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.
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.
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. It is unknown if the ring enhanced Gandalf's power over fire. Elrond firmly stated that while the Three Rings are not idle they were not made as weapons of war. They were made to preserve and heal. As they were made 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, where he bore it back to the Undying Lands and presumably kept it as a relic.
Portrayal in adaptations
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy
In The Hobbit Extended Edition, specifically in the 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 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.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Нарыя (Cyrillic) Narıya (Latin)|
|Serbian||Нариа (Cyrillic) Naria (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Наря (Cyrillic) Narya (Latin)|