"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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When Thranduil tells Legolas to go north, what did he mean?

At the end of the third Hobbit movie, I recall Thranduil telling Legolas to go north to look for Aragorn. They were at Erebor, and north of that was just the Iron Hills and Forodwaith. Aragorn would ...
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Would Dáin still be crowned King Under the Mountain even if Fíli or Kíli had lived?

In the films, Thorin talks to Fíli as Fíli is his heir, yet a few people I know said in the books that Why is this?
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Who wrote Tolkien's riddles?

In the chapter 'Riddles in the Dark' from Tolkien's Hobbit, were the riddles composed by Tolkien himself? I always assumed either that they were, since he seemed to have a knack for writing poetry, or ...
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Was Smaug woken up by a nut hitting the mountain?

I have been re-watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. By the end, the movie shows a how a bird came knocking (actually hitting a snail) on the mountain. And then there is shifting inside, and ...
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Why is Dale not mentioned in Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I am rewatching the Lord of the Rings series now after I saw all of the Hobbit parts and I'm wondering why the people of Dale don't play a role in the Lord of the Rings. Why are they not fighting with ...
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The fate of Thrain

From the extended scene in The Desolation of Smaug, does Sauron actually kill Thrain or do we not find out? I know in the book he dies in the dungeons but are we to expect anything more from this ...
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How did demolishing the bridge to the lake town Esgaroth help against Smaug’s attack?

From Chapter XIV of The Hobbit, describing the preparations the men of the lake-town Esgaroth made against Smaug’s attack: Every vessel in the town was filled with water, every warrior was armed, ...
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Neo-Khuzdul in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? [closed]

I'm interested to know what all the khuzdul (and languages other than the Common Speech) spoken in the third movie of The Hobbit means, as well as written out so the spelling is seen. I'd like the ...
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Does Thranduil play any role in the War of the Ring? [duplicate]

Thranduil plays a big role in the events of The Hobbit, but he seems absent from the LOTR. Does he play any part at all in the War of the Ring? I've never read the books so I don't know if anything ...
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Timeline of Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies

The LotR trilogy made some significant condensation to the timeline, with the Quest taking place immediately after Bilbo's 111 birthday, instead of 17 years later, as in the book. This change in ...
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In Hobbit-III movie, are there any hints of Saruman turning over to the dark side?

I watched the Hobbit-III movie today and I found the fight between Sauron vs Wizards+Elves combo interesting. For one, everyone except Saruman directly fought with Sauron. Saruman just enters the ...
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Legolas leaving Mirkwood/the Council of Elrond

(In the movies) Legolas says that he cannot return to Mirkwood, but other than Thranduil asking him to look for 'Strider', where does he go, or live? And if he no longer lived in Mirkwood, why would ...
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the way Gollum speaks [duplicate]

Why does Gollum speak in plurals (hobbitses, orcses, when he says he to Deagol 'its my birthday and I /wants/ it' etc) Is that purely the way he speaks anyway, or is it part of the rings effect on ...
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The search for the One Ring

Was anyone looking for the One Ring (to destroy it) before Gollum or Bilbo found it? I know Sauron wasn't particularly prevalent after Isildur took the ring, but I was just curious as to whether ...
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What is the correct name for the style of sword the Uruk Hai use?

What is the correct name for the style of sword the Uruk Hai use? I specifically mean the flat blade which either does not taper, or tapers slightly outwards as it gets further from the grip, with no ...
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Does Tolkien ever talk about battle formations and tactics in his books?

During the movies you never really see any battles in an open field, it usually behind walls. So when I saw the Dwarves set up the shield wall it got me really excited and thinking, who is the best ...
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If the dwarves had a battle in their own kingdom, then why was Gimli part of the journey with Frodo and the ring?

I asked a question yesterday about why the lonely mountain and the dwarves weren't featured in the Lord of the Rings, and I got answers of how they were in their own battle. But if that was so, then ...
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What does Kili say to Tauriel in dwarvish when he gives her the moon ruin, in The Battle of The Five Armies?

Can anyone find the meaning of what Kili says to Tauriel when he gives her the moon rune in The Battle of the Five Armies, in both English and Dwarvish? The scene right after they arrive on the ...
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What exactly does Sauron speak in “The Battle of the Five Armies”?

According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void). However, in The Battle of the Five ...
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Why are the Lonely Mountain and the dwarfs not shown in Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

This has really been bugging me after watching the three Hobbit films and then, even though I had already watched them thousands of times, the Lord of the Rings trilogy (only to get a real insight ...
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Tauriel and Kili relationship: Can a dwarf and an elf reproduce? [duplicate]

The title sums it all, I just am seeking an answer in the Middle Earth world, not the Tolkien nor the Peter Jackson's world. I believe it is already a singularity to find a dwarf attracted to an elf ...
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Why did Tolkien choose to end this blood line?

