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Why not let a dwarf carry the One Ring to Mount Doom, since their will cannot be dominated by the rings of power?

I think this is the key factor: The only power over them that the Rings wielded was to inflame their hearts with a greed of gold and precious things (Source as above) As we all know, there is ...
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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

I think it's fair to say that when Frodo put on the ring in the novel, Sauron was (in order of events); Panicked (what the hell!?) Scared that the Ring is in such a vulnerable position (indicating ...
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Why didn’t they just take the ring to Valinor?

Elrond says so in the council: “But Gandalf has revealed to us that we cannot destroy it by any craft that we here possess,” said Elrond. “And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it:...
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How did the destruction of the Ring cause Arwen to change from Evenstar to Morningstar?

It didn't Gimli is only saying poetically that he prefers Galadriel to Arwen. Arwen is never referred to as "the Morningstar". You may be confused by the dialogue between Gimli and Éomer: ‘...
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Why is invisibility the power granted by the One Ring?

There actually is an in-universe answer. This answer to why Sauron doesn't become 'invisible' himself gives it to us. The Ring made its wearer invisible by shifting them mostly into the Unseen world....
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Why is invisibility the power granted by the One Ring?

Tolkien had not decided on the significance of the ring that Bilbo found when he wrote the Hobbit. Indeed in the first edition of the book Gollum wagers the ring as his stake in the game against ...
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Could Gandalf not have made his own One Ring?

Possibly In the foreword to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien observes: Saruman, failing to get possession of the Ring, would in the confusion and treacheries of the time have found in Mordor the ...
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Since Boromir wanted the One ring so badly, why didn't he volunteer to take it during the Council of Elrond?

The One ring slowly gets into people's minds. I'm pretty sure Boromir was full of good intentions during the council of Elrond, but day by day, he became obsessed with the ring and then tried to take ...
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Why did the One Ring betray Isildur?

It wanted to stay hidden until the proper time Most of this is synthesis on my part, as there are no detailed writings concerning the Ring's intentions. If the Ring is a mostly dumb object, the answer ...
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They defeated a ring-bearing Sauron once, why couldn't they do it again?

Elrond and Boromir (at the Council of Elrond) lay out a few good reasons why it's imperative that Sauron's ring is destroyed now; He'll just keep coming back His Ring was lost but not unmade. The ...
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Why is Gandalf upset when Frodo sees the script on the One Ring?

Gandalf is upset because the fact that Frodo sees the writing, means that it is The One Ring. It's as simple as that. Throwing the ring into the fire was the test to determine if it was in fact The ...
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How does Gandalf (or anyone) know how to destroy the Ring?

Knowledge of how to destroy the Ring dates back to at least the end of the Second Age, after Isildur took the Ring, and as described in the chapter The Council of Elrond: 'Alas! yes,' said Elrond. '...
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Why did Sauron die when the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom?

Sauron passed a tremendous amount of his own native power as a Maia into the Ring he forged. Gandalf outlines the situation to Frodo in "The Shadow of the Past": He only needs the One; for ...
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Without a physical form, what would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

The previous answers offer a good explanation of the book canon, but since your question is clearly inspired by the Great Eye of the movies, I'll make the distinction more explicit: The colossal, ...
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Why not use the Ring?

OUT OF UNIVERSE ANSWER Tolkien said that using the Ring to defeat Sauron would be inherently evil. Commenting on the war effort late in WWII, in a letter dated 1944, he said: An ultimately evil ...
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Why not let a dwarf carry the One Ring to Mount Doom, since their will cannot be dominated by the rings of power?

The Ring would have been precious to anyone, dwarf or not. We can imagine, though, that a dwarf might have fared at least as well as Frodo. The Council of Elrond, however, was not concerned with ...
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Can the One Ring change in size?

Yes. At the very least, it seemed to. ‘Bilbo knew no more than he told you, I am sure,’ said Gandalf. ‘He would certainly never have passed on to you anything that he thought would be a danger, even ...
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Since Boromir wanted the One ring so badly, why didn't he volunteer to take it during the Council of Elrond?

This is after Elrond told Isildur's tale, of how he took the ring – but shouldn't have: Boromir...cried: ‘I have heard of the Great Ring of him that we do no name; but we believed that it ...
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Would the One Ring have stayed hidden if Bilbo hadn't turned up?

The Ring was actively trying to get back to its true master, Sauron. It had abandoned Gollum in hope of being picked up by someone more likely to get it back to Sauron, probably a Goblin or Orc. LOTR,...
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How had Saruman "cheated" Sauron?

He's cheated Sauron in the sense that he's pretended to be looking for the Ring in order to give it to Sauron; in fact, as he lets Gandalf know quite early on, his plan is to keep it for himself: '&...
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Why was Gandalf unsure if Bilbo's ring was the One Ring if he had seen an image of Sauron's Eye when he was about to pick it up?

You've linked together too many things that shouldn't really be linked at this point in the movie. First of all, I wouldn't put too much weight on elements Peter Jackson put into his movies that weren'...
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Why did the One Ring betray Isildur?

The Ring was trying to get back to its master It is true that betraying Isildur didn't turn out too well for the Ring and its master, but it would have been hard to predict that at the time. The ...
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Why does the Ring have such an obsessive possessive effect?

Given that the ring is inanimate, it can’t just roll back to Sauron if left on its own. So, making people desire it is probably the best way to ensure that it isn’t just left in a drawer or dropped ...
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Without a physical form, what would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Sauron would have put it on one of his remaining fingers. According to Wikipedia, Gollum was personally tortured by Sauron. He tells Frodo and Sam about it: Gollum tells Frodo that Sauron has, at ...
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What does Galadriel mean by "All shall love me and despair"?

When she is temped by the Ring Galadriel compares herself to various forces of nature: And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the ...
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