"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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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 ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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Why did Saruman seem to believe that Sauron wouldn't return?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is meeting with Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond in Rivendell, they are discussing the Necromancer. When Gandalf suggests that it is Sauron returning, ...
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Why didn't the trolls turn to stone? [duplicate]

Ok, I know trolls didn't fight at Erebor in the book; Jackson decided to include them in the film. Shouldn't they have turned to stone during the day?
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Hobbits prosthetic Ears and feet

Reading that Martin Freeman kept some souvenirs from filming the hobbit (his prosthetic ears and feet) had me thinking: Was there any reference in the books that hobbits had pointy ears and ...
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The Red Book of Westmarch - Gold or Silver?

A friend of mine is designing a box to look like the Red Book of Westmarch. We could use the movies as a reference, but I was wondering if it's ever mentioned anywhere in the text whether or not the ...
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Was Lungorthin the first lord of the balrogs?

Lungorthin is mentioned in HOME 3, The Lays of Beleriand: and he's called the Lord of the Balrogs, but we also know Gothmog was blessed with this title as well. Chris Tolkien speculates that ...
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Why is Azog the Defiler in the Hobbit movie? [on hold]

Azog was killed years before during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. Why is he such a heavy presence in the first Hobbit movie?
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Did Tauriel go West? [duplicate]

We see that Tauriel, the elf girl, is alive at the end of "The Battle of the Five Armies". Did she go West to the Valar, between the trilogies?
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Did Saruman deal with Sauron?

In the third Hobbit film, Saruman tells Gandalf, Galadriel, and Radagast, to get as far from the Nazgul realm as possible, while he goes to handle Sauron alone. However, we never see him again, for ...
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Who was the fifth army in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie?

Elves Dwarves Men Orcs Who was the 5th army in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?
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Did J.R.R. Tolkien ever write a deeper connection between The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the ring?

There seems to be a bit of a gap between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. While we know the outcomes from The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, we don't know what happened between ...
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What is the relationship between Galadriel and Gandalf?

It seems to be one of love, but how would that fit with Celeborn and Galadriel's marriage? It is my understanding that Galadriel played an important part in the summoning of the five wizards to ...
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Why does the Necromancer let Radagast flee from Dol Guldur?

I ask this because if he captures and kills Radagast (who I get the impression isn't in a lot of contact with Gandalf or any of the wise) he can simply attack Erebor without having to reveal himself. ...
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Why did Sauron flee from Dol Guldur when Gandalf first entered?

Did the Dark Lord feel that even Gandalf the Grey was too much for him to deal with at the time or was he simply fleeing to cover up his identity?
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How did Laketown's apple barrels get to the Wood-Elves' community?

I know how the empty barrels were returned to Laketown, but not how the Wood-Elves obtained them. According to Tolkien, how did the apple barrels make it to the house of the Wood-Elves?
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Why did Erebor have anti-dragon defences?

Ok so, at the beginning when Smaug first attacked the city next to Erebor, they had a sling shot that was made to sling giant spears. Why did they have this in the first place? Were Dragons known to ...
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How is Gimli from Lord of the Rings connected to the dwarf in The Hobbit?

In The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug, when the dwarves get captured in the forest by the elves, Legolas takes a photo from one of the dwarves, and the dwarf states that’s Gimli. I'm aware who that ...
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In the Hobbit movies, why is an orc pack not a cause for concern?

In the Hobbit movies, Saruman talks about how Sauron is gone, but seems unconcerned about an orc pack under the influence of Azog (who in the films basically the most powerful orc around not a cause ...
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Why didn't Bilbo and the Dwarves simply enter by the front entrance? [duplicate]

When the dwarves and Bilbo arrived at Lonely Mountain, they went to the top to seek the open key hole to enter. When Smaug first conquered the mountain, he blew up the entrance gate... why didn't ...
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Is it possible to create armor with Smaug scales?

I haven't read the book, but I've read in some wiki that Smaug died by the black arrow and fell so the corpse still remains. Is it possible to skin the dragon and make armor with his scales?
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Could the messenger sent by Sauron (to Erebor) be an Easterling?

Sauron sends a messenger to Erebor. My friend says that the messenger couldn't possibly be a nazgul as we know where they were located when the messenger arrives at Erebor. "Then about a year ago ...
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Why did Bilbo physically age faster than Gollum?

In the LoTR movies (not sure if the books are the same) but when Gollum lost the ring to Bilbo decades ago in The Hobbit, he appeared to look the same and even move the same in The Fellowship of 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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Were the orcs of Mount Gundabad under Sauron's sway? [duplicate]

In the new trailer for the third Hobbit film we see Legolas and Tauriel outside Mount Gundabad (which strangely looks similar to Minas Morgul). Is Sauron in command of the orcs of Mount Gundabad?
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How important was the victory at the Battle of the Five Armies?

I was recently speaking to a friend when I said that I didn't like how Peter Jackson had turned the Battle of the Five Armies into the battle for Middle Earth. My friend responded with "Well it was, ...
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Where did the notion that Dragons could speak originate?

