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The One Ring of Power: History, Powers, & Travels | Tolkien Explained

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  • Concluding our series on the Rings of Power with THE ONE RING. Sauron's master ring plunges the Second Age into darkness and in the Third Age, it holds the fate of Middle-earth!
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  • Nerd of the Rings
    Nerd of the Rings  Year ago +160

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    • Jill C
      Jill C Year ago +1

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    • Jill C
      Jill C Year ago

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    • Cpasa •
      Cpasa • Year ago

      Why didn’t Sauron give rings to Isildur and the kings of man to controlled them? He was clearly weak of mind. What kingdom did Sauron controlled with the rings?

    • MAO of DC
      MAO of DC Year ago

      Άγιος Γεώργιος Δημήτριος 0

  • Anna Marianne
    Anna Marianne Year ago +2971

    Kudos to the Tolkien fandom for the fact that we have fanart of almost every single Middle-earth character and even scene.

    • Charmedsas1
      Charmedsas1 Year ago +69

      I know right. Amazing!

    • Jordy Lakiere
      Jordy Lakiere Year ago +25

      I doubt this guy is asking every artist for permission to use the work, while also monetising their videos. I bet somewhere in these videos one of my paintings would pop up. This is really not OK, to say the least.
      So yeah. More than kudos is needed. I hope I'm wrong!

    • Jordy Lakiere
      Jordy Lakiere Year ago +19

      @Anna Marianne I can't really say much more clearly other than that you're completely wrong. Copyrighted material is protected. Me posting my work online automatically makes it protected. Its not my job to watermark or what ever you said , its simply stealing if anyone takes it and uses it for their own content, in particular monetised.
      This channel claims it uses the artwork under fair use claiming transformative/criticism, which is just blatantly false. The artwork is not transformed and it is not discussed directly. Its copyright infringement plain as day, of many artists, every video. This is NOT ok.
      After writing my previous comment I checked and this channel has actually used a painting of mine without every notifying me or asking permission. THIS IS ILLEGAL.
      I've done professional artwork for the Lord of the Rings franchise. You have no idea wether or not it is fan art or who owns the copyright. In my case, the artwork was on my portfolio which contains work that was commissioned by individuals and studios which now hold the copyright (disregarding for a second that me owning my own copyright is in fact, enough).

  • WarlordofBritannia
    WarlordofBritannia Year ago +397

    I always loved how the Ring couldn’t understand Sam, trying to tempt with huge gardens built by slave labor and all that.
    It shows how much Sauron failed to understand-he thought only in terms of what he would do, never comprehending the motives of more benevolent and less power-hungry beings; thus, he bought the bait offered at the Black Gate by Aragorn the heir of Isildur and Gandalf, whom the Dark Lord believed desired to become a Kingmaker if we can measure by the poison he sown in the mind of Denethor…
    And his Ring, infused with all his malice and cruelty, failed to understand the simple humility of hobbits and tried to impress Sam with delusions of grandeur that were antithesis on to his character; instead of tempting Sam, it repulsed him and furthered his resolve to save Frodo and finish the Quest.

    • Kingfisher
      Kingfisher Year ago +15

      Good insight!

    • Cyrus Ureña
      Cyrus Ureña 7 months ago +8

      Remember when Tom Bombadil wore the Ring and it had absolutely 0 effect on him? The Ring probably read his mind and realized how pure of a soul he was and so it became powerless before him.

    • Man_of_Tears
      Man_of_Tears 4 months ago +3

      ​@Cyrus Ureña I love that you point that out about Tom Bombadil in this context!

    • Michael Lubin
      Michael Lubin 2 months ago

      Sam could have created the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, millennia ahead of time!

    • FR- joey
      FR- joey 22 days ago

      Hey, middle-earth would have been destroyed but look at my carrots !

  • Tony Baker
    Tony Baker Year ago +403

    Never been a more iconic Ring in any book, movie, or game. Tolkien made history by turning a magic ring in the Hobbit into one of the most powerful objects in fantasy.

    • Moonbeeps
      Moonbeeps Year ago +16

      Well... Not only the ring, he made history by writing an incredible fantasy world, stories with original creatures and languages.

    • MostlyJovial
      MostlyJovial Year ago +5

      I disagree with it being "(one of) the most powerful object in fantasy"
      But certainly the most memorable
      EDIT: I see, I read over "one of"
      I still really don't think its as powerful as people claim it to be, but maybe that's simply due to power scaling in Lotr being all over the place. Lol

    • Jimmy Three-Balls
      Jimmy Three-Balls Year ago +8

      @MostlyJovial forgot the "one of" at the beginning of that chief

    • Luke Mountain
      Luke Mountain Year ago

      @Jimmy Three-Balls a good story for sure, but children need to grow up and quit kindergarten, so go and read the Malazan book of the fallen

    • Tony Baker
      Tony Baker Year ago +3

      @MostlyJovial I said "one of" sorry for any misunderstanding!

  • Etienne Porras
    Etienne Porras Year ago +1185

    Honestly I think my favourite moment is the Ring's multiple attempts to tempt Sam. After same rejects the vision of himself as "Hero of the Age", the Ring instead tries to show Sam nurturing Mordor into a beautiful Garden, trying to play to the simple gardner's love. But Sam sees through this illusion as well, and rejects the temptation of the ring AGAIN.

    • TheRebelOfChaos
      TheRebelOfChaos Year ago +196

      It's ironic because he *does* become Hero of the Age in a way of speaking. He rescues Frodo from Cirith Ungol, gives the ring back willingly, helps Frodo to make it up the mountain, and saves him from a fiery fate. It's just great that Sam doesn't see himself that way. He's the ultimate definition of a Hobbit: Humility.

    • Etienne Porras
      Etienne Porras Year ago +39

      @TheRebelOfChaos Oh certainly! Tolkein assured Samuel Gamgee that Samwise Gamgee was the hero of the whole book! 😆

    • Bash Sibda
      Bash Sibda Year ago +68

      Sam is the true hero of LOTR. The lowly garden boy who defeats Satan.

    • LitchQueenAsenath
      LitchQueenAsenath Year ago +35

      Or did it fulfil his desire to become Samwise, Dark Lord of Domestic Botany, but it turns out that it's really hard to be really evil when your primary motivation is the well being of your plants.
      If you can find an evil plant I encourage you to tell me about it. And I mean Evil; I'm not talking poisonous, I'm talking active malevolence, like an Ent that's a Manchineel tree.

