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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How did Morgoth create creatures?

Only Eru, had the power to create life, so how did Morgoth create: Orcs Dragons Trolls Wargs Werewolves Giants
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Aside from the Rings of Power, what else did Sauron make in his forge at Mount Doom?

We know that the forging power of Mount Doom was legendary and vastly powerful. And I see from other questions here that Sauron kept the forge at Mount Doom essentially crafting things. My question ...
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How much of the lore of Elves had Tolkien established before he wrote The Hobbit? [duplicate]

As we know, Tolkien developed an extensive history and lore for Middle-Earth over his lifetime. How much of this lore had he established by the time he wrote The Hobbit?
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Did Legolas leave his father and people behind when he went into the West?

After Elessar's death, Legolas and Gimli also took a ship and went into the West. Strictly speaking, Legolas shouldn't have been allowed either, as Tolkien says But the promise made to the Eldar ...
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Where is the “Ring-verse” inscribed on the One Ring?

I know that the inscription of the rings says: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them," But my question is more about the ...
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Can any chemicals corrode or dissolve mithril?

Are there any chemicals known to be able to corrode or dissolve mithril in Lord of the Rings?
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What happened to the dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost

In the Silmarillion, at the end of the First Age and after the War of Wrath, the cities of Nogrod and Belegost in the Blue Mountains "were utterly destroyed" Did this include the populations of ...
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How was Bard so accurate with his shot that killed Smaug?

Watching 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', I saw some grade-A marksmanship from Bard, using one of the dragon-killing black arrows to hit Smaug in precisely the spot where ONE of his scales ...
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Is this map of Middle-Earth reliable? [duplicate]

I want to ask if this map of Beleriand (in the northwest of Middle-Earth) is correct. I think it isn't because Beleriand should've been sank, and you can clearly see that there is Beleriand above ...
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Was the Eye of Sauron a physical or metaphorical manifestation of Sauron's will?

There he took up again his great Ring in Barad-dûr, and dwelt there, dark and silent, until he wrought himself a new guise, an image of malice and hatred made visible; and the Eye of Sauron the ...
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Is Rohan the same (country) as Arnor?

At the end of the War of the Ring when Aragorn becomes the King of The Reunited Kingdoms (Two Kingdoms). By doing so he reunited the 2 realms (Arnor & Gondor) of Elendil. As the new High King, ...
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What if a MAN actually stabbed the Witchking instead of Eowyn?

Now we all know about the prophecy that "no living man" may slay the witchking of Angmar in LOTR. This prophecy was fulfilled when Eowyn, a female, stabbed the witchking in the head, thus killing him. ...
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At Elrond's Council, why were the Elves so worried about being cut off from Grey Havens?

Just re-reading the LotR for the umpteenth time (stopped counting at 30, some 15-20 years ago... :-P), just finished Elrond's council chapter. In light of various other discussions on the topic of ...
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Could Arwen have married Aragon without giving up her immortality? [duplicate]

I just completed reading the lotr books for the 3rd time a couple of weeks back and this entire issue with Arwen and her immortality is bugging me way more than it should! I feel like I really need to ...
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Why does Sauron’s darkness over Gondor disperse before the set time?

In The Lord of the Rings, before his assault on Gondor (with the siege of Minas Tirith), Sauron sends a darkness from Mordor which cuts out the daylight. At the end of the Chapter 4, The Siege of ...
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Who does Gimli meet at the eaves of Fangorn? [duplicate]

From The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 2, The Riders of Rohan: Suddenly Gimli looked up, and there just on the edge of the firelight stood an old bent man, leaning on a staff, and wrapped in a great ...
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What are all the ways Elrond and Galadriel are related?

In answering this question, I discovered three relationships between Galadriel and Elrond: Galadriel was first cousin of Elrond’s great-grandfather (Turgon, King of Gondolin). Thus, they are first ...
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How does Gandalf's description of Smeagol relate to the story?

I am curious about the relationship between Smeagol's personality and his role in the story as either Smeagol or Gollum. Here is the description of young Smeagol, as told by Gandalf to Frodo in The ...
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Have Elrond and Galadriel ever spoken to each other in person?

I find it interesting that throughout the LotR trilogy and Hobbit, Elrond and Galadriel never talked to each other. They were in the same places as each other but I don't recall them ever speaking to ...
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What happened to the Maiar after the Third Age?

The Maiar were (I think) bound to the world until its end and are immortal. Once the Fourth Age started, did any of them remain in Middle-earth? Some Maiar were already in Valinor, and presumably ...
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Why does Gandalf take Pippin with him to Minas Tirith?

In The Return of The King, why does Gandalf take Pippin with him when he goes to Minas Tirith? Or, in a more exact way, why does Sauron think Pippin has the One Ring?
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What was Sméagol's original present?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf relates the following exchange between Sméagol and Déagol: ‘“Give us that, Déagol, my love,” said Sméagol, over his friend’s shoulder. ‘“Why?” said Déagol. ...
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What does Gandalf imply?

In Two Towers, the following exchange takes place between Gandalf and Saruman: What does Gandalf want to imply ? Is there any reason for Saruman to not kill Theoden?
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What does Gandalf think about how Frodo goes to Mordor

In The Two Towers, what does Gandalf think about how Frodo goes to Mordor? I mean, he knew that obviously Frodo didn't know the road to the Mordor, so how can he say "Each day Frodo brings it closer ...
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Why didn't Gandalf take Frodo with him to Isengard?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, why didn’t Gandalf take Frodo (and the Ring of Power) with him to Isengard? Since Gandalf was unaware that Saruman had joined forces with Sauron, why wouldn’t he want ...
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How does Gandalf know that the Ring had previously been called precious?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: It [the ring] has been called that [precious] before, but not by you. But we know that, at that time, Gandalf didn’t know whether that ring was the ...
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Do we ever see spells used by orcs?

