Things You Didn’t Know About Middle-earth Artefacts

by Zan Campbell

Artefacts play a large role in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. As a matter of fact, rings themselves are part of the title! But weapons, armor, and other items also feature prominently in the story. So, here are a few facts you may not have known about the treasures that form such an important part in the story of Middle-earth.

Elrond was not one of the original owners of an elf ring (neither was Gandalf).

Those familiar with Middle-earth lore know that during the time of the War of the Ring, the three elf rings were worn by Elrond of Rivendell, Gandalf the Wizard, and Galadriel the Lady of Lothlórien. However, only Galadriel was an original bearer of an elf ring. Celebrimbor gave the two rings Narya and Vilya to the high elf king Gil-galad, who held them for some time. In the beginning of the War of the Elves with Sauron, Gil-galad gave them to Círdan, the Lord of the Havens of Mithlond and Elrond. Later Círdan passed his ring to Gandalf saying, “Take this ring, master… for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness that you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill.”

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