  • Bennett Hibner
    Bennett Hibner Year ago +564

    one of the best parts of the books
    And far away, as Frodo put on the Ring and claimed it for his own, even in Sammath Naur the very heart of his realm, the Power in Barad-dûr was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown. The Dark Lord was suddenly aware of him, and his Eye piercing all shadows looked across the plain to the door that he had made; and the magnitude of his own folly was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies were at last laid bare. Then his wrath blazed in consuming flame, but his fear rose like a vast black smoke to choke him. For he knew his deadly peril and the thread upon which his doom now hung.
    From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaves quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired. For they were forgotten. The whole mind and purpose of the Power that wielded them was now bent with overwhelming force upon the Mountain. At his summons, wheeling with a rending cry, in a last desperate race there flew, faster than the winds, the Nazgûl, the Ring-wraiths, and with a storm of wings they hurtled southwards to Mount Doom.

    • Charmedsas1
      Charmedsas1 Year ago +17

      Woahh! Goosebumps😱

    • Solarnova
      Solarnova Year ago +23

      Fantastic! It looks like we're going to need a "what if" video here, "What if the Nazgûl had captured the ring from Frodo & Gollum in Mount Doom?" Imagine them presenting the ring to Sauron at Barad-dûr, while the Battle of the Black Gate was becoming extremely one sided...

    • WarlordofBritannia
      WarlordofBritannia Year ago +75

      *It was at this moment, Sauron knew he’d f*cked up*

    • Max Pombert
      Max Pombert Year ago +17

      I have always loved that passage in the book. It has a similar feel to when Voldemort sees Harry is alive in the deathly hallows. Thank you for posting it here

    • A Ramírez
      A Ramírez Year ago +2

      Can you explain the passage please? Tolkien literature is new to me

  • avaughnimous
    avaughnimous Year ago +570

    I say again, your channel should have millions of followers. This is high quality stuff. Thank you.

    • Toffee Crunch
      Toffee Crunch Year ago +11

      I strongly agree. Tolkien would be proud too.

    • Aceofspades♠️
      Aceofspades♠️ Year ago +4

      This is just what I was thinking keep going nerd of the rings I'm defo subscribing

    • Samantha Dodd
      Samantha Dodd Year ago +4


    • Phox345
      Phox345 Year ago +2

      Anytime someone asks a question I have a hard time answering about Middle Earth, these videos are what I refer people to

    • VeritasDVeritas
      VeritasDVeritas Year ago +1

      I agree as well that’s why every time I can I tell everyone to visit this channel if they ever want to learn the lore of LOTR.

  • Moon
    Moon Year ago +807

    I like how Tolkien speculates like he’s in the audience along with the reader. “I do not think Al Pharazon knew about the ring man. You know elves… hell if I know what they’re up to”

    • Moon
      Moon Year ago +51

      That’s very astute. I think it’s a mark of someone that liked diving into his own realms. The ultimate VR experience with cutting edge 1939 technology.

    • Moon
      Moon Year ago +21

      He palled around with CS Lewis while at Cambridge often times seen in conversation at the same establishment. If you ask me their minds shared a bond that transcended the normal range of storytelling by their keen ability to pull someone into other dimensions as they tried to make sense of a world that was at war.

    • Moon
      Moon Year ago +7

      Oh crap it was Oxford wasn't it

    • Moon
      Moon Year ago +4

      Thanks sir

  • V1rtualNish
    V1rtualNish Year ago +17

    Gollum did not fall to his death while celebrating.
    Bit of a long explanation but here it goes: While in Lothlorien, Frodo asks Galadriel why he cannot control people's will if he bears the ring. Galadriel responds that it is because he has not tried to. When Gollum attacks Frodo and Sam, part of the reason he continues to show them the way is that his will has been so sapped away by the ring, that he is completely at the will of the one who bears it. Frodo starts to use the one ring to keep Gollum in check.
    Frodo swore that if Gollum tried to claim the Ring he would be cast into the Fire. "In the last need, Sméagol, I should put on the Precious; and the Precious mastered you long ago. If I, wearing it, were to command you, you would obey, even if it were to leap from a precipice or to cast yourself into the fire. And such would be my command."
    On the slopes of Mount Doom Frodo issued a command through the Ring to Gollum: "If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom." So when Gollum assaults Frodo and bites off his fingers, the will of the ring forces him to yeet himself.

    • R. DeMora
      R. DeMora Month ago

      Yeah, but it has to do a lot with how oaths work in LotR. Oaths and curses have a lot of power attached to them. Frodo made Gollum swore an oath through the Ring, ON the Ring, ensuring that if the oath was broken (which it was) the Ring and Gollum would be destroyed.

  • Martin Bennett
    Martin Bennett Year ago +101

    You seem to have missed the key point - as most people have done - that when Frodo uses the Ring against Gollum on the slopes of Mount Doom, he commands that Gollum will be cast into the Cracks of Doom if he harms him,. Gollum did harm him, and was bound by the Ring's own power of command to fall. Therefore, the Ring was unmade by it's own power and design, the power to dominate and command - it wasn't a matter of good fortune. I'm certain that this was intentional on Tolkien's part, as the command doesn't make any sense if they're not at the Cracks of Doom.

    • Jordan Messec
      Jordan Messec Year ago +1

      Been a long time since I’ve read. Can you quote the line?

    • TorJuice
      TorJuice 11 months ago +23

      @Jordan Messec "Then, suddenly, as before under the eaves of Emyn Muil, Sam saw these two rivals with other vision. A crouching shape, scarcely more than the shadow of a living thing, a creature now wholly ruined and defeated, yet filled with a hideous lust and rage; and before it stood stern, untouchable now by pity, a figure robed in white, but at its breast it held a wheel of fire. Out of the wheel of fire there spoke a commanding voice.
      'Begone, and trouble me no more! If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom.'"

    • TorJuice
      TorJuice 11 months ago +17

      Hearkening back to this bit in Emyn Muil, when Gollum says he will swear on the precious to serve Frodo.
      "Frodo drew himself up, and again Sam was startled by his words and his stern voice. 'On the Precious? How dare you?' he said. 'Think! "One Ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them." Would you commit your promise to that, Smeagol? It will hold you. But it is more treacherous than you are. It may twist your words. Beware!'"

    • Supergoddad
      Supergoddad 9 months ago +8

      Funny thing is - if I remember correctly - is that Tolkien wrote that Eru himself caused Gollum to slip and fall into the fire. Never seen a more lethal slip than that ;)

    • jonnywlol
      jonnywlol 4 months ago

      @Supergoddad yeah eru intervened and made gollum slip and fall into the fires .

  • Ashkore the Immortal
    Ashkore the Immortal Year ago +117

    This is stunning to me. I thought Isildur was one of the heroes of that last desperate battle against Sauron. To think that an even more legendary and desperate battle was being fought in front of him is awesome!

