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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Do wizards only use their powers through their staves?

In the movies atleast, it seems whenever Gandalf or Saruman have lost their staff then they're practically useless... [Fellowship of the Ring] [Return of the King] Is there any evidence in the ...
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Tolkien: Is there any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? [duplicate]

Following up this question about love between Dwarfes and Elves (What inspired Tauriel's story arc?), I wondered whether there is any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? The ...
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Where can I find the rest of Tolkien's stories? [duplicate]

I have read The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. I'm looking for the rest of the story. Specifically, I'm looking for the story of the second age and, if any such story exists, the story of the ...
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What do the Valar actually do in the Third Age?

I know Tolkien never gave us Third Age details of the Valar aside from sending in the Maiar, AKA "Istari", but we don't seem to know much more about The Valar in the Third Age. Does Manwe really just ...
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How old are the Uruk-hai when they first go to battle?

In The Two Towers (movie), I've heard some witty remarks about how weird it is that one Uruk says "meat is back on menu, boys!". The weird part is that some Uruk-hai would know about the word menu, ...
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Why was the Westron tongue accepted as the common tongue in Middle-Earth?

Which race(s) originally spoke the Westron language in Middle-Earth and what are the reasons for it being adopted as the common tongue in Middle-Earth. When was this done?
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Second edition of the Silmarillion

I have come to learn that there is a second edition of the Silmarillion. The primary difference seems to be a large introduction, mostly consisting of a letter written by Tolkien. Is this letter ...
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What was JRR Tolkien's inspiration for the One Ring?

I was recently reading The Republic, by Plato, and when we came to the section about the ring of Gyges, my teacher claimed that this was the inspirition for the One Ring. I doubt he had any real ...
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Did Sauron end his service to Morgoth after he lost Tol Sirion or did he earn back his master's trust?

From reading the Silmarillion I had thought that Sauron disappeared and ended his service to Morgoth once he lost Tol Sirion to Luthien and Huan. However, after reading through the Lays of Leithian ...
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Why is Dwarven armor not highly treasured?

I'm reading through the Silmarillion when I came across this passage: ... yet, in the tempering of steel alone of all crafts the Dwarves were never outmatched even by the Noldor, and in the making ...
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Why aren't Dwarves immortal?

Ever since I read the Silmarillion, I've been wondering why the Dwarves were created mortal. Since mortality is the gift of men from Ilúvatar, it didn't make sense to me that Dwarves also have the ...
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Which of Tolkiens works describes the populations around and past the Sea of Rhun? [duplicate]

Are there any parts of Tolkiens books that outline in more detail the populations and life East of Rhun? I have seen differences in locations of cities and towns around the Sea of Rhun itself, as well ...
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Does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits?

According to the mass of Tolkien's backstory material, does the 'Doom/Gift of Man' apply to Hobbits? I'm reasonably certain that this question is not answered in the trilogy itself, but I wonder if ...
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How come Annuminas (and Arnor in general) got depopulated?

Before Angmar was formed, it seems as though Arnor should have prospered: No external threats, a prosperous ally to the South, Elvish advisors to the East and West... why was there a depopulation? ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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In Tolkien's works did Sauron attack Eregion personally?

In Monolith's Shadow of Mordor we see Sauron personally attacking Eregion and himself killing Celebrimbor. Did this happen in any of Tolkien's writings?
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Why was Gimli chosen to sound the horn at Helm's Deep?

In the Two Towers movie near the end of the battle of Helm's Deep, the survivors barricade themselves before deciding to charge out "and meet them". For all they knew, it could have been their last ...
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Who wrote Tolkien's riddles?

In the chapter 'Riddles in the Dark' from Tolkien's Hobbit, were the riddles composed by Tolkien himself? I always assumed either that they were, since he seemed to have a knack for writing poetry, or ...
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Why was Boromir left out in receiving gifts from Galadriel?

Did the producers provide a reason as to why Boromir didn't receive a personal gift from Lady Galadriel? In the extended movie, Fellowship of the Ring, we see all the other members receive gifts ...
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Does Legolas perform such deft feats in the novel as he does in the movies?

In the movies, we see Legolas performing some skillful displays of balance. Here are just a few I remember at the moment: Walking on snow when the fellowship were travelling through Caradhras ...
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Does Legolas ever take arrows belonging to the enemy? [duplicate]

Been a while since I last read LoTR but I remember Legolas would sometimes take the arrows he loosed from the enemies' body. Obviously he has a limited supply and there are times where he couldn't ...
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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

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 rune, 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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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?