July 13, 2001

Response to Corey D. on the Rings
Nathan K.

If you want information on the background of the rings, the Silmarillion is a good place to check. The only ring actually forged by Sauron (as has been stated here previously), was the Ruling Ring. While Sauron gave advice and instruction to the elven smiths of Eregion who forged the other rings, the Ruling Ring was the only one actually forged by Sauron himself. Tolkien writes in the Silmarillion; "In those days the smiths of Ost-in-Edhil surpassed all that they had contrived before; and they took thought, and they made Rings of Power. But Sauron guided their labours, and he was aware of all that they did; for his desire was to set a bond upon the Elves and to bring them under his vigilance. Now the Elves made many rings; but secretly Sauron made One Ring to rule all the others, and their power was bound up with it, to be subject wholly to it and to last only so long as it too should last. And much of the strength and will of Sauron passed into that One Ring; for the power of the Elven-rings...