The Hunt Begins, 5 Potential Plot Directions for The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum

Gollum in The Return of the King and The Eye of Sauron in The Two Towers
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Gollum in The Return of the King and The Eye of Sauron in The Two Towers
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A new Lord of the Rings film, The Hunt for Gollum, is being developed, and franchise fans are wondering where the plot will lead.

As the name implies, fans believe the film will explore a pivotal moment in the J.R.R. Tolkien novels that would change the course of history for Middle-Earth and will ultimately serve as a prequel to the main trilogy.

These potential plot directions for The Hunt for Gollum could be fascinating to discover on the silver screen!

Gollum's escape from Mordor

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Gollum in The Lord of the Rings The Return of The King

The forces of Mordor consider Gollum a high-value target because they know the creature is heavily attuned to the One Ring's power.

Considering Gollum survived long enough to join Frodo and Sam, it seems he survived Mordor's wrath.

Prison breaks are always fun to watch in movies, and seeing Gollum escape Barad-dur seems like it could be exciting.

Gandalf and Aragorn's plans

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Like Mordor, Gandalf recognises how important Gollum's survival and knowledge are to Middle-Earth's fate. He also knows that capturing the creature is not easy.

Fortunately, he has one of the most formidable trackers in Gondor as his ally, Aragorn.

The ranger has the skills to hunt down the elusive creature and bring it to safety.

Mirkwood under threat

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Legolas and the Mirkwood Elves in The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

In the books, the elves of Mirkwood opened their home as Gollum's prison when Aragorn finally captured the creature.

Because of this, however, their homes and forests will be threatened by Mordor.

Fans might see the elves in action once Mordor moves in to retrieve Gollum.

Saruman's rise to power

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Saruman in The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

It might not be the film's focus, but The Hunt for Gollum might shine the spotlight on one of the most devious figures in Middle-Earth.

Saruman is also interested in capturing Gollum so he can present the creature himself to Sauron.

Since the wizard has a formidable network of spies, we might see how he would operate when he tries hunting the creature Gollum.

Gollum's value

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Smeagol in The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Ultimately, the film could be about the creature Gollum itself.

Most Middle-Earth residents find the man once known as Smeagol to be a pathetic being.

So, why is everyone in Middle-Earth in the race to catch him?

This film will shine a necessary light on Gollum so that fans can understand how the Ring destroyed Smeagol.

As the worst victim of the One Ring's corruption, Gollum has invaluable information that is causing the forces of Middle-Earth to assemble quickly.

It would be safe to say that Gollum's capture might have been the catalyst for the Fellowship's formation. To say that The Hunt for Gollum is essential for fans of The Lord of the Rings films would be an understatement!

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