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Is there evidence of purely artistic works in Middle Earth?

I recently came across this on Twitter: yesterday, student's & i realized there is no fiction in middle-earth. prbly no art. every story = story of something that actually happened— ...
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Why was knowledge of the One Ring so obscure?

About 3000 years passed between when the One Ring was lost in the Gladden river, and the events of LotR. By then, knowledge of the Ring is surprisingly obscure -- it takes Gandalf 17 years(!) between ...
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In The Fellowship of the Ring, why did Tolkien switch the Elvish and Dwarvish runes?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 1; it reads: there were great bundles of fireworks of all sorts and shapes, each labeled with a large G [elvish G] and the elf- rune, [dwarvish G-rune]. ...
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Why are Tolkien’s Elves tall?

As we all know Tolkien’s Elves are a noble tall and dexterous race. this is adressed in Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? of which this question is not a duplicate I was wondering where ...
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Why did the Valar call to Eru during the invasion of Valinor?

At the end of the Second Age, the Numenorean king Ar-Pharazon built a huge fleet with the intention of invading Valinor and taking immortality by force. They sailed East until they successfully ...
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Did the stewards of Gondor have the right to use the Palantiri?

Denethor was trapped by Sauron while using the Palantir. Denethor effectively went insane after realizing just how powerful Sauron was and that there was no hope to ever stop him. This did not happen ...
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Why aren't the Valar considered gods?

As an avid Tolkien fan and an increasingly active member of this site, I cannot count the number of times I've seen people refer to the Valar or Maiar as gods, only to be corrected by other members ...
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Is Sauron using his full power?

So Sauron is a maia. The maia were forbidden to use their full power. But there is nothing that restricts Sauron of using the full extent of the maia power. It was said that the maiar were forbidden, ...
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Did leaving out Tom Bombadil create any plot holes in The Fellowship of the Ring or any subsequent LOTR films?

The article Movie vs. Book:Fellowship of the Ring shows the differences between the book and film of the Fellowship of the Ring. The film leaves out 4 entire chapters. Because of this, Tom Bombadil ...
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Were the Rings of Power at all connected before the One “bound” them?

While considering a recent question, I realized that I may not have fully understood something about the creation of the Rings of Power: were they (the 3, the 7, the 9, and even the lesser rings) at ...
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The one ring: Did Sauron create the Middle Earth world wide web? [closed]

"One ring to rule them all..." when sauron creates the one ring does he create a "Network" among the rings of power ?
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Did Tolkien give Thranduil his name?

I am aware that during the writing of The Hobbit, Tolkien must not have had much in mind for a large universe, as he was simply writing a kid's book. Therefore, Thranduil was simply named 'the ...
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Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
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What happened to Ungoliant and Shelob?

We know Ungoliant is Shelob's mother and we know that Shelob lives high up in the mountains surrounding Mordor near Cirith Ungol (note the reference to Ungoliant) and eats whoever comes up there. So ...
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What happened to the Arkenstone?

The Arkenstone, a.k.a. The Heart of the Mountain was buried at the end of The Hobbit. Was it recovered at some later date? It seems unlikely that something that valuable wouldn't have been dug up ...
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Do I need to learn reading Runes to fully understand Tolkien's Middle-Earth series?

I have a Kindle edition of The Hobbit. In the beginning of the book, there's author's notes saying that English in ancient times weren't perfect. That's fine, then I saw the corrections made on Runes ...
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How did Smaug transport all of his gold and jewels?

Smaug first appeared in TA 2770 as a mature Fire-drake. I'm not sure if there are canonical sources which say his age or maturity, but he must have been quite large and quite old at the time in order ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books?

The one and only Hobbit book 'The Hobbit' was published on the 21st of September, 1937. The first Lord of the Rings book 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' was published the 29th of ...
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What will become of Ar-Pharazôn and his men? [duplicate]

I've been reading through a book (I think it was The Complete Guide to Middle-earth by Robert Foster) and I'm uncertain what the ultimate fate of the Numenorians who invaded Aman will be? Ar-Pharazôn ...
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In the films, why does Sauron choose Azog instead of the ringwraiths to lead his legions?

It seems like it would make more sense to have your most powerful servants leading your armies, rather than some orc who only cares about revenge. Is there a plot explanation or a description in film ...
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Who built the Ilmarin?

From my other questions you can conclude that I am searching for a palace/great building to re-create in a 3D model with blender. I have chosen one now, Ilmarin which is the Mansion of Varda and Manwë ...
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Why could Elrond not delay his one-way voyage to Valinor for a few more years?

We know from LotR that: The Children of Elrond all had the choice to be counted among either Men or Elves. That this Choice needed to be made at the time when Elrond would leave for Valinor - they ...
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According to J.R.R. Tolkien, who built the Hobbit structures?

I believe they are known for gardening, drinking ale, smoking leaf, and generally hanging about in their own neck of the woods, but I don't recall they are ever stated as being craftsmen. Is there a ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

The 2014 video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In it, an undead Gondorian Ranger named Talion is bound to Celebrimbor's ...
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What would standing on top of Barad-dur, or relatively close to the Eye of Sauron, feel like? [closed]

Besides probably being hot, would there be any adverse effects if one were to stand on top of Barad-dur, close to the Eye of Sauron?
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Are there any Numenorean palaces?

