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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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. ...
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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

Near the end of Shadow of Mordor, My question is did Celebrimbor ever
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Could the bearded Dwarf-like Easterlings be Dwarves from Rhun?

In the books, Tolkien tells us about an unknown type of Easterling that no one has ever seen before. They were said to be swarthy skinned, small and sturdy much like a dwarf and have beards (Return of ...
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Assistance of Elves to Men FAIL? [duplicate]

So…. The Last Alliance of Men and Elves, we see LEGIONS. And then, while "proud to fight alongside men once more", at this PIVOTAL set of battles, you send….. Only 200 Elves to the Hornburg… and ...
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Why Were Dwarves in the Shire?

In the LOTR there are many occasions where people in the Shire mention that strange folk are abroad, including dwarves. Now, it is known that the dwarves did not have any large fighting in the War of ...
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How much magic did king Thranduil and the elves of Mirkwood possess?

We know that they are not as powerful or as wise as the high Elves of the West. In The Hobbit (book) the wood-elves put a spell on Thorin when they capture him. "Consequently Thorin was angry at ...
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In the LOTR universe, have the elves ever gotten into a civil war?

I have read of the Kin Slayings in this link and in the Silmarillion, but found that the Silmarillion was rather difficult to follow in some places. The link tells of the Kin Strife, but I was ...
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Where were the Dunedain when the Nazgul entered the Shire?

They protect the Shire so how did the Nazgul get past them or how did the Dunedain not know the Nazgul were in the Shire?
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Why didn't the Uruk-Hai use Wargs to deliver Merry and Pippin?

In the movies, the pack of Uruk-Hai capture Merry and Pippin, and are bringing them back to Saruman as quickly as possible. Why didn't they use Wargs to carry the Hobbits instead of packing them on ...
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Could Sauron have unmade the ring if he had recovered it?

So, after being soundly defeated through losing his ring and spending hundreds of years as a McDonald's burger flipper, Sauron probably at least once regretted putting so much of his power in ...
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Did Faramir reject the One Ring because the blood of Numenor ran true in him?

Faramir in the books rejects the ring with seemingly a lot of ease and later on Gandalf tells Pippin that the blood of Westernesse runs true in him. So did having the blood of Numenor help him in ...
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Why was Frodo the only one to detect something was following the fellowship?

In the book, when the fellowship enters Moria, Frodo begins to detect that something is following them. He begins to hear footsteps after they have stopped and "feels" that something is following them ...
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Why didn't the Nazgul look harder in Bree?

I'll be the first to admit - it's been so long since I've read the books, I'm going off of the Peter Jackson interpretation in his films. But we see this in the films that: Aragon, the mysterious ...
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Timeline of Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies (wrt ME calendar)

The LotR trilogy made some significant condensation to the timeline, with the Quest taking place immediately after Bilbo's 111 birthday, instead of 17 years later, as in the book. This change in ...
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Why did Sauron (and before him, Morgoth) wield a mace? [closed]

As the question asks, why a mace? I suppose it doesn't matter too much in the end what weapon they wielded due to their physical stature and the powerful magic they possessed but I always wondered if ...
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In Hobbit-III movie, are there any hints of Saruman turning over to the dark side?

I watched the Hobbit-III movie today and I found the fight between Sauron vs Wizards+Elves combo interesting. For one, everyone except Saruman directly fought with Sauron. Saruman just enters the ...
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Where does the loyalty of the eagles originate from?

To who/what are the eagles loyal? And why? It seems the eagles are loyal (to some extent) to Gandalf and to the men, dwarves and elves. Why? What do they get in return for that? Are there documented ...
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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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Why was a Ring given to Gandalf? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings, Celebrimbor forged 3 Rings for the Elves, one for Gil-Galas (late yield by Elrond), and another one for Galadriel. The third one, Narya, was initially for Cirdan, but Cirdan ...
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Legolas leaving Mirkwood/the Council of Elrond

(In the movies) Legolas says that he cannot return to Mirkwood, but other than Thranduil asking him to look for 'Strider', where does he go, or live? And if he no longer lived in Mirkwood, why would ...
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the way Gollum speaks [duplicate]

Why does Gollum speak in plurals (hobbitses, orcses, when he says he to Deagol 'its my birthday and I /wants/ it' etc) Is that purely the way he speaks anyway, or is it part of the rings effect on ...
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The search for the One Ring

Was anyone looking for the One Ring (to destroy it) before Gollum or Bilbo found it? I know Sauron wasn't particularly prevalent after Isildur took the ring, but I was just curious as to whether ...
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What is the correct name for the style of sword the Uruk Hai use?

What is the correct name for the style of sword the Uruk Hai use? I specifically mean the flat blade which either does not taper, or tapers slightly outwards as it gets further from the grip, with no ...
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Who influenced the orcs of Mount gram to attack Eriador?

