"The Hobbit" is a 1937 novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien and can be considered as the introduction to his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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What do you call a wizard's headquarters? [on hold]

What do you call a wizard's headquarters? i.e. lair, domain, compound?
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Do the dwarves know what a “hobbit” is?

This seems like a very strange question, I know. It actually has three parts: Does anyone of Thorins company ever call Bilbo a "hobbit"? If so, how would they know what a hobbit was unless Gandalf ...
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Was there any (significant) technological development during the Third Age

The Third Age lasted about 3000 years. In Hobbit and Lord of the Rings we see the last years of it and Middle Earth is in something like a "dark age". The human empires are either destroyed or have ...
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Is there a measure of power of LotR characters? [duplicate]

I just watched the "battle" between Galadriel and Sauron in The Battle of Five Armies. I read both The Hobbit and LotR so I know it never really happened but seeing Gandalf fail against Sauron I ...
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How did Gollum know about the rescue party from Dol Guldur?

...Legolas continued[,] 'In the days of fair weather we led Gollum through the woods; and there was a high tree standing alone far from the others which he liked to climb. Often we let him ...
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Will there be another book/movie about The Hobbit / LOTR?

I have been wondering since the last movie of The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies whether there will be a book or a movie to close the gap after the end of The Hobbit where Legolas Greenleaf gets ...
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How are beings distinguished with respect to 'power' in Middle Earth?

Many characters are referred to, both in canon, and by the community, as being 'powerful'. Gandalf is a powerful wizard; Sauron is very powerful; Morgoth is one of the most powerful beings to have ...
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Why model Smaug after a cat?

In the 1977 animated film version of the Hobbit, the dragon Smaug is drawn similar to a cat- the shape of his head is distinctly feline (complete with whiskers), and his posture when awoken from his ...
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All about Sting- Is there an explanation of it's origin and function? [duplicate]

For such an important tool and weapon, it gets little respect from most non-hobbitses. Is there more information about it in any of the texts?
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Which of his races did Tolkien draw?

This question isn't as broad as it might appear at first glance. I've seen drawings of dragons, Dwarves, Trolls, and Hobbits by Tolkien, and I'm primarily interested in only a few other races. He ...
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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Why does the One Ring make the wearer's clothes invisible?

The One Ring turns the person wearing it invisible. Is there an explanation of how it does this? It appears that direct contact with the skin activates the Ring's invisibility effects; why would it ...
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What happened to the dwarves' instruments?

The dwarves in The Hobbit brought their instruments to Bilbo's hole. Did they leave their fiddles, viols, drum, harp, flutes and clarinets there or take them on the whole journey? (I noticed that ...
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Was there only a single mithril-mail shirt made?

Considering mithril is both incredibly light and strong (compared to other materials such as steel) are there any references to there being more than a single mithril mail shirt (Bilbo's) ever being ...
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What would Sméagol have called his own race?

In the book Unfinished Tales, in the chapter The Hunt for the Ring, we find the following passage (which confirms what is said in the answers to this question): Gollum would not know the term ...
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Is there reference to Sport in Middle Earth?

I'm currently reading The Hobbit and came across this curious excerpt from Thorin: If we don't get blown off, or drowned, or struck by lightning, we shall be picked up by some giant and kicked ...
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Which dragon did hurt Thranduil? [duplicate]

When Thorin and Thranduil discuss in Mirkwood, Thranduil said: ''Do not talk to me about the dragon fire. I know what's rage and ruin!'', and shows Thorin his destroyed face for a moment, then says: ...
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What examples of Saruman using his personal power do we know of?

I know he used his power to slow down Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli but do we get any other hints of him using his personal power?
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How long did Gollum have the ring for?

The books (and the movies) talk about the origin of Gollum and how he first attained the one ring. It also talks about how the ring warps his mind and body (and prevent Gollum from ageing normally). ...
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Why is Gollum's memory so selective?

In The Hobbit (the book and the movies), we meet our old friend Gollum again. But there is something strange about him. He doesn't remember what his own people (i.e., hobbits) are called, or even ...
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Are the similarities between Tolkien's Dwarves and Jews intentional?

Reading about Khuzdul I found the following information very interesting : The Dwarvish language sounds much like Hebrew, and indeed Tolkien noted some similarities between Dwarves and Jews: both ...
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How did they determine the music for the songs sung in Peter Jackson's “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies?

The novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien both contain a number of songs, mostly sung by Hobbits, with fully fleshed out lyrics. A few of these songs even made it into the ...
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Does any of The Hobbit's negative impression of Wood Elves survive in Tolkien's other writing?

