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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Which earth locations most closely resemble locations from the works of Tolkien?

I hope this question survives and is not a dupe so I am happy to improve if required. I know that Jackson and the film crew picked suitably epic locations but which real life places most closely ...
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The Half-Elven and their choices

Earendil and Elwing were given the choice of kindreds after their journey to Valinor, This choice was extended to their sons (specifically sons, not daughters or grandchildren) Elrond chose the race ...
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What was the origin of Durin's Line?

In the beginning, Aule the Smith created the Seven Dwarf Fathers and six wives. Durin the Deathless was the only one without a wife, so how did his bloodline begin?
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What were Saruman's plans after he'd defeated Rohan?

If Saruman's forces had defeated Rohan, is there any indication of what he was planning to do next? The Ringbearer is far away from Saruman hand and in the territory of his rival Sauron. Was he ...
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Did Sauron battle with the White Council in Dol Guldur?

The White Council arrives in Dol Guldur and drives Sauron out, causing him to flee back into Mordor. In The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Sauron attacks Gandalf and overthrows him (in his big scary fog ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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What were the Heathen/Evil Numenoreans doing while The Faithful left Numenor?

I know Ar-Pharazon and Army were sailing to Valinor, Elendil and his sons were getting the faithful away from Numenor, but the one thing i want to know is what were the Evil Numenorean civilians doing ...
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Did the Witch King cause the storm on Caradhras?

Most people suspect it was Sauron or Saruman or Caradhras itself, but shortly before the storm Gandalf and Frodo both feel a cold presence which is a feeling the Nazgul causes. Also if I remember ...
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Why did Saruman seem to believe that Sauron wouldn't return?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is meeting with Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond in Rivendell, they are discussing the Necromancer. When Gandalf suggests that it is Sauron returning, ...
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What kind of bow did the Tolkien's Elves use?

This answer seems to imply that it was a longbow. Is there canon information on what kind of bow would Elves use? (and if so, was it different for different Elvish groups?)
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How does the dominion of men work when the nine are governed by Sauron wielding the one ring?

It has been answered that the one ring gave Sauron the ability to govern the dominion of those whom wore the other rings of power (source). However during the second age there was a "last alliance of ...
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If Sauron was Morgoth's most trusted lieutenant, why did everyone take his rings?

When Morgoth was defeated, Sauron - Morgoth's most trusted lieutenant - created the rings of power. At least according to the One Wiki to Rule Them All. Why did everyone welcome these gifts from ...
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Hobbits prosthetic Ears and feet

Reading that Martin Freeman kept some souvenirs from filming the hobbit (his prosthetic ears and feet) had me thinking: Was there any reference in the books that hobbits had pointy ears and ...
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The Red Book of Westmarch - Gold or Silver?

A friend of mine is designing a box to look like the Red Book of Westmarch. We could use the movies as a reference, but I was wondering if it's ever mentioned anywhere in the text whether or not the ...
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Was Lungorthin the first lord of the balrogs?

Lungorthin is mentioned in HOME 3, The Lays of Beleriand: and he's called the Lord of the Balrogs, but we also know Gothmog was blessed with this title as well. Chris Tolkien speculates that ...
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Were there any democracies in Middle-Earth?

Most states in Middle Earth seem to be feudalish kingdoms. Gondor, Rohan, Numenor, Dwarves, and Elves were all ruled by hereditary nobles. Was there any state/society that was more of a ...
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Why didn't Círdan give Narya to another Elf-lord?

I just answered the question Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Maiar? and in the course of writing up my answer it occurred to me that there's no real reason for Círdan have given his Ring to a ...
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Why did Gandalf get Narya, of all the Istari? [duplicate]

Why did Cirdan choose Gandalf to wear Narya, of all the Istari? The reasoning for why he gave the ring at all doesn't seem to uniquely qualify Gandalf as the best recipient, unless Cirdan was being ...
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What's the first appearance of Elves capable of shadow-melding in fantasy?

Everyone who has played either Warcraft III or World of Warcraft knows that Night Elves have the magic ability to melt away into the shadows of the night, a power known as shadowmeld. According to the ...
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Why do Gloin and Legolas not interact?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gloin and Gimli attend the Council of Elrond to discus the One Ring. Legolas is also in attendance. In the movies at least, Legolas is a major part of the story and is ...
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Did J.R.R. Tolkien ever write a deeper connection between The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the ring?

There seems to be a bit of a gap between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. While we know the outcomes from The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, we don't know what happened between ...
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Could Gollum have been trying to prevent Sauron from obtaining the One Ring?

I'm not doubting that Gollum was corrupted by the ring and that he wanted it completely for himself. However, In the movie "The Two Towers", when Frodo and Sam arrive at the black gate, Gollum stops ...
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What is the relationship between Galadriel and Gandalf?

It seems to be one of love, but how would that fit with Celeborn and Galadriel's marriage? It is my understanding that Galadriel played an important part in the summoning of the five wizards to ...
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Were orcs stronger in the first age?

I was thinking about how most beings were stronger in earlier times than in say, the third age. Did this apply to orcs as well? Did the power Morgoth put into the orcs in the first age make them ...
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Why was Gimli of such a low rank, compared to the other representatives chosen for the Fellowship?

Part of the members of the Fellowship were chosen as representatives of their race: Legolas for the Elves, Boromir for mankind and Gimli for the dwarves. Of those three, two were the heirs of a ruler ...
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Why does the Necromancer let Radagast flee from Dol Guldur?

