Middle-earth is a region within J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world Arda and the setting for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Is Bard a decendant of Numenor

When Bard is introduced in The Desolation of Smaug he's clearly a very powerful fighter, he shoots weapons out of the dwarves' hands and threatens the entire party. The only place we've seen a man ...
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Tuor, Beren and Luthien - the gifts of Mortality and Immortality from Eru vs the Valar

According to the legendarium It was a tradition under the Eldar and Edain that they [Idril and Tuor] arrived in Valinor, and that Tuor alone of Men was counted among the Eldar, immortal as other ...
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What would an orc do if it found the One Ring?

If an orc found the One Ring, would it try to use it? Or were the orcs "programmed" to turn it over to Sauron?
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Are humans a “good” race?

As we have seen, the various races portrayed in Middle-Earth each demonstrate very specific invariable characteristics. Where do humans fit in among the other races of Middle-Earth? Are humans a ...
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Is Legolas in The Hobbit Book?

Legolas is the son of Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. He is also a member of The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Legolas also appeared in the films of The ...
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Who made The Rings of Power?

There are twenty magical Rings in the Tolkien's Middle Earth Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed ...
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Are Tolkien's orcs immortal?

Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers in all of Tolkien's Mythology, a race of sentient beings bred by the evil Vala Melkor (Morgoth) during the time of the Great Darkness. ...
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Why do Tolkien's wizards look Human, and not Elven?

The two primary races of Middle Earth, those created by Iluvatar, are Elves and Men. And until quite late in the history of Middle Earth, the Elves were BY FAR the more significant of the two. They ...
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What are the differences between orcs and uruks? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings Trilogy they were Orcs and Uruks. I know orcs used to be elves, Saruman say's they were once elves but what is uruks used to be and how come they're bigger and better fighters ...
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How did the Black Speech come about?

It doesn't seem to be related to any other documented languages. Being endemic to Sauron's realm, with him persisting through the Ages, it would not likely have diverged naturally from another ...
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How old was Frodo when Bilbo Celebrated his 111th Birthday? [closed]

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo was celebrated his 111th birthday. Then he gave the Ring to his nephew (Frodo Baggins), after being confronted confronted by his friend Gandalf the Grey. How old ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Why does Saruman change his mind?

In Lord of the Rings, Saruman The White, the eldest of the Wizards and their chieftain, joins with Sauron instead of helping people fight against Sauron. What is the reason for him losing faith in ...
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Why was Saruman sent to Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Gandalf a Maia (Spirit) was sent to Middle-Earth in human form to help the free peoples fight the evil of Sauron. Is the same reason for the Saruman sent to Middle-Earth ?
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Who can break another wizard's staff?

In the Lord of the Rings books we see Gandalf the White breaking Saruman's staff by just talking, a feat that couldn't be realized by Gandalf the Grey (IIRC Tolkien said this himself when talking ...
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Why did it take Sauron so long to regain strength?

According to the timeline of the Third age it took Sauron roughly 2460 years to regain strength and return to Middle Earth. Why did it take him that long? And if he "returns" to Middle Earth, where ...
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In the Lord of the Rings, was the Witch-king aware of the prophecy about his death?

I am of course referring to Glorfindel's prophecy about Witch-king's death: 'Eärnur now rode back, but Glorfindel, looking into the gathering dark, said: "Do not pursue him! He will not return ...
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How does a palantír work?

Can they only see to another palantíri or can they see whatever they want? And if they can see whatever they want, what does it take for someone to be able to redirect or command what you want to see? ...
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Did the force-like magic exist within LOTR books?

I'm talking about the magic that resembles The Force (from star wars) that Saruman and Gandalf use against each other in the wizard duel in Isengard, I'm referring to the one in The Fellowship of the ...
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Did Glorfindel do anything for the War of the Ring?

After he was re-embodied, and aside from helping Frodo get to Rivendell, did Glorfindel do anything to aid in the war against Sauron?
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Is Narya as portrayed in PJ's movies the official Narya?

Basically what my title says, is the Narya in Peter Jackson's movies the official Narya or would it be considered... what's it called... Artistic license?
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How old is Gandalf?

In the Lord of The Rings trilogy, does anyone know how old Gandalf is? I remember reading that Gandalf was much older than he looked. Do the books ever say how old he is ?
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Sam's apparent invisibility to Sauron [duplicate]

How come Sauron wasn't able to detect Sam in the last chapter of The Two Towers? I'm pretty sure he wore it longer than Frodo in Amon Hen, and Frodo was detected in the latter, was he not? Plus, Sam ...
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Witchking ignoring Frodo's presence in Minas Morgul?

When Mordor's army is marching out of Minas Morgul and Frodo, Sam and Gollum are nearby, The Witchking stops all of the sudden and starts looking around. I remember reading somewhere that he indeed ...
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Why were the people of Rhun and Harad allied with Sauron?