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe Year ago +7

      Isildur's father fighting to the Death with Sauron, leaving both dead, was the peak and end of that war. Isildur fighting along Elrond right behind Isildur's father put Isildur in the position to pick up his father's already broken sword and cut of Sauron's finger, take the ring and ignore Elrond's plea to throw it into Mount Doom. Advice much later accepted and facilitated by his heir Aragon, who fought great battles to distract Sauron from Frodo's quest.

    • Roguewas Banned
      Roguewas Banned Year ago

      Yep and now we get to learn about his sister OC

  • Jane Doe
    Jane Doe Year ago +17

    I can relate to Sauron. I am not worried about losing my socks in the house, because I know they will eventually return to their one and true master.

    • Barky
      Barky 15 days ago

      underrated comment

  • fabricio zm
    fabricio zm Year ago +423

    It's such a nice coincidence that the "Rings of Power" series name was revealed just as NotR finished his Tolkien Explained videos on all the rings of power!

    • This Justin
      This Justin Year ago +24

      But Like Galadriel Already Sucks, They’ve Butchered Pete Jackson’s Interpretation, Sad Days

    • Ricky
      Ricky Year ago +28

      @This Justin you’re going off of a minute long teaser for the title reveal🤣. You need to calm down. It’s not the end of the world. We’re gonna survive these tragic days my guy. I can assure you, we will make it through this🤣.

    • Chris Perkins
      Chris Perkins Year ago +28

      @Ricky He wishes the Rings of Power had never come to him. He wishes none of this had happened.

    • OttoStrawanzinger
      OttoStrawanzinger Year ago +7

      @This Justin it‘s all obviously good enough for the Tolkien Estate who okay’d it all, so what are you even going on about?

    • Jacob Ring
      Jacob Ring Year ago +2

      There are other forces at work in this world besides that of evil.

  • Rocco Vergoglini
    Rocco Vergoglini Year ago +45

    Wow. You re-told the story of the One Ring excellently! It answered several lingering questions I've had over the years. Specifically, why Sauron had given the rings to the Dwarves and Men. Well done, Nerd of the Rings!

  • Emblem Parade
    Emblem Parade Year ago +16

    There were, perhaps surprisingly, only two periods in which we saw Sauron fully using the power his ring, both of them in the Second Age. And both were terrifying. The first was when he used it to successfully enslave many kingdoms of men and declared himself Overlord of Middle-earth. It took the full might of Númenor at the height of its power to bring down his armies. The second was after Númenor had sunk and his own corporeal form was destroyed. Even so diminished, it took the Last of Alliance of Elves and Men to defeat him. The ring was even able to restore his body, and indeed it cost the lives of the last two great warriors of old, Gil-galad and Elendil, to destroy that body, and with it end the Second Age.
    The Third Age began in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Sauron's dominion over the rings. The northern kingdoms of the Dúnedain were shattered and destroyed by Angmar, and Gondor was kingless. The dwarven strongholds, overly greedy and confident because of their rings, fell to dragons one by one, until finally Khazad-dûm was captured by a balrog. Rivendell, Lothlorien, and Mithlond held the last remnants of elves, but they were withdrawn and defensive. This was the most diminished and weakened resistance that Sauron had ever faced. Had he been able to recover his ring, and thus his powerful body, there is no doubt that he would have crushed them.

  • Jonathan Raithel
    Jonathan Raithel Year ago +236

    The most entertaining moment in the Ring’s existence is definitely one of times Bilbo used it to hide from the Sackville-Bagginses. Anyone with relatives they don’t like will understand.

    • Neil F
      Neil F Year ago +10

      I like when gollum slips at the cracks of doom. What sounds a
      like almost a lazy and easy resolution of the narrative is actually a very rare moment of direct divine intervention.

    • His not so lonely
      His not so lonely Year ago

      A needed use as they say.

    • Johnny Kush
      Johnny Kush Year ago +2

      @Neil F I dont like that it was divine intervention. It cheapens it.

    • Neil F
      Neil F Year ago +3

      @Johnny Kush as it's a rare occurrence in the legendarium I thought it was a kinda cool little detail

    • Johnny Kush
      Johnny Kush Year ago

      @Neil F Its a matter of personal taste but i feel like it devalues the whole quest because if not for that intervention, it would have failed depite all the efforts of the heroes.

  • Valentin Kambushev
    Valentin Kambushev Year ago +113

    I love how the One Ring is so important it's basically its own character! 💍

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe Year ago

      Wrong Emoji, the One Ring ᐤ⊚ has no stone, just the inscription, hence why it could be played in the movies by a simple copy of a human wedding ring.

    • Boarder02
      Boarder02 Year ago +3

      @John DoDo Doe 💍💍💍💍💍💍💍

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe Year ago

      @Boarder02 Whatn device did you use, and what does the emoji look like on your device. FYI, Android draws the profile of a ring with a really big diamond shaped blue stone.

    • Marshall McGinnis
      Marshall McGinnis 8 months ago

      And to think, it's just one tiny piece of a fraction of one Silmaril. Basically, it's a strand of Galadriel's hair.

    • Andrew Main
      Andrew Main 3 months ago

      I love the theory that when Gollum is threatened with his doom if he touches Frodo again, that it is actually the voice of The One speaking through him. The ultimatum is not Frodo-like at all, and the wheel of fire may be a symbol of the Ring's sentient nature.
      But that's just a theory

  • cryzz0n
    cryzz0n Year ago +5

    My favorite moment is Faramir showing wisdom and helping Frodo on his mission. The movie made Faramir look weak and easily corrupted. In the book, Faramir never wavered and did what was right without regard to himself. He showed the same wisdom as Aragorn.

    • Heather Kline
      Heather Kline 2 months ago

      I also really appreciate where Faramir's captain reminds him that if Faramir does not tell of the encounter with the Hobbits, according to Denethor's law Faramir's life is forfeit; and Faramir says only "Then it is forfeit."
      Such bravery and resolution! Faramir knows of the trouble of the Ring and wisely determines that it is too dangerous to be revealed to his father, even though Faramir is perhaps unaware of the Palantir.

  • IndianTelephone
    IndianTelephone Year ago +66

    My favorite one ring moment is when Aragorn pledges his sword to Frodo for taking the brave task of carrying the ring to Mount Doom, and that comes to a full circle, when at the black gates, Aragorn shouts "FOR FRODO" and charges forward alone, because he had full unwavering trust on the little hobbit to destroy the one ring.

    • Untrue Lie
      Untrue Lie Year ago +5

      These scenes are only in the movies. The former is different in the book, the latter does not take place at all.

