Wedding Ring Exchange Vows Based on “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien

How to turn dark meaning, The One Ring, into something wedding appropriate? In a google search for ring exchange vows as part of a wedding with a “Lord of the Rings” theme (only in this one element), I found actual vow wording based on a poem, “Ring of Power,” in the book. But as a Wedding Officiant — who never read the trilogy — I needed something more and something more positive in my preamble. Nothing “off the shelf” was to be found…until now. This is what I came up:


The first gift <Groom> ever gave to <Bride> was The Lord of the Rings trilogy. To quote Bilbo Baggins:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

At this time, you exchange gold rings. May these rings represent the strength, resilience and permanence of the love you share as you grow old together. As with The One Ring in the story, let yours be symbolic of the binding power of your Wedding Vows.

<Bride and Groom repeat ring exchange vows>

I used part of my ring exchange wording based on the book’s poem, “Ring of Power“…

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Here are ring exchange vows, which I did find on the website, Offbeat Bride, geeky wedding vows:

With this one ring I thee wed, / with this one ring / I give you my love and devotion, / with this one ring that binds us together as long as we both shall live.



  1. Thank you for the information

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