Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Favorite LOTR Conspiracy Theory

There are a lot of crazy theories out there some better researched than others.  My favorite conspiracy theory surrounding LOTR that I've come upon is:

I've always found it fairly odd all the attention given to the manner of Frodo's parents' deaths in The Fellowship of the Ring book; at first glance, it's not really important how they died.  The Hobbits at the Ivy Bush Inn speak about it for awhile however in the first chapter:
"'I've heard they went on the water after dinner in the moonlight,' said Old Noakes; 'and it was Drogo's weight as sunk the boat.' 'And I heard she pushed him in, and he pulled her in after him.' said Sandyman, the Hobbiton miller. 'You shouldn't listen to all you hear, Sandyman.' said the gaffer, who did not much like the miller. 'There isn't no call to go talking of pushing and pulling. Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble.'"
Not only is a lot of (seemingly) undue attention given to the matter, but there is a high level of mystery and intrigue surrounding the early deaths.

3 Person on Body of Water at Daytime

First off, we all know that Gollum is capable of murder; he killed his own friend after all, so knocking off two strangers probably would not be too difficult for Gollum.

We also know that very soon after the events of The Hobbit, Gollum began to hunt for the "thief" who took his precious Ring.  The only clues he had were "Baggins" and "Shire", so he probably made is way west.

Since Primula and Drogo (Frodo's parents) were out boating at night, it is possible that Gollum was out and about since he doesn't go out during the day.  Gollum also likes travelling via river since he was of the Riverfolk and as he tracks the Fellowship he floats down the River.  So Gollum floats down the river at night, overhears either Primula or Drogo saying "Baggins" and decides to attack.

Now Gandalf does tell Frodo in The Shadow of the Past that Gollum never made it past the Anduin before he turned south toward Mordor:
"Now we come to it. I think Gollum tried to. He set out and came back westward, as far as the Great River. But then he turned aside. He was not daunted by the distance, I am sure. No, something else drew him away. So my friends think, those that hunted him for me."
 The only way this theory can work is if we decide that Gandalf was lying when he said that.  After all, telling Frodo that Gollum is responsible for his parents' deaths would probably cause the young Hobbit to go into a rage.  Certainly it is unlikely Frodo would be as charitable as he is when he and Gollum meet and we all know that without Frodo's mercy toward Gollum the quest never would have been accomplished.

What do you think?


  1. That's really interesting! But Gandalf's story kind of pulls the legs out from under it, because I don't think he would so blatantly lie to Frodo. In the books, Gandalf always states the situation as it is, but while giving it a hopeful spin, even in the darkest moments. He never comforts anyone with false, sugary lies.

    1. True, true. Too bad Gandalf has to be so honest--I really love this theory! ;)

  2. This is a very interesting theory, but I agree that Gandalf *probably* wouldn't have lied. It seems rather out of character.

    But I can also see where this is a pretty good theory, unlike SOME LotR theories out there. :)

    1. I know, but I just wish that it were true! It would bring things full circle and solve the bothersome mystery about Frodo's parents.

      Oh I know, some theories make NO sense XD

  3. One theory that I kind of like is that the Arkenstone either is, or is a fragment of Maedhros's Silmaril. I don't know the geography of where he jumped to his death, but if it;s not mentioned, I wouldn't be surprised if a piece of that Silmaril drifted until it came to rest in the earth beneath the Lonely Mountain.

    1. Actually one of my first posts on this blog was on that very subject:
      It's not the best post because it's an early one, but it does lay out the basics.

      Maedhros probably threw away his Silmaril further north but it is never mentioned exactly where he was. Plus when the world was changed it easily could have shifted around.

      The world might never know...*voice echoes dramatically and slowly fades away*