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The words of the ring-inscription are in Black Speech, a language devised by Sauron and used in the land of Mordor. The inscription reflects the One Ring's power to control the other Rings of Power. The writing uses Elvish letters tengwar , in a mode i. Normally the One Ring appeared perfectly plain and featureless, but when heated its inscription appeared in fiery letters. When Isildur took the Ring from Sauron's hand, it was burning hot, so the letters were legible.
Isildur was able to transcribe the inscription before it faded as the Ring cooled. This transcription survived in a documentIsildur left in Gondor before marching north to the Gladden Fields, where he was killed and the Ring lost. Gandalf learned of the Ring's inscription when he read Isildur's . When Gandalf subsequently heated the ring that Bilbo Baggins had left to Frodo, the inscription reappeared.
The wizard then had no doubt that Frodo's ring was the One Ring. The change in the wizard's voice was astounding. Suddenly it became menacing, powerful, harsh as stone. A shadow seemed to pass over the high sun, and the porch for a moment grew dark. All trembled, and the Elves stopped their ears. The first Ballantine paperback edition of The Fellowship of the Ring printed the inscription upside-down. Some recent editionsaccidentally omit the first half of the translation in Book I, Chapter 2. This error was corrected in the 50th Anniversary edition.
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