The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel written by philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. As well as being the second best selling novel of all time (150+ million copies), the book has spawned a trilogy of billion-dollar-grossing films directed by Peter Jackson.

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What do you call a wizard's headquarters? [on hold]

What do you call a wizard's headquarters? i.e. lair, domain, compound?
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Why does the Morgul blade dissolve after Aragorn touches it?

When Aragorn touches the Morgul blade in the Fellowship movie, it dissolves.What is the reason for this?
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How was the stinger from Shelob able to pierce Frodo's mithril shirt? [duplicate]

How is it that the cave troll in the mines of Moria (Fellowship of the Ring) wasn't able to pierce Frodo's mithril shirt, but Shelob's stinger was (Return of the King)?
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Why did it take Gondor and Rivendell so long to send aid to Arnor?

Considering the battle the petty-realms had with the witch king lasted for hundreds of years, one would think Gondor and Rivendell would act quicker, surely? So why is it not until Arnor is pretty ...
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What would've happened had Melkor won?

I'm interested to know if there were any notes on what would've happened has Melkor successfully overthrown the other Valar and assumed complete control of Arda. Obvious answers like "He'd kill ...
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Was there any (significant) technological development during the Third Age

The Third Age lasted about 3000 years. In Hobbit and Lord of the Rings we see the last years of it and Middle Earth is in something like a "dark age". The human empires are either destroyed or have ...
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Who are the two Istari mentioned in Shadow of Mordor?

One of the artifacts found in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a Broken Staff, accompanied by this memory: Funny thing, that. They told us their names, plenty of times. But we all forgot. To a ...
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Why was Haldir in command of the Rivendell army? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: Soon after, however, a large group of the Elves of Lórien join the defences. Elrond, at the prompting of Galadriel, sends the Elves under the command of Haldir of Lórien to ...
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Is there a measure of power of LotR characters? [duplicate]

I just watched the "battle" between Galadriel and Sauron in The Battle of Five Armies. I read both The Hobbit and LotR so I know it never really happened but seeing Gandalf fail against Sauron I ...
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Why does Gimli say that Galadriel is an “elf witch” who seduces men?

In Fellowship movie, Gimli warns the Hobbits about the "elf witch" who lives in Lorien.He says that men who look upon her "fall under her spell and are never seen again" It seems to me that Gimli is ...
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Was the ring Narya ever intended to be passed to a mortal?

The ring Narya was one of three made by the Elvish prince Celebrimbor with the aid of Sauron. This particular ring was described as having the following abilities: To inspire and invoke courage from ...
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How long can Frodo live in the Undying Lands? [duplicate]

Does he live "unto the ending of the world" like the elves and the Gods? Or does he die after his short hobbit lifespan?
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Is there any explanation for Denethor's strange behaviour in the Return of the King?

In the first part, we are told that Denethor had been a good and wise Steward and had "held the forces of Mordor at bay" for long. When Pippin and Gandalf visit Minas Tirith, he seems quite different ...
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How did Sauron communicate through the palantír?

Did he possess one of the Palantíri at Barad-dûr? Or could he just "tap into" Palantír conversations at his will?
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Why does Saruman explain the origin of the Orcs to the Uruk-hai chief?

In the Fellowship movie, Saruman gives a long speech to the (newly created) Uruk-hai chief about how the Orcs first came into being and then proceeds to ask him about his loyalty. Why does he do this? ...
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Who were the nine “actors” who played the nine kings?

One of the things I liked about the production of the Lord of the Rings films was that some crew members were invited to play a sort of cameo role. Unfortunately, some members do not get credited for ...
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Did Celebrimbor actually give Durin a ring of power personally?

In dwarven legend, the dwarves swear that the greatest of the 7 dwarven rings was given to Durin by Celebrimbor rather than Sauron. If he did how could Celebrimbor (when captured by Sauron personally) ...
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Was Galadriel ever jealous of Arwen's beauty? [closed]

Is there anything in the books or movies which seem to indicate that Galadriel was jealous of Arwen's beauty? Especially since Galadriel is extremely prideful of her beauty? Like in I am ...
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First draft of The Lord of the Rings: Who was “M”?

The first words Tolkien wrote of the Lord of the Rings are preserved in a manuscript of which the first page is reproduced in The Return of the Shadow. When he first put pen to paper he wrote in ...
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Would a dwarf become a wraith if stabbed by the Witch King's blade?

Gandalf confirms it would have happened to Frodo if untreated. If they had succeeded, you would have become like they are, only weaker and under their command. You would have became a wraith under ...
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Why would Gollum like climbing trees in fair weather?

This question, asked yesterday, put a somewhat related question into my mind. As quoted in that question: ‘In the days of fair weather we led Gollum through the woods; and there was a high tree ...
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What did the Hobbits call the story we know as The Lord of the Rings?

I came across a jarring statement in Unfinished Tales, in the chapter "The Palantíri": It must however be noted with regard to the narrative of The Lord of the Rings that over and above such ...
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How did Gollum know about the rescue party from Dol Guldur?

...Legolas continued[,] 'In the days of fair weather we led Gollum through the woods; and there was a high tree standing alone far from the others which he liked to climb. Often we let him ...
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What does this elvish text from UC Irvine say?

UC Irvine has an area where all the buildings are named after Middle earth stuff (squeee!) Those buildings have pretty tile signs, some of which have an elvish script around the edges. As far as I ...
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Will there be another book/movie about The Hobbit / LOTR?

