The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel written by philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. It is the second best selling novel ever written with over 150 million copies sold.

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What is the Witch King of Angmar's ring?

What would be the name of the Witch King's ring? Elrond, Aragorn and many others have rings that are 'named', so what would the Witch King's be? What does the Witch King's ring look like? Include a ...
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What would an orc do if it found the One Ring?

If an orc found the One Ring, would it try to use it? Or were the orcs "programmed" to turn it over to Sauron?
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How smart were dragons, really?

I seem to recall reading that dragons were very clever in various places throughout the Silmarillion and the Hobbit. But, at least in the Hobbit, Smaug doesn't appear to be much smarter than your ...
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How many dragons ever existed on Middle Earth?

How numerous were dragons in the time before 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'? How many dragons did Tolkien ever mention by name?
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Gandalf and the Black Captain [duplicate]

Why does Gandalf, during the siege of Gondor, imply that he cannot defeat the Black Captain because "not by the hand of man will he fall" ? Isn't Gandalf not of mankind and thus not a man? Or does ...
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Are there other books about the history of Middle-Earth? [duplicate]

I've read these books about the history of Middle-Earth. The Shaping of Middle-earth The Return of the Shadow The Treason of Isengard The War of the Ring Sauron Defeated and really liked them. ...
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What was more powerful - the power of the ring or the willpower of Gandalf and Aragorn?

I have not read the book but have seen the movie. The ring almost tries to possess everyone like Boromir, Sam, Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, etc. But why does it never affect Gandalf and Aragorn. Was it weak ...
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Why didn't the One Ring abandon Bilbo like it abandoned Gollum?

The One Ring abandoned Gollum, expecting to be found by an orc but when Bilbo found it, why didn't it then abandon Bilbo? It could have easily fallen off when he was squeezing through the gate after ...
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The Rings effect on Elves [duplicate]

I was reading the Lord of the Rings books and noticed something strange. The elves are the most magically powerful native race on Middle Earth, and they created the Rings of Power (under the guidance ...
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In LOTR: RoTK (movie) at the “Battle of the Black Gate”, why do orcs die after Sauron is defeated? [duplicate]

I was just watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King movie adaption, and there was something at the end I didn't quite understand why it happened ? Why after Sauron is defeated ( when ...
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Is there a connection between the Red Book of Westmarch, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings?

Ostensibly, the Red Book of Westmarch includes the stories of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. However, the narrator's style and knowledge seem quite different between the two latter books. That is, ...
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Why didn't Arwen return to the west with Legolas and Gimli? [duplicate]

I listened to the LotR book and appendix, and understood that immortality was tied to the west, though also granted to the elves in Middle Earth (via blessing, was it?) until the end of the third age. ...
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What was the flash Frodo saw when Galadriel waved her hand with the ring?

I listened to the books (as opposed to reading them) and waited until I listened to The Hobbit before posting this question. Please forgive me if i remember it incorrectly. After the destruction of ...
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Are humans a “good” race?

As we have seen, the various races portrayed in Middle-Earth each demonstrate very specific invariable characteristics. Where do humans fit in among the other races of Middle-Earth? Are humans a ...
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What powers do The One Ring bestow? [duplicate]

I know that the One Ring gives different powers to different races based on their characteristics; e.g. Hobbits become invisible because they are stealthy. My question is, what power would the ring ...
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Why is “the time of elves” considered to be over?

From the movie series, it seems obvious that the civilization of Elves, once great and important, is declining. Their numbers keep reducing and they retreat into some remote islands and in general ...
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Learning Quenya and/or Sindarin

If someone wanted to learn to speak Tolkien's Elvish languages (Quenya and Sindarin) is there a guide to how to go about doing so? Are there any authoritative sources regarding which language should ...
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Did the Shire Have any Army?

The Shire was the homeland of the Hobbits, usually they are smaller than Men. They were fairly good archers and quite skilled with stone-throwing. Did the Shire Have any Defense system to protect them ...
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Who made The Rings of Power?

There are twenty magical Rings in the Tolkien's Middle Earth Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed ...
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Trolls and the Olog-hai

In The Hobbit, Tolkien presents three trolls (Bert, Tom, and Bill Huggins) who are decidedly comic figures: They were trolls. Obviously trolls. Even Bilbo, in spite of his sheltered life, could ...
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Are Tolkien's orcs immortal?

Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers in all of Tolkien's Mythology, a race of sentient beings bred by the evil Vala Melkor (Morgoth) during the time of the Great Darkness. ...
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Why do Tolkien's wizards look Human, and not Elven?

The two primary races of Middle Earth, those created by Iluvatar, are Elves and Men. And until quite late in the history of Middle Earth, the Elves were BY FAR the more significant of the two. They ...
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What are the differences between orcs and uruks? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings Trilogy they were Orcs and Uruks. I know orcs used to be elves, Saruman say's they were once elves but what is uruks used to be and how come they're bigger and better fighters ...
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What are the powers shown by the Rings of Power?

