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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Was Beleriand bigger or smaller than Middle-earth?

Before it sank Beleriand was the land of Elven-kind, then later on home to Men as well. Beleriand connected to Middle Earth and the Helcaraxe. Was the land of Beleriand of greater size than that of ...
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When do Legolas and Gimli begin to respect and trust one another?

During the time of the Fellowship, Elves and Dwarves weren't exactly the best of friends and this has been depicted by Legolas and Gimli. However, they eventually develop an incredibly strong ...
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Was Sauron always evil?

Was Sauron the Dark lord, Enemy of the free peoples of Middle Earth, always evil, even back before he descended into Arda with his master Morgoth? Or was he corrupted and seduced by Morgoth into ...
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When did Galadriel become Queen of Lothlorien?

The Lady of light as i personally like to refer to her as at the time of the events of Lord of the Rings is queen of Lorien ( Previously residing in Doriath in Beleriand) ruling alongside Celeborn for ...
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Why was Ossiriand spared from the sinking of Beleriand?

From Hithlum to Angband to Maglor's Gap to the Mouth of Sirion, Beleriand was sunk with the exception of Ossiriand (Lindon, as it is known as in the 2nd and 3rd Ages). Was it because there was no ...
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How could Melian cure a curse that Morgoth himself cast on Hurin?

it is said that after being released from Angband Hurin made his way to Doriath and gave Thingol a certain jewel from Nargothrond, and threw it at the feet of Thingol and went on a harsh speech ...
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Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings?

Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings? We read in The Return of the King (Book 6 Chapter 4) that Gandalf states to Frodo and ...
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How long was Theoden under Sarumans spell?

In The Two Towers, we see him in a very old and handicapped-like state of body before Gandalf drives Saruman's spell out of him and he returns to normal. So was he already like that during the events ...
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Why did Manwe choose the Vanyar as his favorite of the Elves?

What unique quality does Manwe see in the Vanyar to make him love them the most of all Elvenkind.
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Why does Frodo see his sword glow red at Weathertop?

[...] He shut his eyes and struggled for a while; but resistance became unbearable, and at last he slowly drew out the chain, and slipped the Ring on the forefinger of his left hand. Immediately, ...
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Is the Numenorean language Adunaic supposed to be English?

Early Numenoreans spoke Quenya as per learning it from Elves of Beleriand and then later on in the Second Age Numenoreans created their own language: Adunaic which differs from Elvish. Is Adunaic ...
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Why was Aragorn sad when he saw the ships of Umbar?

In The Return of the King (Film) after the King of the Dead refused to fight, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli escaped. They found themselves on a hillside overlooking what appeared to be Pelargir, and ...
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Is there a map of Frodo's journey during the Lord of the Rings?

Everybody loves the maps of Middle Earth. But has anyone ever plotted on the map of Middle Earth, Frodo's journey throughout the Lord of the Rings? Seeing as the book gives us a description of where ...
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Why didn't Sauron do anything about the Eagles?

It is fairly safe to assume that Sauron knew about the Great Eagles as his master, Morgoth, definitely did. Noting this, and Morgoth's hate for and frustration with to the Eagles (refer to Why didn&#...
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Is Gandalf referring to Valinor when he talks to Pippin about death?

When they are sitting aside from the Orcs and the troll trying to break down the gate Pippin talks about the end and Gandalf reassures him that Death isn’t the end of the journey. Quote: Pippin: ...
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Tolkien's elves and pets

Tolkien's elves have better communication with animals than humans (like riding horses without needing a bridle or other control device) but is there any indication they keep pets?
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Why didn't the dwarves use their shiny armor for the final battle?

In the Battle of the Five Armies movie, near the end the dwarves are all equipped with shiny armor that they found in Erebor. But for the final battle, they all go to combat without any armor. So they ...
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Which language is more fully developed, Klingon or Quenya/Sindarin?

It is well-known that Tolkien's forte is linguistics and he created various fictional languages in his writings. Although Klingon language started off kind of slow, it's emerged as a viable language, ...
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Who steered the Grey Ships into the West?

The journey into the West by Elves leaving Middle-Earth was a one-way trip. Not a shuttle service. That would imply that any nautical crews on the ships also weren't coming back. However, floating ...
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How was the bridge at Khazad-dûm made?

Deep in the mines of Moria, the bridge at Khazad-dûm (Durin's Bridge) spanned a virtually fathomless gap that separated the main part of the Moria superstructure on the western side and the Dimrill ...
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How often did Gandalf return to Hobbiton after the events of The Hobbit?

It has been a while since I read the Lord of the Rings novels (don't have a copy at the moment) but I seem to recall he went to Hobbiton at least once, as the young hobbits were always excited to see ...
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How old did Gandalf appear to be when he came to Middle Earth?

Gandalf (as with all the Istari) did not have a corporeal form before coming to Middle-earth and was essentially ageless. We also know that Gandalf did age, albeit very slowly, while on Middle Earth. ...
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Did maps in Middle-Earth have west on the top?

If the people of Middle-Earth made a map of their world or an area of it, did they put west on the top of the map? Or did they have north on the top like the map in the Lord of the Rings looks like? ...
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What happened to the Book of Mazarbul?

In The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Company that set out from Rivendell with the Ring took the road through Moria, guided by Gandalf. Along the way, they encountered the Chamber ...
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How tall is Taniquetil?

