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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How did Shadowfax 'appear' when Gandalf summoned him?

Considering the following quote: 'They have not returned,' said Legolas. 'It will be a weary walk!' 'I shall not walk. Time presses,' said Gandalf. Then lifting up his head he gave a long ...
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How could Legolas walk on snow?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring when the Fellowship is climbing the mountains and are pretty much overcome by the snow; Legolas is quite able to walk on the snow, when the rest ...
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How powerful are Tom Bombadil's songs?

Bombadil's songs sound whimsical and goofy on the surface but obviously carry great power and authority. His song saves the Hobbits from being killed by a mean old Willow tree and forces some nasty ...
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How much does the average adult male Dwarf weigh?

According to 'Tolkein Gateway', their average height is between 4-5' tall but there's no weight range guestimates. I assume they're pretty well built and muscular, especially the 'warrior class', but ...
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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 do only Hobbits use a combination of first- and lastname?

While all the Hobbits I can think of have a combination of first- and lastname (e.g., Bilbo Baggins, Peregrin Took, the Sackville-Baggins's,...), I can't think of any character* of another race that ...
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What were the actual words spoken in the Oath of Fëanor

Do we know what the actual words spoken by Feanor and his sons were when they swore the Oath of Fëanor in Tirion?
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The Tower of Elwing

After re-reading The Atlas of Middle Earth (excellent read recommend it to anyone) I noticed that north of the Pelori in Aman, there was a tower marked as "The Tower of Elwing". I cannot for the life ...
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Why couldn't Melkor return from the void after the War of Wrath?

Melkor came back from the void (above the Walls of Night) after he was expelled by Tulkas during the First Battle of All, and destroyed the Two Lamps. After that, he was again defeated in the Battle ...
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Is there any information on the (external) etymology of “Gandalf”?

It is well known that Tolkien was, first and foremost, a linguist. His familiarity with Germanic languages comes into play more than once- think of Beorn (similar to Norwegian bjørn "bear"). It ...
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What was Saruman the White's purpose?

Every wizard in LOTR obviously had a purpose to be sent to Middle-earth, with Gandalf's being to help out in the defeat of Sauron and Morgoth's forces, etc. However, because Saruman was not returned ...
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Why did Númenóreans fear and dislike Valar?

Sauron taught the people of Númenor many things, and in most of his speeches he spoke against the Valar, who most Númenóreans already feared and disliked. ( Ar-Pharazôn @ Tolkien gateway ) Why ...
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Was there a Church in LOTR/Middle Earth? [duplicate]

We know that there were active deities in Middle Earth (Eru Ilúvatar - who performed at least one tangible modern act, namely resurrection and return of Olorin/Gandalf) and that people were aware of ...
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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 did Saruman mean by “Something festers in the heart of middle earth”?

In the extended version of the movie "The Return of the King", Saruman tells Gandalf from above Orthanc: "Something festers in the heart of Middle Earth, something you have not yet seen. But the ...
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Who is the oldest character in LotR trilogy? [closed]

Who is the oldest character in the trilogy, what is his role, race and powers?
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Is there anything political in Lord Of Rings [duplicate]

I am not deeply interested in Science Fiction, I probably just know popular movies, books. Thus this will be the only question which I will ask in this site most probably please don't misunderstand me ...
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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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Where is Middle Earth And Is It Flat or Curved? [duplicate]

After seeing this article about what Middle Earth would look like from space, and reading one of the first comments, which indicates that there are hints that Middle Earth is flat, I'm left with what ...
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Is there any particular reason why Gandalf got resurrected in the forest, and so did Sauron (Dol Goldur)? [closed]

When Gandalf got resurrected as Gandalf the White, he got resurrected in the forest. Sauron also got resurrected in the forest to take a fortress there, Dol Goldur. Might not be the same forest but.. ...
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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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Do dragons have gender? [duplicate]

Dragons are the most powerful creatures made by Morgoth. I'm just curious about whether or not dragons have gender. Even Ainurs have gender and their own pair of another gender, right? But how about ...
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Do Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion pass the Bechdel test?

Motivation Let's face it, Tolkien wasn't much of a promoter of women's equality (to say the least). Thus there are no female characters in the Hobbit. the Lord of the Rings certainly has several ...
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Why didn't the Nazgul or their beasts pick up the Hobbits' scent?

