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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What would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...
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Why did Sauron let Gollum roam Mordor freely a second time?

We know Sauron intentionally let Gollum go so that he may lead Saurons minions towards the ring, and Sauron knew would look and follow the ring at all costs. So when Shagrat see's Shelob with her ...
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How do the dead in the Halls of Mandos exist alongside the living elves in the Valinor?

Men and Elves go to the Halls of Mandos when they die, to receive judgement, whence the Men move on to their fates, and the Elves linger forever (until the End of Days, Dagor Dagorath). The Halls of ...
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What is Aragorn's age when Bilbo stops adventuring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR movies, Gandalf remarks that Bilbo's adventures ended 60 years before his eleventyfirst birthday. Aragorn tells Eowyn that he is 87, so would that place him at 27 during the events of The ...
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Why is Gimli allowed to travel to Valinor?

Gimli was allowed to go to Valinor despite not being a ring bearer. Is this explained in detail or just with the one line "for his love for Galadriel"?
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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Was there no possibility that Aragorn could go to Valinor?

I understand that the base rule states that no mortal can step foot in Valinor, and I understand why, but if an exception can be made for Frodo and Bilbo (via Gandalf and Arwen's intervention) why ...
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How was Boromir going to use the One Ring? [duplicate]

During the course of the Lord of the Rings, many people suggest using the One Ring against Sauron, for example Boromir, who proposes using it to defend Gondor. Likewise, more knowing characters such ...
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What was the creature at the Caradhras Pass in LOTR?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the group chooses a path up a mountain through the Caradhras Pass. As they progress, a winter blizzard sets upon them that seems to get worse the further they travel. ...
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How is it that Feanor is greater in craftsmanship than Sauron or Saruman?

I can't remember the exact quote which i will try to find later, but Gandalf tells Pippin that the palantiri are beyond Sauron or Saruman's skill. But giving the fact both Sauron and Saruman are ...
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Is Gandalf's origin discussed in the books but just excluded from the movies?

Solely from reading questions and answers here, I've learned a lot about the lore of Middle Earth, mainly to do with Maia, Valinor, Aman, Eldar, etc... According to this answer, Gandalf is a 11,000+ ...
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The battle that defeated Saruman [closed]

Why didn't they make a movie on the battle that defeated Saruman?
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Are Vardo and Varda two different people?

As the fellowship was parting from Lorien, Lady Galadriel sings a song in Elven. The song talks about Elbereth. The poem goes like this: Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen, yéni únótimë ve rámar ...
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Is there any Hierarchy among Wizards

From the movies and the books, it is clear that Saruman was the head of the wizarding order (before his demotion) and Gandalf was second. But there were three more wizards. Are there any references to ...
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What would Aragorn have done in the Hobbit movies?

Viggo Mortensen, the actor for Aragorn, was offered to be Aragorn in the Hobbit movies, but refused the role because the character Aragorn wasn't in the book The Hobbit. Did they even have a plan ...
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Who has the right/authority to declare somebody as elf-friend

List of people who have been deemed as Elf-friends by the Elves. http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Elf_friends Different people have been named as Elf-friends for different reasons. Do all the ...
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Who replaced Gandalf as the Grey Wizard?

In LotR the Two Towers, it is explained that Saruman has been kicked out of the Wizard council for allying with Sauron. This allows Gandalf to become the new head of the order and become Gandalf the ...
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Was the ring already affecting Frodo by the Council of Elrond?

I've read the LOTR books and watched the films many times, but reading other questions about it on SE I got to thinking. Is there any indication that Frodo accepts the quest to Mount Doom in order to ...
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When and why did Bilbo write a song about Aragorn

Bilbo wrote this song for Aragorn: All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the ...
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Why one ring effects right after wearing on the finger? [duplicate]

I am asking a different question than this. Why is it that when the Hobbits catch the One Ring nothing happens, but wearing it on the finger effects them?
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Why don't the Valar do anything about the One Ring? [duplicate]

After reading the Silmarillion, I wondered why the Valar, being near-gods, don't do anything about Sauron. They certainly possess the power; without Morgoth, Sauron is just in his shadow. At least Eru ...
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Lord of the Rings nOOb [duplicate]

I read the trilogy once in 6th grade and I LOVE the movies, but I want to read more into the background and everything, but I'm not quite sure which extra books to read. So my question is: What are ...
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Where can I find the rest of Tolkien's stories? [duplicate]

I have read The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. I'm looking for the rest of the story. Specifically, I'm looking for the story of the second age and, if any such story exists, the story of the ...
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What is the main storyline in Hobbit Series? [closed]

What is the main storyline in Hobbit Series? Actually LOTR trilogy is all about to destroy the ring, but Hobbit is all about for what?
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Could the likes of Feanor or Fingolfin have willingly destroyed the one ring?

We know they were pretty powerful guys in most aspects, did Tolkien ever mention if the Eldar would be able to destroy the One Ring?
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Why does Sauron send Grishnakh instead of a Nazgul to deal with Saruman's Uruk-hai?

This again is another strange decision on Sauron's part, we know from Grishnakh and the fact Legolas killed a fell beast that there is at least one Nazgul on the eastern side of the Anduin, possibly ...
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How were all the men able to resist the ring when they saw it at the Council of Elrond?

