bilbo kept the Ring for decades, intending
to one day leave it to his nephew Frodo, with Gandalf’s blessing. When the time came, though,
Bilbo seemed reluctant to part with it. This led Gandalf to realized that Bilbo’s ring
was not just one of the magic rings, but the ring, Sauron’s long-lost One Ring. The danger of the One Ring itself, coupled
with Gollum’s recent emergence in Middle-earth and the return of dark forces like the Ringwraiths,
led Gandalf back to the Shire to warn Frodo. He told the young Hobbit to set out for the
Eleven city of Rivendell, where Elrond was assembling a council. They decided that the
ring must be taken to Mordor to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, as it was the
only way to prevent Sauron from eventually reclaiming it. Frodo volunteered to be the
one to take it, and was joined in his quest by others. “You have my sword.” “And you have my bow.” “And my axe!” The Fellowship of the Ring, as Frodo’s group
was now known, set out from Rivendell, while agents of Sauron continued to pursue them
and amass forces, leading to tragedy for the group. “Fly, you fools!” Later, when the Fellowship was attacked by
orc warriors, Boromir, a noble soldier of Gondor, was killed while defending the lives
of the hobbits. Before he died, however, Boromir succumbed to temptation and tried to take
the ring from Frodo, which led Frodo to believe he needed to leave in order to spare his allies
the burden of the ring’s power. Sam refused to let Frodo go alone, and so the two ventured
off to Mordor together. When Frodo and Sam became lost trying to find
the way to Mordor, they realized that Gollum, who’d been set free after torture at the hands
of the Orcs, was following them. After capturing him, Frodo and Sam ordered him to lead them
to Mordor, a task he agreed to in order to stay close to the ring. Eventually, Frodo, Sam, and Gollum made their
way into Sauron’s dark realm. War erupted all around them, as the remainder of the Fellowship
continued to battle Orcish armies in a bid to buy Frodo time to destroy the ring. Gollum,
meanwhile, continued to plot against the Hobbits in order to retake the ring for himself. In his bid to eliminate the hobbits, Gollum
led them to what he claimed was a shortcut to Mount Doom. In fact, it was the lair of
the giant spider Shelob, who nearly killed the hobbits. When Sam and Frodo finally reached
the fires of Doom, Frodo gave in to the ring’s power and put it on, refusing to destroy it.
It was here that Gollum made his move, pouncing on Frodo and biting off the finger that held
the ring. Gollum, reunited with his precious at last, was too lost in celebration to see
where he was standing. He fell off the edge into the magma below, destroying himself and
the One Ring. Sauron, whose essence was directly tied to the ring, was defeated, and all of
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22 thoughts on “The History Of The One Ring From Lord Of The Rings Explained”

  1. Love the books, love the movies – but I never liked the adaptation of the Eye perched on top of a tower like that. They reduced the Eye of Sauron to a beacon on a lighthouse.

  2. Too bad this wasn’t Star Wars. In Mt. Doom Gollum definitely would’ve defeated everybody with the high ground.

  3. I thought four more golden rings was made and they each had other powers but was destroyed but that one.(Until lGollum fell).

  4. This movie was meant to be watched at the theaters, not home. The soundtrack alone is better than the whole of GoT.

  5. Thank you for showing the ring properly,the tails of the characters should point down. After 16years of making the ring for a once famous gallery, I actually had dreams about that thing. I figure I made about 5000 of them in brass. So they where magic , they'd turn your finger green in three days.

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