Amazon’s Lord of the rings: Rings of Power has concluded its first season, and the series has elicited an impressive level of glee and ridicule. It wasn’t until the season finale that some of the title rings finally showed up, and it was the three rings of the elves. These were the rings made without Sauron’s knowledge, but there were several others which he personally made and gave to the human and dwarven races.
“Seven for the dwarven princes in their stone halls,” as the poem goes. Most of the attention in the literature and show has gone to the Elf Rings and the One Ring, but given the show’s title Rings of Power Viewers can expect to see a few more in season two. Until then, here are some fun facts about the Seven Rings of the Dwarven Lords.
1/6 Manufactured by Annatar
Sauron appeared to the Elves in the guise of a servant of the Valar named Annatar, part of his long-term plan to get them to help him make the Rings. It wasn’t exactly a lie, as Sauron was of the Maiar, but as he did with Galadriel on the show, he only revealed half the story.
Annatar appeared in Eregion at a time when Sauron was either dead or missing and other Maiar were already in Middle-earth, so his story wasn’t unusual. The Five Wizards had by this time arrived in Middle-earth in some form, and the Queen of Doriath, one of the most respected elven realms of the First and Second Ages, was also a Maia.
2/6 Given by Celembribor
Sauron might have made them, but he had help. Celembribor was the greatest elf smith of his time and never trusted Annatar, but the High King ordered him to help him and he did. It was partly because of these doubts that he made the three in secret, but that’s a lore detail that was flipped on the show.
Not only were the seven rings made by him in collaboration with Annatar and the Elven smiths, but they were personally supplied by Celembribor, who had a close relationship with the dwarves. Book readers might feel that Celembribor and Elrond’s characters should swap places on the show because the latter was such an admirer of dwarven craft and culture.
3/6 There are seven Dwarf tribes
Sauron did not give the rings to seven randomly chosen lords, leaders, or kings of the dwarves. There are seven different groups of dwarves, and some are more powerful and popular than others. The ones everyone has heard of are the Longbeards, also known as the Durin’s people because the famous dwarfs from Tolkien’s fairy tales are often members of this family.
Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli are two examples, and one of the last known locations of the ring given to Durin’s people was at the hands of Thorin’s father, Thrain II. The other six rings were given to the leaders of the other dwarven clans, and these were the Firebeards, Broadrays, Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Blacklocks, and Stonefeet. In Tolkien’s lore, Sauron was able to recover three of these, one of which was Thorin’s father’s ring.
4/6 The dwarves could resist some of the effects of the rings…
The dwarves were created by the Maia Aule separately from the elves and human races, so they did not affect the dwarves in the same way as other races. This was a miscalculation on Sauron’s part and it must have disappointed him as he donned the One Ring and found he could not bend the wills of the dwarves.
Not only could Sauron not use the power of the One Ring on the dwarves, but he could not turn them into slaves or Ringwraiths. It is true that all rings first seemed useful and later turned against their owners, and the same turned out to be the case with the Seven Rings of the Dwarven Lords.
5/6 …But not all of them
However, the Seven Rings had powers, just others, and they were more of a slow burn that was just as dangerous as turning into a ghost. The power of the rings has helped the dwarven lords amass an incredible amount of wealth. These were famous in their own right and known in legends as the seven hoards of the dwarf kings.
However, where there is treasure, there will be a dragon. The wealth of the dwarven lords not only attracted the vicious beasts, but also affected their judgment when it came to the welfare of their people. The threat of poverty, not the well-being of his people, has prompted King Thror to revisit the mines of Moria.
6/6 The search for the one ring
As with most other rings, the most notable being the One Ring, to rule them all some of the dwarven rings were unknown and Sauron wasn’t the only one watching. When Gandalf first learned of Bilbo’s ring, he thought it to be one of the lost rings of the dwarven lords, or a number of other lesser magical rings, so he was content to let Bilbo keep it for the time being.
Bilbo found the ring in the Lonely Mountain, and although it was by then common knowledge that old Thror had ventured back into Moria, he was presumed dead. When Gandalf found him years later, alive in Sauron’s dungeons but senseless, he was able to confirm that the ring Bilbo had was not one of the dwarven rings, but possibly the One Ring of Sauron.
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