Lord Of The Rings Theories That Would Change Everything

Lord Of The Rings Theories That Would Change Everything

In the many decades since it was first published,
The Lord of the Rings has remained one of the world’s most popular novel series, and
Peter Jackson’s iconic movie trilogy has only made the story endure that much longer. Being so popular, of course, you’re bound
to get a few crazy fan theories thrown into the mix, too. Here are a few of the Lord of the Rings theories
that, if true, would turn the whole of Middle-Earth on its head. Even casual Tolkien fans will have heard of
one of the story’s most notorious criticisms, to keep it short: why didn’t the Fellowship
just use the eagles to fly to Mount Doom and destroy the ring? On the surface, it seems like a fair question
to ask, and there are plenty of perfectly reasonable answers to it, too. But one fan theory in particular goes beyond
just explaining why the eagles weren’t up for the task: it actually suggests that using
them as transport was the plan all along. This theory suggests that, after being saved
by the eagles from his imprisonment on top of Orthanc, Gandalf decides that this winged
transportation is surely the best way to catch Sauron by surprise and destroy the ring. The crux of this theory rests on the suggestion
that, when Gandalf the Grey engages in combat with the Balrog, his now-iconic final line
should be taken literally. “Fly, you fools.” The idea is that he’s not just telling his
companions to get out of Moria, he’s trying to communicate his plan to use the eagles
to reach Mordor. Of course, this doesn’t work, and by the time
he returns as Gandalf the White, he’s got a whole new agenda to pursue. Of course, Gandalf could also have just been
telling the Fellowship to quit their dawdling and get the heck out of dodge. Just go with whatever works for you. Smeagol is one of the most pitiful characters
from The Lord of the Rings, and, in a way, one of the most lovable, too. Anyone with a heart should be able to feel
for the poor wretch as he struggles with his centuries-long obsession with a powerful force
beyond his own comprehension. Then, of course, there’s Gollum, the other
side of his “split personality” in the films. Gollum basically represents all the bad stuff. He’s hateful, violent, and willing to stop
at nothing to get hold of his precious ring. While most people generally accept that these
two characters make up a kind of multiple personality disorder on Smeagol’s part, one
fan theory suggests a wholly different take. Rather than simply writing off Gollum as Smeagol’s
evil side, this theory goes out on a limb and claims that “Gollum” is a legitimate personality
all its own, that stems from within the One Ring itself. This theory rests on the fact that, when Bilbo
has possession of the ring, he acts very similarly to Smeagol’s Gollum personality. Towards the end of the story, Frodo begins
to act this way, too. In short, anyone tempted by the ring, and
not just Smeagol, can exhibit snippets of this identity, and upon giving into the ring’s
dominance, would themselves be completely consumed by it. It would have happened to Bilbo, it almost
happened to Frodo…and it’d probably happen to you, too. During the opening chapters of The Fellowship
of the Ring, it’s revealed that Frodo’s parents drowned in a boating incident. While this was officially an accident, darker
rumors suggested that his mother actually tried to push his father into the water, and
he pulled her in with him. Accident or not, that was the story as far
as everyone knew it…until now. According to one Reddit fan theory, the given
story of this so-called accident is actually a misdirect. Instead, the theory proposes that it was none
other than Gollum himself who killed his future master’s parents as they coasted along the
water after dinner in the moonlight. While the poster admits that the coincidence
would’ve been a stretch, they do make some solid arguments for the theory. For one thing, Gollum was searching around
for his lost ring at the time of Frodo’s parents’ deaths, still looking for Bilbo Baggins of
the Shire. Frodo’s father was named Drogo Baggins, so
who’s to say the villainous creature didn’t simply bump off the first Baggins he ran across? Unable to find the ring on Drogo’s body, Gollum
could have then headed south, drawn towards the One Ring’s master. While it takes a little stretching to fit
with Tolkien’s narrative, this theory does throw up the tantalizing prospect of a version
of the story in which Frodo discovers that the creature who benefited so frequently from
his mercy actually killed his own parents. Okay, so this theory is kind of a twofer. Let’s start with the more clear-cut one: that
Tolkien included cannibalism in his trilogy. More specifically, the idea that Grima Wormtongue
ate hobbit flesh. During the “Scouring of the Shire” chapter
in The Return of the King, Saruman reveals that his lackey Wormtongue killed Frodo’s
corrupt relative Lotho. During this scene, the fallen wizard states: “Worm killed your Chief…Stabbed him in his
sleep, I believe. Buried, him, I hope; though Worm has been
very hungry lately.” And it’s that last little zinger that has
led many to question if Wormtongue actually straight-up ate Lotho’s body in an attempt
to stave off his extreme hunger. If he did, this kind of mistreatment on Saruman’s
part would go a long way in explaining what pushed Wormtongue into finally snapping and
killing his master. Cannibalism aside, however, another theory
suggests the idea that Saruman’s mistreatment of Wormtongue wasn’t just turning him into
the pale, decrepit wretch that he became, it was actually transforming him into an orc. In other words, after creating his hybrid
Uruk-hai earlier in the story, it’s possible that Saruman was experimenting once more,
this time with warping a man into an entirely new breed of orc. It’s a chilling thought that could’ve had
drastic repercussions for Middle-Earth…if Wormtongue hadn’t been killed before the transition
could fully take place. Here’s another Wormtongue theory, though this
one is at least a little less grotesque. This theory has to do with the rings of power,
