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Lesser rings

"Lesser Ring", as portrayed by Larry Forcella for MECCG

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began crafting the greater Rings of Power.[1]

Unlike the greater rings, these were round and unadorned, without gems, much like the One Ring.[2]

Gandalf mentioned these rings to Frodo when recounting the origins of the Rings of Power.[3] Supposedly also did the messenger of Sauron, who asked Dáin Ironfoot to find and return to Sauron "a little ring, the least of rings", that is, the ring of Bilbo Baggins.[2]

Nothing is stated about what powers and abilities these rings might confer on their wearers. But judging by the fact that Gandalf was still unsure if Bilbo's ring was the One or a Lesser Ring after witnessing its powers of invisibility and life extension, they probably could manifest these two powers.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1995-1997: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game

Several cards describing and depicting lesser rings were released, for example "The Oracle's Ring", "Wizard's Ring", and "Magic Rings" of different power (lore, stealth, courage, etc.).

2007-: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Narchuil was one of the lesser rings forged by the elven-smiths. It was worn by Amarthiel.

[edit] External links


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"