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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
0answers
148 views

What is the last written record from Arda?

What is the youngest written record from Arda? I’m not refering to the last thing that we know has happened, or what Tolkien had in mind (e.g., in Wikipedia’s Timeline of Arda, the last entry from ...
2
votes
0answers
85 views

How large was Morgoth in the First Age of the Sun? [duplicate]

Morgoth wore one body which he was unable to change during the First Age of the Sun, the last 500 years or so of the Elder Days. Morgoth shouldn't have been able to make his body grow bigger or ...
-1
votes
2answers
104 views

Where did the Drúedain live on Númenor?

Drúedain were deformed beings or something of that nature living in Númenor . But I'm interested as to which province they lived in.
15
votes
1answer
2k views

What were the contents of the Phial of Galadriel?

I have read that the phial contained a part of Eärendil's star, but do we know how that came to be in Galadriel's possession?
2
votes
1answer
173 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
118 views

Were the Nazgul invisible to Sauron when he did not wear the Ring?

When speaking about the Nazgul the Silmarillion states And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. Does this mean that ...
6
votes
1answer
430 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
109 views

Second edition of the Silmarillion

I have come to learn that there is a second edition of the Silmarillion. The primary difference seems to be a large introduction, mostly consisting of a letter written by Tolkien. Is this letter ...
66
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
920 views

Why is Dwarven armor not highly treasured?

I'm reading through the Silmarillion when I came across this passage: ... yet, in the tempering of steel alone of all crafts the Dwarves were never outmatched even by the Noldor, and in the making ...
30
votes
1answer
5k views

Why aren't Dwarves immortal?

Ever since I read the Silmarillion, I've been wondering why the Dwarves were created mortal. Since mortality is the gift of men from Ilúvatar, it didn't make sense to me that Dwarves also have the ...
5
votes
1answer
137 views

“Secret Fire” in The Silmarillion

It's written in The Silmarillion: "Then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright, and take Being in the moment of their utterance, for all shall then understand fully his intent in their ...
15
votes
2answers
6k views

Were the Hobbit-Five armies rock-eating-worms a Jackson invention or do they have a precedent in middle earth Lore?

In the Jackson movie "Hobbit - The Five Armies" there appears to be a race of rock-eating worms (similar to Tremors) that assist the Orc army. Now I'm aware Jackson is contractually barred from ...
5
votes
1answer
226 views

Was Galadriel present when Beren spoke to Melian

Was Galadriel present when Beren spoke to Melian. In the Silmarillion it is said : "Then he looked in the eyes of Melian, who spoke not; and he bade farewell to Lúthien Tinuviel, and bowing ...
36
votes
1answer
2k views

Unknown feature on Middle Earth's map?

On Christopher Tolkien's map of Middle Earth, one feature has always caught my eye, and to my knowledge has never been explained: The mass in the middle of the Sea of Rhûn: Has this ever been ...
28
votes
2answers
3k views

How much of the Middle Earth universe had Tolkien invented when he wrote The Hobbit?

This question was inspired by a comment from Darth Satan. The Hobbit is a very different sort of work from Lord of the Rings: written in a style more like a children's book and less like an epic ...
8
votes
1answer
399 views

What was the origin of Durin's Line?

In the beginning, Aule the Smith created the Seven Dwarf Fathers and six wives. Durin the Deathless was the only one without a wife, so how did his bloodline begin?
3
votes
1answer
201 views

What were the Heathen/Evil Numenoreans doing while The Faithful left Numenor?

I know Ar-Pharazon and Army were sailing to Valinor, Elendil and his sons were getting the faithful away from Numenor, but the one thing i want to know is what were the Evil Numenorean civilians doing ...
13
votes
2answers
2k views

Geographical error in the Silmarillion?

The following passage makes no sense: for nigh and two years after the Dagor Bragollach the Noldor still defended the western pass about the sources of Sirion, for the power of Ulmo was in that ...
2
votes
2answers
226 views

Why didn't Morgoth track the Eagles to find the location of Gondolin?

The Eagles were a constant pain in Morgoth's evil neck; they rescued several people from his own dominion as well as attacked him personally. He must have known that the Eagles were in league with the ...
3
votes
1answer
418 views

Are orcs considered evil to Eru and the Valar?

It's to my understanding that orcs were once elves that were captured and tortured by Morgoth ages ago, becoming what's now orcs. Being captured and tortured is obviously not their fault, therefore ...
5
votes
1answer
722 views

Why were there 3 Silmarils and what color were they?

The light of the Silmarils came from the two trees made by Yavanna: Telperion the Silver Tree, and Laurelin the Gold tree. Feanor fashioned the Silmarils in order to capture the light of the two ...
35
votes
7answers
4k views

Why aren't the Valar considered gods?

As an avid Tolkien fan and an increasingly active member of this site, I cannot count the number of times I've seen people refer to the Valar or Maiar as gods, only to be corrected by other members ...
6
votes
1answer
325 views

Can Numenor be resurrected?

Would Illuvatar raise Numenor if King Elessar and the Gondorians asked him to or is Numenor gone forever and no way to get it back? Answers that relate to Tolkien's own writings are strongly ...
35
votes
5answers
5k views

Was Sauron's body destroyed before or after the ring was cut from his hand?