    • Michael Chui
      Michael Chui Year ago +16

      @Untrue Lie You can just say the movies did this bit better. It's allowed.

    • IndianTelephone
      IndianTelephone Year ago +2

      @Untrue Lie Still powerful moments. And still One Ring moments!

  • Sonja Johnson
    Sonja Johnson Year ago +48

    Great video! I think my own personal favorite moment is the tempting of Galadriel. In the Peter Jackson film it is an enormously powerful scene of course, and the visuals there are truly epic to my mind. But in the book, there's even more threat, a chilling sense of just how much Galadriel wants that power. And knowing what I know now - after reading over so much of the "extra" material, especially the Silmarillion - the scene is ever more poignant. Because after all, the pursuit of power was part of what led to the downfall of her kin - and the Ring surely must represent a potential chance to seize great power once again...and because Galadriel is at heart a kind person, I can well imagine the sort of thoughts that might whisper to her in that moment. "But THIS time, I can use the power for good. THIS TIME, I can prevent destruction, not cause it. I can shield my people. There need never be another Kinslaying, if only I take up this ring and wield it in the name of good..."
    And of course that's not at all true, because the One is a corrupted, and corrupting, power. "Instead of a dark lord you would have a queen, beautiful as the dawn, treacherous as the sea." To know that of oneself - to be able to face the hard truth that you would NOT do as your heart wishes to do, but would succumb...to look at your soul and see without flinching the flaws within yourself. That's a strength of a completely different kind, and it is breathtaking. The One Ring bares the absolute worst things about Galadriel - and she then shows the very best of her qualities, and turns away from its poisonous song.

    • Kevin Russell
      Kevin Russell Year ago +6

      Well said, Sonja. What you've just written demonstrates the REAL power of Galadriel. It's not to be a warrior-Princess, but to be able to resist VERY great temptation, and DO NO EVIL, and to stand against all those who do. All her actions were in alignment with what she professed to believe, and to the original vision and song of Eru. She was rewarded by being granted a return to the Blessed Realm.

    • metalsadman
      metalsadman Year ago +1

      @Kevin Russell she's a mary sue.warrior princess in the upcoming series 😂

    • Kevin Russell
      Kevin Russell Year ago

      @metalsadman Indeed she is, to her shame.

    • Café Stifflered
      Café Stifflered Year ago +2

      @Kevin Russell how is she a Mary Sue? She's been around for thousands of years and fought many battles. Even according to Tolkien she was a Commander in the 2nd Age, and in the 3rd Age she invaded and threw down Dol Guldor (where Sauron's 2nd best General was)
      What are you really upset about?

    • Kevin Russell
      Kevin Russell Year ago

      I’m not too twerked about it anymore. The criticism has been made; people will watch the show, or not.
      The BIG problem, as I see it, is not the racially-directed casting, but what they’ve done to the HEART of the story. LOTR and supporting works are steeped in Catholic faith and Christian sensibilities. ROP is neither of these.
      ROP emasculates men, steals roles that were given to men by JRRT and gives them to Mary Sue (Galadriel).
      I don’t have to explain what a Mary Sue is. When Galadriel killed the troll with ease while guys stood around doodling their doodles, THAT is a classic Mary Sue moment.
      The Harfoots look like they’re movin on up to the East Side, they just have nothing to wear but dirt and weeds. The imagination (or lack of it) of the writers is pathetic.
      As to JRRT and evolution of the story, in the original Silmarillion version warrior Galadriel is NOT present. It looks like older JRRT started falling in love with his own love of Mary Sue.
      You're certainly entitled to your opinion.

  • 4thegr8erpud
    4thegr8erpud Month ago +1

    My favourite is probably faramir allowing it to leave. Such a pivotal moment which could have turned the war and showed what a legend he is, truly a man of quality

  • Ryan
    Ryan Year ago +13

    I love your story-telling ability and even when one thinks they know every in and out of LOTR you have a way to present it as if it is brand new and sometimes I genuinely forget certain aspects of the books that you mention. Best LOTR channel by far and congratulations on reaching 500k subs!

  • United We Analyse
    United We Analyse Year ago +29

    CONGRATS ON 500K SUBS! Long way to go, but you've already come a long way. Love to see you and your channel sharing knowledge with the lotr community, and even attracting and enlightening those new to lotr. Biggest lotr channel in my opinion
    One channel to rule them all
    One channel to find the fans
    One channel to enlighten us
    And in anticipation (for the next video) bind them
    In the land on Middle-Earth where the true lore lies

  • Ron Moonen
    Ron Moonen Year ago +11

    I always wondered about the reason why Gandalf wasn't more alarmed after he found out Bilbo had a magical ring in his possesion. Your explanation about the existence of the lesser rings wich preceded the rings of power, answered a question I had for many years. Thank you! Love this channel.

  • Zatsu
    Zatsu Year ago +9

    I can't thank you enough for all your work and love for the books and Tolkien's work. You put a lot of hours, editing and researching, without mentioning voice acting. It really shows how much you love this whole universe, and what I absolutly love about your channel and you, is exactly that: you love Tolkien's legacy as much as I do. There is no thing more heartwarming and dear to me than Tolkien's work. The films and books are my little piece of heaven... thank you so, so much, for being yourself, your channel, part of my little piece of heaven as well. Keep up the amazing work. I hope to contribute to your patreon someday, for you among all content creators that I have seen, share my own passion and love for this series.

  • Keith Russell
    Keith Russell Year ago +13

    After watching the rings of power, I have been thrust upon your Channel and I have never been more excited to learn more about the world of Tolkien. While I have read the first book and own all, your Channel keeps me interested, entertained, and continue to fall down the Tolkien rabbit hole. Please never stop creating your content, it is too awesome!

    • Nerd of the Rings
      Nerd of the Rings  Year ago +4

      So glad you found the channel and are enjoying it! Welcome to NOTR! 😁

  • Mentallect
    Mentallect Year ago +40

    Faramir didn't take the ring from Frodo because Faramir understood the ring would overthrow his mind like the ring did with Boromir.

  • James Eddleman
    James Eddleman Month ago +1

    I have always loved the power of the ring by just being around people. This extremely tempting thing just creates madness.

  • LegalSC
    LegalSC Year ago +54

    You are, by far, my favorite lotr channel. There's many that mimic. Some others pay impassionate voice actors to say the words they write. Nothing substitutes for love. You love this as much as I do. I thank you for what you do. I think there was a question at the end of your video that I was trying to reply to, but I can't remember it. I love you and what you do.

    • Di :3
      Di :3 Year ago +3

      Him, and at least 3 small channels: GirlNextGondor, InDeepGeek and DorkLords. These are also amazing.