Taniquetil is the dwelling place of the Valar and the highest point on all Arda and tallest mountain on Middle-Earth. Is there any insight on what the height of Taniquetil is?
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When did Hobbits come into being? [duplicate]

Elves were awoken during the Years of the Trees (Telperion & Laurelin) in Culvienen. Men were awoken the first Year of the First Age in Hildorien Dwarves were created and awoken somewhere east ...
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Has Tolkien's estate ever sold the rights to adaptations of any Tolkien works?

Inspired by the comments on this question. J.R.R. Tolkien sold the rights to film adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to United Artists in 1968 or 1969. Although he retained enough ...
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Did C.S. Lewis create the lamp-post in response to a comment by J.R.R. Tolkien?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a pretty legendary rivalry/friendship. In particular, it's fairly well known that Tolkien aimed for "higher" fantasy, compared to Lewis. I've heard some people ...
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In Tolkien's Middle Earth, did Gandalf meet with Thorin to encourage him to take back Erebor?

In one of Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, I think The Desolation of Smaug, there is a flashback scene showing Gandalf meeting with Thorin at the Prancing Pony in Bree. Gandalf convinces Thorin to try ...
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Did Legolas leave his father and people behind when he went into the West?

After Elessar's death, Legolas and Gimli also took a ship and went into the West. Strictly speaking, Legolas shouldn't have been allowed either, as Tolkien says But the promise made to the Eldar (...
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Where is the “Ring-verse” inscribed on the One Ring?

I know that the inscription of the rings says: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them," But my question is more about the ...
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How many of the Ainur can change their physical form?

The Ainur are spirits who do not need bodies, but they can assume them. From the Ainulindalë in the Silmarillion: Their shape comes of their knowledge of the visible World, rather than of the ...
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How was Bard so accurate with his shot that killed Smaug?

Watching 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', I saw some grade-A marksmanship from Bard, using one of the dragon-killing black arrows to hit Smaug in precisely the spot where ONE of his scales ...
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Is Rohan the same (country) as Arnor?

At the end of the War of the Ring when Aragorn becomes the King of The Reunited Kingdoms (Two Kingdoms). By doing so he reunited the 2 realms (Arnor & Gondor) of Elendil. As the new High King, ...
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What if a MAN actually stabbed the Witchking instead of Eowyn?

Now we all know about the prophecy that "no living man" may slay the witchking of Angmar in LOTR. This prophecy was fulfilled when Eowyn, a female, stabbed the witchking in the head, thus killing him. ...
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At Elrond's Council, why were the Elves so worried about being cut off from Grey Havens?

Just re-reading the LotR for the umpteenth time (stopped counting at 30, some 15-20 years ago... :-P), just finished Elrond's council chapter. In light of various other discussions on the topic of ...
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Could Arwen have married Aragon without giving up her immortality? [duplicate]

I just completed reading the lotr books for the 3rd time a couple of weeks back and this entire issue with Arwen and her immortality is bugging me way more than it should! I feel like I really need to ...
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How does an Elf lose the will to live?

Elves are immortal while living in enchanted realms being at peace and living in harmony, though some cases are tragic: Luthien: Died for Love for Beren Miriel: Died giving Birth to Feanor Would ...
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Newly discovered map of Middle Earth: does it change anything?

I read this article with interest - in short, a working copy of the Middle Earth map was recently discovered and acquired by Oxford's Bodleian Library: This map looks fascinating but does this ...
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What happened to the elves who were slain before the end of the Great Journey?

When an elf dies, his "fëa" (soul) leaves the "hröa" (body) and is summoned to Mandos, in Aman. Frome there he may return to life after some time. It's reasonable to think that before Vanyar and ...
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How did Morgoth manage to chain Maedhros to a peak of Thangorodrim?

After arriving with his father and majority of the Noldor and fighting the forces of Angband,Maedhros was taken captive and brought before Morgoth, then was stripped of clothing and hung from a high ...
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What are all the ways Elrond and Galadriel are related?

In answering this question, I discovered three relationships between Galadriel and Elrond: Galadriel was first cousin of Elrond’s great-grandfather (Turgon, King of Gondolin). Thus, they are first ...
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Have Elrond and Galadriel ever spoken to each other in person?

I find it interesting that throughout the LotR trilogy and Hobbit, Elrond and Galadriel never talked to each other. They were in the same places as each other but I don't recall them ever speaking to ...
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What do we know about the Ainur who stayed in the Timeless Halls?

This is my understanding: Before Ilúvatar created Eä, he created the Ainur, who were with him in his Timeless Halls. At Eä’s creation, some of the Ainur chose to enter the world and be bound to it. ...
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How could Tulkas defeat Morgoth if he was the most powerful Valar?

Morgoth warred against the Valar in the early years of Arda including destroying the Two Lamps which lit the world, and marring the lands in which the Valar had set to prepare for the coming of the ...
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How did Morgoth find Men?

Had Morgoth heard about the coming of men and went looking for them on purpose or was he just wandering and happened upon them? Also how did Morgoth know the tongue of Men?
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Were Thingol and Thranduil related?

Are there any sources that can confirm or deny if they were kinsmen (family, not race)? After all, they both lived in Doriath and were similar in appearance.
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Where did Finrod Felagund first discover the Edain?

I know it was in Beleriand somewhere but I want to know the location of their first meeting.
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How did Ungoliant die? [duplicate]

Ungoliant was the mother of all spiders, most famously Shelob. Ungoliant and Melkor teamed up to suck the life out of Telperion and Laurelin and escaped under darkness, then Melkor refused to give her ...
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Did Radagast the Brown ever return to Valinor? [duplicate]

Did The Maia of Yavanna,who was one of the Istari and friend to Gandalf Ever return to Valinor or did he just remain in Middle Earth?