but not the ones you’ll have encountered before; instead, it tackles the idea that Saruman
might have attempted to craft rings of his own. After all, Saruman emulated the Dark Lord
in most of the things that he did. So why not make rings of his own, too? There are multiple instances in the trilogy
where it’s suggested that Saruman has an interest in the other rings of power. When Gandalf tells the story of his captivity
at the Council of Elrond, for instance, he specifically points out that he’d noticed
that Saruman was wearing a ring. On top of that, when Saruman announces his
treachery to Gandalf, he refers to himself as “Saruman Ring-maker.” If you can assume from these hints that Saruman
was busy making his own ring, then why would he stop at making one for himself? Wouldn’t he want to take after Sauron and
create other rings to use as a tool for the domination of others, the same way Sauron
took control of the Nazgul? What’s more, this theory suggests that none
other than Grima Wormtongue is in possession of one of Saruman’s rings, forcing him to
serve his wizardly master without question until the very end. Fans of the Lord of the Rings books will be
very familiar with Tom Bombadil. This enigma of a character is a mysterious
and unspeakably powerful being that lives out in the Old Forest, just beyond the edge
of the Shire. Now, Tom has no interest in the affairs of
outsiders or the war going on in Middle-Earth…well, that’s what he says, at least. One theory, however, suggests that Tom Bombadil
is none other than the Witch King himself. Okay, don’t laugh too hard before you hear
at least a few of the arguments in favor of this theory. For instance, when the hobbits run into the
merry old fellow in The Fellowship of the Ring, Tom has a noticeable glint in his eye
when the Black Riders are mentioned. And then there’s the fact that he can see
Frodo clearly when the hobbit is wearing the One Ring, just like the Witch King at Weathertop. And when Tom puts the magical piece of jewelry
on his own finger? It has no effect on him, much in the same
way that it wouldn’t have any effect on a true servant of Sauron, either. Of course, if by some crazy happenstance this
theory were to be true, it would mean Frodo was saved and looked after by the Witch King
for a considerable chunk of time, which, all things considered, seems…unlikely. Early on in The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas,
and Gimli chase a troop of orcs and Uruk-hai that have captured their hobbit friends, Merry
and Pippin. Eventually, they discover their enemies have
been destroyed, and the hobbits are missing. As they prepare to head into the forest of
Fangorn to search for them, they run into an interesting character, in the book, at
least. As they sit, resting by a fire in the dark,
they suddenly spot: “…an old bent man, leaning on a staff, and
wrapped in a great cloak, with his wide-brimmed hat…pulled down over his eyes.” Before the trio can react, the man disappears
without a trace. When they meet Gandalf shortly afterward,
he clarifies that it wasn’t him, and so it must’ve been Saruman. However, one theory suggests that it was none
other than Radagast the Brown. The giveaway? There’s little to no proof anywhere that Saruman
ever wears a hat. The Brown Wizard, on the other hand, frequently
does. Radagast plays a significant part in The Hobbit
trilogy and makes a brief appearance in the book version of Fellowship of the Ring. But if this theory is true, it would indicate
that Radagast was more active during the War of the Ring than anyone could have guessed. It’s strange to think of three hairs as particularly
enticing, but in The Fellowship of the Ring, that’s all Gimli asks for when Galadriel offers
him a parting gift. On the surface, this present seems cute enough,
if a little odd. But Gimli isn’t the first person to want in
on Galadriel’s golden tresses. Way back in the First Age, the elf-lord Feanor
requested a strand of hair from Galadriel three times. It was often said by the elves that the light
of the lost Two Trees of Valinor had endured in Galadriel’s hair, and this saying inspired
Feanor to create the legendary jewels known as the Silmarils. But Feanor was turned down repeatedly, and
never got his hands on even a single strand of Galadriel’s hair. For her to then bestow three hairs on Gimli
is a seriously big deal, especially since Gimli is a dwarf, part of a race that doesn’t
exactly get along well with the elves. “Never trust an elf!” All of this has inspired a theory that the
three hairs are actually the great opening gesture in an act of diplomacy, peace, and
reconciliation between the two races. The fact that Galadriel decides that he’s
more worthy of this gift than one of the greatest elf lords who’s ever lived is one heck of
a statement. And if Gimli eventually managed to set the
three golden hairs in imperishable crystal, as he claimed, it may have ultimately precipitated
a lasting peace between elves and dwarves. For all its faults, The Hobbit trilogy could
be pretty fun. It was exciting, too, some of the time, and
you can’t say it wasn’t colorful. But let’s be honest: it was also a bit of
a train wreck. But for all of its overstuffed storylines,
lengthy battle scenes, and ridiculous CGI, one brilliant theorist has suggested an explanation
that fixes the entire fiasco with a clever twist: It’s all a tall tale from Bilbo’s perspective. See, over the course of his life, Bilbo develops
something of a love for storytelling. “And turned them all to stone!” And he’s not afraid of embellishing these
stories from time to time, either. At the Council of Elrond, when asked to tell
his story, he has to start with the caveat that it’s actually the true story, saying: “If some have heard me tell it otherwise…I
ask them to forget it and forgive me.” In short, Bilbo loves to exaggerate his stories,
and The Hobbit films are actually a depiction of Tolkien’s classic novel from Mr. Baggins’
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  1. The eagles weren't used because Sauran would've anticipated it, he would have been ready for that, with the Nazgul flying everywhere they wouldn't go unnoticed, they had to have someone sneak in to ensure the ring's destruction.

