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 if Sauron reacquired the One Ring? [on hold]

If Sauron reacquired his ring, took control over Middle-Earth and its people, would the Valar, Maiar (besides the Istari) or Eru himself have intervened to stop him? Does any of the text say what ...
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Did Legolas use any elven magic?

There are plenty of examples of elves (ex. Galadriel, Elrond, etc.) using magical abilities in LOTR. Even "lesser" elves than Elrond and Galadriel such as Arwen and Tauriel (in the movies at least) ...
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Who did the Elves think Annatar (Sauron) was?

Sauron posed in fair form to the Elves as "Annatar" (Lord of Gifts). Considering many of the elves Annatar appeared to have probably been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years, who did they ...
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How did Sauron regain strength?

It says that Sauron waited over a thousand years or more laying dormant regaining his strength after being destroyed when his ring was severed from him. But does the text say how he actually recovers ...
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Will Morgoth and “evil” Maiar partake in the Second Music?

I haven't finished the Silmarillion but I've been doing some reading on here. Sometime after the Last Battle, there will be another Great Music sung by the Ainur with Iluvatar. I read that Men, ...
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Why were the Three Elven Rings subject to Sauron's will?

It is my understanding that Celebrimbor forged the Three Rings of Power, and that Sauron had no part in the creation of those rings. So why is it he was able to control them. I thought that all the ...
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Why could the dwarves only enter Erebor with the secret passage?

Please bear with me as I've never read any of the LOTR books or the Hobbit, only seen the movies so far... But when the sunlight fades and the dwarves think they've lost their only chance to enter ...
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Why not let a dwarf carry the One Ring to Mount Doom, since their will cannot be dominated by the rings of power?

As we know, the dwarves did not succumb to the seven rings as men did to the nine - it merely made them even more greedy, stubborn and wrathful: For the Dwarves had proved untameable by this ...
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Are there any bad elves in the Lord of the Rings universe?

Is there ever acknowledgement of a bad elf, or even an elf doing a very bad thing (because he is bad)? I've heard that bad elves are orcs and good orcs are elves, or something like that. Similar to ...
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Were Maiar in feudal-like relationship with Valar?

Based on some prior answers about the Maiar who became the 5 Wizards, the impression I got was that those Maiar were in a somewhat feudal/vassal like relationship with Valar (e.g. Radagast was ...
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Why did Saruman lose his power after he was banished from Orthanc?

Saruman was strong enough to defeat Gandalf the Grey, but upon banishment from Orthanc and his taking over of the Shire he seemed like nothing more than a normal old man. He apparently retained his ...
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Why did Sauron Want the 7 rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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Do regular folk in Middle Earth know about its creation?

If we were to ask Rosie Cotton: "What do you think, how was Eä created?", what would she answer? To my knowledge every culture has a story on how the world began. Most of them are probably wrong, but ...
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Who was more powerful: Sauron or Morgoth?

Both Morgoth and Sauron were Dark Lords. Did Tolkien express any opinion about which he considered to have the greatest power at the height of their careers (either in the books or any of the extended ...
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Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed]

The folks in Middle-Earth thought of Gandalf as a random wizard. OF course they seem to have a notion of Gandalf's wizardly powers, however, their notion underestimates him... Information about ...
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Did Eru Ilúvatar trip Gollum?

The LOTR wiki lists four times Eru Ilúvatar intervened in the history of Arda: (1) creating Elves and Men, (2) removing Aman from the spherical Earth, (3) resurrecting Gandalf, and (4) making Gollum ...
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If the Arkenstone isn't a Silmaril, then what is it?

It is discussed at great length, whether or not the Arkenstone is one of the Silmarils1, and the most accepted answer is that it is not2. The Arkenstone however, has undeniable 'powers' or properties ...
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Why was Sting able to kill the Mirkwood spiders with ease, but not Shelob?

Bilbo slew the Mirkwood spiders in large numbers. Sam had the same weapon, Sting, and by the time he battled her, he had more weapons training than Bilbo when he saved the dwarves in Mirkwood. Why ...
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Why do the orcs get even close to Shelob's lair?

I was wondering why Shelob's diet consisted mainly of orcs (apart from the occasional Sauron's prisoner). I understand that despite she was a convenient guardian for the Cirith Ungol pass, the orcs ...
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Why Does Gandalf Think Rohan Should “Stand and Fight”?

In the Two Towers film adaptation (it has been about a decade since I read the book, so if there are differences, I'd like to know about them), Gandalf derisively sneers: They flee to the ...
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Why didn't the fellowship know that Gandalf was a maia and therefore immortal?

When he falls on the bridge of Khazad Dum, why didn't the fellowship know he was a maia and immortal and therefore return?
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character development in Lord of the Rings? [closed]

Recently I was discussing novels with a friend, who said that all major characters should change and develop across the course of any good novel. But it seems to me that in LotR (which no SFF fan can ...
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Was the Balrog afraid of Gandalf? [duplicate]

Gandalf tells the Balrog who he is to threaten it. So when the Balrog keeps coming, did it think it could still defeat Gandalf, or was the Balrog afraid and fighting for its life?
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Was there a trinity in Eru? [duplicate]

Being that Tolkien was a Catholic, I wouldn't be surprised if he made Eru three different people, but I can't think of any references to it. If so, who are the three persons?
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Why are the Elves so eager to just LEAVE - and let others sort out the problems of the world ? [duplicate]

I don't get it - The Elves just dart off - to leave this world - and let everyone else figure it out. What private venue to justice or justification of meaning do the Elves have ?
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Do Frodo and Legolas have any discussion in the entire Lord of the Rings?

