No One Ring

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See alsoOne Ring, Canon Divergence AU (The Hobbit)
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No One Ring refers to alternate universes for The Hobbit fandom, where the One Ring doesn't exist. Works without a One Ring often also involve Everyone Lives, but they don't have to.[1] Not having a One Ring means that Frodo can come live with Bilbo without concern for a future quest, or that Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck can live.[2]

Sometimes the One Ring exists but is destroyed early. The most common methods for doing this are via Smaug's dragonfire[3] or having Bilbo (or someone else) take the ring to Mount Doom shortly after Erebor is reclaimed.

AO3 has a canonical tag for Alternate Universe - No One Ring.

Example Fanworks

No One Ring:

One Ring Destroyed Early:


  1. ^ Of the 50 works on AO3 tagged "Alternate Universe - No One Ring" by March 22, 2015, 16 were also tagged with "Everyone Is Alive" or one of its subtags. Only 2 were tagged with the required warning "Major Character Death".
  2. ^ Of the 50 works listed above, 7 were tagged with "Frodo Baggins", despite there being no ring for Frodo to destroy.
  3. ^ For example, in Not All That Glitters (Is Good For Your Health) by comatosecombat.