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Ring of Thrór

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Ring of Thrór
Ring
Noble Collection - Dwarven Ring of Power.jpg
Ring of Thrór as conceived by The Noble Collection
Other namesRing of Durin
OwnerCelebrimbor, Durin III, other Kings of Durin's Folk, Thrór, Thráin II, Sauron
AppearanceA gold ring[1] adorned with a gem[2]
CreatorCelebrimbor
Eregion, c. S.A. 1590[3]

The Ring of Thrór was the first of the Seven Dwarf-rings to be forged, and the last to be recovered by Sauron.

While Sauron himself gave the Dwarves their Rings of Power[4], this one was originally given to King Durin III of Khazad-dûm by Celebrimbor[5], and it remained in his line for thousands of years until it was inherited by Thrór, the King under the Mountain.

The Kings of Durin's Folk proved resistant to the malevolent magic of the rings, which could not even turn them invisible, as they are hard to tame, and thoughts of their hearts are hidden.[6] The rings, used only for the gaining of wealth, amplified their wearer's natural skills and desire of dominion which as a consequence, made them greedy and exceedingly rich; the Rings gave them the power to multiply whatever they mined.[7]

It was during Thrór's reign that Smaug descended on the Lonely Mountain and drove the Dwarves into exile. Long after his kingdom's destruction, Thrór passed the ring to his son Thráin, who dwelt for many years as an exile from his ancient home.

At last, Thráin set out on an ill-fated quest to regain his kingdom, but he was captured by the spies of Sauron, and the Ring of Thrór was lost forever.

Many Dwarves, however, did not know the fate of the Ring, and thought that it was lost in Moria when Thrór was killed by Azog. It was thought that one of the reasons Balin wished to reclaim Moria was to find the Ring. In the Council of Elrond, Gandalf told Glóin that Balin would not find the Ring there, as it was given to Thráin and lost in Dol Guldur.[8]

Portrayal in adaptations

2017: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Ring of Thrór does not appear itself, but is named as "Angya", and is called "Handórm" by the Dwarves. Gandalf believes it to have been destroyed in the downfall of Barad-dûr.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  2. 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, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"