Os Três permaneceram escondidos, e seus portadores não foram revelados até o fim da [[Terceira Era]]. Sauron jamais os tocou, e os seus portadores os utilizavam para aprimorar e preservar os três reinos Élficos que restaram na Terceira Era. Elrond usava o Vilya em [[Valfenda]], Nenya era usado por [[Galadriel]] em [[Lothlórien]] e Círdan usava o Narya nos [[Portos Cinzentos]]. Quando os [[Istari]], os Magos, desembarcaram na [[Terra-média]], [[Círdan]] entregou o Narya aos cuidados de [[Gandalf]], que o portou até o fim da [[Terceira Era]].
 The One
Main article: One Ring
The Rings of Power were objects of great potency, and so to accomplish their domination Sauron was obliged to transfer most of his own power into the One Ring, a necessity that later led to his downfall.
In Eregion, a great many lesser rings were forged as "essays in the craft", of unknown but far lesser powers than the Great Rings. These were all "simple and unadorned" metal bands without any markings or gemstones. In contrast, the Great Rings other than the One were each set with 'their proper gem'. As with the lesser rings, the One was a plain band, apparently of ordinary gold, and with no visible markings. However, if the One was made hot enough an inscription of two lines of Black Speech in tengwar script could be made out in fiery letters covering both sides of the ring:
Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,