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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Why was Glorfindel sent back to Middle Earth? [duplicate]

This always confused me, as we see during the war of the ring Glorfindel stays at Rivendell and really doesn't do much else, was he sent back in an Istari styled mission in middle earth and was he ...
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Could thangorodrim be used to destroy the ring [duplicate]

What happened to thangorodrim's three volcanic peaks? I know ancalagon fell on the fortess, but the actual mountain must still exist. Could the fellowship have travelled to thangorodrim and thrown the ...
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Why did the ring need to have a bearer?

Why not put it in a box or something and take the box to Mount Doom?
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“… for none now live who saw the ring” -— what about Elrond?

In the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring the female voice speaks in a sinister tone. She says the secrets or some information about the ring has been lost "... for none now live (who saw ...
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What can Gandalf do, and what can't he do to help? [duplicate]

From what I've read on these forums the race or type of being Gandalf is sort of god-like immortal, like the rest of the wizards. I think I remember reading that they can't interfere in some way. ...
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What is the significance of the theme of vision in Lord of the Rings? [closed]

Two major symbols in The Lord of the Rings deal with the theme of vision: Sauron's incarnation is an all-seeing eye Sauron's ring of power grants its user the ability to become invisible What ...
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Has anybody killed a Balrog without dying?

I know of two people who have fought a Balrog and killed it but in the process lost their lives. Glorfindel of Gondolin He was able to stab it in the belly, but as the Balrog fell it reached out ...
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Are the Sindar Gray-elves immortal?

In Lord of the Rings, there are High Elves and Sindar, or Gray-elves. It is my understanding that the High Elves can go to the Undying Lands and are immortal. In the Letters of J.R. Tolkien, it says ...
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When will copyright restrictions expire on The Lord of the Rings?

I don't know what the correct vocabulary in English is to talk about royalties, copyright, license of a book, right to exploit, etc. I would like to know what the legal status is around the books in ...
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Sam=gardener not bodyguard [closed]

How come Boromir's brother, Faramir, called Sam Frodo's bodyguard? And then he replies "His gardener," being clearly annoyed. I mean not to be rude or anything but Sam isn't that strong!
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Is it possible to sneak into the Undying Lands via the Elven ships?

To get to the Undying Lands one has to take one of the Elven ships and sail into the west. This journey is meant only for the Elves, Ringbearers and a select few others. But would it be possible for ...
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Was the “The closer we are to danger..” quote from the movie in the LOTR books in some form?

In the movie version of TTT of LOTR Pippin says "The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm." Was there a similar quote in the book? For some reason my brain attributes a similar quote ...
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Would Gollum qualify, as a Ringbearer, to go to the Undying Lands?

If Gollum had not died in Mount Doom, would he have been allowed to join the elves, Bilbo, and Frodo in the Undying Lands? He was, after all, by far the longest-lasting bearer of the One Ring (not ...
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Did Gandalf have a secret plan? [closed]

I've checked this question out, and Keen offers a great explanation for the seeming plot hole, but my question is a little different. After reading this reddit post, I'm really curious whether ...
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Gimli and Legolas's contest at Helm's Deep

According to this answer : Recall Gimli's and and Legolas's contest at Helm's Deep which Gimli won 42-41 (or 43-42 in the movie). We all know that the books and movie differ in many places, but ...
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When Frodo offers her the ring, is Galadriel really tempted, or just making a point?

(Question sparked by discussion on Why does Frodo follow Galadriel and offer her the ring?) When Frodo suggests that Galadriel should take the ring, she appears tempted: she gives a vision of the ...
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Timespan of events occurring in Middle Earth [duplicate]

I haven't read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, I have just watched the movies. I want to know the timeline for events as per the movies. I want to know the exact timespan between the ...
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What does Gimli say to Haldir in Lothlórien?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship get trapped by the Lothlorien Elves and Gimli is.... not okay with their language they are speaking he says something in Dwarvish which Aragorn tells ...
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Height of the LoTR Races

Is the height of races (men, elves, orcs, goblins, etc) ever mentioned by Tolkien? If not, did the movies just make up the certain heights?
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Reincarnation of Durin

Quoting a text from http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Durin It was also believed that Durin would be reincarnated a total of six times, each time as a descendant of an older Durin. The page also ...
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Erebor's architectural influences?

I understand Tolkien drew heavily on real world architecture for the buildings and other physical structures in LOTR. What were Erebor's influences? I'm particularly here thinking of the recent ...
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Why were the doors of Moria made so easy to open?

Dwarves are supposed to be suspicious and secretive. Why allow anyone who knew the elvish word for "friend" to enter?
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What would the Valar do if they knew Saruman had joined Sauron? [closed]

As we wall know Saruman was a Maiar and Istari, and was a student of Manwë, and is known to be wise if not wiser than the rest of the Maiar Posse, my question is what would the Valar do to Saruman if ...
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Why does Frodo follow Galadriel and offer her the Ring?

Why does Frodo offer the Ring to the Galadriel when Gandalf specifically told him NOT to offer it to anyone!? And why did Frodo follow her from his camp out? Plus, he didn't even look like he was ...
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Is there any procedure to be followed when an half-elf gives up immortality?

