"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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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 ...
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Did Sauron know about the orcs of Mount Gundabad?

I've always wondered why the orc capital never played a part in the War of the Ring and why Sauron didn't utilize them. Is it possible that he didn't know of an orc population residing in Mount ...
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Why does Sauron (in the movieverse) attack Erebor instead of, say Gondor or the Woodland Realm? [closed]

Wouldn't attacking the Woodland realm, a surprise attack on Gondor or maybe even sending these legions of orcs, led by the witch king to Angmar be more beneficial than an attack upon the Lonely? Why ...
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Why didn't the One Ring abandon Bilbo like it abandoned Gollum?

The One Ring abandoned Gollum, expecting to be found by an orc but when Bilbo found it, why didn't it then abandon Bilbo? It could have easily fallen off when he was squeezing through the gate after ...
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How was Smaug's treasure actually divided?

If I recall correctly: The agreement was that each dwarf would receive 1/14 of the treasure. Bilbo takes the Arkenstone, and though unspoken, is willing to give up his share for it. Bard demanded ...
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Are humans a “good” race?

As we have seen, the various races portrayed in Middle-Earth each demonstrate very specific invariable characteristics. Where do humans fit in among the other races of Middle-Earth? Are humans a ...
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Did the Shire Have any Army?

The Shire was the homeland of the Hobbits, usually they are smaller than Men. They were fairly good archers and quite skilled with stone-throwing. Did the Shire Have any Defense system to protect them ...
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Is Legolas in The Hobbit Book?

Legolas is the son of Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. He is also a member of The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Legolas also appeared in the films of The ...
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Trolls and the Olog-hai

In The Hobbit, Tolkien presents three trolls (Bert, Tom, and Bill Huggins) who are decidedly comic figures: They were trolls. Obviously trolls. Even Bilbo, in spite of his sheltered life, could ...
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Why was the One Ring so fascinating?

In Lord of the Rings, why was the One Ring so fascinating? I mean, each and every person (or Hobbit) wanted to have it when they saw it. Even Frodo, who had the ultimate task of destroying the ring, ...
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Gandalf, Sauron and Saruman names and nicknames

Assuming Gandalf was the wisest of the maiar, why was Saruman known as the wise, rather than it being Gandalf? Also, what are the real names (maiar names) of all these three (Sauron, Saruman and ...
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In which of Tolkien's works does the Witch-King of Angmar appear?

Where can I read all about the Witch-King of Angmar? Does he appear anywhere other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its appendices? The appendices talk about the Angmar vs Arnor war very ...
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Was the Witch-King of Angmar truly a witch?

So I'm trying to remember if the Witch-King ever proved to be actually be a... well, a Witch. The only time I remember him doing any magic was in the controvertial extended scene of ROTK where he ...
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Clear some doubts and questions about the witch-king of angmar

I recently found out about the war of Arnor vs Angmar, and was pretty shocked to learn that the Witch King basically wiped the floor with the dúnedain kingdom... I mean he's basically the sole reason ...
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Why do the nine Kings (Wraiths) respond to Sauron?

I saw the Fellowship of the Ring. Nine rings were forged for the kings of men. I saw the entire series, the nine are on the side of Sauron. I am watching the Hobbit : Desolation of Smaug. Gandalf ...
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Would the One Ring created by Sauron make a mortal creature immortal?

The One Ring extended Gollum/Sméagol's life and vitality by 478 years and Bilbo's vitality by 60 years. Did it have the power to make them truly immortal if they had kept it, or did it just grossly ...
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Could Aragorn have been featured in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? [closed]

Sometime during the quest of Thorin's Company for Erebor, the group stops at Rivendell and stays for a few days. The whole quest takes place within the year T.A. 2941. Ten years before, Aragorn is ...
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Are there any direct flashbacks in The Hobbit book?

Are there any flashbacks in the book, The Hobbit? The movie starts out with one, but that is not seen in the book.
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Were there any jails or some type of incarceration centers in Middle Earth or Tolkien's universe?

It seems that the bad guys were either banished, killed or just ran wild causing trouble until they were 'dealt with'.
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How to pronounce Thorin II Oakenshield?

How would you fully and properly speak Thorin's name, "Thorin II Oakenshield"? Would you say "Thorin Oakenshield the Second"? Or "Thorin, the Second, Oakenshield"? Same question goes for Dain II ...
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What exactly happens to Thranduil's face when he was arguing with Thorin (Desolation of Smaug, the film)

In the heated discussion between Thranduil and Thorin, for a moment, Thranduil's face suddenly turn very deeply scarred and wounded & immediately returns to normal. What was it about? Is it a ...
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Why did Thranduil not help the Dwarves of Erebor?

Why does Thrandy not help the Dwarves of Erebor (and Men of Dale) when Smaug was attacking? Was it that he simply did not want to risk the lives of his people after already witnessing two kingdoms ...
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What are the differences between the book and the film version of Smaug and Bilbo's conversation?

I have read in several places that the movie scene differs quite a bit from the book scene. Sadly I haven't read the books. I just want some major highlights as to how the 2 scenes differed, and what ...
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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 ...