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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." - Translation of the Inscription on the One Ring

The One Ring was one of the most powerful artifacts ever created in Middle-Earth. It was made in Mount Doom by the Dark Lord Sauron during the second age of Arda. It was his intention to control all other rings of power he created together with Celebrimbor. Sauron was hoping he could gain lordship over the Elves and all other races in Arda.

Because Sauron wanted to gain lordship over all of Middle-Earth, he knew the One Ring had to be of extraordinary power. As such, he concentrated within the Ring a great part of his own soul. This way, Sauron's fate became bound to that of the Ring. If it were damaged, so too would Sauron be damaged; if it was destroyed, Sauron would be no more.

When he placed the One Ring around his finger, the elves were immediately aware of his presence, and took off their rings, seeing this, Sauron marshalled his armies to seize the Rings of Power by force. The war became known as the War of the Elves and Sauron, beginning in SA 1693. The war went very well for Sauron; he captured Eregion in short order and took back the rings that were kept there, excluding the elven. He captured Celebrimbor there and tortured him to make him reveal the location of the elven rings. However, Celebrimbor resisted and Sauron killed him. To further punish him, Celebrimbor's corpse was impaled and paraded as a trophy in front of the Orcish armies.

In SA 3261, Ar-Pharazôn, the last and most powerful of the Kings of Númenor, landed at Umbar at the head of an even more gigantic army to do battle with Sauron, in contention of Sauron's self-proclaimed title as Overlord of Middle-Earth and King of Men. The sheer size and might of the Númenórean army was enough to cause Sauron's forces to flee. Understanding that he could not overcome the Númenóreans through military might, Sauron surrendered to Ar-Pharazôn and was taken back to Númenor as a prisoner. However, Sauron's surrender was both "voluntary and cunning", allowing him to gain access to the people of Númenor. The Elves had not revealed to the Númenóreans the existence of the Rings of Power, and so Ar-Pharazôn was unaware of the One Ring's existence and capabilities. Ascending rapidly to become the King's most trusted counselor, Sauron was able to use the Númenóreans' fear of death as a way to turn them against the Valar, and toward worship of Melkor.

Although Sauron's body was destroyed in the Fall of Númenor, his spirit was able to bear the Ring back to Middle-Earth, and he wielded it in his renewed war against the Last Alliance of Men and Elves.

Sauron lost the ring in the year SA 3441 after Isildur, son of Elendil, cut it off one of his fingers. But the One Ring had a will of it's own, for Sauron's spirit lies within it. It betrayed Isildur and he was shot in the river Anduin, where he lost the One Ring, and it lay on the bottom of the river for over two thousand years.

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There were multiple players who were Sauron, and the ring passed to each Sauron.

In the past, one Sauron (hyperkillerTv) had multiple times when he almost lost the ring and there was once a time he actually truly lost it. This is when Saruman (KeyLime17) betrayed him to gain the One Ring. Saruman succeeded with the help of several dwarves of Durin's Folk and the Blue Mountains.

However, KeyLime later left the server, giving the One Ring to the former king of the Woodland Realm, Legolas (CeryusBusiness).To restore the original situation, Legolas later gave it back to Sauron (hyperkillerTv) as a token of respect.

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