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Completed c. II 1590. Passed into the West with Gandalf 29 September III 3021
Made by Celebrimbor and the Mírdain of Eregion
Probably 'fiery (ring)'1
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The Three Rings of the Elves

One of the Three Rings of the Elves, called the Red Ring and the Ring of Fire; it was originally borne by Círdan the Shipwright, but he gave it to Gandalf on his arrival in Middle-earth.



The -ya ending is normally used to form adjectives, so nár 'fire' becomes narya 'fiery'. However, in Aldarion and Erendis (Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth II 2), Tolkien apparently uses -ya as a diminuitive ending, so the alternative meaning 'little fire' is possible.

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