Lord of the Rings: What Does the Ring Represent?

Topics: The Lord of the Rings, One Ring, Middle-earth Pages: 6 (999 words) Published: May 9, 2008
Lord of the ring;
what does the ring represent?


First of all, im a big lord of the ring fan, and since ive read these books several times and

watched the movies, its not hard to understand that I have been starting to think about

different themes in the book, and if there are some symbolism.

My term paper will be based on my own subjective opinion regarding the subject of whether

or not the ring of power in the modern classic “The lord of the ring”, written by J.R.R Tolkien

repsesents something special or if its just a matter of spicing up the story.

One Ring to Rule Them All. One Ring to Find Them. One Ring to Bring Them All and In The Darkness Bind Them.


Lord sauron, the thrilogies evil antagonist originally forged the ring of power.

In the flames of mount doom he created a tool wich enforced his powers, made him

unstopable, until Isildur, the king of Gondor managed to bring sauron down.

He had a chance to destroy the ring, right there and then, but the ring choose for him,

possesed him, made him do otherwise, and the ring lived on.

The thrilogy takes place decades after Sauron ones lost the ring. But since the ring lived on,

Sauron did too, and therefor the ring must be destroyd.

The person who is appointed this quest of being the ringbearer, and going to Mordor, is no

other than the little hobbit Frodo.

Throughout the 1000 pages long novel, you get to follow Frodos journy to the lands of

Mordor, and ultimately his struggle with letting the ring go.

The rings effect on people plays out differently depending on who it´s effecting. For

example Galadriel, the elfish queen, can hardly resist the temptetion of power and

destruction, meanwhile Frodo carrys it for a long time seemingly uneffected.

I´d like to do a paralell between The ring of evil and drugs in modern society.

Theres no one who claims that drugs, whether it´s alcohol or if its cocain is good for you,

but they do achieve to claim victims. They change personalities, and most of all they let

people think that they need them.

The ring does one thing to all of its victims. It graduatly lures them to believe that it will help

them, that it will give them something that they dont already have. It decieves them all to

believe it´ll give them power and riches, but theirs only one with the power to control the


In terms of metaphores you could say that the ring represents todays drugtraid, that sauron

represents the dealers, the drug lords, the ones who gain from the illegal market. And

ofcourse everyone affected by the ring represents the buyers, the ones who get in harms


Now Tolkien probably never drew the paralell to drugs, thats just me, but i do think that the

ring even in his eyes represent something more than what it is in the book.

In “The fellowship of the ring” theres a part were Boromir (one of the nine in “the fellowship

of the ring”) tries to take the ring from frodo by force but in his weakest moment he realizes

what he´s done and ends up dying like a hero, trying to save Merry and Pippin from the


This tendency to make people act like they normally wouldnt is a quality of the ring.

Its power over peoples will is the source to the mystery of its powers, because even if its said

early on that the one ring is made in perpose.. to rule middle earth, and all of its people,

even if it is the ring to rule them all, it has no more direct power to the average man than to

make him invisible. This creates an effect, it´s not clear what the ring really does that

everyone has to beware of, but every character in the novel who gets in contact with the ring

graduatly changes atitude towards it.

They all give in to the temptation sooner or later.

In this aspect the ring could represent mankinds constant desire for power and self-

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