Gimli is a fictional male Dwarf warrior in the Lord of the Rings series. The character was portrayed on screen by John Rhys-Davies. His allegiance / loyalty is to the Fellowship of the Ring. Gimli is the only dwarf that joins Frodo Baggins' group known as Fellowship of the Ring to venture to Doom Mountain in Mordor to destroy the One Ring and stop Lord Sauron once and for all. He is noted for describing that Dwarven females are similar to males and that female dwarves have beards. Although some dwarves stories follow this line such as Marcus Heitz, other such as World of Warcraft do not and female dwarves do not have beards.
It is Gimli who suggests that the Fellowship take the short-cut through the Mines of Moria where he can find out whether the Dwarves have set up home again in Moria with the help of Balin's expedition from earlier. However sadly, whilst travelling through the mines, they are attacked by Orcs and Trolls and a Balrog. Entrance to the Mines of Moria is only possible by solving the riddle of a password. In the film, Frodo solves the riddle however in the book, the riddle is solved by Gandalf.
When the Fellowship of the Ring is being forged at Rivendell, Gimli thinks its worthwhile him trying to smash the ring with his axe. The attempt barely scratches the ring. That scene was added to the movie, it doesn't occur in the book.
Lady Galadriel gives Gimli three strands of her hair as good luck after Gimli asks for them as the fellowship leaves Lothlorien on their mission to destroy the One Ring.
Gimli at the young age of 62 was deemed too young to assist in the battle for Erebor. After Lord Sauron was defeated, Gimli went off with Legolas to search for new lands and adventures.
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