Who would come to possess powerful Nenya®, one of the Three Rings of the Elves, and from whence did this beautiful, mysterious treasure come?
ᚡ The Story of Nenya®
It is little known, even amongst Lord of the Rings fans, that Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien, and one of the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves in Middle-earth, was also the grandmother of Arwen Evenstar. Galadriel’s daughter Celebrían married Elrond of Rivendell and Arwen was born to them. Who was more beautiful—Arwen or Galadriel—was often a subject of debate, but it was said of Galadriel by none other than our dear friend, Samwise Gamgee, to Faramir:
Beautiful she is, sir! Lovely! Sometimes like a great tree in flower, sometimes like a white daffadowndilly, small and slender like. Hard as di’monds, soft as moonlight. Warm as sunlight, cold as frost in the stars. Proud and far-off as a snow-mountain, and as merry as any lass I ever saw with daisies in her hair in springtime.
Galadriel, having been born in Valinor well before even the First Age had even begun, was by The Third Age one of the most powerful Elves in existence. She was the niece of Fëanor, who himself invented the Tengwar set of characters, which were eventually used for the script on The One Ring™.
She was clearly Elven royalty, despite her never taking a title. How she came to posses the Nenya® is a perilous and profound tale unto its own.
Obscured by eons of legend, we do know that long ago Celebrimbor, creator of The Three Rings of the Elves—Nenya, Vilya and Narya—had been prompted by Galadriel early on to distrust Annatar’s dark intentions. It was he, Celebrimbor, who had the three rings secreted away from Annatar’s touch, to remain pure, assigning Galadriel to be the keeper of the Nenya®. Annatar, soon to be revealed as Sauron himself, had taught the Elves how to make the rings, while keeping hidden his agenda to thereby control them all. When Sauron was revealed, and sought about gathering the Rings of Power unto himself, he eventually captured Celebrimbor and tormented him.
Though finally breaking, giving in to torture and relinquishing the whereabouts of The Seven Dwarven rings, Celebrimbor would not betray the as yet unsullied Three, and was ultimately executed by Sauron when he refused to impart their location.
Much later, by the time Frodo met Galadriel, still in possession of the ring, some thirty or forty centuries had passed. Nenya’s® primary powers are to preserve, protect and conceal from evil and Galadriel had long used it to sustain and protect Lothlórien from Sauron’s menace.
Description of Nenya® Replica, The Ring of Adamant
In Tolkien’s writings, Nenya® itself was described as being made of mithril, a silvery metal, and set with a “white stone of Adamant”. It was alternately called both The Ring of Water, and The Ring of Adamant.
Master jeweler and designer, Paul Badali, has long been an ardent devotee of J. R. R. Tolkien. Officially commissioned by Middle-earth Enterprises to design a special version of the Nenya®, as well as each of the other two Elven Rings of Power™, Narya™ and Vilya™, Paul set about bringing to life his envisioning of this ancient wonder, as inspired by the ring’s descriptions within Tolkien’s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings™.
It is known that Tolkien held a special fondness for the European Beech tree and described the leaves of Lothlórien as being similar to those of the beech. As such, the Badali Nenya® ring features these leaves of Lothlórien.
Nenya’s® alternate name was The Ring of Adamant™—’adamant’ being the old English word for diamond. To best mimic the diamond, we’ve chosen to set the Nenya™ with a 1ct. Signity Star cubic zirconia, which has the highest brilliance and quality of all CZ. However, other choices of gemstone are available. Special Note: If you are interested in setting the ring with an actual diamond, you may specify your choice in the “Special Instructions” section of the shopping cart. We will either leave the crown off and let you have it set with your own diamond elsewhere, or if you give us the cut and dimensions of your diamond, we can fashion a crown to fit it and let you finish the job with your own jeweler of choice. Contact us with questions.
Available in 10k. and 14k. white gold in US sizes 5 to 13, in whole and half sizes. Sizes 13½ (13.5) and larger have an additional fee. The ring measures approximately 8 mm wide at the widest point and the band measures approximately 2.8 mm wide.
Your ring will be carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans in the Badali Jewelry studio, in the metal of your choice.
Most silver items and gold-plated items are usually in stock and ready for immediate delivery (within 1 business day). For solid gold items, please allow 7 to 10 business days for production time before your item will be ready to ship. Rush jobs are available for a fee if you need expedited service.