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"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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The one ring: Did Sauron create the Middle Earth world wide web? [on hold]

"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? [on hold]

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 ...
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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 ...