I have been wondering since the last movie of The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies whether there will be a book or a movie to close the gap after the end of The Hobbit where Legolas Greenleaf gets ...
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What happened to Arnor after the fall of Angmar in TA 1975

From what I can understand Arnor was invaded by Angmar, but Angmar itself was defeated by Gondor shortly afterwards in TA 1975. Formally Arnor was restored by Aragorn when he was crowned the King of ...
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Did Tolkien ever specify that Orodruin was a volcano?

It is incredibly clear that Orodruin (Mount Doom) was a volcano. It is a mountain with fire inside of it, and it periodically belches forth ash, smoke, and rock. This is what volcanoes do best ...
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Was Sauron's defeat (or victory) seemingly predetermined?

Leaving aside the quest to destroy the ring; but rather approaching the war from Sauron's perspective: is the winner of the conflict already pretty much guaranteed? Sauron always assumed that a ...
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What powers did the Witch King have?

Beyond fear what actual powers does the Witch King demonstrate that make him "dangerous". his very presence can cause fear and death in men and drive his subordinates on he utters a spell that ...
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The One Ring - a birthday present [duplicate]

I have quite an important question to ask. So, I am a fairly skilled blacksmith, and was planning to make The One Ring as a present for my best friend's 33rd birthday. We are best friends since the ...
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Was Sauron aware of what Gandalf was?

Is there any evidence that Gandalf's maia origin was known to Sauron. Not many of the elves even knew (Cirdan, Galadriel and Elrond maybe) This quote makes me think not. 'So!' said the Messenger. ...
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How are beings distinguished with respect to 'power' in Middle Earth?

Many characters are referred to, both in canon, and by the community, as being 'powerful'. Gandalf is a powerful wizard; Sauron is very powerful; Morgoth is one of the most powerful beings to have ...
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Why did the Beatles' proposal to make a Lord of the Rings movie fall through?

As a lifelong Beatles fanatic, I am well aware of their plans to make a Lord of the Rings movie. When they hit the big time, that signed a contract for 3 feature films. The first two were A Hard ...
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How did the wargs know the Fellowship's whereabouts?

Gandalf refers to the wargs that attack them at Hollin as hounds of Sauron, now if all the nazgul had left Eriador as it is hinted, how would the wargs know the whereabouts of the fellowship? Maybe ...
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Which of his races did Tolkien draw?

This question isn't as broad as it might appear at first glance. I've seen drawings of dragons, Dwarves, Trolls, and Hobbits by Tolkien, and I'm primarily interested in only a few other races. He ...
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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Do the beacon lighters really live on top of the mountains?

Following this image I found online: Do the beacon lighters really live on top of the mountains? It seems really cold on top of some of these mountains and there are no villages or whatsoever.
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Details on the Origin of Sting

I have been trying to gather some details on the Origin of Sting, but it seems there is very little known. I gather that Sting was forged in Gondolin during the first age, however aside form that I ...
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Was the creation of the Ring justified? [duplicate]

Sauron's decision to put the majority of his power into a magic ring seems to be a very big gamble even with the (potential) payoff of being able to control the other rings. Is there any description ...
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Why does the One Ring make the wearer's clothes invisible?

The One Ring turns the person wearing it invisible. Is there an explanation of how it does this? It appears that direct contact with the skin activates the Ring's invisibility effects; why would it ...
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In the Jacksonverse, how does Gandalf come to learn Sméagol's story?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, Gandalf has a brief conversation with Frodo where he sets up the Sméagol plot arc (emphasis mine): Frodo (disbelieving) He escaped the dungeons of Barad-dur? ...
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Why did Aragorn only add a couple of days for his estimate of the journey time to Rivendell from Weathertop?

But I know how long it would take me on my own feet, with fair weather and no ill fortune: twelve days from here to the Ford of Bruinen, where the Road crosses the Loudwater that runs out of ...
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Do non-Elven blades damage the Nazgûl despite being destroyed?

As I understand it (correct me if this is wrong) swords not crafted by elves are destroyed upon striking a Nazgûl- but do they do any damage to him (it?) in the process?
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Was Samwise Gamgee anyone else's gardener?

Sam worked for Frodo as his gardener. But was he a permanent full-time employee of the Baggins Estate, or did he keep the shrubberies for a number of smials? Related: Why Does Samwise Gamgee Call ...
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Was there only a single mithril-mail shirt made?

Considering mithril is both incredibly light and strong (compared to other materials such as steel) are there any references to there being more than a single mithril mail shirt (Bilbo's) ever being ...
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What defines an age in Middle Earth?

Looking at the various pages for the first, second, third and fourth ages, we see they are of varying length. I am wondering what is the definition of 'an age' in Middle Earth and how it is decided ...
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What does Eowyn call Theoden?

Theoden calls Eowyn sister-daughter. I assume this is because she is, literally, the daughter of his sister. He also refers to Eomer as his sister-son at one point. What does Eowyn call Theoden in ...
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Why was Gandalf so emotional?

This is relating to the movie. Frodo finally relinquishes his desire for the ring, and it melts in the fires of Mount Doom. The next scene shows the eruption of Mount Doom and the destruction of Barad ...
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Was Grima the only one who knew about the weak spot in Helm's Deep?

In the movie at least of The Two Towers, Grima Wormtongue mentioned to Saruman a nasty weak spot in the outer foundations of Helm's Deep - a small tunnel which allows a wee stream to flow to and fro. ...
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What would Sméagol have called his own race?

In the book Unfinished Tales, in the chapter The Hunt for the Ring, we find the following passage (which confirms what is said in the answers to this question): Gollum would not know the term ...