Small But Clever Details About Gimli That 'Lord Of The Rings' Fans Noticed

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Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is one of the most outstanding achievements in cinematic history. The story of how a young Hobbit is thrust into the affairs of Middle-earth at significant personal cost is arguably one of the best stories ever told, and Jackson's take on Tolkien's source material is unmatched. A lot of what makes The Lord of the Rings so compelling is the assortment of main characters who aid Frodo on his journey.

While there are plenty of amazing characters that deserve a second, third, or thousandth look, one of the best has got to be Gimli, son of Glóin. His portrayal by John Rhys-Davies is one of the best aspects of the trilogy, and a lot of time and attention to detail was taken to ensure he matched up with the books. To that end, a ton of detail was added that most viewers likely missed. 

Fortunately, some fans have watched and re-watched the trilogy countless times over the years. When they do, some fans notice a small but clever detail about the trilogy they hadn't seen before. Occasionally, a fan will post their finding to the Movie Details subreddit for all to see.

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    453 VOTES

    Gimli's Gift From Galadriel Means More To Legolas Than Gimli Realizes

    From Redditor u/AboveAverageIQ:

    In Fellowship of the Ring, Legolas knows the deeper meaning behind Galadriel granting Gimli three of her hairs.

    453 votes
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    223 VOTES

    Gimli's Fate Is Written About By Frodo At The End Of 'Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/_kjl_:

    At the end of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, you can read Frodo’s writing showing that Sam became the mayor of the Shire, Legolas goes to Lorien and Gimli lives in glittering aisles.

    223 votes
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    294 VOTES

    Gimli's Helmet Was Inherited From His Father Who Wore It In 'Battle Of The Five Armies'

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Gloin wears a distinctive helmet in one scene. His son Gimli will later inherit it and wear it during The Lord of The Rings.

    294 votes
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    265 VOTES

    Gimli's Sense Of Smell Is Better Than The Men He Travels With

    From Redditor u/basicallyagiant:

    In The Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers (2002), Éowyn offers Gimli her soup and he says no. She then gives some to Aragorn and the soup turns out to be gross. Gimli had said that dwarves have a good sense of smell, indicating that Gimli knew the soup was bad, which is why he didn’t take any.

    265 votes
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    261 VOTES

    Gimli Was Too Young To Join His Father's Journey To The Lonely Mountain — He Was 62

    From Redditor u/1FuzzyPickle:

    In The Lord of the Rings, Gimli was 139 years old when he joined the Fellowship. He also wanted to join his father and Thorin Oakenshield on their journey to reclaim The Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit but was denied for being too young at age 62.

    261 votes
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    221 VOTES

    Gimli Remains Passed Out From Drinking Throughout The Palantir Commotion In 'Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/LongjumpingParamedic:

    Return of the King (2003) - After all the yelling and commotion from Pippin looking into the Palatir, Gimli is still completely passed out after the drinking game from earlier in the evening!

    221 votes