  2. Why didn't they fly the eagles to Mordor? I always thought it was because sauron would see them and the nazgul would kill them and take the ring.

    Because the nazgul can also fly

  3. If he were the witch king, perhaps it was because he knew what he had become, as he was using the last of his magic to protect Frodo and his quest. The witch king was a man once. He lost his humanity as a slave to his rings. He didn’t know what he was getting into. None of the Nazgul did. He was the only one powerful enough to defy what he had become and help destroy the ring.

  4. The first thing I thought was "why the hell didn't they just use the eagles!!??" But that would have been a very short and boring story! ??

  5. Hobbit , dwarfs and Gandalf why no fly to the Lonely Mountain? ? ? flew them far enough to see the mountain but not far enough to almost be caught in pt 2?

  6. Tom Bombadill being the Witch King is ridiculous, Bombadill was alive before literally anyone, he is the first being that lived in Middle Earth he is beyond the years of the Witch King of Angrmar

  7. Or maybe it's simply because The One Ring corrupts all life…who's to say the eagle carrying the ring-bearer or ring wouldn't be corrupted by being in such close proximity and tries to take it for themselves. Remember the eagles spoke in The Hobbit, one of the things I was hoping they would do in the movies because they're not just giant birds, they can speak as well.

  8. The Eagles would have be seduced by the ring. As Gandalf said “but through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.” They are weaker Miair than Gandalf, they’d be taken over in an instant

  9. Tom is a super powerful character from Middle Earth. Gandalf actually says at some point that the ring would be safe with him since it has absolutely not effect on him. However it would be a bad idea to let him hold on to it because Tom would actually lose it.

    He’s so powerful that the One Ring would probably go down the crack of his couch and he would have forgot it was given to him at all.

  10. Tolkien is not just rolling over in his grave after this video's theories, he spun around so rapidly he drilled through the coffin and several hundred meters of soil and now rests somewhere outside the cemetery.

  11. There would be far, far less criticism of "The Hobbit" trilogy if the studio had just hired Peter Jackson to begin with instead of engaging in BS they did.

  12. What does Goldberry call Tom? He is an avatar of Eru. Names have meaning in this, who named Tom and why does he wear the colours he ALWAYS wears. It's in the song of creation… What does Tom ALWAYS do?

  13. When the king of the eagles rescued Gandalf from Isengard, the wizard asks "“How far can you bear me?”" The reply is ‘Many leagues, but not to the ends of the earth." He drops off Gandalf in Rohan which is a short distance away. Gandalf has to borrow Shadowfax from Theoden to get back to Rivendell. So they cannot be a taxi to Mordor. Also Gandalf in the book never summons eagles with a magic moth. The king of the eagles "came unlooked for" to rescue Gandalf from the tower. The eagles only intervene on their own volition and for their own reasons, they are never called by Gandalf