Spoilers for the Hobbit ahead At the end of the Battle of the Five Armies, Does Tolkien discuss why he did so in any letters/writings? Is there any literary or historical (as important for the ...
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Who plays the Auctioneer?

In the film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, who plays the role of the Auctioneer who is in charge of disposing of Bilbo's house and belonging? Was it Ian McNiece from Doc Martin or someone ...
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What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions?

What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions? Will the gold be used for trade and industry by the parties involved? Is it merely greed or ...
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Should I watch the Hobbit trilogy before the LotR trilogy?

I’ve read the LotR books and have watched bits and pieces of the new Hobbit movies. I’m trying to get my son to sit down and watch the currently released movies in succession for a weekend and want ...
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How can the Orcs be so easily killed?

Orcs can be slayed with very little effort even by the un-warrior humans, despite their fully developed figures, average-to-tall heights, muscular bodies. (See The Hobbit series, where a dwarf would ...
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Why does Legolas choose to not return to Mirkwood at the end of BotFA?

At the end of Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas told his father he could not return to Mirkwood. Why so? Is it because he has feelings for Tauriel but she doesn't for him?
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Would Smaug have actually followed and allied with Sauron had he lived on?

I know Gandalf was worried Smaug would have joined Sauron, but was that just him being cautious? Would Smaug actually join up with Sauron? How does he benefit from that? All it does is bring more ...
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Why did Thorin believe that the gold could kill Smaug? [duplicate]

Thorin was successful in causing Smaug a great deal of agony, but the molten gold was ineffective beyond that. Smaug is obviously capable of dishing out extreme temperature, so why did Thorin believe ...
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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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Golf in Middle Earth

From the Hobbit: If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took's great-granduncle Bullroarer, who ...
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Are there any plans to novelize the Hobbit movies?

I know this question sounds either ignorant or sacrilegious but Peter Jackson clearly added a lot of material and characters that don't exist in the original Hobbit book, either from other Tolkien ...
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How did Thranduil know about the 'infamous' Strider when the latter was only 10 during the Battle of the Five Armies?

On the last Hobbit movie, after the Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas tells Thranduil that he won't be coming home. The latter tells him to go to find the infamous son of Arathorn, that goes by the ...
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What happened to Dain II Ironfoot in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? [duplicate]

I read the LOTR Wikia to find out what happened in the book. In the movie: and then - nothing? The other leaders get their stories wrapped up, but Dain II Ironfoot is never heard of again, or ...
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Who were the portrayed people over Bilbo's fireplace?

Towards the end of the last Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, when Bilbo returned to Bag End, he fixed some pictures of two people that were over his fireplace. Who were these two people? ...
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Why is Galadriel so awesome?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Surely, at least Saruman should be more powerful (in the modern sense of wizards being powerful) than Elrond and Galadriel, as they aren't minor gods. I ...
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What happened to the dwarves in Erebor during Lord of the Ring? [duplicate]

I know Moria was retaken by Balrog, but what happened to Erebor?
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So why did they go the dumb way?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, after Gandalf and Bilbo wander back to the Shire across green grass and pretty forests. However, I seem to remember the route there involving huge ...
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What portions of the book are in each Hobbit movie?

My friend's review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Well, considering that they took about 25 pages of the book and turned it into a 2 hour movie, not terrible. But it was like one ...
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How did Gandalf and Mordor come to know about Gollum?

It's been about a decade since I've read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but I recently re-watched the movies (all 6) and from the standpoint of the movie, there is no clear indication that ...
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The city of Erebor

What happens to the city of Erebor after the Hobbit series? Because the city doesn't show up in the Lord of the rings series.
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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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The use of the word “gun” in The Hobbit

In Chapter XVIII - The return journey of the book 'The Hobbit', Tolkien uses the word gun. 'The roar of his voice was like drums and guns; and he tossed wolves and goblins from his path like ...
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Why was Galadriel so weakened?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the White Council attacks Dol Guldur. Why was she alone affected this way?
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In the hobbit, where did goblins come from? [duplicate]

i was wondering if goblins were somehow just created like humans and elves, or if they were a cross-breed of some other creatures.
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In The Hobbit, what was the first race created?

Since there are many species of different creatures in The Hobbit, I was pondering on the subject of how and when each race was created. Which race was created first and which order were the other ...
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Which earth locations most closely resemble locations from the works of Tolkien? [closed]

I hope this question survives and is not a dupe so I am happy to improve if required. I know that Jackson and the film crew picked suitable existing locations but which real life places most ...
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In The Hobbit, what were the origins of the Dwarves?

After watching the movies, I was left wondering: where do the Dwarves come from? Do they all originate from the same place, or do they have different "countries"? Also, are the dwarves we meet all ...
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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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Did Sauron battle with the White Council in Dol Guldur?

The White Council arrives in Dol Guldur and drives Sauron out, causing him to flee back into Mordor. In The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Sauron attacks Gandalf and overthrows him (in his big scary fog ...