A name for the One Ring. After Sauron's defeat in the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur Elendil's son took the Ring, and later set out northward with it, bound for his kingdom of Arnor. Ambushed by Orcs, Isildur's small force was cut down, and he fled the battle wearing the Ring. It slipped from his finger, though, and so both Isildur and the Ring were lost.
The Ring was forged long before Isildur's birth (about 1,600 years before, in fact), but it only acquired its title 'Isildur's Bane' after Isildur's death in III 2. Isildur had attempted to use the Ring's power of invisibility to evade a band of Orcs, but at a crucial moment the Ring slipped from his finger into the waters of Anduin, making him visible to his enemies, and bringing about his death. Of Isildur's army, only three survivors escaped into the North, and from their account, the title of Isildur's Bane arose for the One Ring.
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