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 smart were dragons, really?

I seem to recall reading that dragons were very clever in various places throughout the Silmarillion and the Hobbit. But, at least in the Hobbit, Smaug doesn't appear to be much smarter than your ...
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How many dragons ever existed on Middle Earth?

How numerous were dragons in the time before 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'? How many dragons did Tolkien ever mention by name?
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Gandalf and the Black Captain [duplicate]

Why does Gandalf, during the siege of Gondor, imply that he cannot defeat the Black Captain because "not by the hand of man will he fall" ? Isn't Gandalf not of mankind and thus not a man? Or does ...
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Are there other books about the history of Middle-Earth? [duplicate]

I've read these books about the history of Middle-Earth. The Shaping of Middle-earth The Return of the Shadow The Treason of Isengard The War of the Ring Sauron Defeated and really liked them. ...
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What does JRR Tolkien say about the Elves (and other non-Human Races) and Free Will?

The Simarillion has the following to say about Men and their specialness: Therefore he willed that the hearts of Men should seek beyond the world and should find no rest therein; but they should ...
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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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Why is “the time of elves” considered to be over?

From the movie series, it seems obvious that the civilization of Elves, once great and important, is declining. Their numbers keep reducing and they retreat into some remote islands and in general ...
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Learning Quenya and/or Sindarin

If someone wanted to learn to speak Tolkien's Elvish languages (Quenya and Sindarin) is there a guide to how to go about doing so? Are there any authoritative sources regarding which language should ...
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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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Who made The Rings of Power?

There are twenty magical Rings in the Tolkien's Middle Earth Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed ...
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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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Are Tolkien's orcs immortal?

Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers in all of Tolkien's Mythology, a race of sentient beings bred by the evil Vala Melkor (Morgoth) during the time of the Great Darkness. ...
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Why do Tolkien's wizards look Human, and not Elven?

The two primary races of Middle Earth, those created by Iluvatar, are Elves and Men. And until quite late in the history of Middle Earth, the Elves were BY FAR the more significant of the two. They ...
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What are the differences between orcs and uruks? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings Trilogy they were Orcs and Uruks. I know orcs used to be elves, Saruman say's they were once elves but what is uruks used to be and how come they're bigger and better fighters ...
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How did the Black Speech come about?

It doesn't seem to be related to any other documented languages. Being endemic to Sauron's realm, with him persisting through the Ages, it would not likely have diverged naturally from another ...
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Is there a significance to the number of rings given to each race? [duplicate]

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In ...
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What stories are connected to Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit?

Every time that I see a question here about Lord of the Rings, people talk about different ages and an extensive knowledge of characters that had no place in the story of the Lord of the Rings. Most ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Why does Saruman change his mind?

In Lord of the Rings, Saruman The White, the eldest of the Wizards and their chieftain, joins with Sauron instead of helping people fight against Sauron. What is the reason for him losing faith in ...
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Why was Saruman sent to Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Gandalf a Maia (Spirit) was sent to Middle-Earth in human form to help the free peoples fight the evil of Sauron. Is the same reason for the Saruman sent to Middle-Earth ?
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Who can break another wizard's staff?

In the Lord of the Rings books we see Gandalf the White breaking Saruman's staff by just talking, a feat that couldn't be realized by Gandalf the Grey (IIRC Tolkien said this himself when talking ...
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Have any of the lesser rings made by the Elves, beside the 20 Rings of Power, been shown or named?

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began ...
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Source for info on Middle-Earth's 'Real World' Geographic counterpart

I recently came across a particular essay by the author of The Last Ringbearer, which states: The Middle Earth has several built-in physical defects, and there’s no getting away from that. In his ...
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Is Narya as portrayed in PJ's movies the official Narya?

Basically what my title says, is the Narya in Peter Jackson's movies the official Narya or would it be considered... what's it called... Artistic license?
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How old is Gandalf?

