Thread: What is the "Ring of Doom?"
Eruheran's got it right that it was a place, but to be more precise it was in the Undying Lands, an area surrounding Telperion and Laurelin where the Valar and assorted Maiar held council. In this instance it was to decide what to do with Morgoth.
Hope that clears up your question, Vek. And welcome to PT!
I imagine that doom in this sense is used like fate, because what would be decided in that place would affect the whole of Arda, and therefore its fate.
Wonderful; the way you portray those hallowed meetings gives me shivers. Imagine , in the shadow of those immortal trees as it were. I cannot even grasp what that must have looked like, the ambience of the place. wow.
The Ring Of Doom was mentioned a number of times in the Sil- Feanor and his Noldor followers were summoned to it after the first strife leading up to their exile. The Valar held council there after the slaying of the two trees. It was a kind of court I suppose. It sounds sinister, however the word Doom was used by Tolkien, in this case in its correct meaning of fate. Ring of Fate doesnt sound as important does it.
You should be able to find a map of the undying lands which marked its possition.