'Lord of the Rings' Fans Share Heartbreaking Fan Theories That Make A Lot Of Sense

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Vote up the most interesting and heartbreaking Lord of the Rings fan theories.

Despite being many people's comfort trilogy, Lord of the Rings is often a bleak look at the state of things in Middle-earth. These fans are pointing out the most heartbreaking fan theories that make the stories of the Fellowship even darker.


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    Aragorn And Legolas Are Especially Sad About Gandalf's Death

    From Redditor u/Ranchking91:

    In the LOTR movies there are these little details that only last for about a second. First 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 him 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 where more distraught then any of the group but just didn't show it because they are hardened warriors but they are also 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 Micheal and Satan. He and the rest of the wizards of Middle-earth are on the same power level as Sauron and Morgoth and Legolas and Aragorn know it 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 boths' minds afterward was "we are truly f*cked now."

    171 votes
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    Gollum Kills Himself After Breaking His Oath To Frodo

    From Redditor u/Uluithiad:

    Several pages before, Gollum attacks Frodo and Sam on the slopes of the mountain. He is repelled, and Frodo, seen by Sam in a magnificent vision, warns Gollum off, saying that if Gollum attacks him again, Gollum shall be himself cast into the fires. That is, we should note, precisely what happens. But why? Because Gollum swore an oath, all the way back at the beginning of Book IV. It's among his first lines in the story, and we've been following his ability to handle, increasing poorly, living up to that oath.

    But why oaths? Well, Aragorn showed us the true power of oaths in Middle-earth when we hear how he prepared for the Battle of Pelennor Fields. The Dead of Dunharrow had sworn an oath, a great oath, and they had reneged. They were then cursed, and by the power of the oath that they swore, power that rests on Eru's ordering of Creation, they were held back even from the journey of Death that all Men must follow. They were not released until they held true to their oath. If you need any more evidence on the power of oaths in Arda, look to the Silmarillion, and how the Oath of Feanor drove the War of the Jewels.

    So Gollum has sworn an oath, and he has broken it, repeatedly. He is told, in full display of righteous authority by Frodo, that is he breaks it once again there will be dire and fiery consequences. And then he does. He breaks the oath, takes the Ring, and suffers the fate he must. Into the fire he goes, and the Ring with him. Thus is the Ring destroyed.

    Read the full theory here.

    144 votes
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    Dwarven Greed Was Influenced By Sauron

    From a former Redditor:

    Dwarves have a different creation story from Men and Elves, and it's believed that because of that, Sauron's power didn't really work on them the way he had intended. Instead of ensnaring the Dwarves, extending their lives, or making Wraiths, the Rings seemed to only breed gold, as Thror told Thrain. In short, it made the Dwarves much greedier. 

    108 votes
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    Gollum Killed Frodo's Parents

    From Redditor u/SnakeyesX:

    I always wondered why Gollum never tried to kill Bilbo, like he promised he would. I think the answer might be that he thought he did kill Bilbo, but really killed Drogo and his wife.

    Drogo and Primula died from drowning on the Brandywine river in Buckland. Witnesses claim to have seen a struggle. This is Smeagle's MO.

    Gollum only had two clues; ‘Shire and Baggins’, Not likely to travel on land, Gollum would have killed the first Baggins he found along the Brandywine river. Being the only Baggins in Buckland, this would have been Drogo. He wouldn't know the difference between Drogo and Bilbo, as he never actually saw Bilbo, and didn't know his first name.

    160 votes
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    The Entwives Were Turned Into Trolls

    From Redditor u/-harboringonalament:

    Treebeard and kin give little hints as to the Entwives. We know they went east to the land that would become the Brown Lands. We also know this occurred prior to the third age... And they became the Brown Lands from Sauron himself in the Second Age...We are then left with the logical conclusion that the Entwives must have been there before the Allies of men and elves arrived, but were gone by the time they did.

    Now, Treebeard himself mentions that Trolls are to Ents as Orcs are to Elves. So that there is some kind of corruption process that converts an Ent into a Troll.

    Soooo I think it's pretty clear what happened to the Ent-wives. They were turned into Trolls when Sauron scoured the Brown Lands. Perhaps some fled North and East and escaped, but almost certainly this is the origin of Mordor's Trolls. Especially likely the Ulog-hai who would resist sunlight.

    There is, also, the words of Tolkien which may hint at this:

    ‘I think that in fact the Entwives have disappeared for good, being destroyed with their gardens in the War of the Last Alliance.’

    So perhaps some of those same ancient remnant of trolls who fought at Minas Tirith were themselves once Entwives, now corrupted to destroying the small things they once loved.

    147 votes
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    Middle Earth Is A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    From Redditor u/whitepill_rescue:

    I believe this may have been the ultimate interion of the author, but no one got it. One irrefutable clue he provided is Numenor.

    Numenor was a highly advanced past civilization thought to be a kind of Middle-earth Atlantis that existed before the Middle-earth era. Nothing could be further from the truth. The literature describes Numenor as having ‘metal ships that sailed without sails’ (petrol driven ships), ‘tall unsightly towers’ (skyscrapers) and most tellingly, ‘missiles’ that could strike at enemies from far away (cruise missiles).

    Aka newsflash, Numenor is NOT ancient Atlantis, it is none other than our 21st-century Earth. Middle earth takes place 2500 years after a great catastrophe, probably nuclear (example: fell lands that remain infertile for millennia like Mordor, mutations) wiped out the modern world, throwing humanity back into the dark age.

    Read the full theory here.

    175 votes