J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) was 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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What would happen if an Istar broke the Valar's rule but saved Middle Earth anyway?

If, for example, Gandalf went full Maia, took the Ring and dumped it into Mount Doom before anyone, even Sauron, could stop him—what would happen?
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Did Círdan ever leave Middle-earth?

Círdan probably the longest living elf in Middle-earth has been on Middle-earth since the days of the Two Trees and is the best ship builder of the Elves. It is interesting that he never left for ...
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Did Tolkien paint or sketch any artwork for the scrapped sequel to LOTR: 'The New Shadow'?

I've always liked the art that Tolkien himself produced and having only recently learned of the existence of The New Shadow, I'm wondering did he get around to painting anything for it? Obviously at ...
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How was Eärendil's ship Vingilot able to fly?

Eärendil's ship Vingilot was built to sail to Valinor so that Eärendil could make his plea for the Valar to help Men and Elves under Morgoth's reign over Middle-earth. After the Valar agreed to help ...
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What would have happened if Amandil hadn't tried to sail to Valinor?

Amandil, a few years before the Invasion of Valinor, sneaked off the island with three of his most trusted men and attempted to sail to Valinor to ask pardon and forgiveness for Numenor. He was never ...
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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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Are the stars on the flag of Gondor the Big Dipper?

The banner of Gondor had seven stars over a white tree. The symbolism of the tree was obvious; it represented the white tree of Gondor, descended from the white trees of Numenor, Tol Eressëa, and ...
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Who was on the White Council?

Does Tolkien ever list the various members of the White Council? How many people were even on it? Who was on the White Council?
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Has the Tolkien Estate considered allowing other authors to write additional stories in Middle Earth?

Aside from Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle Earth, the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin, which were all primarily Tolkien's work, has his estate ever considered allowing other authors to ...
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What happened to the Moriquendi after the First Age?

it is known that these Elves didnt make the journey across the Misty or Blue Mountains to go to Valinor: "Those Elves the Calaquendi call the Úmanyar, since they came never to the land of Aman and ...
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Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against Fëanor's sons?

Its well established that Fëanor hated Fingolfin and some dismay for Finarfin aside from the fact he wanted a strand of his daughter Galadriels hair, Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against Feanors ...
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Why did Maedhros relinquish the Kingship of the Noldor to Fingolfin

after Maedhros was rescued by Fingon he gave up his place as High King of the Noldor to his Uncle Fingolfin. why would he give up lordship of his people? was it because he wanted to continue fufilling ...
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Why is Galadriel always barefoot?

In both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie trilogies Galadriel is always shown walking barefoot. Does it say in the books that she walks around barefoot or did Peter Jackson just want to show off ...
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How many fictional languages did Tolkien create?

I know the this question would usually raise questions as to what is considered a separate language (e.g. Qenya/Quenya, Gnomish/Sindarin, etc.). The thing is that somewhere there is an official list. ...
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Why was Gandalf afraid when he saw Grond at Minas Tirith?

During the battle after he sends Pippin back up to the Citadel, three lard rams and trolls push the battering ram known as Grond toward the gate of Minas Tirith and Orcs are shouting Grond, there is a ...
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Why did Manwë allow Finwë to remarry after the death of his wife?

After Miriel died, Manwë decreed that Finwë could choose another spouse and he did get remarried to Indis, mother of Fingolfin and Finarfin; Fëanor wasn't too happy with that. Why would Manwë allow ...
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How long did it take Fëanor and his sons to sail from Valinor to Beleriand?

Fëanor tried to avenge his father Finwë's death and the theft of the Silmarils by gathering up a majority of the Noldor and marching to the harbors of Alqualondë to use the ships that lay there. He ...
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How well received were the Hobbits in Valinor?

Were there Elves who were angry that Hobbits were there? Or were they curious to see another species? Or were they Welcomed to them as guests? Or simply bewildered at the sight of "outsiders" in ...
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Would Sauron have had the ability to appear in fair form again if he got the ring back?

In the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth, Sauron had the ability to change into an appealing form to Men and Elves. He could then deceive them, and used the name of Annatar. However, once he was ...
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Why was Morgoth afraid to fight Fingolfin?

It is said that Melkor was reluctant to come out of Angband to face him regardless of the taunts Fingolfin shouted outside the gates. But after a while he came out and dueled and killed Fingolfin, who ...
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How did the Mirror of Galadriel gain the power to show visions?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel takes Samwise and Frodo to look in a pool of water, called The Mirror of Galadriel. When they look into it, they see visions, such as Sam seeing the Shire ...
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What's the difference between an orc and a goblin in the Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I mean, are there significant physical, mental, emotional (if any of them had emotions that is) differences that separate them?
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How many Edain were left at the end of the First Age?

