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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Was Saruman's ring subject to the one ring as well?

Saruman was known to have studied ring-lore and the rings created by the elves and Sauron, he probably created his own ring in the fashion of the elves of Eregion who had help from Sauron. We know ...
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Was Sauron a Capitalist? [on hold]

In a comment by Vogomatix: "Sauron encourages evil and self-interest amongst his troops. He does not encourage needless waste. He wants his armies to grow in size...." Inspired this question. ...
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Would the Nazgul have been greater in power if they had their rings?

JRR Tolkien stated that Sauron kept the rings originally given to the Nazgul so he still had control of their wills. "Who still through their nine rings (which he held) had primary control of their ...
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Why is Dwarven armor not highly treasured?

I'm reading through the Silmarillion when I came across this passage: ... yet, in the tempering of steel alone of all crafts the Dwarves were never outmatched even by the Noldor, and in the making ...
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Why didn't the Istari participate in the Angmar wars?

The Istari were said to come to Middle-earth in the Second Age (the Blue Wizards) and the Third Age (Saruman, Gandalf and Radagast). So I'm wondering why didn't Saruman, Gandalf or Radagast help the ...
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How could Gimli strike the Ring

I was wondering why Frodo was unable to cast the One Ring into the fire but Gimli struck it with his axe during the Council of Elrond? Wouldn't any dwarf be attracted to the jewel, amplifying the ...
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When Thranduil tells Legolas to go north, what did he mean?

At the end of the third Hobbit movie, I recall Thranduil telling Legolas to go north to look for Aragorn. They were at Erebor, and north of that was just the Iron Hills and Forodwaith. Aragorn would ...
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How did the Black Númenóreans self-identify?

Would the Black Númenóreans have called themselves ‘Black Númenóreans’ or did they simply think of themselves as 'Númenóreans'? 'Black' seems to me to be a pejorative given by the men of Gondor for ...
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Did Sauron keep the rings given to the Nazgul because he didn't have the one?

Sauron was said to have kept the 9 rings given to the Nazgul. I read an article which claimed if the Nazgul had their rings they would have been even greater in power. If this is true, why would ...
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Were the southern and eastern kings bent to Sauron's will?

We know Sauron bent most the orcs of the 3rd age to his will, but were the men of Khand, Rhun and Harad bent to his will as well or simply bribed?
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Why were the blue wizards sent much earlier than the other Istari?

In Tolkiens last pieces of writing, he confirms the blue wizards come to Middle Earth much earlier than the other three istari, which surprises me considering Gandalf is said to be the wisest of the ...
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Does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits?

According to the mass of Tolkien's backstory material, does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits? I'm reasonably certain that this question is not answered in the trilogy itself, but I wonder if ...
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Would Dáin still be crowned King Under the Mountain even if Fíli or Kíli had lived?

In the films, Thorin talks to Fíli as Fíli is his heir, yet a few people I know said in the books that Why is this?
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How much of Tolkien's lore is based on Abrahamic religions?

There are a lot of similarities between specific events taking place in Abrahamic religions and Tolkien's writing. A few examples: The sinking of Ar-Pharzaon and his fleet by Eru (the one true God, ...
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Timing sequence of Smaug's death

In the final Hobbit movie, 'The Battle of the Five Armies', why did the movie start with Smaug's death? Why did this not conclude during 'The Desolation of Smaug'?
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Would the mouth of Sauron have been a Dúnadan?

Considering it is highly unlikely that the Mouth of Sauron is a pure black Númenórean, due to the that fact Tolkien said black Númenóreans dwindled and mixed with lesser men. Is it possible there ...
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Orc and other evil creature toxicity

In the Lord of the Rings, various creatures of evil are killed, and when buried or burnt, no grass grows there. For example, the fell beast of the Nazgul "Green and long grew the grass on ...
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Why didn't Frodo and Sam encounter any orcs in the Emyn Muil?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, when the fellowship comes ashore near the Emyn Muil, Aragorn confirms that orcs hold the eastern shore of the Anduin. This isn't surprising, but then when Frodo, Sam, ...
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When Boromir was fighting in Osgiliath, what shield would he have used?

When Boromir was not travelling with the fellowship, would he have used a different shield. Can it be said that his round shield seen the the films was a "travel shield"? When he was fighting at ...
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Was Mount Gram another name for Mount Gundabad?

I have read many articles about the location of Mount gram which mostly suggest it was somewhere between Moria and Gundabad, which got we thinking what if Mount Gram is just another name for Gundabad, ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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Why weren't “stray wanderers” heading north a concern for Sauron?

In Rivendell we know a secret council between the different races took place regarding the ring. One thing that stands out to me is that in the book it implies that Sauron or at least his servants ...
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Are the LOTR + Hobbit movies racist? [closed]

As discussed in this question, there are a number of elements in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies that could be construed as racist against Muslim and non-Caucasian people, for example the fact ...
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In Tolkien's works did Sauron attack Eregion personally?

In Monolith's Shadow of Mordor we see Sauron personally attacking Eregion and himself killing Celebrimbor. Did this happen in any of Tolkien's writings?
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Why didn't the dwarves become ringwraithes? [duplicate]

The humans became ringwraithes, because they were easily corruptible, I think. The elves didn't because they made their own rings. Or at least I'm assuming that's the reason they didn't. As far as I ...
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Were the three nazgul of Numenorean origin black Numenoreans? [duplicate]

Were know that three of the Nazgul are of Numenorean origin, Khamul was an Easterling, the origin of the other 5 are unknown. Considering the black Numenoreans rebelled against the faithful, is it ...
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Why would the elves help destroy the One Ring?

