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.
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. Keep watching the video to see the Lord of the Rings theories that would change everything.
The eagles have landed | 0:21
Smeagol and Gollum | 1:25
Who killed Frodo's parents? | 2:30
Cannibalism | 3:37
Grima's bane | 4:48
Tom's dark side | 5:48
Radagast's cameo | 6:47
Gimli's mighty gift | 7:44
Tall tales | 8:52