I'm searching for a palace from Tolkien's legendarium to make a 3D model of in blender. Anyway, I am looking for a Numenorean palace or another great building. I know that there was one in the ...
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Does Eru have a palace?

I was wondering if Eru has a palace, because the Valar sort of had, and in case he does, in what kind of architectural style (Elven, Numenorean, etc...) is it made?
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Why not let a dwarf carry the One Ring to Mount Doom, since their will cannot be dominated by the rings of power?

As we know, the dwarves did not succumb to the seven rings as men did to the nine - it merely made them even more greedy, stubborn and wrathful: For the Dwarves had proved untameable by this ...
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Are there any bad elves in the Lord of the Rings universe?

Is there ever acknowledgement of a bad elf, or even an elf doing a very bad thing (because he is bad)? I've heard that bad elves are orcs and good orcs are elves, or something like that. Similar to ...
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Were Maiar in feudal-like relationship with Valar?

Based on some prior answers about the Maiar who became the 5 Wizards, the impression I got was that those Maiar were in a somewhat feudal/vassal like relationship with Valar (e.g. Radagast was ...
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Do regular folk in Middle Earth know about its creation?

If we were to ask Rosie Cotton: "What do you think, how was Eä created?", what would she answer? To my knowledge every culture has a story on how the world began. Most of them are probably wrong, but ...
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Why did Beleg choose the sword, Anglachel, to wield in his quest for Turin?

When Beleg asked Thingol to let him go find Turin, Thingol let him take any sword in the realm (save his own). Beleg chooses Anglachel, although there were probably plenty of nice Elven swords to ...
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Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed]

The folks in Middle-Earth thought of Gandalf as a random wizard. OF course they seem to have a notion of Gandalf's wizardly powers, however, their notion underestimates him... Information about ...
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Did Eru Ilúvatar trip Gollum?

The LOTR wiki lists four times Eru Ilúvatar intervened in the history of Arda: (1) creating Elves and Men, (2) removing Aman from the spherical Earth, (3) resurrecting Gandalf, and (4) making Gollum ...
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If the Arkenstone isn't a Silmaril, then what is it?

It is discussed at great length, whether or not the Arkenstone is one of the Silmarils1, and the most accepted answer is that it is not2. The Arkenstone however, has undeniable 'powers' or properties ...
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What happened to Radagast The Brown?

Radagast The Brown disappeared from Arda after the book The Fellowship of the Ring, I can't even answer myself... what happened to him?
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character development in Lord of the Rings? [closed]

Recently I was discussing novels with a friend, who said that all major characters should change and develop across the course of any good novel. But it seems to me that in LotR (which no SFF fan can ...
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Did Ulmo, the Vala of Water, ever return to Valinor?

Does anyone know whether Ulmo ever returned to Valinor?
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Why do people care so much for Frodo?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Boromir is blinded by the greed of Men and tries attacking Frodo for the Ring, Aragorn finds Frodo and tells him to keep the Ring, saying he'd follow Frodo into ...
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What would have fought off Ungoliant had she consumed the Silmarils [closed]

Ungoliant had the unique feat of consuming powers of other things. Had Melkor not withstood her, and handed her the Silmarils, (its a long debate, but for the Question's sake,lets assume this) she ...
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What were the treacherous gifts Melkor gave to his followers?

In the Simarillion it says that many Maiar were drawn to Melkor in his splendour and others he corrupted with treacherous gifts. What were these gifts?
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Did J.R.R. Tolkien plan for the ring to be Sauron's?

I know that The Hobbit was published first before the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And since that was the first appearance of The One Ring, I was wondering if Tolkien had planned it to be so. So, ...
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Is Bard a decendant of Numenor

When Bard is introduced in The Desolation of Smaug he's clearly a very powerful fighter, he shoots weapons out of the dwarves' hands and threatens the entire party. The only place we've seen a man ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea ...
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Does Aragorn have a lapse in judgment or is there another explanation?

NOTE I've edited to add further logic to my question based off the first answer given. What Seems a Correct Statement In the LOTR movie The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn makes the statement upon ...
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What do rings in The Lord of the Rings do? [duplicate]

Rings seem to be rather important in The Lord Of The Rings, but what do magical rings do in general? I don't mean the side effects of wearing the One Ring (invisibility, long life span) but the ...
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Why did Frodo start his adventure 17 years after he inherited the One Ring?

I haven't read the books for many years, so I don't remember the exact reasons, but looking at this LOTR Timeline on lotrproject.com, I see that Frodo inherited the Ring on 23 September TA 3001, but ...
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Is there any hint that some of the beings in Tolkien's lore may have survived into “our” times?

In Tolkien's lore, they are many very old beings. Is there any indication that some or even one would have been truly immortal and survived into what we would call "our" history or Age? Galadriel, ...
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Tuor, Beren and Luthien - the gifts of Mortality and Immortality from Eru vs the Valar

According to the legendarium It was a tradition under the Eldar and Edain that they [Idril and Tuor] arrived in Valinor, and that Tuor alone of Men was counted among the Eldar, immortal as other ...
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Where did the name Smaug come from?

So I was wondering what the origin of this name is for the dragon? Is it a known word from a language with a meaning or is it a completely made up word? Or perhaps it evolved from another word... its ...