In the Lord of The Rings trilogy, does anyone know how old Gandalf is? I remember reading that Gandalf was much older than he looked. Do the books ever say how old he is ?
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Sam's apparent invisibility to Sauron [duplicate]

How come Sauron wasn't able to detect Sam in the last chapter of The Two Towers? I'm pretty sure he wore it longer than Frodo in Amon Hen, and Frodo was detected in the latter, was he not? Plus, Sam ...
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Witchking ignoring Frodo's presence in Minas Morgul?

When Mordor's army is marching out of Minas Morgul and Frodo, Sam and Gollum are nearby, The Witchking stops all of the sudden and starts looking around. I remember reading somewhere that he indeed ...
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How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?
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Sauron's sight details?

I am aware that the "Eye of Sauron" in Peter Jackson's movies was not Sauron's actual physical form. What the answers at 'Was the "Eye of Sauron" Sauron's actual physical form?' don't ...
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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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Is there a sequel after LOTR events? [duplicate]

At the end of the book series, hobbits and elves sail to the east of the middle earth to unknown places and only humans stay in the Middle Earth. What happened next? Where did elves settled down? Were ...
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Will Aragorn's and Arwen's Kids be immortal? [duplicate]

Aragorn is a Dunedain and Arwen is an Elf who has the power of immortality. Will their kids have the power of immortality ?
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How is Gandalf so well known in the Shire?

Is there any reason given for how Gandalf the Grey becomes popular and is known by everybody in the Shire?
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Do orcs make references to a/the “devil”?

I just saw a Shadow Mordor E3 trailer and in one of the orc's lines, he says: He moves like a ghost; fights like a [the] devil! Is this accurate to what words orcs use or what they believe in ...
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Do we have a literary history of the Ainulindale?

I know that Christopher Tolkien commented in the Book of Lost Tales, Part 1 that the reason the early version of the Ainulindale looks so much like the version in The Silmarillion is that In this ...
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Did Tolkien change LOTR when the publisher made it a trilogy?

It's well known that Tolkien intended for Lord of the Rings to be a single volume, but the publisher insisted on making it a trilogy because of the practical factors involved in publishing such a ...
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What is the Difference Between “Lothlórien” and “Lórien?”

Is "Lórien" just a short form of "Lothlórien" or does each one apply to something unique?
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What is the name of the language that Orcs talk?

What is the name of the language of the Orcs? Was it developed by Tolkien as much as Quenya?
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Are last names present in Middle-earth? [duplicate]

In our universe, most everyone has a last name to go with their first, creating a full name. However, it seems that in Tolkien's universe, 'last' names are not apparent. There are some exceptions, ...
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How long does it take to be turned into a Wraith?

The nine men that took the Rings of Power from Sauron, turned into Ringwraiths eventually. How long do you have to have a Ring of Power in order to turn into a wraith? Smeagol had it for many years ...
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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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How many Balrogs were there?

There are guesstimates of their numbers ranging from as little as 3 all the way up to hundreds. Still other accounts say there were actually a thousand strong. We know five were 'killed' by Tuor, ...
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The origins of the Silmarillion and early stories

The stories contained in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings are supposedly from the Red Book of Westmarch written by Bilbo and Frodo as a memoir. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Book_of_Westmarch ...
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Cirdan actually talking

I've now read The Hobbit, LoTR, Silmarillion, Children of Hurin and Unfinished Tales. The only time I've seen Cirdan actually quoted was in the Unfinished Tales: Essay on the Istari. Talking about the ...
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Where is the equator in Middle Earth?

In Unfinished Tales, the Essay on the Istari Aragorn claims to have penetrated the `far contries of Rhun and Harad where the stars are strange'. and then links to the appendix, item #10: ...
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Spells of Dunedain - Tolkien

I need someone well versed in Tolkien books and all writings. Is there a Elven/Vala/Maiar spell to bind Nazgul to the Void and trap them?