I'm a bit confused as to the ordering of events leading to Sauron's demise at the end of the second age. From the Silmarillion it appears that Sauron was hewn down by Gil-galad and Elendil, and ...
31
votes
5answers
9k views

How on (middle) earth did Eärendil kill a dragon as huge as Ancalagon?

We know that Ancalagon was killed by Earendil, but how exactly was he killed? Ancalagon was so incredibly massive and Earendil was just a dude in a ship with some Eagles. This image ↓ isn't canon but ...
1
vote
1answer
523 views

Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
0
votes
1answer
157 views

Who built the Ilmarin?

From my other questions you can conclude that I am searching for a palace/great building to re-create in a 3D model with blender. I have chosen one now, Ilmarin which is the Mansion of Varda and Manwë ...
4
votes
3answers
672 views

Why is Thangorodrim / Angband not visible in the provided map in the Silmarillion book?

At least it is not visible in all versions I could lay hands on (German / English). The map ends in the North with Hithlum and Anfauglith. I ask because Angband is a core location in the ...
6
votes
1answer
331 views

Why was Beleriand destroyed when Morgoth was defeated?

When the Valar defeated Morgoth, the sea destroyed Beleriand. Was this a result of what the Valar were doing to Morgoth or was it some kind of reaction by Arda to Morgoth's defeat?
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Are there any Numenorean palaces?

I'm searching for a palace from Tolkien's legendarium to make a 3D model of in blender. Anyway, I am looking for a Numenorean palace or another great building. I know that there was one in the ...
17
votes
2answers
1k views

Does Eru have a palace?

I was wondering if Eru has a palace, because the Valar sort of had, and in case he does, in what kind of architectural style (Elven, Numenorean, etc...) is it made?
2
votes
2answers
298 views

How did the Drúedain come into existence?

How did the Drúedain come into existence? Were they created by Illuvatar or one of the Valar?
1
vote
0answers
382 views

What if Sauron reacquired the One Ring? [closed]

If Sauron reacquired his ring, took control over Middle-Earth and its people, would the Valar, Maiar (besides the Istari) or Eru himself have intervened to stop him? Does any of the text say what ...
38
votes
5answers
7k views

Who did the Elves think Annatar (Sauron) was?

Sauron posed in fair form to the Elves as "Annatar" (Lord of Gifts). Considering many of the elves Annatar appeared to have probably been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years, who did they ...
17
votes
4answers
1k views

If the Arkenstone isn't a Silmaril, then what is it?

It is discussed at great length, whether or not the Arkenstone is one of the Silmarils1, and the most accepted answer is that it is not2. The Arkenstone however, has undeniable 'powers' or properties ...
20
votes
2answers
3k views

What happened to Radagast The Brown?

Radagast The Brown disappeared from Arda after the book The Fellowship of the Ring, I can't even answer myself... what happened to him?
5
votes
1answer
994 views

Did Ulmo, the Vala of Water, ever return to Valinor?

Does anyone know whether Ulmo ever returned to Valinor?
13
votes
1answer
2k views

What were the treacherous gifts Melkor gave to his followers?

In the Simarillion it says that many Maiar were drawn to Melkor in his splendour and others he corrupted with treacherous gifts. What were these gifts?
18
votes
3answers
3k views

Is there any hint that some of the beings in Tolkien's lore may have survived into “our” times?

In Tolkien's lore, they are many very old beings. Is there any indication that some or even one would have been truly immortal and survived into what we would call "our" history or Age? Galadriel, ...
2
votes
3answers
470 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
765 views

Why did Fëanor refuse to give even one of the Silmarils to Yavanna to revive the trees?

Right near the beginning Of the Flight of the Noldor: Yavanna spoke before the Valar, saying: "The Light of the Trees has passed away, and lives now only in the Silmarils of Fëanor. Foresighted ...
14
votes
3answers
2k views

Significance of the name “Lorien”

In B5 Lorien is the name of a member of a very old (possibly the oldest) race in the galaxy. Though he can choose to appear humanoid he actually is more of a energy-field. He is very powerful and ...
8
votes
5answers
593 views

What does JRR Tolkien say about the Elves (and other non-Human Races) and Free Will?

The Simarillion has the following to say about Men and their specialness: Therefore he willed that the hearts of Men should seek beyond the world and should find no rest therein; but they should ...
20
votes
2answers
3k views

Why is “the time of elves” considered to be over?

From the movie series, it seems obvious that the civilization of Elves, once great and important, is declining. Their numbers keep reducing and they retreat into some remote islands and in general ...
4
votes
0answers
270 views

Learning Quenya and/or Sindarin

If someone wanted to learn to speak Tolkien's Elvish languages (Quenya and Sindarin) is there a guide to how to go about doing so? Are there any authoritative sources regarding which language should ...
6
votes
1answer
707 views

Have any of the lesser rings made by the Elves, beside the 20 Rings of Power, been shown or named?

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began ...
3
votes
1answer
447 views

Source for info on Middle-Earth's 'Real World' Geographic counterpart

I recently came across a particular essay by the author of The Last Ringbearer, which states: The Middle Earth has several built-in physical defects, and there’s no getting away from that. In his ...
2
votes
1answer
776 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
440 views

How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?