Orcs seem to rarely attack without some higher influence behind them. Is it possible sauron ordered the king of mount gram Golfimbul to attack Eriador?
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Does Tolkien ever talk about battle formations and tactics in his books?

During the movies you never really see any battles in an open field, it usually behind walls. So when I saw the Dwarves set up the shield wall it got me really excited and thinking, who is the best ...
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Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Sauron seems to have quite a bit of power while he does not have the ring. What does the one ring in his possession allow him to do that he cannot without it? He still controls thousands of orcs, ...
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If the dwarves had a battle in their own kingdom, then why was Gimli part of the journey with Frodo and the ring?

I asked a question yesterday about why the lonely mountain and the dwarves weren't featured in the Lord of the Rings, and I got answers of how they were in their own battle. But if that was so, then ...
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Why are the Lonely Mountain and the dwarfs not shown in Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

This has really been bugging me after watching the three Hobbit films and then, even though I had already watched them thousands of times, the Lord of the Rings trilogy (only to get a real insight ...
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Was prince Imrahil and the men of Dol Amroth southern dunedain?

Legolas in the return of the king points out to Gimli that Imrahil was a man of high stature and had elven blood. So was Imrahil and the men of Dol Amroth southern dunedain?
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Where is Saruman's many colored cloak referenced?

What are the specific references in Lord of the Rings to Saruman having a many colored cloak ? I have only found the one instance of the description of Saruman when he appears on the balcony in Book ...
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Did Gandalf’s ring Narya preserve the Shire?

Throughout the books we find that Elrond and Galadriel both have rings (Nenya and Vilya respectively), but then later we find that Gandalf has Narya, the final of the three rings. We see in the ...
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Who attacked the land of the Beornings during the war of the ring?

When Frodo was at Amon Hen he sat in the 'Seat of Seeing' and had lots of visions. If I remember rightly he saw the Land of the Beornings on fire. ...the Ring was upon him. Then here and there the ...
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Why are more rings of power not forged?

Why is it that more rings of this nature/power could not be made again? Are there no elven smith's left with the capability? How were the rings of power "enchanted" with their magical properties to ...
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Did the Orcs care about their children in LotR? [duplicate]

I was just Wondering if Orcs brought up their children to be just like them? Is there any information about childcare as practiced by the Orcs?
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If Valar/Eru was against Sauron, why did Saruman support Sauron? [duplicate]

Valar/Eru was supporting Men & Elves & Dwarves & Hobbits. They were against Sauron's evil purposes, and sent Gandalf to prevent this. Well, why did Saruman support Sauron although he knew ...
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How did Saruman's army of Uruk Hai find the Fellowship?

I've always wondered how they tracked the Fellowship down and found them on the west side of the Anduin? Did Saruman maybe know that this was the route the fellowship were most likely to take?
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Gloin's and Gimli's Helmet

Recently I watched the third hobbit and Gloin (Gimlis dad) is wearing the same helmet Gimli wears during the first three movies, is that canon? Is armor something passed down between children? Does ...
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Did the Easterlings have fortifications or kingdoms like the west did?

During the fourth age Aragorn and his son were said to have finally subdued the easterlings and allowed them to return to their great empire. So my question is did the Easterlings have kingdoms and ...
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Would an Istar or a bearer of one of 'the 3' be able to see Frodo if he wore the One Ring?

We know the Nazgul can see Frodo when he puts the One Ring on (down to fact they've faded into the Shadow World) but we also know that the Istari and the Bearers of the 3 or any elves that have seen ...
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Did Sauron ever try to acquire the elven rings of power?

Is it ever hinted in the texts that Sauron ever tried to acquire the elven rings of power and if so what would have happened if he did?
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Was Aragorn perfect? [closed]

A charged levelled at Tolkien is that his characters are sometime a bit too perfect. Was Aragorn designed by Tolkien to be a perfect man? Did he ever make any mistakes? Was he even tempted by the ...
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How did the Witch-king defeat Arnor so easily? [duplicate]

Considering Arnor was made up of men descended from Númenoreans, one would think they would be a match for the forces of Angmar, or did Arnor not simply have enough numbers?
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Which Nenya ring is correct?

Which Nenya, ring of Galadriel is the "correct" one? I want to buy one to my girlfriend as an engagement ring. I mostly find this design: However, I found it only made of silver - not suitable for ...
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Who were the men of Carn Dum?

When the hobbits get caught in the Barrow Downs by the Barrow Wights, Merry seems to have a vision where he gets killed by a wicked man of Carn Dum. Is it possible these men were black Numenoreans? If ...
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What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions?

What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions? Will the gold be used for trade and industry by the parties involved? Is it merely greed or ...
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Should I watch the Hobbit trilogy before the LotR trilogy?

I’ve read the LotR books and have watched bits and pieces of the new Hobbit movies. I’m trying to get my son to sit down and watch the currently released movies in succession for a weekend and want ...