It was just sitting right there and they seemed OK with it; quite unlike the raging temptation the One Ring is made out to be (especially to men). They all stayed pretty chill. What gives?
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Did Saruman make the same mistake as Sauron?

By attacking Rohan so early, why Saruman attacks Rohan with his entire force at the time he does confuses me a lot. Not only has his Uruk-Hai band not brought back the halflings he desires highly but ...
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Small bird knocking on Erebor (Lonely Mountain) at the end of movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Why is there a small bird knocking on Erebor (Lonely Mountain) at the end of movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where Smaug is sitting inside the mountain. Is that bird informer to Smaug? Why ...
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Did Sauron know the hobbit Ringbearers' identities?

If I recall correctly, it was Gollum's arrival in Mordor and spilling of various beans that allowed Sauron to know Bilbo had taken the Ring. But I can't see how he could have been told that it had ...
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In canon, why is Saruman so focused on Frodo?

At the very end of the tale, Saruman makes a very hostile speech to Frodo. "You have grown ...," etc. To be particular, Frodo forbids anyone to harm Saruman, and Saruman makes his speech. The ...
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If Sauron had regained the one ring would he have been greater in power than Melian or Eonwe? [closed]

Gandalf says if Sauron were to regain the one ring nine would be able to foresee his downfall from there. We know the Valar never interfere with Middle Earth and even when they do like when they dealt ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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During the war of the ring did Sauron or Saruman actually win any major battles?

I've recently re-read the Lord of the Rings and one thing that simply bugs me and makes Tolkien's books seem lesser is the fact Sauron and Saruman seem to lose every battle. I sincerely hope that I've ...
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Does Gandalf die in the Undying Lands?

So as most of us know Gandalf is a Maia and Maiar cannot actually die, what I mean is, once the ring is destroyed Gandalf has served his prime purpose in Arda, so once he gets to the undying lands ...
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Why did Sauron send his armies immediately when Aragorn challenged him?

In the RoTK movie Gandalf even says "Sauron will suspect a trap".Even if the thought of someone trying to destroy the ring doesn't ever cross Sauron's mind, there was no need to immediately respond to ...
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If one of the Ring-wraiths found the One Ring, shouldn't they be able to break free from Sauron's control?

We are told that Sauron achieved control over the nine men because they wore the nine rings of power and the ruling ring controls the other rings and their wearers.So, if a Nazgul would find the One ...
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Why does Frodo fall into the dead marsh?

In the Two Towers movie, Frodo follows the lights and looks down into the marshes and sees a dead body. Then he "jumps" into the marsh. Why does he do this?
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How did Gandalf elude and puzzle Sauron?

In the History of Middle-Earth book collection Myths Transformed we learn a lot about how Sauron perceived the Istari and what he knew of them. Sauron had, in fact been very like Saruman, and so ...
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What do the Valar actually do in the Third Age?

I know Tolkien never gave us Third Age details of the Valar aside from sending in the Maiar, AKA "Istari", but we don't seem to know much more about The Valar in the Third Age. Does Manwe really just ...
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Was Sindarin more commonly spoken than the common tongue in Gondor?

When Frodo is captured by the rangers of Ithilien he notices than two of them are speaking Sindarin, which may just be down to the fact they were southern Dúnedain. But it seems that a lot of ...
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How old are the Uruk-hai when they first go to battle?

In The Two Towers (movie), I've heard some witty remarks about how weird it is that one Uruk says "meat is back on menu, boys!". The weird part is that some Uruk-hai would know about the word menu, ...
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Why was the Westron tongue accepted as the common tongue in Middle-Earth?

Which race(s) originally spoke the Westron language in Middle-Earth and what are the reasons for it being adopted as the common tongue in Middle-Earth. When was this done?
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What was JRR Tolkien's inspiration for the One Ring?

I was recently reading The Republic, by Plato, and when we came to the section about the ring of Gyges, my teacher claimed that this was the inspirition for the One Ring. I doubt he had any real ...
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What languages do the Orcs in Middle Earth speak?

Do orcs from different parts of Middle-Earth all speak the black speech? In the Lord of the Rings films, the orcs are shown to speak in the common tongue. Even those from Mordor.But in The Hobbit, ...
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Was the name Incánus given to Gandalf by the Haradrim?

In The Two Towers, Gandalf says: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South ...
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How did Sauron not notice Gandalf sneaking about in Dol Guldur? [closed]

Maia are said to sense each other’s presence. I know Gandalf was in disguise but it just seems that he got into Dol Guldur then the dungeons then escaped a bit too easy. It might be possible that ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Alright, so there is a great, incredibly well informed community here so let me ask a question that's been bothering me since I finished the Silmarillion. I'll lay out my reasoning for why it's a ...
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Did any type of Orcs reside in Rhun or Harad?

We know that Orcs like to reside in mountains, which there is a range of in Rhun. I don't know of any mountains in Harad. But is there any indication that orcs resided in Rhun or Harad or both?
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Elves, dwarves and humans. Does anyone heal faster?

In LOTR (and also in the Warhammer fantasy universe) elves are immortal while dwarves have very long life spans. Do elves heal faster than dwarves and do dwarves in turn heal faster than humans? In ...