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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Do anyone in LOTR or the hobbit movie know/mention the existence of Eru the creator and Melkor and other Valar? [duplicate]

Everyone in the LOTR movies is afraid of the ring and Sauron so much; are they aware of the greater gods?
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Why did Gandalf become the white wizard? [duplicate]

When Gandalf comes back alive after dying in The Lord of the Rings, why does he come back as the white wizard not the grey wizard? Am I correct that it is because Saruman had become evil?
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Did Sauron purposefully choose Celebrimbor due to his ties with Fëanor?

When Sauron, as Annatar, came to teach the art of crafting magic rings of power, Celebrimbor was the one that he taught. Granted that Celebrimbor did not know who Annatar really was but is it ...
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Who were the three riders that passed Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Chapter 1, Pippin is riding Shadowfax with Gandalf on their way to Minas Tirith. Just after Gandalf points out to them that 'the beacons of Gondor ...
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Are there any actors besides Sean Bean who were in both Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings?

I'm a big fan of both Game of Thrones TV show and The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and I really want to know if there is any actors who appeared in both of them, because I haven't noticed anyone ...
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How many people in the real world are fluent in Sindarin? [duplicate]

This is a question that I have tried to find the answer for for a great while without much success. So I just wish to know how many people in the world can speak Sindarin, by which I mean how many ...
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Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings vs The History of Middle-earth [duplicate]

If I read the Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales (part 1 and 2) and The Children of Hurin, then shall I complete the whole History of Middle-earth by reading ...
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What's the difference between the names Eru & Illuvatar?

If my Silmarillion memory serves, both are names of the ultimate creator. What's the difference? When should one used over the other?
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Are the corrupted Numenoreans trapped in Valinor technically alive?

Ar-Pharazôn the Golden, the last Vala-hating king of Numenor, led an army to conquer Valinor, but Illuvatar trapped them in a cave-in where they will remain until the end of time - the Caves of the ...
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Who steered the Grey Ships into the West?

The journey into the West by Elves leaving Middle-Earth was a one-way trip. Not a shuttle service. That would imply that any nautical crews on the ships also weren't coming back. However, floating ...
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How was the bridge at Khazad-dûm made?

Deep in the mines of Moria, the bridge at Khazad-dûm (Durin's Bridge) spanned a virtually fathomless gap that separated the main part of the Moria superstructure on the western side and the Dimrill ...
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How often did Gandalf return to Hobbiton after the events of The Hobbit?

It has been a while since I read the Lord of the Rings novels (don't have a copy at the moment) but I seem to recall he went to Hobbiton at least once, as the young hobbits were always excited to see ...
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Does Aragorn wear pants?

Back when I was reading LOTR in Russian, I remember fans arguing over the issue of whether Aragorn wore pants (or rather, using the British term, trousers), or not - what I later learned was a major ...
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What was Tauriel doing during the events of The Lord of the Rings movies?

[Yes, The Hobbit movies are nonsense. But how could I call myself a fantasy fan if I didn't demand my nonsense be as logical as possible?] Tauriel is presented as a highly-skilled fighter and a ...
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When Gandalf fell into the mine after the Balrog, did he do it willingly? [duplicate]

In the movie, when Gandalf was hanging onto the rock after he was struck by the Balrog, it seemed that he was capable of climbing back up to join the Fellowship. If he let go willingly to go fight ...
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How old did Gandalf appear to be when he came to Middle Earth?

Gandalf (as with all the Istari) did not have a corporeal form before coming to Middle-earth and was essentially ageless. We also know that Gandalf did age, albeit very slowly, while on Middle Earth. ...
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Did maps in Middle-Earth have west on the top?

If the people of Middle-Earth made a map of their world or an area of it, did they put west on the top of the map? Or did they have north on the top like the map in the Lord of the Rings looks like? ...
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Are there any instances of Hobbits hurting their feet?

Hobbits are known to be almost permanently barefoot, with their tough feet protecting them from the ground. However, it seems that not wearing shoes or boots would have its drawbacks. If you walked ...
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What happened to the Book of Mazarbul?

In The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Company that set out from Rivendell with the Ring took the road through Moria, guided by Gandalf. Along the way, they encountered the Chamber ...
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Why did Saruman attack Helms Deep instead of capturing Edoras?

Saruman built an army breeding goblins with orcs to make Urukhai and started up forges and training at Isengard as well as improved its defenses. Then to counter Rohan the nearest threat, he built up ...
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Have Dinosaurs Ever Existed in Arda?

If the LotR universe is supposed to be an alternative history of Earth, then are dinosaurs known to exist in this version of history? How do they fit in?
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How did Bilbo and Aragorn meet?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, there were many parts which mentioned that Bilbo knew Aragorn, and had known him for some time. This is after Frodo met Aragorn, fled past the ...
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Who were the blue wizards from the Hobbit [duplicate]

Gandalf names the wizards but can't remember the blue wizards' names.
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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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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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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 ...