'Lord of the Rings' Fans Reveal Creepy Fan Theories About Hobbits

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Vote up the creepiest fan theories about hobbits in Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbits are among the most carefree race in all of Middle-earth but that doesn't mean they don't have some darkness – or at the very least been assigned some darkness from fans of the books and movies. These Redditors have revealed the creepiest Hobbit fan theories they've heard.

  • 1
    59 VOTES

    Gandalf Brought Multiple Hobbits Because He Thought Frodo Would Die

    From Redditor u/kwonza:

    Think about it: you are sending a task force of die-hard fighters on an almost suicidal mission into the heart of the enemy's territory. Then some hapless teenagers (and despite their age that's what Hobbits mostly were) claim they would like to tag along. Of course you would bring them to their senses and send them home, unless...

    Out of the couple of facts we know about Hobbits are: they are rather silent, they have hairy legs, they have unusual resistance to the powers of the Ring. It was stated a few time that the Ring corrupts the f*ck out of its bearer. Hell, the wizard didn't even trusted himself with the d*mn artifact. So what would happen if somewhere in the middle of the road Frodo catches an arrow and is no more? The whole operation on which the fate of the world depends in jeopardized.

    Solutions? Have a spare ring-barer. Maybe two, four won't hurt either. Sure, the Gray loves the Hobbits, but its better to sacrifice four so that thousands may live.

    59 votes
  • 2
    40 VOTES

    Gollum Killed Frodo's Parents

    From Redditor u/SnakeeyesX:

    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.

    40 votes
  • 3
    58 VOTES

    Elrond Ordered The Fellowship To Sacrifice Frodo

    From Redditor u/equalsnil:

    Rationale: The One Ring invariably corrupts anyone who holds it to the point where it's impossible for anyone to knowingly attempt to destroy it. It's why Gollum had to accidentally fall off the ledge. Elrond and figures of similar knowledge were aware of this, to some degree, and might very well have been willing to sacrifice one hobbit in exchange for the final death of Sauron.

    58 votes
  • 4
    50 VOTES

    Frodo Dies On The Journey And Sam Lies About It

    From Redditor u/Murray_the_miser:

    Frodo is a goner. That becomes very clear from the very first movie on. His main combat-strategy is looking scared and droping his blade. During the journey Frodo walks from one death-trap into the other. He gets stabbed by a bewitched Nazgul-blade, almost eaten by a gigant octopus, speared by an oger, hustled by Boromir, strangled by Gollum, drowns in a swamp, gets stung by a gigant (poisonous-)spider, captured by orcs, etc. and he survives all of it?

    Seems almost like he's indestructible. My theory; Frodo dies somwhere on the journey and Sam fulfilled the Ring quest all by himself. He tells the story to his children, inventing that Frodo survived and made it to the Mount Doom and back to the Shire. By this the story seems less lonely and maybe Sam had the dire wish for company, that he imagined his friend to not get crazy.

    My guess, Frodo already dies in the mines of Moria. Certainly after Fellowship of the Ring, Sam is all by himself.

    Read the full theory here.

    50 votes
  • 5
    37 VOTES

    Pippin Is Possessed By Sauron

    From a former Redditor:

    In The Lord of the Rings, Pippin's actions at more than one point were influenced by Sauron. This mostly happens when Sauron's forces are near.

    They first run into Frodo's journey when he is leaving the Shire. This was after the Nazgul had arrived. Was it purely by chance that he just bumped into him?

    He continuously makes efforts to alert the Nazgul; attracting their attention on the roads, causing the stir up in Bree, lighting the fire at weathertop to attract the Nazgul. Notice how the Nazgul don't try to kill the other hobbits except the one with the ring; they know one of them serves their master.

    Later he is so eager to accompany the Fellowship on their journey, why? He knows his skills are useless, it is a deadly journey, far more competent warriors are going, and why would the affairs of the rest of the world interest him?

    Read the full theory here.

    37 votes
  • 6
    46 VOTES

    Merry And Pippin Tried Sabotaging The Journey

    From Redditor u/ChimneyHendrix:

    In the Fellowship of the Ring, a huge problem that the group has is that Merry and Pippin keep doing things seemingly by accident that cause huge problems for everyone. Because they're goofy immature Hobbits at the time, it's reasonable to chalk it up to general clumsiness and inattention. My theory is that because they aren' the brightest characters, the Ring uses this to its advantage and tempts them to work against the group in any way they can. Examples of this would be:

    1) Mentioning Frodo by name in the tavern in Bree.

    2) Lighting a campfire at Weathertop to attract the Wraiths.

    3) Causing the stir in the mines of Moria.

    It's also only because the two are dim-witted that their attempts to sabotage the journey fail.

    46 votes