Nine Rings of Men
Reproduction of a Ring of men by the Noble Collection
Nine Rings of Power given to men. The Nine Rings were kept by the Nine Kings of each culture. The Nine Rings were forged by Celebrimbor the Elven smith in Eregion in the 1500s of the Second Age. He forged them because of the evil will of Sauron. Along with the Nine Rings, Three Rings called Nenya, Narya, and Vilya were made for the Elves, seven for the dwarves, and one for evil. This evil Ring was made to rule all of the other Rings of Power. It was kept by Sauron. In 1697, Sauron wanted all of the Rings of power. He attacked Eregion in the War of the Elves and Sauron. He took the Nine Rings and gave rthem to Kings of men, who foolishly took them out of greed. Some of the kings he gave them to were Numenoreans, some were undoubtedly Haradrim, surely some were Northmen, and one was an Easterling named Khamul. The greatest of them was probably the man who became the Witch-King. As time went on, the Nine Men who got the rings became high and mighty. They could perform magic and become invisible. Soon, they became permanently invisible and then turned to darkness. They became cloaked shadows known as the Nazgul. The Nazgul were Sauron's most loyal servants. Once this happened, The Rings were taken from them and given to Sauron, who undoubtedly destroyed them or used them unwisely. The Nazgul were killed at the end of the War of the Ring.