    • LegalSC
      LegalSC Year ago +1

      @Di :3 That beautiful bald man from DorkLords is amazing as well. I will try to check out the others. Thanks.

    • Di :3
      Di :3 Year ago

      @LegalSC Yes! you won't be dissapointed!

    • Tom in Iowa
      Tom in Iowa Year ago

      @LegalSC The "Dork Lord" is a stage actor.
      Sadly, Kittlelor (the gray tabby) died at age 20, so she will not longer photo bomb his videos.

    • Tom in Iowa
      Tom in Iowa Year ago +1

      @Di :3 Add _The Red Book_ , _Tolkien Lore_ , and _Darth Gandalf_ to small channels with excellent content.

  • vikingskuld
    vikingskuld Year ago +1

    I think you should have talked about Frodo's command to Golem about throwing himself in the cracks of Mt. Doom if he ever touched him again. It was that use of the power of the ring that caused its destruction and that alone. That I feel is the most important thing written in that book. Golem would have ran off with it otherwise. Thank you for your videos. I really like how you do them.

  • Damon Willis
    Damon Willis Year ago +61

    Love it as always. As powerful as the One Ring is, it's more of a double edged sword for Sauron. Because while it does grant him control over the races of Middle-Earth who possess their own rings of power Sauron's very life was dependant on the ring because he poured everything he has into it for it to become the most powerful.

    • Andreas Derycke
      Andreas Derycke Year ago +7

      He didn't even expect it to be ever stolen, and not at ALL that it would be carried into mordor by a fokin halfling

    • oldmangranny5 oldmangranny5
      oldmangranny5 oldmangranny5 Year ago +4

      Ikr. He put all of his eggs in one basket.

    • Dante
      Dante Year ago

      Not really, the only way to destroy the ring was direct action from Eru, even without the ring in his possession he was taking the whole show over. Ultimately it comes down to him being pridefully blind to the reality that he cannot beat Eru, just like his master before him.

    • JMV Raymundo
      JMV Raymundo Year ago +8

      Hubris and halflings unknown to him. He never thought anyone would try to destroy it because he himself wouldn't. The dark lord was beaten by halflings, 3 of them. One 500-year old ring junkie, one tempted descendant of Bilbo, the other a gardener.
      He must be fuming.

    • Johnny Kush
      Johnny Kush Year ago

      I dont like the "double edged sword" idiom. Double edged swords are not any more dangerous to the user than single edges swords. It would make more sense to talk about a flail or a nunchuk because those can be very dangerous to the user.

  • Jay's Gaming Corner
    Jay's Gaming Corner Year ago +7

    Another fantastic video. All the rings of power are very interesting, with the One of course being above the others. I always figured Sauron was killed when the ring was destroyed; how interesting that he wasn't actually dead but rendered powerless. For him that would be a much worse fate than dying.

  • Richard Rose
    Richard Rose 6 months ago +2

    My favorite scene about the one ring was one in which it wasn't even present. When Gandalf and Pippin first meet with Denathor he bemoans the fact that Boromir did not bring him the ring so that he, Denathor, could put it in the dungeon for "safe keeping". Gandalf replied the if he had that Denathor would not have recognised his son. That response sent a chill down my spine.

  • Untrue Lie
    Untrue Lie Year ago +2

    A long awaited video, and certainly not a disappointing one. Thank you for all the work and dedication. Your channel is amazing and without a doubt the best Tolkien channel on Clip-Share. :)

  • Anne O'Nymous
    Anne O'Nymous Month ago +1

    The ring seems to have had some level of sentience, even if it was just the echo of Sauron within it. So I wonder if there was any negative effect on the ring from being spurned by Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel, Faramir and, finally, Samwise.

  • Jessica R.B.
    Jessica R.B. Year ago +9

    Amazing video as always! My favorite One Ring moment has to be Faramir's rejection of the One! It was absolutely awesome! I love any moment when someone resists the One, like Tom Bombadil. These moments are my favorite because they carry such a beautiful message of hope! No evil is irresistable!
    But sadly I fear amazon's series title is just a distraction as a supposed expert who is counselling amazon told The Guardian they will focus on things Tolkien did not write about, quoting "inventing the answers", also most of the protagonists are characters made up by amazon with very....odd names for tolkien characters, like "Tyra". The main villain is also "original" and is called Oren. Without Sauron as the main villain during his most active age, I fear the show is about a bunch of non existing characters with very modern names inserted in the general atmosphere of second age middle earth, and all of Tolkien's work will be just a vague backdrop to a generic fantasy series to attract the fanbase as "views fodder" but made to please the exact opposite audience, the ppl who dislike Tolkien and think it should be improved.
    To summon it up, to me its feeling a lot like fanfiction.

  • Lolo C
    Lolo C Year ago +4

    Hi! As a reader of both the Hobbit and the trilogy, and someone who very much enjoyed the stories but was just barely able to grasp the lore and the geography, your channel is so great! I’m glad to be getting so much context for the new series and this makes me feel like I can dive into the Silmarillion without being too overwhelmed.

    • Nerd of the Rings
      Nerd of the Rings  Year ago +1

      So glad to hear my vids could help you dive into the Silmarillion! Thanks for watching!

    • Pedro Campos
      Pedro Campos 11 months ago

      Uuuuh oook.

  • Jaimy van Dam
    Jaimy van Dam Year ago +3

    Congratulations on the second anniversary of your channel and passing the 500K subscribers mark. What an amazing video on the One Ring. Your pronunciation and deep voice uttering the inscriptions of the One Ring was truly epic. Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort you put into these videos. I'm already looking forward to your next great video.

  • Gothic Fairy
    Gothic Fairy 7 months ago

    I love lord of the rings and the hobbit. Your videos help me understand more lore history and answer questions that I had after watching the series. I still need to get the books though

  • Gary Nelson
    Gary Nelson 7 months ago

    Great video. Fantastic content. Thank you for your hard work, it shows, and is appreciated.

  • Just Another Voice
    Just Another Voice Year ago +1

    Man, every video you make makes me want a LotR audiobook by you all the more! My favorite moment is probably a tie between when it draws Sauron’s sight to Frodo on Amon Hen and Gandalf protects him long enough to escape, and the moment he puts it on in Mt Doom and Sauron is suddenly aware of him. I wish you’d finished that paragraph, the shocking weight of that “oh $#^%” moment is conveyed so powerfully there as he realizes all at once how blind he’s been to the machinations of his enemies and desperately drops everything to stop him. Those moments where we get a glimpse of Sauron and the sheer power of his mind and will are awesome!

