One of the many ways Peter Jackson brought the world of Middle Earth to life was through the meticulous detail he and the geniuses at Weta Workshop put into the conceptualization of weapons from Lord of the Rings. In the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, weapons hold as much history and significance as the people who wield them, which is unsurprising given the entire plot of the Lord of the Rings trilogy revolves around the destruction of an incredibly powerful weapon – the One Ring.Weaponry from Middle Earth is expertly crafted with careful consideration of the culture and history behind the wielder. From the Rings of Power to the heroes’ blades, these Middle Earth weapons will leave you cowering in a corner, sweetly crooning, “My precious!”
The One Ring
Names: The Ring of Power, Master Ring, Isildur's Bane
Characteristics: The Ring was a simple gold band which revealed the inscription “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them” when cast into fire. Created by Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom, the One Ring enhanced the wielder's power and gave them control over all the other Rings of Power, with the exception of the Elven rings. While it was made by and for Sauron, it's believed that a powerful being like Gandalf or Galadriel could possibly use the ring.
If the bearer was mortal, they would turn invisible and enter the Wraith-world. Prolonged exposure to the Ring could cause its owner to become irritable, paranoid, and even evil, though some beings were less susceptible to the Ring's influence. If wielded by someone other than Sauron, it also had the power to turn the bearer into a wraith-like creature like the Ringwraiths.History: The One Ring was destroyed when Gollum bit the Ring off of Frodo’s finger, taking part of the Hobbit’s digit along with it. In his glee, Gollum fell off the cliff at the Crack of Mount Doom and he and the Ring were consumed by the fire.
Names: Narya, the Ring of Fire, the Red Ring
Characteristics: Narya has the power to inspire hope, particularly in those who have fallen to despair. It also has the power to shield itself and its wielder from prying eyes.History: Like the other Elven Rings of Power, this ring was made by the Ñoldorin Prince, Celebrimbor. It was given to Gandalf by the elf Círdan, who upon giving the ring to the Wizard, said, “Thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valor of old in a world that grows chill.”
Names: Vilya, the Ring of Air, Blue Ring, the Dominant Ring, Ring of Sapphire
Characteristics: Vilya was the strongest of the three Elven rings. Its exact powers are unknown, but it is believed that it gave its bearer healing powers and control over minor elements, such as water. Elrond’s ability to summon a torrent of water to chase off the Ringwraiths is thought to be in part powered by Vilya.History: Just before the death of Gil-galad, the High King of the Ñoldor in Middle-Earth, the ring was given to Elrond.
Names: Nenya, Ring of Adamant, the White Ring, the Ring of Water
Characteristics: Galadriel’s ring had the power to preserve and protect. She used the ring to create and preserve Lothlorien, which was considered the most beautiful of the Elven lands in Middle Earth.
History: Once the One Ring was destroyed, Nenya and all the other rings lost their power. Since Galadriel used her ring to shape Lothlorien, the land’s beauty faded with the destruction of the One Ring.