As much as I have enjoyed The Lord Of The Rings, both books and movies, over the years, I still find that I have unanswered questions regarding some of the scenes and even the central premise. There are just a few things that don't make sense.
Granted, there aren't nearly as many inconsistencies in the story as there are in some other epic tales I've read, like say The Holy Bible (that thing is a mess), but I still come away wondering about the following things:
1. What did Sauron want with the ring?
2. Why did Sauron make a ring in the first place?
Do you make a little piece of jewelry, to be worn on an appendage? Seems vulnerable to amputation, doesn't it? Sticking out there just asking to be cut off every time you reach for something. Really, a ring?
No, the only sensible thing to make would be some sort of item that you could wear under your armor. Something that wouldn't come off easily. Something like, say, a pair of magic underwear.* That's what I would do, and I'm not even a thousand year-old sorcerer. How hard is this?
*Totally not a Mormon joke.
3. Did Theoden ever look at a map?
This guy is a king? A supposedly wise man? The answer should be obvious.
Gondor was in Gondor. Where the hell else would it be?
4. Is Elrond a dick or what?
Again and again, he blames the race of Men (people; you know, us) for all the problems facing the world--the fact that Sauron still wields power is due to the failure of Isildur, who took the ring from the dark lord but refused to destroy it once and for all by casting it into the fires of Mt. Doom where it was made.
Yes, Isildur finds himself standing right there at the edge of the fire pit with the power to end all evil forever, but he chooses to keep the ring for himself. Yeah, that's bad.
But hey, that's just one guy. Why condemn all men? Why such disgust for an entire race over one guy's failure? Elrond never misses an opportunity to diss mankind for the next thousand years, making horrible sweeping statements, like "Men are weak." Men are weak. The world cannot put its trust in men, he insists, for "I was there when the strength of men failed."
Yes, Elrond, you were there when Isildur, and the "strength of men," failed. In fact, you were five feet away. What did you do? Yo, little help? How about a tackle, maybe, or even a little shove? Too much to ask?
5. Why didn't everybody just sail to the Undying Lands in the first place?
Wait, what? There's a place called The Undying Lands that's accessible by ship? You can sail there? And not die?
Okay, maybe it's one of those "Greenland" things, where somebody just gave a place a nice, pleasant sounding name to encourage settlers or tourists or something. But isn't it at least worth building your own ship and doing a little exploring across the sea? To maybe find a place where nothing dies? I mean, the Elves seem to believe in it, and they're supposed to be wise and knowledgeable. They would know, right? So why not check it out?
Or is it just for Elves, and their invited guests? That would suck. But wait--would anybody just accept that? Would we all just go, "Oh, just for Elves? Oh, okay. Never mind then. I'll just crawl over here and die, if that's okay with you."
No. I don't think it would go down that way. As long as we're already geared up for warfare, what with Sauron and all, maybe...
I sense a war brewing over The Undying Lands. Maybe we'll just put that "undying" thing to the test, what do you think? How about we manifest us some destiny, what say? Move over Elrond, if that's your real name. I got your "men are weak" shit right here.