Did Gandalf Have a Ring of Power, Who Gave It to Him, & Why He Doesn’t Have It in The Rings of Power?

The season 1 finale of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power finally allowed us to see the creation of three Rings of Power of the Elves, as Galadriel urged Celebrimbor to create these rings without the influence of anyone. She also said that these Rings should never be touched by anyone other than the Elves. But we do know that Gandalf had a ring of his own during the events of The Lord of the Rings. So, did Gandalf have a Ring of Power?

Gandalf did have a Ring of Power, but he only acquired the Ring called Narya upon his arrival in Middle-Earth during the Third Age when Círdan the Shipwright gave the Ring to him because he knew that Gandalf needed it more than he did. And that’s why he doesn’t have Narya in The Rings of Power yet.

The fact that Gandalf has a Ring of Power is quite interesting because how he wasn’t one of the Elves but was the only other character in Middle-Earth to ever wield an Elven Ring of Power aside from the Elves. Of course, there is a good reason why he was able to acquire this Ring of Power. Now, with that said, let’s look at Gandalf and his history with Narya.

Did Gandalf Have A Ring Of Power?

The finale of season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was able to allow us to learn not only Sauron’s true identity as Halbrand but also how they were able to create the Elven Rings of Power. Of course, Halbrand had a hand in the creation of these Rings, as they wouldn’t have been created if it weren’t for his knowledge and insight.

When the episode began, Halbrand was brought to Eregion so that he could be healed by the Elves. Shortly after that, he was able to have a conversation with Celebrimbor about the mithril that he had in his workshop. The Elven craftsman was able to learn from Halbrand that they could combine the mithril with other alloys without diminishing its purity and powers. Of course, the Elves needed the mithril to make sure that their light would not diminish and that they would be able to stay in Middle-Earth without the need to sail back to Valinor.

As such, Celebrimbor, Elrond, and Halbrand began their project of using the mithril to create circular objects that would augment the powers of the mithril and spread it out across all of the Elven-controlled lands as long as it is worn by one of the Elves. Of course, the project was put on halt for a while when Galadriel found out that Halbrand was actually Sauron. Still, she was the one who urged Celebrimbor to create three rings instead of just two.

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Of course, Galadriel also said that the Rings of Power of the Elves should never be touched by anyone other than the Elves themselves so that they wouldn’t get corrupted. But we all know that Gandalf was known to have his own ring as well during the events of The Lord of the Rings. So, does that mean that he has one of the Elven Rings of Power?

In fact, Gandalf actually wore Narya, the Elven Ring of Fire, during the events of The Lord of the Rings. The power of Narya allowed the wielder to have power to inspire others to resist tyranny, domination, and despair. It also allowed those who used it to be able to hide from remote observation, which was one of the common traits of all of the Elven Rings of Power. On top of that, as Gandalf claimed, it also had the magical capabilities of fire, as Gandalf himself claimed that he wielded the Flame of Anor in his fight with Durin’s Bane

How Did Gandalf Get His Ring Of Power?

Of course, let’s not forget about the fact that Gandalf is not an Elf. Galadriel said it herself that the Three Rings should only be touched by Elven hands because they wanted to make sure that no one would ever-corrupt them, as that was what Sauron did to the other Rings of Power. So, how did Gandalf get his Ring of Power?

After Celebrimbor created the Three Rings, he gave Nenya to Galadriel. Meanwhile, Vilya and Narya were both given to High King Gil-galad. Sometime later, Gil-galad gave Narya to his lieutenant and the oldest-living Elf in the history of Middle-Earth, Círdan the Shipwright. Círdan continued to wield Narya until the earlier part of the Third Age.

It was when Gandalf arrived in Middle-Earth during the Third Age that he met Círdan. Realizing who he was talking to, Círdan gave him the Ring of Fire because he believed that it was better used by someone whose mission was to defeat the darkness in the world. As such, Gandalf became the wielder of Narya.

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That means that Gandalf is the only person in Middle-Earth to ever touch the Three Rings, even though he wasn’t an Elf. But Círdan knew that, while Gandalf wasn’t an Elf, the Wizard was an entity more powerful than the Elves. As such, he was more than willing enough to give the Ring of Fire to Gandalf, who used Narya well enough because he was the only one among the Five Wizards to actually actively fight against Sauron and his forces.

Why Doesn’t He Have It In The Rings Of Power?

The season 1 finale of The Rings of Power also gave hints that the Stranger could actually be Gandalf himself. Of course, we know that Gandalf eventually became the wielder of Narya, which is one of the Three Rings of the Elves. So, if that’s the case, why doesn’t he have Narya in The Rings of Power?

Of course, when the Stranger arrived, the Rings of Power of the Elves were yet to be created. That means that Narya was yet to exist at that time. There is also the fact that the Stranger doesn’t even know who he is right now, and that means that his story is still ongoing, as he would have to learn more about himself in the next season.

In that regard, there is a good chance that he will come across the Elves later in the storyline of The Rings of Power. That means that whoever is wielding Narya at that time (probably either Gil-galad or Círdan) will be the one to give the Ring of Power to Gandalf, as he is one of the only few people in Middle-Earth with enough power to resist the might of Sauron.

  • Ysmael is a self-professed geek that loves anything related to fantasy, sci-fi, video gaming, and anime. Spends his free time watching movies, TV shows and gaming, a lot.