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- Who is Isildur?
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- Who is the Stranger?
- Who is Queen Míriel?
- Who is Ar-Pharazôn?
- What is the broken black blade?
- What is Mordor?
- What is Mithril?
- What are the Silmarils?
- What is Narsil?
- Who founded Númenor?
- Who is Galadriel’s Brother Finrod?
- Rings of Power Adds 15 New Cast Members for Season 2
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- Will Celeborn Appear in The Rings of Power?
- Are Galadriel and Sauron Enemies in Book Canon?
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- Jamie Bisping Cast as Viran
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- What to Watch Before The Rings of Power Season 2
- Will We See More Rings in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Will Lord Belzagar Appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Who is Diarmid?
- Will Ringwraiths appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
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- Is the Balrog Durin’s Bane?
- Who is Isildur’s sister Eärien?
- What is Rhûn Where Nori & The Stranger are Headed?
- Will Galadriel Go Dark in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Where are the Southlanders Going?
- Is Durin Still a Prince?
- How Eärien will use the Palantir in The Rings of Power Season 2
- Is the Rings of Power close to canon? Will it get closer in Season 2?
- What is The War of the Elves and Sauron?
- Who are the Three New Rings of Power Cast Members? Ciarán Hinds, Rory Kinnear and Tanya Moodie
- Who are the Three Witches Trying to Rescue Sauron?
- Rings of Power season 2 Reportedly Wraps Filming
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- Will The Rings of Power be at San Diego Comic-Con?
- How are Hobbits and Harfoots Different?
- Who is Galadriel?
- What are Noldor Elves?
- Who are “Durin’s Folk”?
Last week’s feature on Durin’s Folk was such a smash I thought I’d write more about J.R.R. Tolkien’s dwarf characters and culture. In the original poem we know so well, which has shaped so many people’s understanding of what the “rings” in The Lord of the Rings are there is the iconic lines:
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
Though, admittedly, Tolkien shares with readers the least amount of information about who these Dwarf-
Lords are, what the names of their rings are, or if they share any particular abilities or special powers like we know about Nenya, Narya, and Vilya (the Elf Rings).
There is some detail given including the name of the most famous of the Dwarf-Lord Rings known as the Ring of Thrór. According to the book canon it was the first forged and the last taken back by Sauron. Description such as this usually belie a sense of additional weight or power when Tolkien lays them at the feet of magical objects. The Ring of Thrór is unique in how it was gifted to the dwarves in the first place. The six other rings were given by Sauron (disguised as Annatar at the time), to dwarf-lords and kings. This ring was given from Celebrimbor, himself, to King Durin III of Khazad-dûm – whose line it remained in for millenia.
Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will know the line of Durin eventually succumbed to their own greed. The Ring of Thrór is said to amplify the skills of the bearer, however, as dwarves are considered to have hard hearts and be somewhat closed off – at least compared to Tolkien’s humans and hobbits – so this ring amplified the bearer’s greed as well.
The Ring of Thrór was eventually lost by Thrór’s son, Thráin. It was taken from Thráin by The Dark Lord Sauron, himself.
If the name “Thráin” is pinging something in the back of your brain it’s probably because Thráin is the father of Thorin Oakenshield – the leader of The Company in The Hobbit.
The greed and ingenuity The Seven Rings inspired in the Dwarf-Lords led to the forging of The Seven Hoards. These were seven legendary treasure hoards. It is not confirmed, but considered to mean there is one hoard per dwarf clan as there are Seven Dwarf Clans in Middle-Earth.
Fun fact: Sauron didn’t actually reclaim all of The Seven Dwarf-Lord Rings because four of them were eaten by dragons and he only managed to salvage two, meaning there were two either lost forever or slowly, slowly digested by great beasts that speak kind of like Benedict Cumberbatch.