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Fans of JRR Tolkien will know that The Lord of the Rings takes place only during a short period of the millennia-spanning Middle Earth timeline. Now a popular new fan theory argues that the One Ring at the centre of the film and book trilogy is a key to the timeless void. Reddit user shuttermatt writes: “I recently read the Silmarillion and had a few thoughts about the true motives of Sauron, during the Lord of the Rings.”
The fan said: “At the end of The Silmarillion, Melkor is defeated and enslaved in the timeless void.
“However, in some additional writings of Tolkien, he wrote of the prophecy of Dagor Dagorath. This prophecy stated that Melkor would return to the world, bringing with him a great war (Dagor Dagorath), that would end in the destruction of Arda (the Earth).
“Fast forward to the 3rd age, and introduced are the Istari (the wizards), Maiar that were sent to Middle Earth to unite [its] peoples against the power of Sauron.”
So their theory is that Sauron knew Morgoth was taken into the timeless void and didn’t have the power to free him.
The theorist argued: “Over time [Sauron] developed his crafting, such that he was able to create a key (The One Ring) which would allow him to travel into the void, in order to free Morgoth from his imprisonment, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the End Times, the destruction of the World.”
However, they believe The One Ring’s creation came at a great price as Sauron put all of his power into its forging.
They wrote: “Gandalf and the other wizards, were set up as gatekeepers to the void, to prevent Melkor from breaking free, and bringing about the prophecy. My feeling is that each of the wizards acted as a gatekeeper, in which they would only be able to allow passage into the void to the race they were assigned, upon the death of a member of that particular race.
“[This explains why] Radagast had more of an affinity towards animals and creatures, the blue wizards spent their time in the mountains among the dwarves and mountain-dwelling races, Saruman spent his time among men, and Gandalf spent his time primarily with the elves and hobbits. Even Bombadil may have been set up as a gatekeeper long before, to govern some of the oldest creatures of Middle Earth, the Ents and the Eagles.”
Additionally, the theorist pointed out that in The Lord of the Rings Gandalf can travel in-between realms, as he does after defeating the Balrog.
They wrote: “He again mentions the void when he commands the Witch King of Angmar.
“Gandalf knew of the prophecy of the coming of Morgoth to destroy the world, and knew the One Ring was the key Sauron would need to return there, so he could free him.
“Because Gandalf was one of the gatekeepers, he felt obligated to keep this prophecy from coming true, because the fate of the world (not just Middle Earth) was held in the balance.”
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They added: “So in this theory Gandalf and the other wizards take on more of a Grim Reaper role, preventing the return of spirits from the void, but primarily Melkor who was prophesied to return and bring about the end of the world.” Click HERE for the full theory.
Last year, Express.co.uk interviewed Gimli star John Rhys-Davies and asked him about his previous negative remarks regarding Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show.
The 76-year-old told Den of Geek in 2017: “Why we quite need Lord Of The Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly…[it’s] so utterly unprincipled and greedy for money for anything – I mean the extraordinary money they’re getting from online gambling and stuff like this, it’s just a disgrace.
“I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave.”
But Rhys-Davies told us he “misspoke”, not realising that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series would not be another adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy, but set in another time and place in Middle Earth.
The actor said: “I’m not a great fantasy fan, I confess. I misspoke when I was asked because it was presented to me as ‘what do you think of this remake of Lord of the Rings?’ and I shot from the hip and I misspoke. It isn’t really about that at all.
“There are so many other histories attached to it and its the pre-history and the pre-setting of Middle Earth that Amazon is going to be doing and I wish them well for it.
“I think a great storyteller’s stories should all be told if they will hold up.”
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