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"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
Inscribed on the One Ring

The greatest of the Rings of Power, forged secretly by Sauron in the fires of Orodruin. The Ring not only had the power to transport its wearer into the Wraith-world, making them invisible to those in the real world, but also granted virtual immortality and mastery over the nineteen Great Rings, and all other magical Rings forged in Eregion in the middle of the Second Age. After Sauron's defeat at the end of that Age, the Ring was lost; the story of its recovery and ultimate destruction lie at the heart of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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