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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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 are fans speculations about fiction universes turned out to be true? [on hold]

Fans of such universes often like to speculate, why such character do that, or why such party do this, what Obi-Wan though in this moment, what agenda of Tom Bombadil was, etc, etc. And I wonder, is ...
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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 eventually defeated by Gondor in TA 1975. Formally it was restored by Aragorn when he was crowned the King of Gondor and Arnor but I was ...
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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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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 The One Ring turns, for instance, **the clothes** of the bearer invisible too?

First of all, forgive me for my english, buddies. The Ring has the power to become invisible people that uses It, like Bilbo and Frodo and everyone else. Is there some reference explaining better how ...
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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 ...
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Why does the Ring have such an obsessive possessive effect?

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, we see in Bilbo and Frodo and, to a more extreme extent, Gollum, all bearers of the one ring, that they become extremely possessive of the ring and do ...
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Why didn't Elrond choose one of his sons to be in the company that escorted the ring to Mordor?

Why didn't Elrond send one of his sons in the company?
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Door of Durin linguistics

I'm looking to get this as a tattoo, but unfortunately because of the size I am unable to fit all of the writing found at the top of the archway. I was looking to maybe just have the part that says, ...
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Who controls The Watcher in the Water?

There is a lake kraken-like creature in front of The Gates of Moria, mentioned in the book and shown in the movies and I want to know who controls it? Is it an independent creature, or it's controlled ...
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Did Tolkien create Gandalf the White out of regret for killing off Gandalf the Grey?

Are there any notes from Tolkien hinting at the possibility that Gandalf the Grey being killed was in fact the end of Gandalf, but was brought back out of regret (or even necessity)? I'm particularly ...
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Are there any orc names mentioned in LOTR movie trilogy?

There are a lot of orcs that are mentioned by name in the Lord of the Rings books; Ugluk, Grishnakh, Mauhur, Gothmog, etc. But are there any mentions of their names in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy?
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How many Stars of Elendil were there, and what happened to each of them?

In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn wears a jewel called the Elendilmir, or Star of Elendil, upon his brow. This stone, which was also known as the Star of the Dunedain and the Star of the North, was ...
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Who created the Dailir?

In the Lord of the Rings, the Sindarin Elf Beleg Cúthalion wielded what was probably the only enchanted bow mentioned in the history of Middle-Earth (at least, the only one I could find) which he ...
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How can Tolkien's characters see stars during the daytime?

In many places throughout Tolkien's works, he describes his characters seeing stars in the sky during daylight hours, usually when the characters are passing through deep, narrow canyons or ravines. ...
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Why did Gandalf go out of time?

Given that the Ainur, like the Elves were bound to the universe as long as it lasted, only men being able to escape (the gift of men), why on the death of his Earthly form did Gandalf leave time and ...
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How could Gandalf beat the Balrog?

Both were Maiar, one with highly capped powers, sent to help people against Sauron, but only indirectly and one persuaded and formed into a war and fear bringing monster by one of the most powerful ...
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Is Bombadil a manifestation of Earth/Gaia? [duplicate]

Are planets and moons and stars and whatnot also manifestations of the Secret Fire? Doesn't that make them "sentient" and if so is Bombadil the spirit of Earth ?
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Is there reference to Sport in Middle Earth?

I'm currently reading The Hobbit and came across this curious excerpt from Thorin: If we don't get blown off, or drowned, or struck by lightning, we shall be picked up by some giant and kicked ...
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Why would Shelob own Sauron?

In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, in the chapter Shelob’s Lair, there is a rather lengthy description of Shelob, the last remaining child of Ungoliant in Middle-Earth. In this, there is also a ...
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What “defenses” is Tolkien talking about?

In the chapter Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age in The Silmarillion, after the final battle of the War of the Last Alliance, the following passage occurs: And northward, beyond the Falls of ...
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Is it important to read The History of Middle-earth in order?

I'm almost done reading The Silmarillion, and I have a few options available as far as what I should read next: Unfinished Tales, the Reader's Companion to LotR, and The Return of the Shadow. This ...
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Which dragon did hurt Thranduil? [duplicate]

When Thorin and Thranduil discuss in Mirkwood, Thranduil said: ''Do not talk to me about the dragon fire. I know what's rage and ruin!'', and shows Thorin his destroyed face for a moment, then says: ...
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Did Tolkien borrow some of the Ring's properties from the Silmarils?

In The Lord of the Rings, the One Ring has many powers which make it incredibly dangerous to anyone who holds it, or even comes within close proximity to it. It inspires jealousy, possessiveness, ...
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Who was the leader of Uruk-Hai in the Battle of Helm's Deep?

I've searched a lot about this, but couldn't find it. I want to know who's the orc (Uruk-Hai) leader from Battle of Helm's Deep who had no helmet (just armor), climbed on the rock and roared very ...
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Were the orcs of Minas Morgul created by the Witch King? [duplicate]

In the Return of the King, there are the orcs that come from Minas Morgul. Were they produced in Mordor and transferred there, or were they actually created in Minas Morgul by the Witch King?
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Where did the Dwarves get their food from?

In Tolkien's writings, dwarves are practically always (to my knowledge) pictured as living in underground halls, inside mountains, etc. We never hear about dwarves working fields and pastures, or even ...
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Is there a list of the names used for Sauron in Lord of the Rings?

In the preface to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, authors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull mention a surprising fact: Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder once counted in The Lord of the ...
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Melkor or Morgoth?

Despite being the ultimate Big Bad Guy1 in the Lord of the Rings books, Sauron was not the biggest baddest guy in the Tolkien legendarium. In fact he was only a servant of Melkor/Morgoth, who was a ...
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What examples of Saruman using his personal power do we know of?

I know he used his power to slow down Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli but do we get any other hints of him using his personal power?