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I haven't my copy with me at work, but when Frodo puts on the ring during the attack on Weathertop (Amon Sul),( book I, the chapter a Knife in the Dark), (I may be wrong) (and upon his recovery in Rivendell) he describes that his perceptions are altered: Aragorn and the other hobbits' battle cries seem far away, while the Nazgul are so much clearly visible and beckon him to join them.

Gandalf explains that by putting on the ring, he is now half in the world of the wraiths, half in the real world, thus he more clearly sees the nazgul and doesn't perceive the real world as well.


This may be my bad. I just finished reading the Hobbit, and Bilbo is never described as being half in and half out of the world. At first he doesn't even realize he is invisible. I haven't even gotten back into the text of LOTR this time and it's been a decade or two since I last read it. You are probably right and the movie is probably more correct on this point than I gave it credit for.

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