When the Edain awoke in Hildorien and trekked all the way across Middle Earth into Beleriand there were presumably tens of thousands whom didnt fall under Melkors deception and service who were ...
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Can Olog-Hai Trolls talk in common tongue?

we know based on the Hobbit mountain trolls can talk,but can trolls in Mordor (Olog-Hai) speak in the same tongue as the peoples of Middle Earth? or do they just grunt and roar like we see in the ...
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Looking for a specific Tolkien quote about the benefit of allowing suffering in the world

I remember reading something in Tolkien's writings that perfectly summarized his response to the Problem of Evil (in the context of his imagined world, anyway): if God (or Eru) is perfectly good, why ...
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Why would Melkor weave such a spiteful verse in the Ainuindale?

Eru choreographed the first song and Melkor f'd that up, then Manwe was in charge of the second song and so again Melkor got his discord sown into the second verse. Why would he intentionally ruin 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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Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar or was that just a name given to them?

Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar, or was "Valar" just a name given to them by the Elves because they needed a way to refer to them? Or did Eru name them before they entered into Arda?
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What was the original home of the Valar?

It is said that Valinor was not the original home of the Valar and that they created it in the western hemisphere of Middle Earth, but it was not their first home. What was the original dwelling place ...
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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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Do we ever get more information about the Entwives? [duplicate]

During my recent re-reading of The Two Towers I was struck again by a question that has bothered me since I was a youngling: What on earth is up with the Entwives? Treebeard says they went away in ...
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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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Did the Teleri ever forgive the Noldor for the Kinslaying at Alqualondë?

It was a tragedy caused by Fëanor, who wanted revenge for his father's death and killed many Sea Elves for their ships, but is there anything in Tolkien's Letters or The History of Middle-Earth that ...
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Why did Morgoth wait until the War of Wrath to release his dragons?

Apart from Glaurung who went galavanting through Beleriand on his own authority, why did Morgoth not unleash them earlier to conquer Beleriand and the rest of Middle Earth,to me it seems like had he ...
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How did Turgon's wife Elenwë die?

She wedded Turgon and then had a child Idril, then after the Kinslaying of Alqualonde she went with him and the rest of the host of Fingolfin crossing the Grind Ice, but somewhere along the way she ...
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Did Arda have boundaries before the breaking of the World?

What I mean is: did it have an ending point beyond either Valinor or the Land of the Sun when it was flat before the destruction of Numenor or was it just flat? I don't mean to say it has boundaries ...
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Why does Gandalf say “the West that is forgotten”?

Inspired by this question and namely by this passage (emphasis mine): “Many are my names in many countries: Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the ...
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Do Tolkien elves know how to swim?

Since Tolkien elves seem to live primarily in deep, land-locked forests, it seems like they might not know how to swim. Or at least, strong swimming skills would not be common in their culture. Is ...
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Did Frodo meet any of Valar or Maiar when he sailed to Valinor?

It's possible he could have. It's the home of the Valar and Maiar. Since the elves could not fully cure Frodo's wounds we might assume that someone of their power would do it. Aside from Gandalf, I ...
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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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How did Legolas and Aragorn first meet?

Prior to the Council of Elrond and the proclaiming of Aragorn being the Heir of Isildur, is there any backstory information on how they met? Perhaps they could have run into each other on a hunting ...
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Why would Manwë make himself sit on his throne for all eternity until Melkor comes back?

Before the War of Wrath, Manwë Súlimo King of Arda, Lord of the Valar, and caretaker of Valinor Untouched and Melkor were brothers and the most powerful but wanted different things in ...
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Are some Ainur described as brothers or sisters?

I heared a rumour that some of the Ainur (Valar and Maiar) are described as brothers or sisters. Where in Tolkien's writings or letters does it happen? What is its meaning? See also Were all Ainur ...
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Is Eru Iluvatar subject to Biblical numerology?

I am curious about Tolkien's intent in Eru's relationship to Ea's sacred numbers. Tolkien's own background, of course, is Roman Catholic; this puts him in a position of considering certain numbers ...
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What did Sauron do to become Melkor/Morgoth's chief lieutenant?

Morgoth, the creator of all bad things in the Tolkien universe, picked Sauron of all things to be his most trusted officer. Why was this? I have been reading the the pre-LOTR stories, and there seem ...
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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 didnt Turgon heed Ulmo's Warning about Evacuating Gondolin?

When Tuor arrived by the Coast of Belegaer, Ulmo appeared to him and told him to seek King Turgon of Gondolin to relay a message to him from Ulmo. Once they( Tuor and Voronwe) were Admitted into the ...
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Did Sauron miss Morgoth?

Sauron was the new dark lord in the 2nd and 3rd Ages of Middle Earth after Morgoth was banished into the Void. But before the Valar and Maiar descended into Ea, Morgoth seduced Sauron to his side and ...
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Why did the Valar want Earendil punished for setting foot upon Valinor?

I know he got through the blockade of Valinor via the Silmaril, and i read somewhere that Manwe knew he was coming to Valinor and many Valar didnt like him being in their territory even though he was ...