A collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's works edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977 which describe (incompletely) the universe in which Middle Earth is found

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What were the actual words spoken in the Oath of Fëanor

Do we know what the actual words spoken by Feanor and his sons were when they swore the Oath of Fëanor in Tirion?
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About The Lighting In Arda After The Destruction Of The Two Lamps

It is Known that Melkor (Morgoth) destroyed the Two Lamps, Ormal And Illuin. Meanwhile Valinor was lit by the Two Trees, and in Middle-earth the first light that Elves-Quendi beheld was that of the ...
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About Creation Of Orcs And Dwarves

How can it be that Melkor created the orcs and Aule created the dwarves, when both needed The Imperishable Flame (The Secret Fire)?
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The Tower of Elwing

After re-reading The Atlas of Middle Earth (excellent read recommend it to anyone) I noticed that north of the Pelori in Aman, there was a tower marked as "The Tower of Elwing". I cannot for the life ...
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Why couldn't Melkor return from the void after the War of Wrath?

Melkor came back from the void (above the Walls of Night) after he was expelled by Tulkas during the First Battle of All, and destroyed the Two Lamps. After that, he was again defeated in the Battle ...
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The King Of Numenor's Sword

I can't remember where but I read somewhere that the sword of the king of Numenor was in fact Aranruth - the sword of Elu Thingol. How is this possible? I assume that Dior took up Thingol's throne ...
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Why do the Wise always wait and watch until they are destroyed? [closed]

We have seen throughout the Silmarillion and other Middle Earth related histories that the forces of "Good" (Elves, Edain, Naugrim etc) constantly sit and wait for their enemy to get stronger before ...
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Who or what is the oldest sentient being in Tolkien's lore?

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Histories of Middle Earth, all lore related to this universe is acceptable fodder. Regardless of their power, susceptibility to The One Ring, ...
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Did Finwe take of the Kingship of the Noldor again?

We know that Finwe was slain by Melkor by the gates of Formenos as the Silmarils were stolen, Then Feanor Rebelled and (stuff happened here) and Finarfin became King of the Noldor in Valinor. Finwe ...
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Who were the seven forefathers of the Dwarves, besides Durin?

It is told in the Silmarillion that Aule created the seven fathers of the dwarves. The most prominent of course being Durin, the ancestor of most (all?) dwarves that feature in LotR and The Hobbit. ...
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What is the relationship between Beleriand in the Silmarillion and Middle-Earth in Lord of the RIngs?

I've read both the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings. Both take place in the 'west' of Arda, and Beleriand (where most of the Silmarillion takes place) is destroyed. So where is the Middle-Earth of ...
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Why do people say that Peter Jackson can not make LOTR/Hobbit sequels?

I was reading a couple of posts on forums where people said that "The Silmarillion" would make a great basis for an action movie, a sequel (or would that be prequel?) to LOTR and Hobbit. But someone ...
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What is the Extinction of the Shape-shifters (like Beorn) in Middle-Earth Lore?

In the movie The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug - the party wind up at Beorn's Hall. When Beorn is asked about other Shape-Shifters he makes reference to a past event where Azog captured the ...
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numenor vs. gondolin [closed]

If the forces of Numenor and the forces of Gondolin were to meet, which do you think would win? Aside from their mortality, the inhabitants of Numenor had made huge strides in technology. In a passage ...
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magic and men in lord of the rings

In both The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarilion, it is suggested that men can learn to use magic. Quotes demonstrating this follow: (from The Lord of the Rings): The Lieutenant of the Tower of ...
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How was Morgoth defeated?

How was he defeated if he's the strongest being? He begged for mercy and got thrown into the Outer Dark where he currently dwells.
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What meaning(s) or message(s), if any, was Tolkien trying to convey with his books?

What overall meaning or message, if any, was Tolkien trying to convey with each of his books (The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, LOTR)?
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How could Orcs survive in subterranean settings?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring the Fellowship encounters many Orcs (or goblins) living in the Mines of Moria. In The Hobbit our heroes encounter a tribe of goblins inhabiting caves ...
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Was Tolkien's “round-world version” really his definitive view of Arda?

I've heard many times that, in his final years, Tokien rejected the idea of a flat Arda, and embraced a new story in which the world was always round and the Sun and Moon existed from the beginning. ...
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Why was Melkor aka Morgoth created without a female counterpart?

Reading about the Valar something stands out, originally there were 7 Queens i.e. "female" Valar and 8 Lords i.e. "male" Valar with Melkor later rebelling and becoming Morgoth. Now it seems to me ...
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How many Balrogs did it take to defeat Feanor?

How many Balrogs did it take to defeat Fëanor? In The Silmarillion it says "Long he fought on, and undismayed, though he was wrapped in fire and wounded with many wounds; but at the last he was ...
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Melkor's power - why didn't he increase it?

If Iluvatar created the world with the Fire that Melkor had sought, why didn't Melkor use that part of the Fire to become even more powerful?
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Why did Sauron blow up if he only had his fingers cut off?

In the Lord of the Rings why did Sauron blow up when he only had his fingers cut off?
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Mythical parallels for Tolkien's stories [closed]

Edit: Since this question was too broad, I'll center it specifically in Norse mythology (Eddas and Sagas) and only in episodes or motifs in the Silmarillion. Not in the general conception but just in ...
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Are any of the original elves that awoke at Cuiviénen named?

