One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.
~ The One Ring's inscription.

The One Ring is a powerful, cursed ring, and the central focus of the novel The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It is fought over by the forces of Sauron and the forces of good in order to determine the very fate of Middle-earth and is considered a part of Sauron himself, as well as the Dark Lord's most magnificient creation.


The One Ring corrupts any who get in contact with it and has shown the ability to turn its host invisible while also attracting the evil presence of Sauron, who it instinctively tries to return to regardless of its current host: the being most corrupted by the One Ring in all of Middle-earth is the tragic Gollum, who would also play a part in its destruction on Mount Doom.

In J.R.R. Tolkien's novels

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In Sir Peter Jackson's films

The One Ring also plays a major role in Peter Jackson's film adaptations, although various changes were made throughout the series.

Before the film trilogies

In the opening prologue for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, it is revealed that Sauron forged the One Ring in Mount Doom to control all the other magic Rings. 2,500 years ago, a last alliance of Men and Elves marched in Mordor, and fought an army of orcs. Unfortuately, Sauron killed many soldiers with his mace. He killed Isildur's father, which made Isildur himself cut off all of Sauron's fingers on his left hand, including the one with the One Ring.

Then, Elrond, knowing that Isildur has the One Ring, told him to go to Mount Doom. The two reached the volcano, but when Elrond told him to destroy the Ring, Isildur refused to do so, and walked out of Mount Doom. Soon, Isildur and his men were in a battle with Orcs. Instead of fighting with his men, Isildur put the One Ring on to escape by jumping into a river. However, the Ring betrayed Isildur to his death—by slipping off of his finger, thus allowing Orc archers to shoot Isildur with a few arrows. Isildur's floating dead body was visible.

The Hobbit trilogy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In Rivendell, Bilbo Baggins sees the One Ring on a painting of Sauron fighting Isildur thousands of years ago, but he focuses mostly on the Ring. Later in the movie, Gollum is fighting a goblin from Goblin Town, and the ring falls out of his pocket. It gets picked up by Bilbo when he was holding an Elvish sword, which he eventually calls "Sting". After playing a game of riddles with Gollum, Gollum finds out that the Ring is lost, but couldn't find it anywhere. Soon, he gets enraged in finding out that Bilbo had the Ring, and accuses him of stealing it. He then tries to kill Bilbo, but Bilbo got the Ring on his finger, thus turning him invisible, and able to hide from Gollum. Bilbo attempts to kill Gollum, but had compassion on him, and let him go. He kept the Ring on until he saw the rest of the company, including Thorin.

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  • The very inscription in the One Ring was written in the Elvish dialect, which Gandalf was able to read.
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