Vilya, also known as the Ring of Sapphire, the Blue Ring, or the Ring of Air, was one of the Rings of Power made by the Elves of Eregion. It was considered to be one of the Three Rings of the Elves created by Celebrimbor, along with Narya and Nenya.
Vilya consisted of a sapphire set in a gold band, and was considered the mightiest of the Three Rings.
Though the exact powers of Vilya are not specified, it may have provided the ability to heal and to preserve. There is some speculation that the ring could control certain elements, considering the event where Elrond had summoned a torrent of water as the Nazgûl attempted to cross the Bruinen. This would seem likely, as Galadriel used her ring to put her power over Lothlórien. Elrond may have done the same with Vilya in Rivendell.
Celebrimbor, lord of Eregion, forged Vilya, Narya, and Nenya around the year SA 1590, without the knowledge of Sauron, in Eregion. Because of this, none of the Three were corrupted by Sauron's evil. However, like all the Rings of the Elves, the Three were still under Sauron's influence when he wielded the One Ring, which Sauron forged in SA 1600. Vilya, along with Narya and Nenya, was sent to the Elven-king Gil-galad in the year SA 1603, far away in Lindon. Gil-galad later gave the ring to Elrond, who bore it through the later years of the Second Age and all of the Third.
Upon Sauron's fall and the One Ring's destruction, the powers of Vilya slowly faded and it went over the sea along with its keeper, Elrond, at the very end of the Third Age.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Віля (Cyrillic) Vila (Latin)|
|Serbian||Вилиа (Cyrillic) Vilia (Latin)|
- The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Ch. IX: "The Grey Havens"
- The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years, "The Second Age"
- Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, Chapter IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"