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's the most glaring inconsistency in Tolkien's writing? [on hold]

There are many questions here on scifi.SE about some apparent contradictions in Tolkien's legendarium. It seems that almost always somebody gives a thorough answer showing that Tolkien was actually ...
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Is there a difference between “elvish” and “elven”?

Throughout Tolkien's works, we frequently come across the terms "elvish" and "elven". Is there a difference between these terms? For example, does one refer to characteristics of the Elves ...
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When did Gandalf become a Maia?

Obviously in the final legendarium, Gandalf was always a Maia as he is Olórin, one of the Ainur who was present at the singing of the Music. What I want to know is: did Tolkien always consider ...
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Did Tolkien ever discuss his views of heroism?

Reading The Lord of the Rings, and reading about it (especially here), I get the impression that Tolkien perceived heroism to be inextricably intertwined with several other virtues, including mercy, ...
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Why Valar held different attitudes towards Elves and Men?

When Elves awoke, the Valar wanted to protect the Elves and thus common them to Aman: Then again the Valar were gathered in council, and they were divided in debate. For some, and of those Ulmo ...
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Why did Tolkien reverse the more common traditional genders assigned to the sun and moon?

In most cultures throughout history, from ancient Rome to China, from the Americas to Africa, there has been a general trend (although there have been plenty of exceptions) in assigning a gender to ...
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Is the One Ring Sauron's phyllactery/horcrux?

Inspired by this question What is earliest version of a "horcrux"?; is the Ring keeping Sauron alive? I always thought that the Ring was only a source of power; while without it Sauron ...
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Which Middle-Earth baddie am I thinking of?

This is a tricky question that I am not sure I should even ask, but here it is: A few years ago, I read something online about Tolkien's works, especially LotR and The Silmarillion. It related to ...
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When Eru reshaped Arda, did he also change the cosmos?

According to The Silmarillion, Arda (Earth) was originally flat; when Numenor tried to invade Aman, Eru Iluvatar reshaped the planet. He made Arda spherical, and set Aman apart as a separate "planet" ...
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Why do human lifespans vary so much in Middle-earth?

The LotR project's statistics section offers some confusing numbers in regards to human life expectancy. Their figures are based on a survey of all characters for whom the relevant data exists, and ...
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What places were important to the Elves in the First Age?

Can anybody explain about the different realms of the Noldor (such as Gondolin) as well as other Elven places (like Doriath) in times before the War of Wrath? Also, a mention of the different things ...
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What about the Vanyar?

In the Silmarillion, we learn much about the origins of the elves and of their leaders. There is a lot of info about the people of the Teleri and the main plots are woven around the fate of the ...
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What's the difference between the “spiritual” beings in Tolkien's universe?

I'm looking for a brief synopsis of the Maiar, Valar, Ainur, and whatever Eru Illúvatar is, and what the distinguishing characteristics of each group are. The specific information I am looking for is ...
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What is the difference between Aman, Valinor, the Undying Lands, etc?

In perusing Lord of the Rings questions and answers on this site, I have seen several terms used seemingly interchangeably for what seems to be the same place - Aman/Valinor/the Undying Lands. I also ...
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Could thangorodrim be used to destroy the ring [duplicate]

What happened to thangorodrim's three volcanic peaks? I know ancalagon fell on the fortess, but the actual mountain must still exist. Could the fellowship have travelled to thangorodrim and thrown the ...
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Since when did Eru forbid men from going to the undying land?

I read it in the Silmarillion that the Valar forbade Númenóreans going to the undying land. Was this rule made by Eru himself and did he loved Elves more than Men? Both Elves and Men were the Children ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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?
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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?
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How did the Drúedain come into existence?

How did the Drúedain come into existence? Were they created by Illuvatar or one of the Valar?
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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 ...