Inspired by this question: Which languages was Gandalf proficient in? Gandalf says the following: "I once knew every spell in all the tongues of Elves or Men or Orcs, that was ever used for such ...
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Is Morgoth “working as intended” by Illuvatar's will? [duplicate]

If all beings, regardless of their good-evil alignment, can find the cause and origin of all things to lie ultimately in Illuvatar, then can it be said that Morgoth - and other Ainur who went rogue - ...
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What color are Arwen's eyes?

In the non-canonical LOTR Wikia page, it lists Arwen's eye color as "grey". But I distinctly remember in the film her eyes being a piercing blue, most notably when she is crying after Elrond is ...
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Why didn't the Moria record-taker fight more and write less?

I can't quite get my head around the psychology of the dwarf who had the job of taking notes during Balin's excursions into Moria. The Fellowship comes across this record when they passed through ...
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Could sombody use the Ring to control or influence Sauron or the Nazgul?

The book makes it quite clear that the One Ring could control the bearers of the lesser rings. We also know that Sauron had recaptured at least one of the seven dwarvish rings, presumably to use ...
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Where is the Void?

Where is the Void located in the Ardean(?) universe? After thinking about it for a while, I see three different possibilities: Iluvatar's space [Arda (Void)]: The Void belongs to Arda, which are ...
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Did Tolkien invent enough Dwarvish to carry on a conversation?

I read the glossaries of the Lord of the Rings books and it said that the language spoken by the Dwarves was not spoken to others except for a few words. That got me wondering if Tolkien had ever even ...
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Was the Secret Fire within reach of Morgoth or his influence?

In the Silmarillion, it was stated that Illuvatar set the Secret Fire within the heart of Middle Earth. It is also the consensus that when Morgoth marred Arda, he essentially made Middle Earth his ...
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Where is the place Gandalf tells the Witch King to go?

When Gandalf encounters the Witch King during the battle at Minas Tirith, he tells the Witch king: 'Go back to the abyss prepared for you! Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and ...
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Can Gandalf be killed? How powerful is he?

I am not super into the LOTR franchise but, my friend was telling me that Gandalf is super over powered and they don't display it correctly in the movie. His exat words "Gandalf could fart and destroy ...
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Why wasn't Gandalf/Olórin head of the White Council

I'm just reading through The Silmarillion (again) and I'm curious why Olórin (later Gandalf) wasn't appointed head of the White Council when he arrived in Middle-Earth. In The Silmarillion he's ...
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Did Gandalf know the Balrog he fought in Moria?

Because both Gandalf and the Balrog are Maia, they share much of the same past. They came from the same place at roughly the same time. Though their lives took... different paths, wouldn't they ...
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Why does Aragorn decide to pursue Merry and Pippin in The Fellowship of the Ring?

Why, in The Fellowship of the Ring, does Aragorn choose to pursue Merry and Pippin, and disband the fellowship, instead of simply catching up with Frodo and Sam? Did Aragorn fear he was unable to ...
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Which book is worth reading next after “the big five”? [duplicate]

After reading The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, what book/volume/writing is best recommended reading for more depth/insight/background on the Tolkien-verse? I see ...
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Would the dead answer to Aragorn if he DID NOT have Andúril?

I was just watching Return of the King and saw that one of the Dead was about to kill Aragorn with his sword & Aragorn was able to block the blow with his sword, Andúril (reforged from the shards ...
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Did it cause any problems that the new Queen of Gondor was an elf?

Since Gondor is a kingdom of humans and someone who isn't human (Arwen) became their Queen, I'm curious if that caused any problems with the population of Gondor? Were there any instances of ...
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How much power can Sauron recover without the Ring?

Due to the essence he put into the Ring, Sauron's existence was forever bound to the Ring, but that doesn't mean that Sauron is powerless without it. When Sauron lost the Ring and the power within ...
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Tolkien's Hierarchy of Creation Cheat Sheet

So I have recently come upon this link which I have found to be very informative and was wondering how accurate it is.
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What is Radagast the Brown's fate? [duplicate]

I recently read a poem by Tolkien that said Gandalf was the only Istari to return to Valinor,which made me wonder if Radagast had been banished like Saruman had
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Is Eru intended as a literal representation of the Christian God?

Given that ... Tolkien is on record as saying he envisioned Middle-Earth as being a literal precusor to modern day earth "in a different stage of imagination". As a Christian, a major theme of his ...
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How powerful is Eru Ilúvatar?

If Eru is the creator of all that is, does this make him the most powerful force in the Tolkien universe? Has he created beings, such as Sauron, which have more power than him?
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Which adaptations include Tom Bombadil?

When it comes to adapting The Lord of The Rings, Tom Bombadil has a habit of not making the cut. Are there any adaptations that do feature him? Which adaptations of The Lord of The Rings include Tom ...
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Was the ending of The Return of the King inspired by some other story?

At the end of Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain" series, all of the people with magic left Prydain for some other place, leaving the world to be ruled by men. I thought this was ...
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Why is Tom Bombadil not included in the films?

Is there any reason, that we know of, that Tom Bombadil was left out of the films by Peter Jackson?