Why were the people of Rhun and Harad allied with Sauron? Did they join him out of fear, or did Sauron say he would give them something if they joined him? I know the men of Dunland were angry at ...
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How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?
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Gandalf, Sauron and Saruman names and nicknames

Assuming Gandalf was the wisest of the maiar, why was Saruman known as the wise, rather than it being Gandalf? Also, what are the real names (maiar names) of all these three (Sauron, Saruman and ...
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Where in Middle Earth could mithril be found?

There is a Minecraft mod that adds Middle Earth during the time of Lord of the Rings. The modder usually tries to make it according to the books instead of making things up. Awhile ago they had a ...
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In which of Tolkien's works does the Witch-King of Angmar appear?

Where can I read all about the Witch-King of Angmar? Does he appear anywhere other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its appendices? The appendices talk about the Angmar vs Arnor war very ...
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Was the Witch-King of Angmar truly a witch?

So I'm trying to remember if the Witch-King ever proved to be actually be a... well, a Witch. The only time I remember him doing any magic was in the controvertial extended scene of ROTK where he ...
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Clear some doubts and questions about the witch-king of angmar

I recently found out about the war of Arnor vs Angmar, and was pretty shocked to learn that the Witch King basically wiped the floor with the dúnedain kingdom... I mean he's basically the sole reason ...
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Will Aragorn's and Arwen's Kids be immortal? [duplicate]

Aragorn is a Dunedain and Arwen is an Elf who has the power of immortality. Will their kids have the power of immortality ?
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How is Gandalf so well known in the Shire?

Is there any reason given for how Gandalf the Grey becomes popular and is known by everybody in the Shire?
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What happened to elves when they died or lost the will to live?

I understand that the elves want to Valinor when they died. However, sometimes they took boats to Valinor, such as at the end of Lord of the Rings, and other times they died of injury and had no ...
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What is the Difference Between “Lothlórien” and “Lórien?”

Is "Lórien" just a short form of "Lothlórien" or does each one apply to something unique?
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Could Aragorn have been featured in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? [closed]

Sometime during the quest of Thorin's Company for Erebor, the group stops at Rivendell and stays for a few days. The whole quest takes place within the year T.A. 2941. Ten years before, Aragorn is ...
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How to name a pair of a King and Queen? [closed]

Is there any way to properly name the pair of a King and Queen, other than saying "King and Queen" (i.e. "cattle" for more than one cow)? Because if there is a better way to say "Rohan's King and ...
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Area and Population of Middle-Earth

Roughly speaking, what would be the area of Middle-Earth? Would it be similar to that of Europe, or France or Eurasia? And, when speaking of the population, I mean Men and Elves and Hobbits, and all ...
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The origins of the Silmarillion and early stories

The stories contained in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings are supposedly from the Red Book of Westmarch written by Bilbo and Frodo as a memoir. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Book_of_Westmarch ...
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Cirdan actually talking

I've now read The Hobbit, LoTR, Silmarillion, Children of Hurin and Unfinished Tales. The only time I've seen Cirdan actually quoted was in the Unfinished Tales: Essay on the Istari. Talking about the ...
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Where is the equator in Middle Earth?

In Unfinished Tales, the Essay on the Istari Aragorn claims to have penetrated the `far contries of Rhun and Harad where the stars are strange'. and then links to the appendix, item #10: ...
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How to pronounce Thorin II Oakenshield?

How would you fully and properly speak Thorin's name, "Thorin II Oakenshield"? Would you say "Thorin Oakenshield the Second"? Or "Thorin, the Second, Oakenshield"? Same question goes for Dain II ...
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What is the average lifespan of Middle-earth creatures?

Obviously, Elves are immortal and do not die of old age. But what of Hobbits, Dwarves, Men, and others? I would like to know the average lifespan of these three main races, along with others you can ...
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Why did Thranduil not help the Dwarves of Erebor?

Why does Thrandy not help the Dwarves of Erebor (and Men of Dale) when Smaug was attacking? Was it that he simply did not want to risk the lives of his people after already witnessing two kingdoms ...
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Naming of Middle Earth: inspired by Norse mythology? [duplicate]

Was Middle Earth named thus because Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology? I got this idea after reading this.
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What is the origin of the Great Eagles?

What do we know about the origin of the Great Eagles in LOTR? We know quite a bit about the origins of Elves, Men, Dwarves, and (somewhat) the servants of Morgoth (dragons, orcs, etc.). But I don't ...
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Where have all the dragons gone?

Related to the question: How could Thranduil have met a dragon? It seems that there was a time in Tolkien's legendarium when dragons roamed the land and were a real and physical force to be reckoned ...
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Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor?

Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor? If yes, who was his teacher/mentor? If no, from where did he get his knowledge? How did he became so wise? This question doesn't ask if he had a teacher to learn ...
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Did the events of LOTR War in the North take place in Tolkien’s writings?

I played LOTR War in the North and I wonder if the characters from the game were really mentioned by Tolkien. Did this war really take place in parallel with adventure of the Fellowship? Who are ...
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Is there any information on the (external) etymology of “Gandalf”?

It is well known that Tolkien was, first and foremost, a linguist. His familiarity with Germanic languages comes into play more than once- think of Beorn (similar to Norwegian bjørn "bear"). It ...