  • Haku Kuze
    Haku Kuze 11 months ago

    So well done, finally someone who can explain why the Dwarves were not affected as much by the rings and how it affected them. I am still a little confused by the Elven rings. Why did they make more than three, as this is the first I hear about it. What were the other ones for?

  • FreeFalling Air
    FreeFalling Air Year ago

    So glad I stumbled onto your channel! This is great work. The fan art is just amazing, really brings the world alive. And your narration and presentation is perfect! Having a field day going through your older videos! Cheers!

  • Dyooomie 123
    Dyooomie 123 Year ago +10

    Learning a lot about Tolkien's works from this channel and also Men of the West. Thank you and congrats with the 500k subs

    • W. Randy Hoffman
      W. Randy Hoffman Year ago +5

      You should also check out The Red Book, which IMHO features the deepest and most interesting Tolkien commentary on YT.

  • Matthew Anderson
    Matthew Anderson Year ago +3

    Sam is definitely the hero of Lord of the Rings... A better friend and a wonderful hobbit that carried the hell of the ring and didn't fall to its call.

  • ATXtrader
    ATXtrader Year ago

    You have a true command of Tolkien's work and a gift for storytelling. This video was a nice "refresher" for me of the FOTR books. Subscribed and looking forward to watching more of your video's of ME and Tolkien lore. thank you.

  • Matin
    Matin Year ago +65

    3 Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    7 for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
    9 for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
    1 for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.
    And yet it is so strange to note that Tolkien died on 1973!

  • José Durão
    José Durão Year ago +1

    That even Eru Ilúvatar itself had a part to play and made Gollum slip in that crucial climactic moment is a testament to the monumental influence of so little a thing. Several thousands of years and characters whose existences were bound to the ring in one way or another, for good or evil. In my opinion, that's the most fascinating aspect of it all.
    As always, spectacular video man!

  • Jason Brody
    Jason Brody 10 months ago +1

    2:47 Originally the Black Gate had been built by Gondor AFTER the Siege of Barad-dur and the dissapearence of the One Ring in the early Third Age in order to prevent Sauron to return to Mordor. However, Sauron later indeed rebuilt the Morannon in order to keep his heartland from an enemy attack.

  • Valentin Kambushev
    Valentin Kambushev Year ago +55

    When I first read "The Hobbit" I didn't even think where the ring came from. Then I read and watched " The lord of the rings" and I couldn't believe Bilbo had the most dangerous thing in the entire world in his pocket the whole time. After this I watched "The Hobbit" trilogy and it was so bizarre for me to see the ring as an ally (sort of) and Bilbo using it without fear .

    • Bryan198026
      Bryan198026 Year ago +6

      Especially when you consider the fact that at the time the hobbit was written, the Lord of the rings hadn’t been, nor had there really been talk of a sequel, or if there had it may not have been serious. So it’s almost like that version of the ring was an entirely different version. It was only when Tolkien decided to make the ring the Central plot point to the sequel to the hobbit, he had to rethink it, since there would’ve been no way in hell that Gollum would have been able to willingly offer the ring up as a prize to Bilbo for winning the riddle game which is how that scene originally played out when the hobbit was first published. So it was very clever the way he went back and rewrote the scene later when he was working on the Lord of the rings so that it would match up.

    • Pedro Campos
      Pedro Campos 11 months ago


  • Saul Goodman
    Saul Goodman Year ago +2

    I really do hope we get the full scope and epic story of how the rings get taken back by Sauron. If these stories more or less follow the lore of the Dwarven rings, then we will get to see some of the original dragons that existed in the Second Age while they devour the Dwarven kingdoms.

  • Susan Davis
    Susan Davis 10 months ago +2

    One missing detail: as Frodo, Sam, and Gollum make their way up the stairs of Cirith Ungol, a second Nazgul senses the presence of the Ring (not knowing specifically that that's what it was), and raises the alarm, which is how Shagrat and Gorbag both came to be bearing down on the party when Shelob attacked. And the pursuit continued after Frodo and Sam left the tower, which forced them to detour all the way to Udun, rather than taking the direct road from the tower to Orodruin.

  • Untrue Lie
    Untrue Lie Year ago +4

    Among the many literary motives in Tolkien's work, the fate motive is one of the most interesting. After the Council of Elrond has decided that destruction of the ring is the only option and that Bilbo can't do this, no one wants to take it and silence lies over the scene. Then, Frodo feels like facing some sort of "judgement", one that he had anticipated for a long time, but hoped that it would never be made. He then stands up and says that he will take the ring, but it seems to him that someone else speaks with his voice.
    I think this shows clearly that Frodo is destined (by Illúvatar) to bear the ring and try to destroy it. At least that's what Elrond tells Frodo a few moments later and what Gandalf somewhat crypticly explaines in another scene.

    • Alcogod
      Alcogod Year ago +1

      "Bilbo was meant to find the ring, in which case you were also meant to have it, and that is an encouraging thought"

  • Flower GemsGirl
    Flower GemsGirl Year ago +14

    I think my favorite moment of the ring is when the ring dissolved into the lava and the tower with the eye breaks apart. The army stops fighting and watches the destruction of Mordor. In the film it is a powerful moment, and the musical score really packs on the emotion in that scene. ☺️

    • Matt H
      Matt H 7 months ago +3

      And that really really low bass "fwOOOOooooomm" sound as the shockwave goes across, that you can only properly hear in theaters or with a good system with large subwoofers. Yea.

    • Dustin Brandel
      Dustin Brandel 3 months ago +1

      Yeah man, that was a powerful moment. Then theres the charge of the rohirim, as a close 2nd place

  • Luke Carter
    Luke Carter 7 months ago

    When gollum and Frodo regain possession of the ring after losing it for a time, we see how much more power it has over their minds when reunited. It reminds me of when Gandalf told bilbo at the beginning that he cannot possess the ring for a second time. It weakens the will of its possessor while seemingly giving him power. When one loses it, he not only begins to realize the power it gives, but has also been weakened by it to the point where it has free reign to impose its own will on you. It seems like the bearer of the ring is living in the dark realm as well as in the physical world. Just like the ring itself

  • Nerd of the Rings
    Nerd of the Rings  Year ago +271

    Thanks to all who have subscribed at pushed Nerd of the Rings over the 500k mark!! Looking forward to spending many more days in Middle-earth with you all!

    • Smaug
      Smaug Year ago +4

      Congrats on 500k!

    • Greg Solomon
      Greg Solomon Year ago +4

      You deserve it! You create amazing quality content. Keep it up

    • Thomas Bourret-Dionne
      Thomas Bourret-Dionne Year ago +1

      tanks to you! looking forward watching more and more video!

