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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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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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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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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How many of the Ainur can change their physical form?

The Ainur are spirits who do not need bodies, but they can assume them. From the Ainulindalë in the Silmarillion: Their shape comes of their knowledge of the visible World, rather than of the ...
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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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What happened to the elves who were slain before the end of the Great Journey?

When an elf dies, his "fëa" (soul) leaves the "hröa" (body) and is summoned to Mandos, in Aman. Frome there he may return to life after some time. It's reasonable to think that before Vanyar and ...
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How did Morgoth manage to chain Maedhros to a peak of Thangorodrim?

After arriving with his father and majority of the Noldor and fighting the forces of Angband,Maedhros was taken captive and brought before Morgoth, then was stripped of clothing and hung from a high ...
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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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What do we know about the Ainur who stayed in the Timeless Halls?

This is my understanding: Before Ilúvatar created Eä, he created the Ainur, who were with him in his Timeless Halls. At Eä’s creation, some of the Ainur chose to enter the world and be bound to it. ...
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How could Tulkas defeat Morgoth if he was the most powerful Valar?

Morgoth warred against the Valar in the early years of Arda including destroying the Two Lamps which lit the world, and marring the lands in which the Valar had set to prepare for the coming of the ...
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How did Morgoth find Men?

Had Morgoth heard about the coming of men and went looking for them on purpose or was he just wandering and happened upon them? Also how did Morgoth know the tongue of Men?
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How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth?

How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth? Even though Fingolfin managed to hurt Morgoth, he basically had no chance. Also he was just fighting Morgoth in a duel, while Fëanor would have had to ...
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Where is the Void?

Where is the Void located in the Ardean(?) universe? After thinking about it for a while, I see three different possibilities: Iluvatar's space [Arda (Void)]: The Void belongs to Arda, which are ...
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Was the Secret Fire within reach of Morgoth or his influence?

In the Silmarillion, it was stated that Illuvatar set the Secret Fire within the heart of Middle Earth. It is also the consensus that when Morgoth marred Arda, he essentially made Middle Earth his "...
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How does Sauron get away after the War of Wrath

In the Silmarillion is says that Sauron speaks to Eonwë after the war of wrath, so I assume Sauron is in captivity? Does it mention in any of the histories how he manages to escape? Given everything ...
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Why wasn't Gandalf/Olórin head of the White Council

I'm just reading through The Silmarillion (again) and I'm curious why Olórin (later Gandalf) wasn't appointed head of the White Council when he arrived in Middle-Earth. In The Silmarillion he's ...
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Did Gandalf know the Balrog he fought in Moria?

Because both Gandalf and the Balrog are Maia, they share much of the same past. They came from the same place at roughly the same time. Though their lives took... different paths, wouldn't they ...
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Which book is worth reading next after “the big five”? [duplicate]

After reading The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, what book/volume/writing is best recommended reading for more depth/insight/background on the Tolkien-verse? I see ...
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Is Eru intended as a literal representation of the Christian God?

Given that ... Tolkien is on record as saying he envisioned Middle-Earth as being a literal precusor to modern day earth "in a different stage of imagination". As a Christian, a major theme of his ...
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How powerful is Eru Ilúvatar?

If Eru is the creator of all that is, does this make him the most powerful force in the Tolkien universe? Has he created beings, such as Sauron, which have more power than him?
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What special properties do the named swords have in Tolkien lore

There are swords of great renowned; Glamdring, Narcil, Orcrist, Ringil, Sting and others are presented as special weapons. Beyond glowing when Orcs are near, what special properties do they possess?
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How many Maiar are there?

Iluvitar made 2 classes of spirit beings to sing the songs of creation. The higher class (more powerful) are the Valar who are 15 in number, the lower class (less powerful) are the Maiar. I can find ...
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Why didn't the remaining Balrogs rally to Sauron during the final battle for Middle-earth?

Balrogs were servants of Morgoth, Sauron was a Lieutenant of Morgoth, Sauron commanded Balrogs under Morgoth, Sauron became head evil overlord after Morgoth's defeat. Sauron gathered all evil armies ...
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Were the Valar watching the epic of the One Ring with any real concern?

They did send 5 Maia to help the people's of Middle Earth oppose Sauron's power play... but... Of those 5; Three did nothing of any real consequence, one turned coat and helped Sauron, and the only ...
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What is the population of the Undying Lands?

Is there any Canon reference as to Valinor's population? All the Elves of old who survived conflict apparently live there and all the remaining Elves from Middle Earth went there, so how many are ...
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Were the Eldar watching Middle-earth closely?

Were they watching the saga of the Ring and its outcome with keen interest or were they disinterested and washed their hands of the whole affair? After the way West was bent and effectively closed ...
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Who were those “many” in whom the Eldar saw Lúthien's likeness?