I went through the following questions, Why can Arwen decide her mortality. It explains who can give up immortality. I would like to know if Tolkien had ever mentioned a procedure/ritual that has to ...
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Could Aule the Smith destroy the One Ring? [closed]

I've always wondered. Sauron studied under Aule the Smith before he went evil. Assuming that the Valar would allow the Ring to come to Valinor, and assuming that none of them tried to take it, and ...
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Was Aragorn based on Bard from The Hobbit?

One thing I've noticed recently in The Hobbit book is how similar Bard is to Aragorn. Here is a list of similarities ● Both talk about how they're the heir to the ancestors (they both mention it a ...
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What is the last written record from Arda?

What is the youngest written record from Arda? I’m not refering to the last thing that we know has happened, or what Tolkien had in mind (e.g., in Wikipedia’s Timeline of Arda, the last entry from ...
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Did Gandalf know the origin of “Glamdring”?

I have few questions here: Did Gandalf know the origin of Glamdring? If so, how did he know it? Is it explained in the books how Glamdring made its way to a troll's treasure hoard or who had it ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits get frostbite?

This is a question that's been bothering me for the last couple of days: How is it that the hobbits of the Fellowship were able to survive such cold temperatures throughout their travels without ...
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Why is Orthanc so indestructible?

The tower of Orthanc is said to have been impenetrable: By the next day, only the tower of Orthanc remained, as it was hewn of one piece of impenetrable rock...-http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Orthanc. ...
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How were the palantiri actually used?

The palantiri tend to confuse me a lot: as we see with Sauron, Denethor and Saruman you can clearly see far places and communicate with other beings, but how precise were these seeing stones? For ...
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Why were there servants of Saruman in Ithilien?

I have recently been re reading the Two Towers and one thing confused me a lot. Faramir says to Frodo: "There are no travellers in these lands, only servants of the eye and the white hand" The white ...
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What is the picture on the front of this edition of “The Two Towers”?

The front cover of my edition of "The Two Towers" has a picture of what looks like a man mounted on some vast flying creature: The only thing that beast makes me think of is "dragon", but as far as ...
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What happen to Boromir's body?

In the movie the return of the king, Denethor was seen holding Boromir's broken horn. But in Two Towers it is shown that Faramir sees the boat bearing his dead brother floating past him on the River ...
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Last rites in middle earth

I know from the book that Aragorn was buried and so were Meriadoc and Peregrin. I have couple of questions on this topic If men were buried (Aragorn & Théodred were mentioned in the books), why ...
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Who are the “seven kings”?

Just before Gandalf breaks his staff and casts him out of the order of Wizards, Saruman has a minor meltdown in which he accuses Gandalf of grabbing power. He makes specific reference to a handful of ...
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What is the function of a Wizard's staff? [duplicate]

In the Middle Earth universe, "Wizards" are actually Maia, angelic or god-like beings who have taken mortal form (and accepted some Human frailties) to act as guides and advisors in the struggle ...
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Why Gandalf did not take Frodo and the One Ring to Rivendell immediately after he examined it?

I checked the book and the wikipedia and summarized some of the timeline of Gandalf: TA 3018, April 12 - Gandalf check the One Ring with Frodo in the Shire, tells Frodo that he must leave the Shire ...
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Did any of Aragorn's ancestors ever try to reclaim the crown of Gondor? [duplicate]

Two part question: Did any of Aragorn's ancestors try to reclaim the throne of Gondor? If so, why did they fail? (I assume they did) If not, why not? Did they not know about their heritage, not ...
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Did Gandalf battle Sauron at Amon Hen?

The Ring now has passed beyond my help, or the help of any of the Company that set out from Rivendell. Very nearly it was revealed to the Enemy, but it escaped. I had some part in that: for I ...
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The closer the Shire the tastier the food? [closed]

In the first book of LOTR, the Professor spends not less time describing various good food and scenes how it was tasty eaten. (imo, the closer the Shire the more the scenes.) Is this an echo of the ...
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Why was “The Lord of the Rings” named as such?

From the Wikipedia: The title of the novel refers to the story's main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron Is the title implies that the book is really about Sauron, not the fellowship that defeated ...
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Were there temples of worship in Rhun? [duplicate]

Not sure where i heard this, but im sure i read somewhere that in Rhun the Easterlings created temples to worship Morgoth and later Sauron, if true what do we know of these temples?
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Did Aragorn and Gandalf ever venture into Mordor?

We know Aragorn eventually found Gollum in the Dead Marshes, I was just wondering if either of them had actually dared to venture into Mordor, to maybe learn some of Saurons secrets.
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Meanings of the names in the Hobbit and LOTR?

I'm a huge hobbit and LOTR fan, so I did some research about the names. I found the meaning of a lot of names but some I didn't find, I thought maybe you can help me? Here are the names I still don't ...
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What information did Saruman have access to that helped him learn the arts of the Enemy?

Saruman is said to have long studied the arts of the enemy. Do these arts consist solely of Ring lore? Or do they consist of other evil technologies/sorceries that Sauron invented? If he had ...
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Why didn't Aragorn cut a better deal with the Army of the dead and was the deal really limited to one battle? [duplicate]

I know it was already asked, "Why didn't Aragorn keep going with the army of the dead?" and the obvious answer that he gave his word and had to keep to it. I'm not sure why somebody didn't read what I ...
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What did Aragorn plan to do after reaching Gondor

This question is based on The Lord of the Rings books. In the books, Aragorn planned to go to Gondor and aid them in their fight against Mordor. Aragorn knew Denethor from his time at Gondor serving ...
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What would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...