We all know that "almost every creature" who puts on the One ring became invisible and that the creator (Sauron) can use it to control the other rings. But the other rings: The Nine The Seven The ...
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Which king is referred to in “The Return of the King”?

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I always regarded the title of the third book, The Return of the King, as referring to the return of Aragorn to reclaim his kingdom. However, after reading this ...
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Why is Sauron always portrayed as being stronger than Gandalf

My understanding is that Sauron along with the other wizards are all Maiar. They are all timeless, so no one is older than anyone else. I would have thought that 5 Maiar (or even two in LOTR) should ...
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Who is / was the “Lord of the Rings”?

Who is the Lord, as referred to in the title? Frodo? Sauron? Someone else? Or is it more of an abstract title, not referring to a single person, like "He who wields the One Ring"?
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How old was Frodo when Bilbo Celebrated his 111th Birthday? [closed]

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo was celebrated his 111th birthday. Then he gave the Ring to his nephew (Frodo Baggins), after being confronted confronted by his friend Gandalf the Grey. How old ...
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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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Can Frodo sailing be interpreted as a metaphor Sam wrote in the Red Book to describe Frodo's death in Bag End?

Did Tolkien write and confirm that a possible interpretation of the ending of The Lord of the Rings was that Frodo sailing into the West was something Sam wrote in the Red Book as a metaphor for ...
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Is there a significance to the number of rings given to each race? [duplicate]

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In ...
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Could Sauron have made another ring?

Was there anything stopping Sauron from making another "one ring"? Was he too weak since his separation from the ring to craft another? Or would it have taken a long time?
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Why does Sauron's costume have a rich tapestry?

This is more towards the representation of Sauron in the films. If one watches carefully, in BluRay to be specific, one can see the rich tapestry woven in Sauron's costume which closely resembles what ...
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What stories are connected to Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit?

Every time that I see a question here about Lord of the Rings, people talk about different ages and an extensive knowledge of characters that had no place in the story of the Lord of the Rings. Most ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Why does Saruman change his mind?

In Lord of the Rings, Saruman The White, the eldest of the Wizards and their chieftain, joins with Sauron instead of helping people fight against Sauron. What is the reason for him losing faith in ...
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Why was Saruman sent to Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Gandalf a Maia (Spirit) was sent to Middle-Earth in human form to help the free peoples fight the evil of Sauron. Is the same reason for the Saruman sent to Middle-Earth ?
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Which are the Two Towers in Lord of the Rings

I always wondered which are the two towers that are referred to in The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. My memory is a bit hazy right now but there are at least 4 Towers that are mentioned in the book ...
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Is this really the image of Sauron?

I was browsing the internet and saw this image that is claimed to show Sauron in his original "Maiar" form. I wonder, is this really Sauron or is it just an internet rumour? The image had this ...
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Which version of the Hobbit and LOTR should I buy? [closed]

I am inclined to read the Hobbit and LOTR, but there are many versions of it when I look at Amazon, for instance. The "version" are in terms of: revisions illustrations (I'd like Tolkien's one) ...
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Why didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?

This fact had always bugged me. When Frodo finally goes to the Cracks of Doom he is met with practically no resistance. This seems uncharacteristic of Sauron which in my humble opinion makes it a tiny ...
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Who can break another wizard's staff?

In the Lord of the Rings books we see Gandalf the White breaking Saruman's staff by just talking, a feat that couldn't be realized by Gandalf the Grey (IIRC Tolkien said this himself when talking ...
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When was the sword Narsil reforged into Anduril in the books? [duplicate]

Yesterday I re-read the scene from the Two Towers where Aragorn meets Eomer on the plains of Rohan. When Aragorn introduces himself he announces himself as Isildur's heir as well as presenting Anduril ...
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What was in the Orc draught?

The description makes it seem rejuvenating like the stuff the Hobbits got from the Elves, except a burning sensation instead of magically delicious. Was it the same base recipe maybe, except infused ...
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Why did it take Sauron so long to regain strength?

According to the timeline of the Third age it took Sauron roughly 2460 years to regain strength and return to Middle Earth. Why did it take him that long? And if he "returns" to Middle Earth, where ...
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In the Lord of the Rings, was the Witch-king aware of the prophecy about his death?

I am of course referring to Glorfindel's prophecy about Witch-king's death: 'Eärnur now rode back, but Glorfindel, looking into the gathering dark, said: "Do not pursue him! He will not return ...
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Why was the One Ring so fascinating?

In Lord of the Rings, why was the One Ring so fascinating? I mean, each and every person (or Hobbit) wanted to have it when they saw it. Even Frodo, who had the ultimate task of destroying the ring, ...
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Is the One Ring a part of Sauron's Soul

Is The One Ring not just an object that holds a part(or most of) Sauron's power but rather also a part of his soul? (similar to Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in Harry Potter). Sauron almost dies when his ...
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Have any of the lesser rings made by the Elves, beside the 20 Rings of Power, been shown or named?

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began ...
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What are the exact powers of the rings/One Ring?

I have not read the Lord of the Rings series, but I love the movies. The only power that I have caught in them is the ability to turn invisible, which Bilibo shows in the FOTR. Throughout the entire ...