A passage in The Silmarillion tells about Lúthien: Yet in her choice the Two Kindreds have been joined; and she is the forerunner of many in whom the Eldar see yet, thought all the world is ...
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Did Círdan ever leave Middle-earth?

Círdan probably the longest living elf in Middle-earth has been on Middle-earth since the days of the Two Trees and is the best ship builder of the Elves. It is interesting that he never left for ...
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How was Eärendil's ship Vingilot able to fly?

Eärendil's ship Vingilot was built to sail to Valinor so that Eärendil could make his plea for the Valar to help Men and Elves under Morgoth's reign over Middle-earth. After the Valar agreed to help ...
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What would have happened if Amandil hadn't tried to sail to Valinor?

Amandil, a few years before the Invasion of Valinor, sneaked off the island with three of his most trusted men and attempted to sail to Valinor to ask pardon and forgiveness for Numenor. He was never ...
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Are the stars on the flag of Gondor the Big Dipper?

The banner of Gondor had seven stars over a white tree. The symbolism of the tree was obvious; it represented the white tree of Gondor, descended from the white trees of Numenor, Tol Eressëa, and ...
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What happened to the Moriquendi after the First Age?

it is known that these Elves didnt make the journey across the Misty or Blue Mountains to go to Valinor: "Those Elves the Calaquendi call the Úmanyar, since they came never to the land of Aman and ...
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Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against Fëanor's sons?

Its well established that Fëanor hated Fingolfin and some dismay for Finarfin aside from the fact he wanted a strand of his daughter Galadriels hair, Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against Feanors ...
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Why did Maedhros relinquish the Kingship of the Noldor to Fingolfin

after Maedhros was rescued by Fingon he gave up his place as High King of the Noldor to his Uncle Fingolfin. why would he give up lordship of his people? was it because he wanted to continue fufilling ...
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Why did Manwë allow Finwë to remarry after the death of his wife?

After Miriel died, Manwë decreed that Finwë could choose another spouse and he did get remarried to Indis, mother of Fingolfin and Finarfin; Fëanor wasn't too happy with that. Why would Manwë allow ...
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How long did it take Fëanor and his sons to sail from Valinor to Beleriand?

Fëanor tried to avenge his father Finwë's death and the theft of the Silmarils by gathering up a majority of the Noldor and marching to the harbors of Alqualondë to use the ships that lay there. He ...
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Would Sauron have had the ability to appear in fair form again if he got the ring back?

In the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth, Sauron had the ability to change into an appealing form to Men and Elves. He could then deceive them, and used the name of Annatar. However, once he was ...
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Why was Morgoth afraid to fight Fingolfin?

It is said that Melkor was reluctant to come out of Angband to face him regardless of the taunts Fingolfin shouted outside the gates. But after a while he came out and dueled and killed Fingolfin, who ...
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How many Edain were left at the end of the First Age?

When the Edain awoke in Hildorien and trekked all the way across Middle Earth into Beleriand there were presumably tens of thousands whom didnt fall under Melkors deception and service who were ...
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Why would Melkor weave such a spiteful verse in the Ainuindale?

Eru choreographed the first song and Melkor f'd that up, then Manwe was in charge of the second song and so again Melkor got his discord sown into the second verse. Why would he intentionally ruin the ...
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Are there any other planets besides Arda in Ea?

Did Tolkien mention anything about other planets in his mythology or did he invent just the one planet for his stories?
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Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar or was that just a name given to them?

Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar, or was "Valar" just a name given to them by the Elves because they needed a way to refer to them? Or did Eru name them before they entered into Arda?
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What was the original home of the Valar?

It is said that Valinor was not the original home of the Valar and that they created it in the western hemisphere of Middle Earth, but it was not their first home. What was the original dwelling place ...
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Did the Teleri ever forgive the Noldor for the Kinslaying at Alqualondë?

It was a tragedy caused by Fëanor, who wanted revenge for his father's death and killed many Sea Elves for their ships, but is there anything in Tolkien's Letters or The History of Middle-Earth that ...
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Why did Morgoth wait until the War of Wrath to release his dragons?

Apart from Glaurung who went galavanting through Beleriand on his own authority, why did Morgoth not unleash them earlier to conquer Beleriand and the rest of Middle Earth,to me it seems like had he ...
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How did Turgon's wife Elenwë die?

She wedded Turgon and then had a child Idril, then after the Kinslaying of Alqualonde she went with him and the rest of the host of Fingolfin crossing the Grind Ice, but somewhere along the way she ...
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Did Arda have boundaries before the breaking of the World?

What I mean is: did it have an ending point beyond either Valinor or the Land of the Sun when it was flat before the destruction of Numenor or was it just flat? I don't mean to say it has boundaries ...
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Why would Manwë make himself sit on his throne for all eternity until Melkor comes back?

Before the War of Wrath, Manwë Súlimo King of Arda, Lord of the Valar, and caretaker of Valinor Untouched and Melkor were brothers and the most powerful but wanted different things in life,...