If Sam could destroy the ring without Frodo

9 things you did not know about the ring in lord of the rings

By Andrew Handley / .15. December 2016, 3:57 p.m. EDT

Epic battles, crazy special effects, drama, intrigue, bromance: the Lord of the rings Trilogy has it all. And tying all that magic together is the One Ring. Powerful and mysterious, the ring is always present but never fully explained - even in the books, J.R.R. Tolkien never revealed all of the ring's powers and history. But between the movies, the books The Silmarillionand Tolkien's own letters, we could shed some light on this cursed object of darkness.

Aging is complicated

One of the virtues of the ring is that when you have it, you will stop aging. Bilbo looked young on his 111th birthday, and Gollum had the ring for something like 500 years with no noticeable aging. Most of the changes that came over him were largely due to the fact that he had lived in a cave all these years. Of course, Bilbo gave the ring to Frodo at the beginning of the trilogy, and by the end of the trilogy, Bilbo's youthful strength had faded, leaving behind an old weak hobbit - about as old as he should have been if he had never found the ring in the first place .

Or did it? One of the details that were glossed over in the films is that Frodo didn't leave the Shire until 17 years after Bilbo's 111th birthday party. But when Frodo and the gang got to Rivendell, Bilbo still looked a lot like Bilbo, not the half-hobbit shell you'd expect from a nearly 130-year-old halfling. It wasn't until the ring was destroyed that Bilbo's age was moving so fast. In other words, some of the ring's powers stay with someone even if they lose the ring (or give it up, like Bilbo), although it is never explained exactly how long these trace effects will last. If the ring hadn't been destroyed, would Bilbo have lived on like Gollum?

Ring bearers aren't just invisible

Most of the people watched as Bilbo sat in the ring at his birthday party The community of the ring and thought: 'Cool, an invisibility ring.' Of course, there's a lot more to it than that, but the core of the invisibility seemed pretty simple: put it on and disappear. When the Ringwraiths aren't there or Sauron's Great Fire Eye is looking at you, you can sneak around invisible. But one thing we've never seen is the fact that the invisibility force wouldn't work for everyone. For example Gandalf.

You see, the ring does not technically make its wearer invisible - it transports the wearer's body to another realm. Therefore, from Frodo's point of view, the world becomes quite shady when he puts on the ring. It's also why Sauron isn't invisible when he starts wearing the ring Community (when Isildur chops off his finger). Sauron belongs to a class of beings known as Maiar, spirits created by the god-like Iluvatar to help him deal with the small details of the world. They are like angels. Since he already partially exists in the spirit world, Sauron does not travel there when he slips onto the ring. Like Sauron, Gandalf is also a Maia. Gandalf is too wise and magical to take the risk of wearing the ring, but if he ever did and pretended this was Middle-earth high for a second, he would need another way to get into the girls' locker room to hatch. Of course he would still find a way. The guy's a wizard.

The ring drove Gollum into the Fog Mountains

At the beginning of the return of the KingWe see how Gollum first came across the ring. Then known as Smeagol, he was fishing with his cousin Deagol when Deagol found the ring at the bottom of the river. Smeagol kills his cousin, steals the ring, calls it beautiful or something, and then takes it to the Misty Mountains, where it will live for the next five centuries. But why the Misty Mountains, where he was obviously in danger of being discovered by the goblins who also lived under the mountains?

The answer: the ring led him there. The Nebelberge, the central mountains on the map above, are close to the border with the Bleak Forest (the forest with the giant spiders) The Hobbit). In Mirkwood, Sauron's spirit regained strength during the events before and partly during the events. The Hobbit. in the The community of the ringGandalf says: 'The ring tried to return to its master. It had slipped from Isildur's hand and betrayed him; then, when a chance arose, poor Deagol got caught and he was murdered; and after that Gollum, and it had left him ... so now, when his master was awake again and sending his dark thoughts out of the Mirkwood, it left Gollum. '

Basically, the ring took Gollum up into the mountains so that he was closer to Sauron until it was time for the ring to continue its journey to meet its master. That is also the reason why ...

The ring can change its size at will

'A ring of power takes care of itself, Frodo,' says Gandalf The camaraderie. Just as the Ring brought Gollum closer to Sauron, it can also decide when it's time to get lost - in the truest sense of the word. We saw the ring shrink on Isildur's finger at the beginning The camaraderie Movie. But then, when Isildur was attacked by orcs, he put the ring on his finger and tried to escape across the river. Then the ring decided to resize and get rid of Isildur until someone else found it ... someone who would do better to take it to their master.

The scene where Isildur loses the ring was filmed, but it was only released on the Extended Edition DVD so many people have overlooked the importance of changing the ring. While it was widely believed that the ring simply took on the size of its new owner's finger, the truth is that the ring chooses when to transform. It has been debated for years whether the ring is actually sentient - and the debate has never been resolved - but the general consensus is that it was basically magically 'programmed' to take the fastest route back to Sauron, whatever that may be. Frodo never lost it because he wore it on a chain most of the time ... and because he wore it straight back to Mordor.

The inscription on the ring is not Elvish

The burning letters on one ring look fantastic, but even more exciting, they are contextually and historically significant. Hooray! In English the inscription reads: 'A ring to rule them all, A ring to find them, A ring to bring them all and bind them in the dark.' In the writing on the ring, however, this sentence is inscribed in Black Speech, a language created by Sauron that uses Elvish script in a corrupt form.