There are different sources in which dragons are able to speak and not speak. Speaking examples: Smaug in The Hobbit Skyrim DragonHeart Non-speaking examples: Game of Thrones/ASoIaF. Beowulf ...
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The one ring: Did Sauron create the Middle Earth world wide web? [closed]

"One ring to rule them all..." when sauron creates the one ring does he create a "Network" among the rings of power ?
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Does Thorin have the last Dwarf ring?

There's a line in the first Hobbit movie which seems like foreshadowing, when Gandalf asks Sauruman, Elrond, and Galadriel why it doesn't bother them that the last dwarf ring is unaccounted for. If ...
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What happened to the Arkenstone?

The Arkenstone, a.k.a. The Heart of the Mountain was buried at the end of The Hobbit. Was it recovered at some later date? It seems unlikely that something that valuable wouldn't have been dug up ...
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Do I need to learn reading Runes to fully understand Tolkien's Middle-Earth series?

I have a Kindle edition of The Hobbit. In the beginning of the book, there's author's notes saying that English in ancient times weren't perfect. That's fine, then I saw the corrections made on Runes ...
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How did Smaug transport all of his gold and jewels?

Smaug first appeared in TA 2770 as a mature Fire-drake. I'm not sure if there are canonical sources which say his age or maturity, but he must have been quite large and quite old at the time in order ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books?

The one and only Hobbit book 'The Hobbit' was published on the 21st of September, 1937. The first Lord of the Rings book 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' was published the 29th of ...
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How did the dwarves know the dragon's name?

In the Hobbit, how did Thorin and his dwarves know the name of the dragon who destroyed their home? It doesn't seem like Smaug ever spoke during that battle. I was wondering if maybe it is supposed to ...
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In the films, why does Sauron choose Azog instead of the ringwraiths to lead his legions?

It seems like it would make more sense to have your most powerful servants leading your armies, rather than some orc who only cares about revenge. Is there a plot explanation or a description in film ...
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According to J.R.R. Tolkien, who built the Hobbit structures?

I believe they are known for gardening, drinking ale, smoking leaf, and generally hanging about in their own neck of the woods, but I don't recall they are ever stated as being craftsmen. Is there a ...
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When did Bilbo leave the Shire for Erebor?

On a spring morning in the year 2941 in the Third Age, after having goodmorninged Gandalf and having had and having joined an unexpected party, Bilbo leaves the Shire, on a quest for Erebor. We know ...
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Why does the company of dwarves believe in Oakenshield's leadership so blindly?

I have always wondered why Azog likes to refer to dwarves as scum, but after The Desolation of Smaug I can sort of understand why. The leader of the company, seems to me a reckless, deceitful, angry ...
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Did Legolas use any elven magic?

There are plenty of examples of elves (ex. Galadriel, Elrond, etc.) using magical abilities in LOTR. Even "lesser" elves than Elrond and Galadriel such as Arwen and Tauriel (in the movies at least) ...
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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 ...
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How and when did Azog get his arm back?

I've read The Hobbit a number of times, but not recently. I just saw the first film, "An Unexpected Journey", last night. In a flashback, Thorin cleaves Azog's arm off . This doesn't seem familiar ...
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Why could the dwarves only enter Erebor with the secret passage?

Please bear with me as I've never read any of the LOTR books or the Hobbit, only seen the movies so far... But when the sunlight fades and the dwarves think they've lost their only chance to enter ...
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why would the necromancer or azog be so concerned about 13 dwarves heading to erebor? [duplicate]

Aside from fact that azog hates thorin and anyone related to him why would they be so worried, from what we have seen smaug seems to work or at least know of the necromancer in the films and in the ...
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Do regular folk in Middle Earth know about its creation?

If we were to ask Rosie Cotton: "What do you think, how was Eä created?", what would she answer? To my knowledge every culture has a story on how the world began. Most of them are probably wrong, but ...
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Why was Sting able to kill the Mirkwood spiders with ease, but not Shelob?

Bilbo slew the Mirkwood spiders in large numbers. Sam had the same weapon, Sting, and by the time he battled her, he had more weapons training than Bilbo when he saved the dwarves in Mirkwood. Why ...
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What was Gandalf's motivation to help the dwarves with their quest? [duplicate]

Gandalf is charged to aid the world in their fight against Sauron, Smaug had been peacefully sleeping for a very long time. Why would he encourage the dwarves to go and risk waking him? Once ...
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Was Thrain aware of the necromancer's presence in southern Mirkwood?

I ask this because when he foolishly went with Balin and Dwalin (I think) to retake Erebor some years before Thorin and co. actually do. He travels towards Erebor but goes through southern Mirkwood ...
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In “Desolation of Smaug”, why were Sauron's legions of orcs dispatched before Smaug had fallen? [duplicate]

Why, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug would Sauron send his legions to Erebor before Smaug had fallen. It couldn't possibly be to negotiate with him. As powerful as Azog is in these films, I'm ...
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Did J.R.R. Tolkien plan for the ring to be Sauron's?

I know that The Hobbit was published first before the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And since that was the first appearance of The One Ring, I was wondering if Tolkien had planned it to be so. So, ...
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did smaug fly away from erebor a lot? [duplicate]

I remember reading that smaug flew away from the mountain a lot, I know in book he doesnt know anything about the growing darkness or the ring, but maybe smaug knowing of sauron in the film can be ...