So in Lord of the Rings, the rings preserve what you desire the most, and the Elves have three rings preserving their kind's well-being, as well as Rivendell. But if the One Ring is destroyed, and ...
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Why was Gimli chosen to sound the horn at Helm's Deep?

In the Two Towers movie near the end of the battle of Helm's Deep, the survivors barricade themselves before deciding to charge out "and meet them". For all they knew, it could have been their last ...
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Why did the Elvish Rings of Power lose their power? [duplicate]

The wiki for Nenya says of the 3 elvish rings, Their existence was hidden from Sauron, so they were untouched by his evil. It also says, After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat ...
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Why was Boromir left out in receiving gifts from Galadriel?

Did the producers provide a reason as to why Boromir didn't receive a personal gift from Lady Galadriel? In the extended movie, Fellowship of the Ring, we see all the other members receive gifts ...
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Why wasn't Bilbo famous, by the time of LOTR?

(Note: I'm trying to avoid spoilers, as much as possible.) Toward the end of LOTR, we are told that bards have already begun singing the tale of It took the bards roughly a week or two. So, why ...
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Why did they bow before the hobbits?

At the end of the Return of the King, why did Aragorn tell the four hobbits "you bow to no one"? Does this scene appear in the book?
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Is Umbar a city or a region?

On my middle earth map there is no Umbar, just the "city of the corsairs". Then when looking online I came across a middle earth map that cited Umbar as a region rather than a city. So my question ...
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Are half-elves immediately obvious to other elves?

I'm wondering if in the Lord of the Rings (and others of J. R. R. Tolkien's works) the differences between elves and half-elves were clear enough that an elf meeting an half-elf would be immediately ...
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Does Legolas perform such deft feats in the novel as he does in the movies?

In the movies, we see Legolas performing some skillful displays of balance. Here are just a few I remember at the moment: Walking on snow when the fellowship were travelling through Caradhras ...
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The message inscribed on the One Ring. What does this line mean?

The second last line of the message reads: One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them What exactly does this mean? By them, I'm assuming it's referring to the humans, elves and ...
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Were Legolas and Gimli really critical to the fellowship?

All the characters of the Fellowship seem to play critical roles to the story and enjoy full character arcs, except for Gimli and Legolas. While they assisted at various parts of the story and ...
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Does Legolas ever take arrows belonging to the enemy? [duplicate]

Been a while since I last read LoTR but I remember Legolas would sometimes take the arrows he loosed from the enemies' body. Obviously he has a limited supply and there are times where he couldn't ...
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Why does the One Ring prevent Frodo from throwing it into even an ordinary fire that can't possibly harm it?

Near the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, as Frodo learns the true nature of Bilbo's ring from Gandalf, Gandalf challenges Frodo to throw the ring into his hearth. Though Frodo has been able ...
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Erkenbrand of Westfold

Is it ever stated why Erkenbrand of Westfold isn't in the movies? He plays such a vital part in the book of the Two Towers with Gandalf aiding the battle of Helms Deep it just seems strange to leave ...
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Why is Dale not mentioned in Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I am rewatching the Lord of the Rings series now after I saw all of the Hobbit parts and I'm wondering why the people of Dale don't play a role in the Lord of the Rings. Why are they not fighting with ...
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Did all of the Elves leave Middle Earth after the defeat of Sauron?

In both the books and movies of The Lord of the Rings the elves go to the West. However it says nothing of the Mirkwood Elves heading to go West, nor does it say anything about them having any plans ...
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What happened to Gandalf the Grey's body when he was sent back as Gandalf the White?

So Gandalf and the Balrog of Moria have a little fisticuffs and they both died. Presumably dead bodies lie on the mountain side somewhere. Gandalf "strayed out of thought and time", gets a can of ...
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The fate of Thrain

From the extended scene in The Desolation of Smaug, does Sauron actually kill Thrain or do we not find out? I know in the book he dies in the dungeons but are we to expect anything more from this ...
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Would Denethor have been able to see Saruman and Sauron communicating?

Denethor himself was in possession of a palantír and would have been able to see a great many things; we know he went face to face with Sauron a lot via the palantír. So it is possible ...
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Why were Aragorn and Arwen buried in separate places?

Is there any evidence from Tolkien which gives reasons as to why the said characters are buried away from each other? From what I gather: Aragorn died on March 1, 120 of the Fourth Age and was ...
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How could Treebeard call for war without an Entmoot?

In the movie of The Two Towers, there is an Entmoot, in which the Ents decide not to go to war. Then, after Treebeard sees what Sauruman has done to the forest, he calls for the Ents to go to war. ...
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Does Thranduil play any role in the War of the Ring? [duplicate]

Thranduil plays a big role in the events of The Hobbit, but he seems absent from the LOTR. Does he play any part at all in the War of the Ring? I've never read the books so I don't know if anything ...
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Would Sauron need to capture the elven rings to control them?

My friend said that as he never touched them he would need to capture them to be able to control. Is this true?
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Why is invisibility the power granted by the One Ring?

Why is non-optional invisibility the one active supernatural power granted to non-Sauron wearers of the One Ring? I'm looking for an answer explaining authorial intent, not an in-universe answer. ...