15 Fan Theories About The Fellowship In 'The Lord Of The Rings' That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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The Fellowship was comprised of four hobbits, two men, an elf, a dwarf, and a wizard. United behind a noble cause, they shared an unbreakable bond that united them even beyond the confines of death, or did they? Were these heroes chosen by fate, or chosen by hand for a specific purpose?

The answer may be grimmer than you thought - or, not! After all, these are just theories. But some of them do make a lot of sense!


  • From Redditor u/Ranchking91:

    When Aragorn witnesses Gandalf fall he freezes for a few seconds and almost takes an arrow to the face. It takes Boromir shouting at him to snap out of it. Also when the sad music is playing and all the hobbits are crying, we just see Legolas staring at the ground in disbelief. My theory is that Aragorn and Legolas were more distraught than any of the group, but just didn't show it because they're educated and know who Gandalf is. 

    In the LOTR lore, it is revealed that Gandalf isn't just some mysterious Wizard, but something equivalent to an archangel like Saint Michael. He and the rest of the wizards of Middle Earth are on the same power level as Sauron and Morgoth. Legolas and Aragorn know this because they were raised by the elves and were educated. To the Hobbits, losing Gandalf was like losing a grandfatherly figure and Gimli and Boromir, both hardened warriors themselves, are barely affected by it. But to Aragorn and Legolas it was like watching Jesus die. What was probably going through their minds afterwards was "we are truly f***ed now."

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  • From Redditor u/EowynLinhGranger:

    I think Galadriel was being respectful to Gimli. You have to think, that the relationship between elves and dwarves isn't great. Also, I don't believe Gimli truly knew what he wanted until the end of their stay. Even if she did know ahead of time, there is a significance in Gimli asking for a strand of her hair and her accepting his request; that goes back to the Elder Days where she did not let one of her own people have a strand of her hair because he wanted it for greed. So by him (a dwarf - known to the elves as being greedy) asking for a single hair and recieving three, it creates an unprecedented situation that breaks from the traditional tensions between the races. 

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    The Fellowship Couldn't Use The Eagles To Fly To Mount Doom Because Sauron Would Have Intercepted Them

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    Think about this: when did the eagles enter Mordor [past the Black Gates]? Right after the ring is destroyed and the Eye, Sauron, has been defeated along with his armies. It was not possible for them to fly in the region before that, not with Frodo, not with the Ring, not in any way; because the Eye was there with all its power. Thus, it was not even brought up for discussion, because it was simply impossible. 

    You may say, "then how come the hobbits make their way through Mordor?" - but I believe the whole point is that only hobbits can get in and through Mordor while the Eye is there. Even if the whole Fellowship made their way to Mordor, do you think they would even get in? 

    683 votes
  • From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    At the end of the 1st book, Gandalf "dies" and almost immediately after, Boromir goes nuts. It's also in the books that Gil Galad had the ring Narya which was given to Gandalf by Cirdan the shipwright in the third age. Nayra also was said to have the power to "inspire others to resist tyranny, domination, and despair," so it follows that Gandalf's presence was keeping Boromir from the domination of the ring. It would also explain why Frodo becomes paranoid as soon as Gandalf leaves, he was also under the dominance of the ring once Gandalf died. 

    759 votes
  • From Redditor u/NinevehDraught:

    Remember that scene in the beginning of The Return of the King where Gandalf expresses doubt to Aragorn on whether Frodo is alive or not?

    What if Gandalf never doubted it, but instead was testing Aragorn's reaction to see if he's ready to be king?

    After Aragorn calmly reassures him, Gandalf gives him a long stare followed by a smile. What if that's Gandalf thinking, "Yes, he is the hope that Man needs."

    To me it always seemed a bit out of character for Gandalf to express doubt and anxiety like that. I think it would make more sense if the purpose was to gauge Aragorn's reaction to it, it would make more sense as Aragorn's arc for the movie is his ascension to the throne. 

    665 votes
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    The Emphasis That Hobbits Put On Mealtimes Is More Significant Than It Seems 

    From Redditor u/rafael:

    In The Lord of the Rings movies we see that hobbits eat several meals a day. I thought they did it just because they were lazy and soft, but then I realized it may be extremely necessary for them. 

    Smaller animals always have faster metabolism than bigger ones, their heartbeats are faster, they lose heat more easily and they need to eat more. Hobbits are basically miniaturized humans, so that makes sense. 

    This is significant to the plot, while Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli can walk long distances without eating, the Hobbits have food as a constant challenge for them. In The Return of the King this is a plot point, where Sam and Frodo are rationing food as if it was extremely important to them, like it was a life or death situation to them. When Smeagol throws the food away it causes a breaking point between Sam and Frodo - that would be odd just for some pieces of bread, but for a Hobbit, that could easily be deadly and explains why Frodo is almost dying when they get into Mordor. A day without food for a Hobbit may be his end. 

    676 votes