The books may have first been published in the 1950s, and the first film was released in 2001, but we are all still so entranced by The Lord of the Rings franchise.
We might not have Tolkien with us anymore to help answer questions we would hope to have answered on Twitter, much like J.K. Rowling has with the Harry Potter series, but it is still entertaining to discuss possible theories behind the fantastical series that is The Lord of the Rings.
1. The Significance Behind the Three Hairs
After the Fellowship is formed, Lady Galadriel offers each of the members a gift. Legolas gets a kickass new bow, Boromir is given a golden belt, and Pippin and Merry each get daggers. Gimli, the dwarf, asks for three hairs from Galadriel's head.
While this might seem a little odd, and perhaps even borderline creepy, it is also incredibly endearing in a way. Millennia before the War of the Ring, a rather asshole-y character named Feanor bothered Galadriel three times for a single strand of her hair, but was each time denied, as he barely deserved the snot that came out of her nose.
This has a lot of significance, as elves and dwarves have never been completely comfortable with each other. But Galadriel saw the pure intentions behind Gimli, and gave him three strands of hair, let alone one.
2. Who is Tom Bombadil?
It is evident that Tom Bombadil is very ancient, incredibly powerful, and very wise. However, he is only really mentioned in the beginning of the Fellowship's journey, and is even cut out of the film altogether.
This particular fan theory speculates that Tom Bombadil is the Witch King. It might seems silly, but the evidence actually makes sense. Tom Bombadil is one of the few that can actually see Frodo when he is wearing the ring, and if he were to wear the ring himself, it would have to affect him, much like the ringwraiths.
There are a few clues that might show us his real nature. For example, Bombadil had a "glint in his eyes when he heard of the Riders," almost as if it were giving away his true person. There is also the part where Tom Bombadil shoos away some zombie barrow wights from the gang with ease, as if he has had experience with them before.
It might seem far-fetched, but there is virtually nothing really known on the ancient Tom Bombadil. If only Tolkien were alive to let us know if we were on the right track!
3. There's a very good reason why the Hobbit movies were overblown CGI crapfests
This may sound hilarious, but many fan theories swirl around, speculating as to why the Hobbit films were filmed using such crappy CGI, while the seminal Lord of the Rings films were filmed using special effects that are out of this world.
According to one fan theory, the film was created to look the same as the manner in which Bilbo would have recounted the story, with incredibly exaggerated and fluffy looking images.
While this may not be true, it sure does make us feel less hostile towards Peter Jackson and his somewhat questionable choices for the Hobbit films.
4. Gollum is a separate identity that possesses any who wield the One Ring
Some people get possessed by ghosts, and others get possessed by your everyday enchanted ring.
At one point of his life, Gollum was actually Smeagol, and it seems like there is a battle in his head for what his real identity is. This theory states that Gollum might actually be a personality within the ring that can possess anybody who holds onto the ring.
Two others who most definitely have been affected by the ring would be Bilbo and Isildur.
During a conversation with Frodo, Bilbo releases his inner Gollum, not only looking a lot like him, but also referring to the ring as his "precious."
Isildur chopped off Sauron's fingers and kept hold of the ring, which eventually killed him. He wrote journals about the ring, which Gandalf discovers, and he even refers to the ring as his 'precious.' How would a man, who was alive thousands of years before Smeagol, use the same word to describe the One Ring?
Whether they may be true or not, you can't deny that these four theories have a bit of weight to them! The most mind-blowing one for me was the Gollum/Smeagol theory, as I have always had a fascination with spirit possessions; the fact that it's a ring makes it all the cooler.