  14. Okay, Duh! The Eagles are the servant of Manwe, the Valar King of the Skies, And like the wizards (Angels incased in flesh), the Eagles are not allowed to actively alter the fate of Middle Earth. Because Illuvatar (God) forbade it. They may AID Mankind, but AREN"T allowed to FORCE men to do their bidding. The eagles are the eyes of Manwe in Middle Earth, and are the only creatures allowed to enter the Undying Lands of their own accord. So, they're forbidden to fly into Mordor until Sauron is defeated by mankind. (Or hobbit-kind in this case)

  15. 1) Saruman was attempting to set himself up as a rival to Sauron. It is hinted that he enticed the hill men to join him, with rings.
    2) Sauron bred half orcs, to use them as agents among men (in Bree) and a handicapped light skin orc can be seen in command of the orcs in return of the king movie.
    3) Saruman bred the Uruk-Hai, and fed them "man flesh".
    4) Tom Bombadil was older than the first war, long before Sauron even learned to craft rings.
    PS. Not fan theories, but based upon parts of written stories!

  16. The idea of Saruman the Ringmaker is certainly interesting and could provide some fascinating speculations. There must have been more magical rings in Middle-earth then those we're told of. Otherwise it would not have taken Gandalf 50 years to figure out something was up with Bilbo's ring.

  17. Did I miss something every time I watched the Trilogy?

    I never saw Grima Wormtongue ? kill Saruman. Can someone fill me in on how I missed this? Are there multiple versions of the Trilogy?

    Also, it's not in the books that I read several times over the years. Is it?


  18. Here's mine, after a recent trip to Everest base camp I was absolutely certain that Tolkein got his story from a trip to the Himalayers. The similarity of the sherpa to hobbits is crazy, the 75km trip starts in forested villages that give way to rugged terrain before finally finishing at Everest. If there's anywhere on Earth that resembles middle Earth it's Lukla to Everest.

  19. Ratagast the Brown was in The Hobbit movie – as some of the most weak-ass totally unnecessary filler ever – but not the book. It was implied in hindsight in The Fellowship of the Ring – his only mention by name – but not in the movie. The only possibility for the expanded content would be that some fluffer decided that when Gandalf left the hobbits after Beorn's place to fight the Necromancer with his fellow wizards, Ratagast would have had to have been there.

  20. Ugh… The never-dying eagle theory… It's stupid. They're not a deus ex machina, they are instruments of eucatastrophe (sudden, unexpected salvation, turn of events for the better). They do not obey commands of any maiar, but rather act on their own, or on (invisible) command of Manwë, Lord of the Valar and King of Arda.
    Furthermore Sauron was to be dealt with by the powers of Middle Earth, rather than by intervention of the Valar. It was the fate of the free peoples of Middle Earth to defeat Sauron…with some providencial help by the powers that be of course, but the free peoples still had to go their appointed path and pass the test.

  21. The ring gets heavier the more you get closer to mordor. Looks at frodo's neck at the end of the return of the king. He says fly because the bridge of khazad dum is so thin it looks like you're flying over it.

  22. Most of these theories are not hinted at in any way in the literature and read like incredibly contrived fanfiction.

  23. Bilbo wasn't apologising for "exaggerating" his stories; he had told a very specific lie – that he won the Ring from Gollum in the Riddle Game, rather than the truth (that he found it before meeting Gollum.) He did this to establish beyond doubt that he acquired the Ring honestly and justify his possession of it. Gandalf forced the truth from him when he was trying to identify the Ring, which was important, because no one would bet a Ring of Power on a game. This is made very clear in the books, so your last great theory is utter bollocks. The rest are even worse.

  24. The eagles were masters only unto themselves.excluding Manwe.
    Wasn't it said that they liked to keep out of affairs of middle earth (in the books of course)

  25. Destroying the Ring was only possible because Sauron could not conceive of anyone wanting to destroy it.A flock of Eagles heading to Mordor would have given the game away.

  26. The eagles cannot carry the fellowship all the way to Mordor because the Eye of Sauron would have seen them flying and attacked them and gotten the ring before they even reached Mordor. Gandalf knew this, and that is why he never even asked the eagles to take them all the way.

  27. ALSO the eagles are the oldest creatures in middle earth! if they had the ring they would be the most powerful! gandalf did not want to try that but when he lost to the belrog he was out of options and would risk it.

  28. Youtubers and ppl alike, stop talking about the damn eagles flying to Mt Doom it was NEVER the plan. Tolkein even said himself the idea wouldn’t work. Gandalf saying ‘fly’ was another way to say ‘run’. Ppl need to stop with this eagle theory in their videos

  29. Couldn't they have just flew the eagles to mount doom and dropped it in… Litterally would've been much easier and could've avoided..well everything.

  30. 1.
    Eagles wheren't allowed because the Valar wouldn't directly intervene and the eagles answers directly to Manwè himself.

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