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Could Gimili have destroyed the One Ring?

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We know that Suaron's attempt to use the Seven Dwarven Rings on the Dwarf Lords failed. All it did was make them like gold more. Was it possible that Gimili could have borne the One Ring to the Crack of Doom and thrown it in?
 

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Interesting. On the one hand, Dwarves are greedy, and we've seen the effect of an Arkenstone on them. But yes, the Dark Lord couldn't reduce them to slaves to his will... who knows?
 

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The choice of Ringbearer related to the question who would best resist the evil of the Ring; a choice to be made with the knowledge available at the time of the Council of Elrond.

Men had demonstrated weakness in this aspect (cfr e.g. Isildur). Elves were unwilling, I suppose, given their dark memories of the influence of the Ring on their earlier creations. Indeed, dwarves had a “good record” but hobbits had shown a particularly strong resilience:
  • Gollum was not entirely consumed, no matter how long he had had it;
  • Bilbo managed to give the Ring away on his own accord, after he had long had him.
  • Frodo had even survived a Morgul blade.
To be noted that even Frodo eventually fell for the Ring, but at least he held out until Mount Doom. Gimli might have been physically more enduring than Frodo but the hobbit’s resilience was clearer, given that the dwarves had not been entirely without effects from a ring of power.

Other than that, I don't know if this question has been addressed anywhere in LotR or elsewhere in a conclusive manner.
 

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I've mentioned elsewhere the roles played by the minor characters in romance, in which complex characterization is not emphasized; characters are, for the most part, either for or against the quest. If for, they become the faithful followers of the hero, who help him along the way, but are not normally subject to the internal struggles, or climactic battles with the enemy, that he is. Both Gimli and Legolas fill this role, and thus are not "tempted" by the Ring. Rather than the ultimate Enemy, their opposite is the traitor, who betrays, or tries to betray, the quest. LOTR is of course not a "pure" romance, and includes other modes in the mix, so characterization is somewhat more complex.

One of the great themes of the story is the elevation of the humble. As Elrond says:

'The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.'

'This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the great. Who of all the Wise could have forseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck?'


Dwarves and Elves are presented as having many admirable qualities, but humility is not one of them. Perhaps this may go some way toward explaining Tolkien's otherwise puzzling statement about Frodo's growing "pride" after the end of the quest, raised in another thread, but I won't pursue that here.

There are, of course, two quests going on simultaneously: Frodo's Ring-quest, and Aragorn's King-quest; and the intertwining of the two parallel stories, and their contrasts, contribute greatly to the richness and complexity of the work. Both are, in part, stories of redemption, Frodo's in the role of Suffering Servant, the David who brings down the mighty Goliath, Aragorn in the more traditional romance role as heroic Saviour who redeems and purifes both the Land and Peoples.

Gimli and Legolas are "helpers" in both quests, but as I said, being more than merely stock romance characters, they not only participate in, but are beneficiaries of, this redemption, in their case, the reconciliation of the long enmity between Dwarves and Elves, demonstrated by their growing, and apparently "eternal"* friendship, and symbolized by their agreement to visit Cave and Forest.

*Assuming the "rumor" in the Appendices to be true.
 
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The Seven kindled "wrath and an overmastering greed of gold" (Of the Rings of Power) in the Dwarves.

I think Gimli, had he been entrusted with the One, would have argued/demanded/fought for, a way to keep this precious thing, the prize of his newly imagined hoard. Arguably, this golden thing, the One, would have been more beautiful to him than anything.

"Also so great was the Ring's power of lust, that anyone who used it became mastered by it; it was beyond the strength of any will (even his own) to injure it, cast it away, or neglect it. So he thought. It was in any case on his finger." JRRT, letter to Waldman

I think the One would have worked its magic on Gimli, if given to his care. Although granted, Sam had used the One, it wasn't actually on his finger when he was tempted with his own, possible greatness. Nor used by Boromir.
 
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