I ask this because if he captures and kills Radagast (who I get the impression isn't in a lot of contact with Gandalf or any of the wise) he can simply attack Erebor without having to reveal himself. ...
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Why did Sauron flee from Dol Guldur when Gandalf first entered?

Did the Dark Lord feel that even Gandalf the Grey was too much for him to deal with at the time or was he simply fleeing to cover up his identity?
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Dwarf rings unaccounted for?

The Dwarf Rings are being mentioned at the start of LOTR but no mention is made of them elsewhere despite the nine and three gathering heaps of attention. While the dwarfs of ME are renowned for ...
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Account of the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age?

Is there a book by Tolkien where the defeat of Sauron is elaborated, when he lost the ring even before the hobbit adventures?
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Was the armour worn by the Numenorean ( Elendili age) and Gondorian Army created by the Elves of Middle earth?

In the Fellowship of the Ring prologue we see the Numenoreans in their signature armor, and then later in LOTR we see Doriathian-type armour from the first age worn by the Gondorians of the third age. ...
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In Tolkien's Middle-earth, how far does Wilderland extend?

I was editing my answer to this question, in which I tried to describe the size of Wilderland, and found myself not quite sure what it included. Is Mirkwood part of Wilderland? Does it extend all the ...
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Is the Ring's power of attraction a byproduct of the other powers? [duplicate]

LOTR, Book I, Ch. 2 The Shadow of the Past: ‘A Ring of Power looks after itself, Frodo... It may slip off treacherously, but its keeper never abandons it. At most he plays with the idea of ...
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In the Hobbit movies, why is an orc pack not a cause for concern?

In the Hobbit movies, Saruman talks about how Sauron is gone, but seems unconcerned about an orc pack under the influence of Azog (who in the films basically the most powerful orc around not a cause ...
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Would the One Ring have stayed hidden if Bilbo hadn't turned up?

Gollum managed to keep the One Ring safe in his possession for over 600 years. His cave is very well hidden, the goblins living nearby appear to be unaware of it and aside from Bilbo's visit there ...
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Is Gandalf really to blame for Sauron's return? [duplicate]

In The Hobbit, Gandalf assembles the party of 13 to retake the Misty Mountain and give Erebor back to Thorin. However, along the way, Bilbo and company are captured by goblins and Bilbo meets Golum. ...
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Does the depiction of Uruk society in Shadow of Mordor have any basis in LotR canon?

We already know from the excellent answers on this question that the main storyline of Shadow of Mordor does not make a lot of sense in LotR canon. But for me the most interesting part of Shadow of ...
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Does using the Black Speech attract the Eye of Sauron?

I was reading the LOTR wiki page about Black Speech and it says: The Black Speech is unfortunately one of the more incomplete languages in Tolkien's novels, because the forces of good refuse to ...
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Why did the Ringwraiths wear cloaks?

To my understanding and what the movies seem to portray, the Ringwraiths are invisible to mortal men. This would almost assume that if they were to take off their cloaks they would become invisible. ...
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How could Saruman lose the battle of Helm's Deep?

Saruman isn't stupid. In fact, he's called Saruman the Wise, so he must have known a thing or two about strategy. In the battle of Helm's Deep/Hornburk, according to this wiki, 10 000 Uruk-Hai, 5 000 ...
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Why didn't Isildur's Heir come forward sooner?

In Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, we learn some things about Aragorn's family tree. There are basically two facts that together are confusing me: The Kingdom of Arnor comes to an end in ...
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Durthang: orc castle or home of a Nazgûl?

Or would it have been just another orc infested tower like Cirith Ungol? Also would there have been many castles like Durthang in Mordor?
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Could the messenger sent by Sauron (to Erebor) be an Easterling?

Sauron sends a messenger to Erebor. My friend says that the messenger couldn't possibly be a nazgul as we know where they were located when the messenger arrives at Erebor. "Then about a year ago ...
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Why are Tolkien’s Elves tall?

As we all know Tolkien’s Elves are a noble tall and dexterous race. this is adressed in Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? of which this question is not a duplicate I was wondering where ...
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Why did Bilbo physically age faster than Gollum?

In the LoTR movies (not sure if the books are the same) but when Gollum lost the ring to Bilbo decades ago in The Hobbit, he appeared to look the same and even move the same in The Fellowship of the ...
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Are orcs considered evil to Eru and the Valar?

It's to my understanding that orcs were once elves that were captured and tortured by Morgoth ages ago, becoming what's now orcs. Being captured and tortured is obviously not their fault, therefore ...
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Did the stewards of Gondor have the right to use the Palantiri?

Denethor was trapped by Sauron while using the Palantir. Denethor effectively went insane after realizing just how powerful Sauron was and that there was no hope to ever stop him. This did not happen ...
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Do the Ring Wraiths love Sauron?

Is it known in cannon how the Ring Wraiths felt about Sauron? They were his servants and he had complete control over them since he had the nine rings. My question is generally, do they have feelings ...
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Were the orcs of Mount Gundabad under Sauron's sway? [duplicate]

In the new trailer for the third Hobbit film we see Legolas and Tauriel outside Mount Gundabad (which strangely looks similar to Minas Morgul). Is Sauron in command of the orcs of Mount Gundabad?
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Do the Nazgûl feel pain [duplicate]

If the Nazgûl are neither dead or alive then would it really matter to them if they were set on fire? I'm talking of when Aragorn fights the Nazgûl in the film when Frodo is stabbed.
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Why did the Valar lay down their guardianship over Arda? [duplicate]

Were the Valar really angry with Numenoreans ( faithless ones) at the time and didnt want anything to do with them?, or did they not want to protect the people of Arda anymore?