    • Ryan Bbbb
      Ryan Bbbb Year ago +1

      The content speaks for itself 👍👍

    • Di :3
      Di :3 Year ago

      Ok Sir, that black speech was awesome.

  • BrenKir Gaming
    BrenKir Gaming 10 months ago

    My favorite of all time has to be Sauron emerging from Barad Dur to fight Elendil and Gil Galad. Even though the movies did a great way of depicting it I feel that the actual way that Tolkien invisioned it is almost incomprehensible in the way that it would be too terrible and too awesome to imagine fully.

  • haneen a.
    haneen a. Year ago +2

    chanced upon your video and instantly subscribed! not only does your dedication to research and skill in writing shine through, but your narration is stunning and breath-taking! it was such a marvel to listen to. like i can easily pick up on the fact that you adore tolkien's universe and your passion is a force to be reckoned with. i enjoyed your explanation immensely and i plan to go through your videography so i don't miss out on anything. thank you so much!

  • Dr. Cole
    Dr. Cole Year ago

    What a fantastic video. This summary, accompanied by the beautiful artwork, is worthy of the greatness of the work covered.
    My favorite part of the ring’s journey cannot be a surprise to most. When Sam picks up Frodo and says his line for the ages, “I may not be able to carry the ring, but I can carry you!”, my heart pauses each time I watch this seen. You realize right there that Samwise is, indeed, the most powerful Hobbit to ever live.

  • Galactis
    Galactis Year ago

    I loved Kate Blanchett's prologue to LOTR reading this. And, when Gandalf recited it as well. So powerful those two lines. Kate was so wonderful in both trilogies, so good. The rings were so influential to all of the world.

  • Valentin Kambushev
    Valentin Kambushev Year ago +21

    Just like the ring, I am sure the creation of this video was not easy. Appreciate the effort, Nerd .🤓 💍

  • rreeves0710
    rreeves0710 Year ago +4

    SO many years later, and still the most well thought out plot in the world.

  • Gondor
    Gondor Year ago +5

    Excellent video. Thank you for citing the source of Tolkien basically saying Sauron had the ring in Numenor. That does make more sense for the story, but in the Akallabeth, the wording insinuates that once Sauron's spirit return to Barad-Dur "he took up again his great ring in Barad-Dur and dwelt there, dark and silent...". At first (and otherwise forever, unless the letters are read), it sounds like his ring was waiting for him but that doesn't mean he took up the ring *that was waiting for him in Barad-Dur* only that he could not put it on again until fleeing back to Mordor. Interesting. After so many years of studying this lore, my view points can still be changed...

  • Skye
    Skye Year ago +1

    congratulations on 500k subscribers! your videos are absolutely wonderful and I truly appreciate all the middle-earth knowledge you provide!

  • tubeyhamster
    tubeyhamster Year ago +3

    My two favorite ring moments are when Tom Bombadil puts it on, and it has no power to turn him invisible or corrupt him, which shows that Sauron's power is not absolute, and that there are older and different forces at work in the universe. To me it is one of the more hopeful moments in the journey because it demonstrates that the ring is not an elemental force. And I like when Galadriel fantasizes about taking the ring for herself, because it answers the question that Boromir never understood: that even if used with the intent for good, the ring will always corrupt its wearer (except for Bombadil, natch). Great video, thanks!

  • Tara Stepro
    Tara Stepro 11 months ago

    Have you done one that would predict what the third age would have been like had Isildur thrown the ring into the fire? What would have been different?

  • Jr's Tractors
    Jr's Tractors Year ago +14

    This is so interesting to see the history of the One Ring

  • Baz Taylor
    Baz Taylor Year ago

    I have a question - how did Sauron pour his cruelty, malice and will to dominate into the One Ring?

  • jabba
    jabba Year ago +1

    It's so tragic that Isildur was finally free of the ring and felt the weight lifted from him just to have a bunch of startled orcs make him a pin cushion.

  • james noyes
    james noyes 3 months ago

    We can’t imagine how powerful this ring is and how it effects one

  • Dareliz
    Dareliz 7 months ago

    Beautiful video! The illustrations are breathtaking! Bravo and thank you. 👏🏻🇨🇦

  • Andrew Awad
    Andrew Awad 26 days ago

    The ring tempting Galadriel is surely most interesting, given her knowledge of it, and she is still capable of overcoming it’s influence.

  • Daniel Soares
    Daniel Soares Year ago +3

    What an incredible survey! Congratulations on the video! You've achieved by yourself what the entire Amazon couldn't produce. Great video!

  • Jim Lane
    Jim Lane Year ago +1

    I'm LOVING these videos!!! I have read "The Hobbit" 3 times, maybe 4, and "The Lord of the Rings" 8 or 9 times since first finding them in 1975, so I know these stories fairly well. But to go in depth into the various aspects of the stories is great!! J.R.R. Tolkien was truly brilliant!! As a professor in several fields, including English Language at Oxford University in England, he had great command of the English language, and perhaps others as well. I have also seen him referred to as a Linguist. This makes sense considering he developed the Elvin, Dwarf and Orc languages, in the instance of Elvish it was also the written words as well.
    What a lot of people don't know, or perhaps, don't even care about is these stories are fanciful tale with the rise of, and the eventual dangerous end result, if not checked and defeated, of the rise of Communism. Remember that Tolkien lived through both the Russian Revolution and the rise of the Bolshevik regime, headed by Vladimir Lenin and the change to Joseph Stalin, the former bad and the latter far worse. As history has progressed this has slowly been the sad case in the western world, the ever growing dark shadow from the east encompassing our nations. Okay, off the soapbox.
    Fantastic videos and very informative!! Thank you for doing these.

  • TheRasIbo
    TheRasIbo 11 months ago

    My favourite ring moment from both the movie and one of your videos is when Galadriel is offered it by Frodo.

  • Markus Robinson
    Markus Robinson Year ago +11

    Wonderful narration with lots of great details. One minor quibble. You say that "Gollum slipped and the ring was destroyed." The key point you omit, is that Gollum, on and to the ring, swore an oath to Frodo to do his bidding, and then violated that oath. The ring punished him for violating his oath, killing him, and so, destroying itself. Perhaps the positive powers in the Tolkien universe had something to do with that. Does not Gandalf say to Frodo, "Gollum will have some role to play yet, for good or for evil"?