Did Frodo and Legolas have any discussion in the entire Lord of the Rings? From what I remember (from the movies), Legolas said to him in Rivendell "And my bow!" and then they never talked again. Do ...
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Why do people care so much for Frodo?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Boromir is blinded by the greed of Men and tries attacking Frodo for the Ring, Aragorn finds Frodo and tells him to keep the Ring, saying he'll follow Frodo into ...
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Who came to know Gollum had once possessed the One Ring?

Related: Sauron, Gollum, and the Ring I've always found it interesting that Gollum possessed the One Ring for approximately five hundred years without Sauron sniffing it out; it seems actual talk of ...
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What is Woodcraft in LOTR

When Gandalf meets the The Three Hunters in Fangorn he says that Saruman has no woodcraft. What does he mean by this? What does it matter? What is woodcraft?
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What is the name of the mineral that can be found before Mithril in Moria?

I remember that in one of the Tolkien books it was explained a little bit how Mithril was obtained in Moria. Before reaching the Mithril veins there was another mineral that caused dwarves to get sick ...
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Did Saruman rescue Gollum from the Wood-Elves?

At the Council of Elrond Legolas reveals that Gollum has escaped during a well-planned Orc attack. According to Legolas the Orcs were from over the mountains and unused to the woods but they headed ...
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Sauron in the Opening battle [closed]

In the opening battle of The Fellowship of the Ring(I can't recall the name of it), Sauron is putting in work killing many men with the swing of his weapon. Eventually Isildur comes out with a hay ...
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Do Istari have memories of their time as Maiar?

Inspired by Why does Saruman identify himself as a human? As the Istari are Maiar in human form, do they have full knowledge of their past as what are basically gods, or is their quasi-human ...
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Was Thrain aware of the necromancer's presence in southern Mirkwood?

I ask this because when he foolishly went with Balin and Dwalin (I think) to retake Erebor some years before Thorin and co. actually do. He travels towards Erebor but goes through southern Mirkwood ...
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Would Black Númeoreans be more powerful than Aragorn and the Dunedain? [closed]

As Númenoreans I thought they possibly would have been. Are there any references in Tolkien's writings to support this.
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Did Gandalf know of another possible way into Mordor? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this have been asked if it has I apologise, anyway In the books when Gandalf finds out Frodo and Sam are taking the road to the Morgul Vale and the pass of Cirith Ungol he's very ...
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Wormtongue's reward

Is it ever specifically stated that Wormtongue's reward for working for Saruman would be Éowyn or is it just implied? As for other rewards, if Wormtongue were to get Éowyn would that have been the ...
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Did J.R.R. Tolkien plan for the ring to be Sauron's?

I know that The Hobbit was published first before the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And since that was the first appearance of The One Ring, I was wondering if Tolkien had planned it to be so. So, ...
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What did Arwen mean when she saved Frodo

In the Fellowship of the Ring, after Arwen outruns the Nazguls, she notices that Frodo is in a very bad state and seems to be very near death. At this point she says; "What Grace has given ...
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did smaug fly away from erebor a lot? [duplicate]

I remember reading that smaug flew away from the mountain a lot, I know in book he doesnt know anything about the growing darkness or the ring, but maybe smaug knowing of sauron in the film can be ...
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Did Sauron know about the orcs of Mount Gundabad?

I've always wondered why the orc capital never played a part in the War of the Ring and why Sauron didn't utilize them. Is it possible that he didn't know of an orc population residing in Mount ...
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Could Azog possibly have been under Sauron's influence?

In the books, I can't remember what year it was, but Sauron sent orcs and other creatures to Moria, and then a couple hundred years after, Azog declared himself king of Moria. I think it's possible ...
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Why does Sauron (in the movieverse) attack Erebor instead of, say Gondor or the Woodland Realm? [closed]

Wouldn't attacking the Woodland realm, a surprise attack on Gondor or maybe even sending these legions of orcs, led by the witch king to Angmar be more beneficial than an attack upon the Lonely? Why ...
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How many were at that long expected party?

In the chapter "Long-expected party" Tolkien writes: “The invitations were limited to twelve dozen (a number also called by the hobbits one Gross, though the word was not considered proper to ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea ...
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Does Aragorn have a lapse in judgment or is there another explanation?

NOTE I've edited to add further logic to my question based off the first answer given. What Seems a Correct Statement In the LOTR movie The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn makes the statement upon ...
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What do rings in The Lord of the Rings do? [duplicate]

Rings seem to be rather important in The Lord Of The Rings, but what do magical rings do in general? I don't mean the side effects of wearing the One Ring (invisibility, long life span) but the ...
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Why did Frodo start his adventure 17 years after he inherited the One Ring?

I haven't read the books for many years, so I don't remember the exact reasons, but looking at this LOTR Timeline on lotrproject.com, I see that Frodo inherited the Ring on 23 September TA 3001, but ...
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Was Durin's Bane a servant of Sauron?

Just wondering if Durin's Bane was under orders from Sauron when he fought Gandalf and if Sauron would have the power to control a Balrog? Sauron did have servants in Moria but if the balrog served ...
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What is the significance of Gandalf's Moth

When Gandalf gets stuck in Sarumans tower a Butterfly/Moth comes to visit him and appears to prepare him that something is about to happen. In this case a Giant Eagle comes and saves him, Is there an ...