"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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How could Smaug live buried under gold without breathing? (The desolation of Smaug: The film)

Before Smaug awakens because of Bilbo's ventures, there's not even a single breath amidst all the gold. His breath is only heard when he wakes up. Is he capable of living without breathing?
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What is 'Durin' in The Hobbit movie?

I heard 'Durin' many times in the hobbit movie but don't understand if it's a person or some specific day or what?
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Can Smaug melt the One Ring?

From The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past", we know that Gandalf told Frodo: there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough ...
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Where have all the dragons gone?

Related to the question: How could Thranduil have met a dragon? It seems that there was a time in Tolkien's legendarium when dragons roamed the land and were a real and physical force to be reckoned ...
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Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves? [duplicate]

Currently reading The Hobbit to my daughter, and we came to the Barrels out of Bond chapter where the Dwarves are captured and imprisoned by the Wood Elves. Bilbo sneaks in with his magic ring of ...
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What symbol does Gandalf put on Bilbo's door?

Do we know what the symbol is that Gandalf puts on the door of Bag End? I mean the one in the novel. Is it the same as the one in the movie?
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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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What is the origin of Dol Goldur, and why did Sauron start there?

Who built the fortress of Dol Goldur, and when was it built? And was it always a place for evil, or Sauron just occupied it? Despite the fact that Mordor is much better fortified; artificially by the ...
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Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?

When Frodo put on the One Ring, both the Nazgul and Sauron himself found Frodo. However when Bilbo had the ring and possibly used it many times, Sauron sought Gollum to get a hint on where to look for ...
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What deviations from the book did the movie “The Desolation of Smaug” have?

As far as I can tell that the hobbit movies don't seem to be necessarily true to the book. For instance I have heard that duel between Sauron and Gandalf didn't happen, and that the dwarves didn't ...
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Did Peter Jackson deliberately introduce the cinematic dichotomous use of light in 'The Desolation of Smaug'?

One of the themes that seems to have been introduced in the film adaptation of The Hobbit, is the contrast between different types of light. Two instances unique to the film adaptation come to mind. ...
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Are there any phoenix like creatures in Tolkien's fantasy universe?

I want to know if any creatures similar to a phoenix appear in Tolkien's Legendarium (Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit) universe? By "similar to a phoenix" I mean a creature that has some of the ...
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Gandalf - open displays of power versus his restrictions as an Istar

Throughout both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (and I need to stress that I'm talking about the books, not the movies) we see Gandalf quite liberally tossing magic about. He uses lightning in his ...
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Why does Smaug associate lake town with Black arrows?

As Smaug is about to leave Erebor he speaks of black arrows as though they are associated with lake town. But the footage of Bards ancestor from this film's flashback and the first film are set in ...
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Thorin, son of Thrain… Nephew of Thror?

The tapestry Bard finds seems to show Thror in the same generation as Thrain... Is this a mistake, or have I miss read the tapestry?
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What did Thorin say to Thranduil when he declined the elf kings offer?

I'm guessing it's the sort of thing you don't put in to subtitles. The offer I am referring to is the one when Thranduil requests the moon stones from Erebor, in the Kings throne room. Here is the ...
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How did Gandalf plan to kill Smaug?

As we know Gandalf had a far bigger plan than the dwarves when he decided to join their quest of reclaiming Erabor. Smaug, the dragon, was always on his mind, and he feared that Sauron would gain ...
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Where can I find the black speech dialog used in 'Desolation of Smaug'?

I want to read the actual Black Speech sentences uttered by the Orcs and by Sauron in 'The Desolution of Smaug'. Does anybody know what they were or where can I find them?
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Why did Smeagol become addicted to the ring, when Bilbo did not?

Why did Smeagol turn into a 'creature', but not Bilbo Baggins? Deagol found the ring in a lake, Smeagol stole it and then turned into a weird creature. Bilbo did not turn into a creature when he ...
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Why do the trolls turn to stone in daylight?

I've been watching The Hobbit Extended Edition, and saw the scene where the dawn light inundated the three trolls, who promptly turned to stone. What I have to wonder is, why do the trolls turn to ...
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Why is Sauron called “the Necromancer”?

During the time period of The Hobbit, a character is mentioned called the Necromancer. Radagast even (in the movie) specifically states that the Necromancer can "summon the spirits of the dead." ...
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In The Hobbit (Book), what was the layout of the barricade on the Front Gate of the Lonely Mountain?

In the book it has this image: In the book, it says that they built a wall of bricks covering it, but it also said that they could climb in and out with ladders and ropes, and sit on top of it. How ...
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How did Bilbo Baggins find the one ring exactly?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, it explains how Bilbo got the ring: Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by ...
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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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Are the men in the pub at Bree who eye off Thorin 'men-orcs'?

