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The One Ring of Power
Source: The Lord of the Rings Editor: tallman
"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
- Inscribed on the One Ring
Long ago in a land called Eregion, many magic rings were made (some more potent than others). The One Ring was forged in secret by Sauron in the mountain of fire (Orodruin) and grants its bearer mastery of the nineteen Great Rings, and all other magical Rings forged in Eregion during the Second Age. When worn, the Ring makes its wearer invisable, and grants virtual immortality. After Sauron's defeat at the end of that Age, the Ring was lost; the story of its recovery and ultimate destruction lie at the heart of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

A mortal who wears the ring "does not die, but nor do they grow or obtain more life, they merely continue, until at last every minute is a weariness." From the first moment a mortal comes into contact with the Ring, it begins to exert its unwholesome power. The owner of the Ring is very protective of it, and they won't willingly part with it.
See Also: Hobbits
Further Reading: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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