In The Lord of the Rings, the only Wood Elf we get to know is Legolas, who is obviously awesome. But in The Hobbit, the image we get of Wood Elves is far less positive. We are told that they "are ...
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Why didn't Tolkien do more with the Stone-Giants?

In The Hobbit, the heroes shelter from a storm in the mountains and see a group of stone-giants throwing boulders at each other. The Stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another ...
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How has Galadriel acquired evil mode?

One thing that intrigues me, is the berserk / evil / turbo-charged mode of Galadriel in face of danger (in Dol Guldur, during The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies) or during a possible temptation ...
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Was Elrond always supposed to be an Elf?

This passage in The Hobbit puzzled me: The master of [Rivendell] was an elf-friend... He was as noble and as fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a ...
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Why did Bilbo hide the ring?

When Bilbo escapes from the goblin caves in The Hobbit he doesn't tell anyone about the ring on purpose. They wanted to know all about his adventures after they lost him, and he sat down and told ...
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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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What was the point of the were-worms in the movie?

In Battle of the Five Armies there is a scene of the Orcs summoning the "earth eaters" and then a while later the were worms bust out of the Earth. I was kind of excited to see what kind of havoc ...
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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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Does the tone of The Hobbit significantly differ from that of Lord of the Rings?

I'm rapidly approaching the conclusion of The Return of the King, and next on my list is The Hobbit. This is my first time reading Tolkien, and I have been putting it off for 24 years. I'm a little ...
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Was Gollum evil?

Some of the questions I've read here recently have discussed Gollum, his behavior, the nature of the Gollum/Smeagol dynamic, and his manner of speech, among other things. But though many of these ...
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How would Sauron have contacted Smaug?

I asked this question a while back and received some very good responses about the status of Sauron in Morgoth's army, and what Smaug might have done in the scenario. If the question was still fairly ...
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Why didn't the White Council destroy Dol Guldur after driving Sauron out?

I mean this would have saved a lot of problems - no garrison or servants of Sauron could return there, meaning no attack on Lorien or Thranduil's realm. We see after the war of the ring that Galadriel ...
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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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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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Was Bilbo Baggins an actual burglar?

This is assuming that Gandalf did not have a sixth sense about Bilbo having a much bigger role to play in the quest; and ignoring the fact that Hobbits are generally more difficult to be detected ...
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What did Haldir mean by Elves not having dealings with Dwarves since the Dark Days even though they fought together in The Hobbit?

In both the Fellowship of the Ring novel and movie, when the fellowship lose Gandalf and travel to Lothlórien, they are greeted by Haldir and his Elven comrades. When the elves realise Gimli is with ...
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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 Ilúvatar is, and what the distinguishing characteristics of each group are. The specific information I am looking for is ...
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Is there evidence that Tolkien intended to introduce racism/specism into Middle Earth?

As the answers come in at Was there racism in Middle Earth?? It's looking like there was racism/specism in middle earth. Does Tolkien mention an intent to bring racism to Middle Earth? For example, ...
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Was there racism in Middle-earth?

According to the comments on this question, there may have been racism in Middle-earth. Was there? If so, was it rampant or isolated? Please note that I am asking about in-universe racism, not ...
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What can Gandalf do, and what can't he do to help? [duplicate]

From what I've read on these forums the race or type of being Gandalf is sort of god-like immortal, like the rest of the wizards. I think I remember reading that they can't interfere in some way. ...
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What happens to Saruman when he goes after Sauron? [duplicate]

In the Hobbit movie: Saruman says to leave Sauron with him. What really happens?
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Has anybody killed a Balrog without dying?

I know of two people who have fought a Balrog and killed it but in the process lost their lives. Glorfindel of Gondolin He was able to stab it in the belly, but as the Balrog fell it reached out ...
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Timespan of events occurring in Middle Earth [duplicate]

I haven't read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, I have just watched the movies. I want to know the timeline for events as per the movies. I want to know the exact timespan between the ...
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What are the dwarves saying (cheering or yelling) after Dain´s words: Let's give those bustards a good hammering?

I was wondering what are the words that the dwarves are yelling before battle in the movie The Battle of Five Armies. Can anyone tell me what those words are?
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Reincarnation of Durin

Quoting a text from http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Durin It was also believed that Durin would be reincarnated a total of six times, each time as a descendant of an older Durin. The page also ...
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Was Aragorn based on Bard from The Hobbit?

One thing I've noticed recently in The Hobbit book is how similar Bard is to Aragorn. Here is a list of similarities: Both talk about how they're the heir to the ancestors (they both mention it a ...
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Did Gandalf know the origin of “Glamdring”?

I have few questions here: Did Gandalf know the origin of Glamdring? If so, how did he know it? Is it explained in the books how Glamdring made its way to a troll's treasure hoard or who had it ...