In the movie Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug we see Thorin enter the The Prancing Pony at Bree and sit down and order a meal. He is eyed off by two men at opposite ends of the pub who stand up as if ...
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What are the 2 blue wizards' name in the hobbit? [duplicate]

What are the 2 blue wizards' name in the hobbit? Gandalf said there were 5 wizards and that he forgot the name of the blue wizards. And are their power stronger than Gandalf's?
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What was the plan when dwarfs headed to erebor?

just watched the hobbit 2 movie and it's a big question for me! what was the plan? to kill the dragon or just to find the arkenstone? it seems that they didn't want to kill the dragon because after ...
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When Thranduil mentions his knowledge of the 'fire drakes of the North' is he talking about a battle with Glaurung or Ancalagon? [duplicate]

In the movie Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, the band are captured by Silvan Elves and taken to Thranduil's Castle in Mirkwood. Thranduil confronts Thorin and says, "I too have battled the ...
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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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How is Smaug aware that there is a war coming when all he did was lie in all the dwarves gold at Erebor?

How is Smaug aware of the fact that there is a war coming when all he has done is lie amongst the gold that he stole from the dwarves at Erebor? He mentions that there is a war coming but how would ...
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What is the 'babelfish effect' when Bilbo puts on the Ring and understands the spiders?

In the movie Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, the band enter Mirkwood and are attacked by giant spiders. In the movie - the spiders appear to 'chitter' to one another. After Bilbo puts on the Ring, ...
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How does Gandalf the Grey escape from the clutches of Sauron at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug?

How does Gandalf escape from the cage that imprisoned him at the end of The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug? Is he saved by Radagast? (I’m afraid I have not yet read the book.)
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Do Tauriel and Kili find love in The Hobbit? Although Tauriel is not actually in the novel? Does anyone know this out of interest? [duplicate]

There seems to be a love triangle brewing in the Hobbit Story. I have just been to see the second instalment of Peter Jacksons (remarkable) interpretation of The Hobbit and I am intrigued as to where ...
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Why does Smaug smell the ring (when it was invisible) and refer to it as 'precious'?

In Jackson's Hobbit Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo stands near Smaug as he wakes up and puts on the ring to become invisible. From what we can see, Smaug doesn't lay eyes on the ring. Whilst Yet Smaug ...
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Why heroes of Tolkien novels didn't use birds to reach Mordor or Erebor? [duplicate]

First of all - I never read Tolkien novels, that's why my knowledge about this world is only from movies. Secondly, I have a rationalistic point of view on the whole universe and there is no place for ...
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How do the Elves in LOTR (canon) obtain their food?

It's been asked before what Elves eat, but my question is specifically: where on (Middle) Earth do they get it? I find this to be a significant mystery & potential "hole" in the mythology. I'll ...
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How does Smaug know the name Oakenshield?

In the second Hobbit movie, Smaug mentions the name Thorin Oakenshield to Bilbo. (I don't have my copy of the book with me now, but I don't believe he refers to Oakenshield in that.) Thorin received ...
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Why don't Radagast and Gandalf use their old names when talking to eachother?

Radagast and Gandalf came from Valinor, where they lived in their "free form" known under their old Quenya names of Aiwendil and Olórin. When they came to Middle Earth, they assumed a mortal form and ...
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Is the Hobbit's gold statue scene physically accurate or even possible? [closed]

In the second Hobbit movie, Considering that liquid gold was poured into just one or two minutes earlier, completely filling the mold, which was then removed, could the statue be hard enough to ...
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How could Thranduil have met a dragon?

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Thranduil The conversation implies that Thranduil has been in battle with a dragon. Considering that he leads a Silvan kingdom far to the east and south of ...
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How much gold did Smaug possess in his hoard?

I realize this will be only an estimation based on passages from the book. In addition, if his wealth were to be redistributed across Middle Earth, would the influx of currency cause a resurgence of ...
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Who in Middle-earth knows the Istari's origin?

In the Middle-earth universe, there are a handful of wizards who work in various ways to fight evil. Out of universe, we know these wizards to be Istari, Maia who are in Middle-earth working to defeat ...
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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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What did Smaug eat for 60 years?

From what I understand, Smaug is a beast that must eat other living things to sustain himself. For example, he does not "eat" gold and jewels, he simply admires and covets them. It's implied that he ...
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How can Tauriel use athelas if she is not a queen?

It is my understanding in Lord of the Rings most folk dismiss athelas, also called kingsfoil, as a useless weed, while it's actually a healing herb. This is probably because by the time of the book's ...
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How closely did the Black Speech match the subtitles?

A specific scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is what triggered this question: So, did that scene have a small translation mistake in the subtitles, am I misunderstanding what is going ...
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Tauriel's story arc - spoiler alert (movie only)

I know Tauriel is a Jackson created character, but I wondered if anywhere in the legendarium there was fodder for the story arc between her and Kili. I do not have access to all my books for the time ...
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Why did the Dwarves build Erebor with wide hallways big enough for dragons to fit in?

Why didn't they build narrow hallways and doors so that no dragon would fit in? Dwarves are short and stouty, so why didn't they go "Tucker's Kobolds" on Smaug?
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Could the gold actually kill Smaug?

This wasn't in the book, so I was wondering: in the second Hobbit movie (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), when: could he actually die, like did in Game of Thrones?