    • Expred
      Expred Year ago +5

      Yeah, I agree. In a sense Frodo might have caused Gollum's, and therefore the ring's, death. As quoted from the book, after Gollum has sworn an oath to protect the master of the precious, Frodo says this curious quote to Smeagol: "In the last need, Smeagol, I should put on the Precious; and the Precious mastered you long ago. If I, wearing it, were to command you, you would obey, even if it were to leap from a precipice or to cast yourself into the fire. And such would be my command. So have a care, Smeagol!"
      So I think that because Gollum didn't follow the oath he swore "on the precious", that's why he ended up falling into the flames of Mt. Doom. He betrayed the ring and his oath to Frodo. Frodo saying "such would be my command" about leaping off the precipice reinforces this theory. It's interesting to think about. There's an interesting video on this subject at In Deep Geek's youtube channel, called "Did Frodo Curse Gollum?" I suggest checking it out.

    • indio4-21
      indio4-21 Year ago +1

      I don't recall where exactly this was stated, perhaps in one of Tolkien's letters, but it was actually Eru Ilúvatar that truly caused Gollum to trip and fall into the fires of Mt. Doom.

  • Ashernal
    Ashernal Year ago +1

    Just discovered your channel today and I've spent literally all day watching. If I may, I would LOVE for you to do one or both of these ideas on a video for Frodo.
    1: What if Frodo kept the One Ring and fled Mordor?
    2: What if Frodo succumbed to the Morgul Blade and became a wraith? Would the elves have not gotten to him in time and he kept the ring as a wraith and brought it to Sauron? Would the fellowship now have to hunt down Frodo? Or would they deal with him quickly and choose a new ring-bearer?
    Would love to see either one or both of these videos done with your expert skills! Either way, thank you for all you've done to expand my knowledge of a series I love but know quite little about. Cheers!
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  • A-dam Walrus
    A-dam Walrus Year ago

    You're easily one of the greatest youtube channels on the platform. I've followed since the early days and I have always loved the content. Keep it up!

  • pochoklin77
    pochoklin77 Year ago +13

    “Evil is not able to create anything new, it can only distort and destroy what has been invented or made by the forces of good.” J. R. R Tolkien

  • Irate Computer User

    Thanks for an informative and illustrative history.

  • Martín Fernández Varela

    Great video, sir. I wonder what Sauron's spirit did after being permanently disembodied. Did it linger in Middle-Earth? Did it go back to Valinor? Or maybe it tried to join Malkor past the Door of Night? Leaving this matter "unsolved" feels like an open window for another story. I know a sequel was considered and later abandoned, but one can't help but wonder what was Sauron's true, ultimate fate.

  • DFK
    DFK Year ago

    I am really not into book reading but i've been a huge lore nerd for lotr for the past 20 years. And never ever knew that while holding the ring, the hobbits appeared as epic shadow warriors. That's incredibly badass.

  • PerfectCell
    PerfectCell 9 months ago

    Probably my favourite part of Return of the King is right after the ring is destroyed and the tower collapses .. a giant black shadow rises ( Saurons essence) and reaches out his hand to the army of the west as a last ditch effort and is blown away to the east.. never to be seen again. The imagery there is so creative and epic, Tolkien was a genius storyteller.

  • Aaron Adams
    Aaron Adams Year ago

    One question, I’ve recently read the LOTR books and I remember Sam putting on the ring so he wouldn’t be seen near Shilobs cave by orcs. So… why didn’t Sauron detect this where as he was immediately aware that Frodo put the ring on at Mount Doom?

  • Voice of the Rings
    Voice of the Rings Year ago +5

    This Was so Good Nerd of the Rings! One of your best ever! That's saying something since all your others are so amazing too! Congratulations on 500k Subs! You deserve it my friend! You make all our days better with these awesome videos!

  • Gail Albers
    Gail Albers Year ago

    The reading of the inscription on the one ring in its own language really gave me goose bumps - it was that powerful.

  • Count Dread
    Count Dread Year ago

    As always thanks once again for a great video. I listen and watch your videos when I'm reading one of Tolkien's books. Makes me believe I'm there. Oh just one more chapter. Thanks Mellon

  • Matthew Anderson
    Matthew Anderson Year ago

    You're content just keeps getting better and better! Thanks so much, definitely the highlight of my weekends!

  • Joey Attaway
    Joey Attaway 11 months ago

    The Ring with Tom and with its Master are the two most compelling storylines regarding the One Ring!

  • Zisis Savvarikas
    Zisis Savvarikas Year ago +5

    For me one of the best moments is the fact that Gollum falls in the chasm.
    This is the result of the mercy that Bilbo showed him all those years ago, that Frodo showed him when they met and finally at the end. Mercy is the last thing that the ring is supposed to do and yet its last bearers where the exact opposite of what the ring was supposed to be.
    Mercy destroyed the One Ring.

  • Marcus Hicks
    Marcus Hicks Year ago +3

    I think my favourite moment was the expanded version of The Disaster of the Gladden Fields-which I only know of thanks to your channel! I think that this might make an excellent Epilogue to the final episode of the Amazon Series.

  • Ziggy Mandarr
    Ziggy Mandarr 7 months ago

    I like how Tolkien equated Sauron pouring himself into the Ring to Melkor. How Melkor had to pour a lot of his own being and essence into corrupting Arda. Makes you wonder if that's where Sauron got the idea. Except not on a universal scale, like Melkor. More focused, more purpose driven.

  • Matt Sadler
    Matt Sadler Year ago +1

  • ActionNumbers
    ActionNumbers Year ago +1

    My mind is blown that Gandalf was away for 17 years after Bilbo's party while Frodo had the ring in an envelope and went on with his life in the Shire? That's a long time?

  • J Nags
    J Nags Year ago

    Gollum recapturing the one ring before its final fall into the fire.
    I think it's incredible. Others, men or hobbits can think what all it did to them over the years, they might want it still, or overcome it. I mean, atleast they can think in two or three ways.
    For Gollum, there is nothing to lose. It's already in the very end of life and no possessions ,emotional or material or cerebral...it's lost everything for and to the ring... Such is the power of the ring and i am tempted to say ,the power of Gollum also over the ring!
    Such a disastrous relationship between them.

  • Josh Bishop
    Josh Bishop Year ago +1

    Amazing video! Do you think there's enough content on the lesser rings before the rings of power to make a video about them? I'd love to learn more about those!

  • Philip Bergmann
    Philip Bergmann Year ago +4

    Wow. I did not know that Gandalf took 17 years to return to Frodo to test the ring.

  • Mohomad El Sayed
    Mohomad El Sayed Year ago +1

    I discovered your channel today and I have watched more than half your videos already. Loving it !!!

  • Kyle Bernadyn
    Kyle Bernadyn Year ago +1

    I think we can all agree that one of the better choices in the movie trilogy was *not* having the timespan between Gandalf’s trip to Minas Tirith and his return to the Shire be 17 years.