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Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves? [duplicate]

Currently reading The Hobbit to my daughter, and we came to the Barrels out of Bond chapter where the Dwarves are captured and imprisoned by the Wood Elves. Bilbo sneaks in with his magic ring of ...
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Why could Sauron only detect the One Ring if someone wore it? [duplicate]

As has been noted in many instances Sauron was searching for the One Ring and it has been subtly suggested that the ring itself was trying to get back to Sauron. That's why it deserted Gollum after ...
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Sam's apparent invisibility to Sauron [duplicate]

How come Sauron wasn't able to detect Sam in the last chapter of The Two Towers? I'm pretty sure he wore it longer than Frodo in Amon Hen, and Frodo was detected in the latter, was he not? Plus, Sam ...
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Why could Sauron not sense the ring? [duplicate]

If like 99% of Saurons' lifeforce was in the ring then why could Sauron not sense the ring wherever it were even if no one did wear it? Or how could he not sense it when Frodo was right in front of ...
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Do you need to claim the one ring for your own to be detected by Sauron? [duplicate]

Sam - Near Crith Ungol: Sam puts on ring and " Sam hurled himself against the bolted brazen plates and fell senseless to the ground. He was out in the darkness" He put the ring on before he goes ...
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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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Why didn't the One Ring abandon Bilbo like it abandoned Gollum?

The One Ring abandoned Gollum, expecting to be found by an orc but when Bilbo found it, why didn't it then abandon Bilbo? It could have easily fallen off when he was squeezing through the gate after ...
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Ring-bearers - who can notice what about whom and when?

So, I want to get something straight with respect to the bearers of the 20 rings of power (3 Eldar, 7 Dwarves, 9 Men, 1 Boss). Before asking my question(s), here is some Motivation: Sometimes when ...
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Why was Frodo not allowed to wear the Ring before Rivendell but was allowed after?

Following on from "Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?" and it's (possible) dublicate "Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves?"...
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Was the ring already affecting Frodo by the Council of Elrond?

I've read the LOTR books and watched the films many times, but reading other questions about it on SE I got to thinking. Is there any indication that Frodo accepts the quest to Mount Doom in order to ...
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Why doesn't the “One Ring” make itself impossible to remove?

The "One Ring" seemed capable of changing its size, which is why Frodo wore it on a chain around his neck - to keep from accidentally losing it in the same way it was lost to Gollum. The Ring seems ...
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Why does Sauron attack so early in Peter Jackson's version of events?

In the Peter Jackson-verse, the Nazgul know Frodo has the Ring, as he almost willingly gives it to them at Osgiliath. So in turn Sauron would know that a halfling still has the Ring - unlike in the ...