What does Gandalf predict will happen to Frodo or anyone who uses the ring in Lord of the Rings?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

He predicts that the ring's power will consume them eventually, that it will change them into a slave of Sauron, and they will forever be under its power.  He uses the example of Gollum, and tells the story of how, before the ring, he was a normal being, and that...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

He predicts that the ring's power will consume them eventually, that it will change them into a slave of Sauron, and they will forever be under its power.  He uses the example of Gollum, and tells the story of how, before the ring, he was a normal being, and that almost immediately upon finding the ring, he commits murder of his friend in order to control it. Gollum then spends the rest of his days chasing after it, first with Bilbo Baggins, and then with Frodo.  Using the ring also sends a signal to its original owners, who are continuously searching for it (Ringwraiths).

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team