I began the thread with
One of my favourite stories that emerges from the Silmarillion, without actually being a story in its own right, is the tale behind the Ring of Barahir. This ring featured in many of the events that took place in the Silmarillion, and LotR, but never received the recognition it's younger siblings received.
Originally the ring belonged to Finrod Felagund and had been forged by the Noldor back in Valinor. During the Battle of Dagor Bragollach, Finrod was cut off from his men and it was the Edain, Barahir who fought his way to Finrod's side and rescued him. Finrod gave him the ring has a pledge for later aid should Barahir or his kin need it.
Later when Barahir was slain in Dorthonion, his hand bearing the ring was cut off as proof of his death, but his son, Beren, managed to rescue both the ring and the hand. He later took the ring to Nargothrond during his quest for the Silmarils, and Finrod fulfilled his pledge by going with Beren on this quest. When they were captured by Sauron, and thrown in the dungeons of Minas Tirith, Finrod gave his life to save Beren from a werewolf.
Preserved by Dior and Elwing, the ring survived the end of the First Age and came into the hands of the Faithful of Numenor during the Second Age. To come here, it must have been given to Elros by his father Earendil.
Having survived the downfall of Numenor, it became a heirloom of the North Kingdom in Middle Earth. After the fall of Arthedain, however, King Arvedui fled North and was rescued by the Lossoth, the primitive men living in the Northern Wastes. For saving his life Arvedui gave the ring to the chief of the Lossoth, saying it would be randsomed for great wealth if they returned it to his people. He then took a ship that Cirdan had sent North to find him, which promptly sank in the ice, drowning him.
The Lossoth returned the ring south, and as Arvedui had told them, the Dunedain ransomed it. It was then kept at Rivendell as one of the heirlooms of the North Kingdom, and so was eventually given to Aragorn when he came of age and his heritage was revealed to him.
Fashioned as two serpents with emerald eyes, one supporting and the other devouring a crown of golden flowers, it is this ring that he can be seen wearing in the films.
The story of this ring is not told in one place, and you have to follow its path through your own research in many places, but I think its history is one of the best stories never to be written. While its younger siblings from the Second Age grab all the glory, it remains one of those special jewels you occasionally uncover.
Thingol77 replied with
GEE,MAN, THAT IS ONE HELL OF A RESEARCH.
I SHARE YOUR OPINION ABOUT PEOPLE NOT GIVING THE RIGHT VALUE TO THOSE STORIES.
HOWEVER,THAT WAS AN AWESOME RESEARCH.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT WITH US.
Thanks Thingol77. It was one of those things which I noticed last year... a ring that kept cropping up throughout Middle Earth history. It has a beautiful heritage, and I think its story would make a great film in its own right.
What I have written above is obviously only a very brief summary of the actual events. That is one of the wonderful things about Tolkien, though. You are able to pursue avenues of research that actually take you somewhere. It was while researching the ring that I discovered much about Arvedui which I did not know before.
There are so many great stories hidden away, just waiting to be untangled.