18 May 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 322: the Nine Rings

Nine Rings of Power, each set with a gem, were given to Men – kings, sorcerers, and at least three Númenoreans. Those who bore the Nine were easily corrupted by Sauron, and by SA 2250 they had showed their new forms as Nazgûl. Preserved by their Rings, they became invisible (only when they wore dark cloaks did they have form) and wholly dependent on Sauron and the One Ring. When Sauron was defeated and the One Ring destroyed in Orodruin, the Nine Rings were destroyed as well, although the greatest of the Nine Rings (worn by the Lord of the Nazgûl), though powerless, may have survived.

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