"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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In Tolkien's Middle Earth, did Gandalf meet with Thorin to encourage him to take back Erebor?

In one of Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, I think The Desolation of Smaug, there is a flashback scene showing Gandalf meeting with Thorin at the Prancing Pony in Bree. Gandalf convinces Thorin to try ...
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How much of the lore of Elves had Tolkien established before he wrote The Hobbit? [duplicate]

As we know, Tolkien developed an extensive history and lore for Middle-Earth over his lifetime. How much of this lore had he established by the time he wrote The Hobbit?
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What are “Elves” and why are they so different from other races? [on hold]

Right now I am reading "The Hobbit" and I don't understand why elves are so important. I know they are strong and fast, but why are they? Is it their body type or just 'cause? Thanks for answering ...
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Why did Legolas save Thorin?

After Legolas clearly hated Thorin Oakenshield, why did he save him? I mean considering that at the beginning of the movie Thorin hated all Elves, but at the battle of the five armies when he was ...
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Have Elrond and Galadriel ever spoken to each other in person?

I find it interesting that throughout the LotR trilogy and Hobbit, Elrond and Galadriel never talked to each other. They were in the same places as each other but I don't recall them ever speaking to ...
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Where is the Void?

Where is the Void located in the Ardean(?) universe? After thinking about it for a while, I see three different possibilities: Iluvatar's space [Arda (Void)]: The Void belongs to Arda, which are ...
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Did Tolkien ever state that The Hobbit was a children's book?

Many people just assume that simply because The Hobbit is a lighter story than LOTR and the Silmarillion, it's a children's story, but I don't believe Tolkien himself ever said it was made for ...
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Which book is worth reading next after “the big five”? [duplicate]

After reading The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, what book/volume/writing is best recommended reading for more depth/insight/background on the Tolkien-verse? I see ...
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How did non Durin end up in the company of Thorin II Oakenshield

I am looking at the family trees of Dwarves and ran into this question: how did non-Durin folk end up in the company of Thorin? Ori, Dori, Nori, Bifur Bofur and Bombur are all not of the Durin clan, ...
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Tolkien's Hierarchy of Creation Cheat Sheet

So I have recently come upon this link which I have found to be very informative and was wondering how accurate it is.
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How does Gandalf get his staff back in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies?

In The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Gandalf's staff was broken when he was captured, but after his rescue he somehow got his staff back. How did this happen?
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How did the “original” Black Arrow work?

After reading this question about the development of the Windlance and the "upgrading" of the Black Arrows to fit the drama of the movie, I began to wonder about the quality of the material the Arrow ...
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Who came up with the Dwarven Windlance?

In The Hobbit, the dragon Smaug has a thick hide, described as impenetrable armor. However, he has one weakness: a single bare spot, located in his underbelly. In the books, this weakness is unveiled ...
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Who cast the spells over the troll treasure?

In The Hobbit, after Thorin and company raid the troll's cave they bury the treasure they looted. It's says "they" cast lots of spells over the treasure to help hide it. Then they brought up ...
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What spell was Gandalf summoning in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

In the movie the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies, during Gandalf captivity in Dol Guldur (inside the cage), he and Radagast were whispering a spell, what kind of spell is that and what does it do?
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What language did Hobbits speak before Men?

In Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings we are told that there “is no record of any language peculiar to hobbits. In ancient days they seem always to have used the languages of Men near whom, or among ...
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How was music handled in The Hobbit / LOTR novels?

I think it's Pippin that sings in the second The Lord Of The Rings movie, while the dwarves and Goblin King sing in The Hobbit. Do these same characters sing in the books, and if so, how was it ...
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How did the Great Goblin recognise Thorin?

In An Unexpected Journey, the first part of the trilogy of Hobbit films, the Company of Thorin are captured in Goblin-town and brought before the Great Goblin, who recognises Thorin when he steps ...
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Is the Hobbit diet based on Full English breakfast and Tea?

There are 3 notable meals described occurring in the Shire, or its vicinity in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings: During the “unexpected party”, Bilbo exhausts his larder putting out cakes, buttered ...
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Why is it called Middle-Earth?

The planet is called Arda. So why do they call it "Middle-Earth" if there is no planet called Earth to have a middle of?
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Where do beings of Middle Earth learn to speak and write?

How do Elves, Dwarves, Men, Hobbits, and Orcs (especially Orcs) learn to speak? Do they have schools? And how do the rest learn to write as well? Where is elvish, or english taught?
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If Radagast gave Gandalf his staff in The Lord of the Rings, what happened to him?

Did he get another staff? If so, did he make his own? Did he have extra staves just lying around in case this exact situation occurred? Did he become staff-less?
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How fast does information about the presence of orcs/goblins reach “Sting”?

In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins has a sword called "Sting" that glows blue when it detects the presence of orcs/goblins. When Gollum killed the last goblin nearby, it stopped glowing blue. How fast ...
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How did the Great Goblin recognize Glamdring and Orcrist?

In the chapter four of The Hobbit, the Goblins appear to instantaneously recognize Glamdring and Orcist from the battle of Gondolin. The Great Goblin gave a truly awful howl of rage when he looked ...
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Why do Elves have certain ages if they're immortal? [duplicate]

(I'm only on The Fellowship of the Ring). After seeing The Hobbit trilogy (and reading the book) I noticed that some elves are older than others. How do they age? Why are some older and younger than ...
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Why do the dwarven hoards of Erebor contain elven heirlooms?

