Refers to J.R.R Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) - an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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“Secret Fire” in The Silmarillion

It's written in The Silmarillion: "Then the themes of Ilúvatar shall be played aright, and take Being in the moment of their utterance, for all shall then understand fully his intent in their ...
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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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Why were Aragorn and Arwen buried in separate places?

Is there any evidence from Tolkien which gives reasons as to why the said characters are buried away from each other? From what I gather: Aragorn died on March 1, 120 of the Fourth Age and was ...
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Timeline of Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies (wrt ME calendar)

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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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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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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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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Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Sauron seems to have quite a bit of power while he does not have the ring. What does the one ring in his possession allow him to do that he cannot without it? He still controls thousands of orcs, ...
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Why did Eru and the Valar treat the Undying Lands with more importance than Middle Earth?

So we learn that Eru, under the urging of the Valar, set the Undying Lands apart to prevent Sauron from carrying out an invasion, destroying Númenor in the process. Why was either the Valar or Eru ...
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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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Why are more rings of power not forged?

Why is it that more rings of this nature/power could not be made again? Are there no elven smith's left with the capability? How were the rings of power "enchanted" with their magical properties to ...
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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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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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Who are the other two wizards? [duplicate]

I am reading the Lord of the Rings again, and this quote by Saruman 'Later!' he cried, and his voice rose to a scream. 'Later! Yes, when you also have the Keys of Barad-dûr itself, I suppose; and ...
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Was Tolkien the first to invent languages purely for fictional works?

Imaginary languages are now par for the course in fantasy literature: sometimes called something like 'the old tongue' or 'the ancient language', sometimes the languages of different types of being or ...
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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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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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How far can Legolas see?

There is this famous quote from the Two Towers, where Aragorn says to Legolas: What do your elf eyes see? ...
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What does this text say, on a cover for The Return of the King?

I recently purchased a new copy of The Lord of the Rings, because my previous copy was frayed and falling apart. The new copy has the book split into three volumes, each with a unique cover. The ...
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Why are there rings for Dwarves and Elves and Men, but not Hobbits or Orcs?

Simple: every other race in Middle Earth has rings, why do Hobbits and Orcs not?
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Why do Elves remain in Middle Earth?

Once there are ships that can take them to the Undying Lands, what is the motivation for the Elves to stay in a war-torn, darkened land full of Men and Orcs and other undesirable creatures? We know ...
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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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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

Related: Do Tolkien's elves have pointy ears? and Why do Vulcans have pointed ears? I doubt Tolkien is the origin. How far back in literature or mythology does it go?
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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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Gandalf different approach towards magic rings in Hobbit Movie 3 and LotR Movie 1

My concern is only about the movies: In The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the end of the movie, Gandalf says that he knows that Bilbo had a magic ring but he let Bilbo keep the ring. Why did ...
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Unknown feature on Middle Earth's map?

On Christopher Tolkien's map of Middle Earth, one feature has always caught my eye, and to my knowledge has never been explained: The mass in the middle of the Sea of Rhûn: Has this ever been ...
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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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what makes some Elves magically stronger/more powerful than others

Men vary in physical strength. This can be caused by many different factors, putting much effort into physical fitness, being genetically tall and muscular etc. It is usually a combination of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Were orcs stronger in the first age?

I was thinking about how most beings were stronger in earlier times than in say, the third age. Did this apply to orcs as well? Did the power Morgoth put into the orcs in the first age make them ...
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Why was Gimli of such a low rank, compared to the other representatives chosen for the Fellowship?

Part of the members of the Fellowship were chosen as representatives of their race: Legolas for the Elves, Boromir for mankind and Gimli for the dwarves. Of those three, two were the heirs of a ruler ...
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Account of the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age?

Is there a book by Tolkien where the defeat of Sauron is elaborated, when he lost the ring even before the hobbit adventures?
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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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In Tolkien's Middle-earth, how far does Wilderland extend?

I was editing my answer to this question, in which I tried to describe the size of Wilderland, and found myself not quite sure what it included. Is Mirkwood part of Wilderland? Does it extend all the ...
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1980ish book, runestone, Tolkien elvish

This is a somewhat forgettable (obviously) book I read in paperback, 1980 or 1981. I believe it was set in the modern-day. Someone discovers a runestone. Somehow, (possibly involving blood ...
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Was any attempt made to rehabilitate or colonize Mordor after the Second Age?

This question discussed what happened to Mordor after the events of The Lord of the Rings, but what happened after the defeat of Sauron at the end of the Second Age? There were literally thousands of ...
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Are there other instances where JRRT employed avian spies?

In both the book, and the movie, the Fellowship sees a dark cloud approaching before Legolas's keen eyes see the cloud is really a flock of birds likely spying for Saruman and the Fellowship hides ...
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Does the depiction of Uruk society in Shadow of Mordor have any basis in LotR canon?

We already know from the excellent answers on this question that the main storyline of Shadow of Mordor does not make a lot of sense in LotR canon. But for me the most interesting part of Shadow of ...
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Why didn't Morgoth track the Eagles to find the location of Gondolin?

The Eagles were a constant pain in Morgoth's evil neck; they rescued several people from his own dominion as well as attacked him personally. He must have known that the Eagles were in league with the ...
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Why was Sauron's return to Dol Guldur a surprise?

This question addresses why (or whether) Gandalf was surprised at Sauron's return to Mordor at the beginning of Fellowship, but I'm wondering about events before that. When the Necromancer was in Dol ...
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Is there evidence of purely artistic works in Middle Earth?

I recently came across this on Twitter: yesterday, student's & i realized there is no fiction in middle-earth. prbly no art. every story = story of something that actually happened— ...
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Why was knowledge of the One Ring so obscure?

About 3000 years passed between when the One Ring was lost in the Gladden river, and the events of LotR. By then, knowledge of the Ring is surprisingly obscure -- it takes Gandalf 17 years(!) between ...