In this day and age, it is definitely a trope of the fantasy genre to include incredible, mystic artefacts, like Lord Voldemort's seven horcruxes in the Harry Potter saga, or Geralt of Rivia's wolf medallion in the Witcher series, yet no fantasy franchise has more enchanted items like J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. In the land of elves, dwarves, and hobbits, it seems almost as if you would not be able to walk five feet before stumbling onto an charmed or cursed item.
Set out on a quest, there’s a cave, what’s inside? An enchanted blade! Continue on the journey, encounter the creature Gollum, what’s he got in his pocket? A magic ring! Too dark to see? Here, use this mystical light! The frequency that magical items in Middle Earth appear is akin to an RPG loot system.
However, while there are a plethora of powerful items within The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, there are certainly ones that stand out above the rest. So, to separate the weak from the strong, here are the ten most powerful items scattered throughout Middle Earth.
10. The Arkenstone
The Arkenstone sits in the middle of pretty much all conflict within the Hobbit.
It was discovered within the heart of Erebor, the lonely mountain, and given to King Thror - Thorin's grandfather. While it granted the king no further powers, no invisibility, no flight or foresight, it does come included with its very own brand of mind-altering property.
Anyone who comes into contact with it becomes obsessed with it, and that's putting it lightly. When the dragon, Smaug, came down upon the mountain, King Thror fought only to save the stone and not his people. Much like his grandfather, Thorin, also became obsessed with the jewel, prizing it above all else. Turns out, the stone carries a little something called Dragon-Sickness, that altered Thorin's mind until he became illogical, self-destructive, and violent.
Thorin was willing to go to war with the people of Laketown, the elves of Mirkwood, armies of orcs, and even his own kin, to keep the Arkenstone in his hands. This jewel, while it may not grant super strength, granted enough super greed to have most races of Middle Earth battling for it.