LOTR: Where do the Characters go when they put on the Ring?
InThe Lord of the RingsFrodo’s reaction to the Ring makes it seem strange that anyone would put it on. Frodo finds it quite scary. Bilbo wears the Ring with almost no care, even laughing at the trickery of his friends after his birthday party. He didn’t see the same thing.
The Ring in The Lord of the Rings makes mortals invisible to the Seen or physical world. It almost seems like Frodo is transported to another world by the disembodied Sauron in the movie trilogy. Frodo wears the Ring at Weathertop in The Fellowship of the Ring. The Ringwraiths, who were just moments earlier clad in black hoods or armor, suddenly look very different when he does. They look like ghostly images of old, disfigured kings.
What happens to a mortal, such as a Hobbit, when they put on the Ring? Are they simply invisible or transported to another Unseen world? Wearing the Ring will affect mortals and immortals differently. Still, speaking just about what happens to Frodo in the movies (who is a mortal), when he puts on the Ring, Frodo is actually transported to the spiritual world–which is a place called the Wraithworld, sometimes referred to as the Unseen or Twilight world.
Unsurprisingly, the Ringwraiths reside in the Wraith world. Tolkien describes spiritual beings such as the Maiar and Valar, who are God-like or angelic beings without form. They must be given bodies if they are to interact with the physical world on Middle Earth. They can still roam the earth, invisible and unseen. It is not necessary for those of the spiritual world to interact with the physical world, though before Sauron tricked the Ringwraiths by giving them nine Rings of Power, which extended their lives so much that they became slaves of Sauron and the Ring.
The Ringwraiths, which are spirits that are not living or dead, exist only in the Wraith world. Sauron provided The Nine with magical armor and weapons that they could use to interact with the real world. The armor would have made the Ringwraiths invisible, just like all other Wraithworld beings. They would also be unable to touch any Seen world objects. His disembodied spirit, which was also defeated by Sauron, lives in the Wraith world. Sauron’s defeat by Isildur in The Last Alliance of Elves and Men resulted in his life force being transferred to The Ring. This is because not all Maiar are created equally, and his power was finite. Sauron used dark magic with the Ring to store and amplify his power, becoming infinitely powerful.
Sauron lost all his power and strength when he was separated from the Ring. The Ring’s invisibility to mortals is only an effect. The Ring does not transport mortals to the Wraith world. The Ring will also give the mortal a longer life. Frodo’s vision of the Ring is frightening. It almost seems like he’s in a fogy, ghost-filled Twilight realm. This is a contrast to the feelings that Bilbo gets from the Ring. Bilbo almost made fun of the Ring by using it at his birthday party. Bilbo says that the Ring was used to surprise his friends and family.
But still, the audience (at that point in the movie) doesn’t have any reason to be afraid of what Bilbo might be experiencing while wearing the Ring. Frodo also saw the terrifying and threatening Eye of Sauron and the ghost Ringwraiths. Did Bilbo see this? Sauron remains weak when Bilbo wears the Ring. The Ringwraiths are weak when Sauron is weak. Frodo had the Ring for 17 years, according to the books. He then left Rivendale with Sam. Gandalf took 17 years to discover that Bilbo’s invisibility ring was the One Ring. This was when Sauron’s strength increased and multiplied.
Sauron’s army also rescued Gollum, the last known Keeper for the Ring, and tortured him to discover its location. Sauron was able to identify the location, and who it was, so he sent nine Ringwraiths to search for it. Frodo wears the Ring because of this. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingBecause the Ringwraiths are now closer and stronger, what he sees is even more terrifying than what Bilbo might have seen. Sauron’s eye was fixedFrodo and the Shire