Rings were first introduced in Realms of the Elf-Lords, where they were as useful for their +1 vitality for Elrond, Galadriel, or Gandalf as for their game text. Ring of Barahir (6R55) , in Ents of Fangorn, sees some occasional play as a healing tool in decks the use Culture Tokens and Aragorn, especially decks using Aragorn, Defender of Free Peoples (6R50) or Noble Leaders (7R112) , or Knight decks using Garrison of Osgiliath (6C52) .
The bulk of the rings were released in Reflections, and almost all of them are popular staples. Dwarven decks always liked stacking many cards on relatively few companions, and both rings and Durin III, Dwarven Lord (9R+3) are suited to that strategy. Gimli, Bearer of Grudges (9R+4) appreciates Damage bonuses, especially from Ring of Fury (9R+7) . Galadriel, Bearer of Wisdom (9R+14) benefits from spotting Elven artifacts. Both she and Mount Doom's Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11) are both ubiquitous in formats where they're available, making either version of Nenya much easier to play. The Wraith rings (except for Ring of Ire (9R+43) , which is too often a dead draw) are all popular as cheap ways to recur Nazgul. Reflections also introduced The One Ring, The Binding Ring (9R+1) , which can download Free Peoples rings, albeit at a high cost.
Rings didn't appear again until Rise of Saruman. The three rings from that set are all similar to previous ones from Reflections. Ring of Artifice (17R4) can become very strong in Dwarven self-mill decks or decks with multiple copies of the other Dwarven rings. Ring of Savagery (17R142) and Ring of Terror (17R143) serve largely the same role as the previous Wraith rings.
The only card that affect rings in particular is The One Ring, The Binding Ring (9R+1) .
List of all Rings
- Ring of Accretion (9R6)
- Ring of Fury (9R+7)
- Ring of Guile (9R8)
- Ring of Retribution (9R9)
- Ring of Artifice (17R4)
- Nenya (3R23)
- Vilya (3R27)
- Narya, Ring of Fire (9R19)
- Nenya, Ring of Adamant (9R20)
- Vilya, Ring of Air (9R23)
- Ring of Asperity (9R42)
- Ring of Ire (9R+43)
- Ring of Rancor (9R44)
- Ring of Savagery (17R142)
- Ring of Terror (17R143)
- Rings of Power on Tolkien Gateway
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|Non-numeric||Decipher||Aid • Archer • Enduring • Fierce • Lurker • Mounted • Muster • Roaming • Sanctuary • Ring-bearer • Unhasty|
|Hobbit Draft Game||Cunning|
|Item Class||Decipher||[Classless] • Support Area • Armor • Brooch • Box • Bracers • Cloak • Gauntlets • Hand Weapon • Helm • Mount • Palantír • Phial • Pipe • Ranged Weapon • Ring • Shield • Staff|