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Narya, also known as the Ring of Fire, was one of the three Rings of Power made originally for the Elves.


Narya was described as having the power to inspire others to resist tyranny, domination and despair, as well as having the power (in common with the other Three Rings) to hide the wielder from remote observation (except by the wielder of the One) and giving resistance to the weariness of time. It is also thought to have magical properties and fire powers, as when fighting Durin's Bane, Gandalf claimed to wield the Flame of Anor.


Second Age[]

Created by Celebrimbor in the Second Age, along with Nenya and Vilya, after Sauron, disguised as the mysterious Annatar, had left Eregion, Narya was free of his influence, having been crafted only by Celebrimbor himself and later hidden from Sauron's grasp - but it still was bound to the One Ring. According to Unfinished Tales, at the start of the War of the Elves and Sauron, Celebrimbor gave Narya together with Vilya to Gil-galad, High King of the Ñoldor. Gil-galad entrusted Narya to his lieutenant Círdan, Lord of the Havens of Mithlond, who kept it after Gil-galad's death.

Third Age[]

Gandalf with Narya

Gandalf wearing Narya in The Return of the King film

Upon the arrival of Gandalf in Middle-earth on TA 1000, Círdan, knowing Gandalf's true nature and duty, gave him Narya to aid him in his labours.[1]

None save Elrond, Galadriel, and Círdan knew that Gandalf bore it through the Third Age. It is unknown how or where Gandalf used it, but during the siege of Minas Tirith he inspired hope and courage in men wherever he passed. This may be one example of Narya's influence. Elrond firmly stated that while the Three Rings were not idle, they were not made as weapons of war, but were made to preserve and heal. As they were created to ward off the effects of time, at best the rings could give the wielder extra stamina and endurance, as Círdan stated when he gave Narya to Gandalf. The ring was revealed on Gandalf's finger at the Grey Havens, and was borne by him to the Undying Lands.

In adaptations[]

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy[]

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring while fighting Durin's Bane, Gandalf claims to be the wielder of the Flame of Anor and servant of the Secret Fire. It is unlikely that Gandalf would reveal his ownership of Narya to an enemy. It could be that Gandalf was simply trying to scare the Balrog into fleeing (knowing the Balrog had no loyalties to Sauron at the time) by announcing himself as a servant of the Valar and through them Eru Ilúvatar, who alone possesses the Flame Imperishable within himself.

Narya is also visible on Gandalf's hand at the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during the Grey Havens scene.

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy[]

In The Hobbit Extended Edition, specifically in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, an additional scene includes Gandalf being questioned about Narya at Dol Guldur. True to the books, Narya itself is invisible, but reveals itself on Gandalf's hand when questioned.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power[]

In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Narya's creation by Celebrimbor is portrayed along with Nenya and Vilya, after the Elven-smith learns of the craft from Halbrand, who is discovered by Galadriel to in fact be Sauron.


In Quenya, Narya means "Fiery red", from narwa ("fiery red").[2]


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Narja
Amharic ኛርያ
Arabic ناريا
Armenian Նարյա
Belarusian Cyrillic Нарыа
Bengali ণার্যা
Bosnian Narja
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нария
Chinese 纳雅
Georgian ნარია
Greek Ναρυα
Gujarati નર્યા
Hebrew נריה
Hindi नार्या
Japanese ナルヤ
Kannada ನರಿಯಾ
Kazakh Нарыя (Cyrillic) Narıya (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Наря
Latvian Narja
Macedonian Cyrillic Нарија
Marathi नार्या
Mongolian Cyrillic Нарыа
Nepalese नार्य
Pashto ناریا
Persian ناریا
Russian Нарья
Sanskrit नार्या
Serbian Нариа (Cyrillic) Naria (Latin)
Sinhalese නාරියා
Slovenian Narja
Tajik Cyrillic Нариа
Tamil நெறய
Telugu నార్య
Thai นาร์ยา
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нариа
Urdu ںاریا
Uzbek Наря (Cyrillic) Narya (Latin)
Yiddish נאַריאַ


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. V: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"