Orcs and Uruks can smell people from some distance away. And Aragorn says (in FotR, A Knife in the Dark): ... And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. ...
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Did Finwe take of the Kingship of the Noldor again?

We know that Finwe was slain by Melkor by the gates of Formenos as the Silmarils were stolen, Then Feanor Rebelled and (stuff happened here) and Finarfin became King of the Noldor in Valinor. Finwe ...
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Compasses on Arda

Would a compass work on Arda? Or rather, beginning in what age would a compass work on Arda? ... and the follow-up question: Why don't Frodo and Sam use a compass in the Emyn Muil?
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Ring-bearers - who can notice what about whom and when?

So, I want to get something straight with respect to the bearers of the 20 rings of power (3 Eldar, 7 Dwarves, 9 Men, 1 Boss). Before asking my question(s), here is some Motivation: Sometimes ...
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Did the Army of the West know why they were marching on the Black Gate?

After the unexpected victory at Pelennor Fields and the loss of their Steward it seems that the common soldiers would despair to follow Aragorn and Gandalf on what was obviously a suicide mission. On ...
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Of Half-elven and mortal life

When half-elvens choose mortal life, how would their bodies behave? Half-elven are always elves by nature. Ever since they're born, their physical body and behaviour would be elvish - they have keen ...
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Why are the ringwraiths fearful of coming in contact with water?

At least twice in LoTR:FotR, ringwraiths cower away from bodies of water. The second time (the ford of Bruinen) can be explained away by their fear of some Elvish magical trap through the enchantment ...
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How many Entmoots do we know about?

In LOTR (the movie at least, not sure about the book) Treebeard says of the Entmoot: "something is about to happen that has not happened for an age." How many Entmoots do we know about? Did Tolkien ...
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Was Gandalf the greatest of the Istari?

I know he is described as the wisest of all Istari/Maiar (the exact word used in that instance escapes me) and I believe, I am however not sure, that he was offered the position of head of the white ...
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Why do Bilbo and Frodo gain access to Valinor?

It's been quite some time since I read the actual books but in the movies at least at the end Frodo and Bilbo are granted passage on the last ship out of the Grey Havens to Valinor. As I understand ...
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Sailing West from Middle Earth as a Human

Before the Changing of the World, anyone could get to Valinor by simply sailing west. Even the hostile, invading army of Numenor landed there without much difficulty, it seems. Then Eru stepped in, ...
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Did Tolkien create any other worlds?

I haven't read them myself, but I get the sense that Tolkien wrote some short stories and fragments that don't directly tie into Arda and Middle Earth, that are more "stand alone" tales. Some of ...
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How well-known is the theology of Middle Earth, in Middle Earth?

One thing that is notably absent in Middle Earth is any mention of temples, churches, priests or religious rites. There are passing mentions of Men who would "worship" Sauron, but generally the world ...
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Bifur, Bofur and Bombur: From Moria but not related to Durins folk?

It is mentioned in the Hobbit that Bifur, Bofur and Bombur are not descendents of Durin but are of the people of Moria dwarves. This confuses me, since Durins folk is strongly tied to Moria: ...
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Who were the seven forefathers of the Dwarves, besides Durin?

It is told in the Silmarillion that Aule created the seven fathers of the dwarves. The most prominent of course being Durin, the ancestor of most (all?) dwarves that feature in LotR and The Hobbit. ...
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Would the One Ring even work for anyone but Sauron?

The temptation of the One Ring, we quickly learn, is always tied up with power: each character's fantasies of possessing it seem to be about what they would do with great power. Even Sam, as I ...
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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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Was the Smeagol/Gollum dynamic a product of the Ring, or loneliness?

Is there any indication about whether the split-personality relationship between Smeagol and Gollum was a direct result of the Ring's influence? Obviously it had an incredibly powerful effect on him, ...
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Were all Ainur made at the Beginning?

The Ainulindalë says that the Ainur were created at the beginning of time, and seemingly all at once. Were there any of their order, Valar or Maiar, who were "born" later? I can find a reference to ...
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Does Gandalf have very limited powers compared to what we think of wizards today? [closed]

Comparing Gandalf with other wizards spells: fireballs, healing, magic items creation, teleportation, etc. Gandalf seems much more sword oriented than spell oriented. Were the ideas of a wizard not ...
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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?