More importantly, however, the ring represents the only written form of pure black language Tolkien ever created. When Sauron comes back in the books, he tries to make Black Speech the official language of Mordor, but the Orcs keep messing it up and creating their own bastardized version of the language to use among themselves. Because of this, orcs in the books never speak the pure form, so the form only appears on the ring itself. Tolkien himself hated the language, which is why he may never expand it as he did with Elvish. In one of his letters, he even said that he hated a cup that one of his fans had sent him because it was 'engraved on the ring with the terrible words'. He added: “I have never drank it, of course, but I use it for tobacco ash. 'He used it as an ashtray. Kind.

It grants passage to the immortal lands

Until the end of the Lord of the rings Trilogy, there were seven people who had ever worn the one ring: Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, Gollum, Deagol, Sauron, and Isildur (well, eight if you count Tom Bombadil). Deagol, Sauron, and Gollum died during the story, and Isildur was dead a long time before any of this began. And at the very end, the ring gave the three remaining ring bearers access to the Immortal Lands.

Of course not on your own. But wearing the ring is a heavy burden, and no one understands it better than the elves. As a reward for the ring bearers who were still alive after the ring was destroyed - Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam - the elves allowed them to travel to the immortal lands. Besides Gimli (who went because he was Legolas' immortal brother) these three were the only mortals allowed to walk across the sea with the elves.

It reveals a lot about Tom Bombadil

Good or bad, Tom Bombadil never made it into the world Lord of the rings Movies. The free-spirited nature-dweller the hobbits encounter after leaving the Shire is just as mysterious now as it was when Tolkien first wrote the books. He comes into the story out of nowhere and then disappears just as suddenly, and that leads to a lot of fan theories about who he really is. Some people think he is the Witch King, others think he represents the readers of the book, but one of the most reasonable theories is that Bombadil is the embodiment of creation, a suggestion that by the way he handles the ring, is reinforced.

When Frodo and the Parts meet Tom Bombadil, there is a scene in which he takes the ring and tries it on: Then Tom put the ring around the end of his little finger and held it against the candlelight. For a moment the hobbits saw nothing strange about it. Then they gasped for air. There was no sign of Tom disappearing! '

Tom then returns the ring to Frodo 'with a smile' and Frodo waits for the right moment to put the ring on his own finger, just to make sure that Bombadil hasn't pulled any ring-switching gimmicks. It works - he becomes invisible - but when he tries to sneak away from the table, Bombadil calls him back and says, 'Old Tom Bombadil is not that blind yet.' Because of the way Bombadil was not affected by the ring (and did not try to keep it), it is obvious that Bombadil is above the ring's influence. Later, Frodo asks Tom's wife Goldberry who Bombadil is. She just says, 'He is. 'Although she usually says it, the Elvish translation is' Ea' which happens to be another name for the fires of creation that first made the world. And all from one paragraph in which Tom Bombadil holds the ring.

It can distort reality

One of the ring's seldom seen powers is its ability to confuse anything close to the man wearing it. This happens twice in total in the entire trilogy. in the the return of the KingSam takes the ring after believing Shelob killed Frodo. He continues Frodo's search, only to be soon captured by orcs in Cirith Ungol, the tower in Mordor where the orcs took Frodo's corpse. In the movie, Sam does some Derring-Do stairs and knocks down a few orcs with Sting, but in the book he turns into a full-fledged nightmare like only the victims of Scarecrow have seen in Batman begins.

During the same scene in the book, Frodo walks into Cirith Ungol and runs into an orc. Then what happened: “What it saw wasn't a little frightened hobbit trying to hold a sturdy sword. It saw a large, silent figure, shrouded in a gray shadow, against the swaying light behind it. In one hand it held a sword, the light of which was a bitter pain, the other held it to its chest, but concealed a nameless threat of power and doom. The orc ducked for a moment, and then with a terrible scream of fear, he turned and fled back as he had come. '

Just by holding the ring, Sam exuded such a terrible aura that the orcs turned their tails themselves and ran like frightened pups. The same thing happened again when Frodo fought Gollum in the Crack of Doom. Before Sam's eyes, Frodo transforms into a 'white-clad figure, but she held a wheel of fire on her chest'. If only the ring had shown these powers sooner, Frodo could have just gone straight to Mordor.

It proves that Sam is the real hero

It's really obvious: Samwise Gamgee is the real hero of Lord of the Rings. Tolkien thought that himself. In a letter he wrote to Milton Waldman, he called Sam 'the main hero' of the story. Damn it, Frodo. That sucks. But it makes sense. You could say that without Sam, Frodo would never have made it to Mordor. You could say that Sam intervened in the end zone for Frodo's butt.

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But it's not the end of the story. Every hero needs a buddy, but a buddy 's job doesn't make the buddy a hero. On the other hand, doing the hero's job ... well, The makes a hero of a buddy. Do you remember Sam picking up the ring after thinking Frodo was dead? In the film, he goes Super Saiyan Sam (but still in a very Sam Way) and bring the ring back to Frodo in Cirith Ungol. But in the books Sam wears the ring for two days and has to wear it several times to avoid being seen by the orcs. But when he finds Frodo again, he immediately gives it back: "All right, Mr. Frodo," said Sam, rather startled. 'Here it is!''

He just gave up. Gandalf would hardly touch it. Boromir was tempted to get evil just by looking at it, but Sam wore the ring for days - no less after spending most of the trilogy right next to it - and immediately returned it. If the corruptive powers of the ring are in harmony with a person's natural inclinations, Sam must be as good as Sauron is evil. You go, Gamgee.