Power over all the lesser rings, and the powers that they bestowed on their possessors.I'm writing a separate post because this is such a different topic. A colleague of mine (Ed) in the English Department taught a course called Fantasy, which included both fantasy and sci fi lit. For about 15 years, he asked me to come in and cover one book, initially Gibson's Neuromancer. One of his books was The Fellowship of the Ring. One day he asks me, "what is the power of the one ring?". It makes lesser ones invisible, but not the powerful ones. If, for example, Aragorn had taken the ring for himself, what would he now be able to do that he couldn't before? We never actually came to definitive conclusion (maybe that's the point) but I'd be curious to hear what you folks think.
"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."
On the fly leaf ... Power and evil.