Three Rings for the Elven-kings
Three of Sauron’s Rings of Power were held by the elves. These had been fashioned by Celebrimbor without Sauron’s knowledge; thus, alone among the Rings, they were not under his control. But their fate was still bound up with that of the One; therefore after the War of the Ring, they lost much of their power, and those who had borne them departed for Valinor.
Narya, set with a red stone, was called the Ring of Fire; Gil-Galad was its first owner. Círdan the Shipwright, his lieutenant, obtained it after his death. By the time of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” he had given it to Gandalf. Nenya, made of mithril and set with a diamond (“adamant”), was the Ring of Water held by Galadriel. Vilya, the Ring of Air, was set with a sapphire; with Narya, it was given to Gil-Galad and passed to Círdan, who gave it immediately to Elrond of Rivendell.
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