This came up because a friend told me he thought Glorfindel was an "original elf". As far as I know, the earliest mention of Glorfindel is at the Fall Of Gondolin, which is a far cry from Cuiviénen. ...
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The Valar and their power to create

In The Silmarillion it is said that only Eru possesses the Flame Immperishable, and thus only he can create life. For example, when Aulë tries to create the dwarves, these result in a kind of ...
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Did Ilúvatar anticipate Melkor?

Did Ilúvatar know that Melkor would 'turn bad'? Was it part of his vast design? Tolkien often hints that also Morgoth's evil is part of the grand plan, and that he does the will of Ilúvatar in the ...
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Did the Valar fight in the War of Wrath?

I just finished reading The Silmarillion (prior to this, I'd read The Hobbit once and The Lord of the Rings a couple of times), but something bothered me about the ending: did the Valar themselves ...
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Dagor Dagorath (sources?)

Does anyone know where can I find the references to the Dagor Dagorath, the last battle at the end of the world in Tolkien's legendarium? I remember something in the Book of Lost Tales, at the end of ...
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Do male elves have long or short hair?

I've noticed that almost every fan drawing of elves (as well as their portrayals in the movies) show them with long hair, both the men and the women. But did Tolkien ever write anything that proved ...
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What does “Turambar” mean?

Why was Túrin called "Turambar" (Master of Fate/Doom)? Is it something to do with the Second Prophecy of Mandos?
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Did Tolkien acknowledge that Silmarillion is harder to read than LOTR?

Personally, I found Silmarillion to be very difficult to read (I admit to having never been able to finish it) compared to LOTR books. I know plenty of people who share that opinion (even native ...
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Second prophecy of Mandos

Does anybody know anything about the mysterious "Second Prophecy of Mandos"? It seems to be about the end of the world.
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Who was the original owner of Orcrist?

We know that Glamdring and Orcrist are both from Gondolin, and that Glamdring belonged to Turgon. All I found about Orcrist is a line from the Hobbit saying that it belonged to some great hero of the ...
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What happens to orcs in sunlight?

It's well know that Orcs, Golbins, Uruk-hai and most of Sauron's forces don't tolerate light, especially sunlight very well, and certain types of trolls turn to stone when sunlight falls upon them. ...
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In the Silmarillion, what was Morgoth's “dark design” against Luthien?

In the chapter "Of Beren and Luthien", we're told that, when Morgoth discovered Luthien in Angband, he "conceived in his thought an evil lust, and a design more dark than any that had yet come ...
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What happens to an elf in Lord of the Rings who dies twice?

An Elf who dies (whether they are in Valinor or Middle-Earth) goes to the halls of Mandos. After a certain time (to be determined by Mandos, its different for each case) they are returned to life in ...
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Was Elrond, in Tolkiens opinion, more inherently powerful than Galadriel?

I always thought it was the other way around, but then I read this (Letter 236): "Of the others only Gandalf might be expected to master him – being an emissary of the Powers and a creature of the ...
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Was the Doom of Mandos a curse or a prediction?

In the Silmillarion, Mandos says: Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the ...
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Could the Arkenstone have been a Silmaril?

Frome Wikipedia:Silmaril "In agony, Maedhros threw himself and his Silmaril into a fiery pit..." From lotr wikia "The Arkenstone also known as the "Heart of the Mountain" of Thrain was a ...
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Other than Morgoth, were any of the Valar ever susceptible to physical injury?

Among Tolkien's mythology, Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth is well known. Morgoth suffered serious injury during the fight, and was left with permanent scars. He had also previously suffered burns from ...
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Is there a hidden significance behind the fact Galadriel gave 3 hairs to Gimli instead of one?

I just saw an interesting interpretation of Galadriel's gift to Gimli on Reddit today, I retraced the source of the image to this tumblr post: If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who ...
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What powers, if any, did the Silmarils have?

In the Silmarillion, the Silmarils were described as being very powerful, holy jewels. What form did this power take exactly?
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The One Ring and Númenor

Did Sauron have his great Ring while in Númenor? How did he save it then, while in spirit form? He ... fell into the abyss. But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and though he was robbed now of ...
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Is the appearance of Istari related to Amandil?

There are two major characters trying to reach for the Valar and ask for help. One is Eärendil, who succeded and caused the fall of Morgoth. The other is Amandil, who tried; but nothing is known about ...
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How exactly is Arda supposed to be an ancient Earth?

As most Tolkien fans know, Arda (Tolkien's world) is supposed to be Earth in its past, and all its stories are supposed to have happened long ago on this very same planet. Of course, this is fiction, ...
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What is the true origin of the orcs?

There are a bunch of theories about the true origin of the orcs. Tolkien tried out a few different origins for his Orcs throughout his life but died before he could fully revise The Silmarillion with ...
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How did Túrin's sword speak? [closed]

At the end of the tragic tale of Túrin Turambar, as told in The Silmarillion, Túrin goes alone to the high point of Cabed-en-Aras above the river Teiglin, and there calls to his sword Gurthang. ...
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Was there ever a queen for Melkor?

I am reading for the first time the Valaquenta. It mentions right at the beginning the seven Lords and Queens of the Valar (the Valiers). Melkor is excluded from the count of the Lords and from the ...
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Was there an “original sin” idea in the published version of Silmarillion?

in this answer, it is alluded to that Tolkien had an "original sin" in Silmarillion. It was based on Morgoth's Ring (part of Tolkien's unpublished drafts). I gave you life. Now it shall be ...