In the film The Hobbit, after the dragon Smaug is dead, Thranduil comes with some elves to Erebor and wants his heirlooms, the white gems of Lasgalen, back. Why do the dwarves have these in the ...
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Are there any other planets besides Arda in Ea?

Did Tolkien mention anything about other planets in his mythology or did he invent just the one planet for his stories?
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How far is it between Hobbiton and the Lonely Mountain?

Although The Hobbit provides approximate times for the stages of Bilbo's and the dwarves' journey, it does not indicate how far they traveled. They left Hobbiton near the end of April and reached the ...
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Are Gandalf and Radagast actually cousins?

In The Hobbit, Gandalf introduces himself to Beorn by mentioning Beorn might know of Gandalf's cousin Radagast. Did Gandalf mean Radagast was his actual cousin, or did he mean Radagast was just a ...
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How deep down into the Earth did Erebor and Moria go?

Watching the movies, I pay a lot of attention to the darkness below the Bridge of Khazad-dûm and the Erebor mines. My question is this: How far down do the mines go? Is there any information as to ...
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Why don't any characters sing in the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit films?

Tolkien's books have a lot of songs in them, which sometimes become actual songs sung by the characters in the films. The films seems to favor having the characters sing on screen more and more, as ...
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Why is the Depiction of the Last Alliance in Rivendell faded out in Lord of the Rings but in Color in The Hobbit?

I noticed this and it troubles me because it was a (somewhat inaccurate) painting of Isildur vs Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance. In The Hobbit, when Bilbo is wandering about Rivendell by his ...
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What is the origin of the wargs, and are they featured in any of Tolkien's works other than LOTR and the Hobbit?

In The Lord of the Rings, wargs are commonly ridden by orcs and are also featured in the Hobbit films (although these are not considered canon.) Is the origin of the wargs known and are they featured ...
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Why did Gollum fail to seek out Bilbo?

After Gollum had lost the Ring, he abandoned the dark caves under the mountains with a strong intent to regain it, considering himself bereft and fully blaming Bilbo with theft. Here's Gandalf ...
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Is Mithril the metal known as Aluminum? [duplicate]

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we are introduced to Mithril, a metal described as being stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. It is also shown to have a silver sheen and the ...
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Why would Bilbo agree to arbitration in the Khuzdul language?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Dwarves present Bilbo a contract. It's presumably in Westron, but through the magic of Translation Convention, it appears on-screen in its entirety in ...
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How are the lands of the Shire governed?

In the Lord of the Rings Frodo moves around into various districts of the Shire; he encounters different law enforcement, leaders and townships. Is there a unifying power in the Shire? Is it split ...
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Is there a legal system in Middle Earth?

I was re-watching the Hobbit films last weekend, and noticed in "An Unexpected Journey", there is a scene in Bag End where the Dwarves present Bilbo with a contract, outlining the many potential ...
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Did Tolkien create any characters based on people he knew?

Tolkien had a lot of influence from religion, mythology and geography as mentioned here to create what seems like an entire literary universe. It's also not uncommon for authors to be influenced by ...
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Did Tolkien ever explain why he mentioned Gondolin in The Hobbit

In The Hobbit, the most obvious reference Tolkien included to his already-extant legendarium was to the story of the fall of Gondolin. The swords Orcrist and Glamdring were identified (by Elrond) as ...
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How much does Beorn know about the Istari?

In this scene, Beorn says that he has never heard of Gandalf the Grey. Yet in this scene, he speaks to Gandalf at length in a way that shows the earlier scene was merely a pretense, and that he ...
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Did Gandalf know Bilbo had the One Ring?

From the movie, you can see that Gandalf knows Bilbo found something special during their adventure, but Bilbo did not tell him the truth in the end, nor did Gandalf pursue it. His final words seem to ...
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Was there a relationship between the idea of Song creating the World and the amount of songs in LOTR?

In-universe, the World was created when Ainur sang the music by Eru. Did Tolkien ever indicate if that fact deliberately bears some relationship on the amount of songs he presented in Middle Earth ...
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Does Shelob have tusks?

In a recent conversation on Mos Eisley, a debate started as to whether or not Shelob had tusks. Does she have tusks, or fangs; what is her in-book description? ^^ not Shelob, but the picture that ...
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Who was the Queen of Mirkwood?

I hope this has not been asked a lot, but I have been working on a costume, and I wish to try and come as close to what could have been canon since Tolkien and his universe is very dear to me. So I ...
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How is Gollum dressed in the books? [duplicate]

In Jackson films, Gollum is dressed in loincloth. What was his manner of dress (in Hobbit/LOTR timeframe) in the books?
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How did Smaug get the treasure into the mountain? [duplicate]

Correct me if I'm wrong- I've seen the movies and read the book but it has been a while. Smaug not only hoarded the treasure that was already under the mountain but he also collected the treasure of ...
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Is Bolg part of Azog? [duplicate]

In the Hobbit Part 3 Movie, Legolas calls Bolg "the spawn of Azog." My understanding is that Azog is his father (from the wikia), but how exactly does an Orc reproduce? The term spawn is what really ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the reference to “big people” in The Hobbit? [duplicate]

In the first chapter of The Hobbit there is a passage which appears to describe hobbits as though they exist in the same universe as real-world humans: I suppose hobbits need some description ...
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What is the best/most popular pipe-weed in middle earth?

Is it ever stated, or agreed upon by the hobbits, men, dwarves, or elves that there is a "best" or "most popular" pipe Weed? Or, more specifically, do any characters state their personal preference? ...