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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
1answer
120 views

The Red Book of Westmarch - Gold or Silver?

A friend of mine is designing a box to look like the Red Book of Westmarch. We could use the movies as a reference, but I was wondering if it's ever mentioned anywhere in the text whether or not the ...
-2
votes
2answers
313 views

What is the relationship between Galadriel and Gandalf?

It seems to be one of love, but how would that fit with Celeborn and Galadriel's marriage? It is my understanding that Galadriel played an important part in the summoning of the five wizards to ...
9
votes
2answers
433 views

Were orcs stronger in the first age?

I was thinking about how most beings were stronger in earlier times than in say, the third age. Did this apply to orcs as well? Did the power Morgoth put into the orcs in the first age make them ...
34
votes
6answers
7k views

Why was Gimli of such a low rank, compared to the other representatives chosen for the Fellowship?

Part of the members of the Fellowship were chosen as representatives of their race: Legolas for the Elves, Boromir for mankind and Gimli for the dwarves. Of those three, two were the heirs of a ruler ...
4
votes
4answers
609 views

Account of the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age?

Is there a book by Tolkien where the defeat of Sauron is elaborated, when he lost the ring even before the hobbit adventures?
8
votes
2answers
1k views

How did Laketown's apple barrels get to the Wood-Elves' community?

I know how the empty barrels were returned to Laketown, but not how the Wood-Elves obtained them. According to Tolkien, how did the apple barrels make it to the house of the Wood-Elves?
1
vote
1answer
179 views

In Tolkien's Middle-earth, how far does Wilderland extend?

I was editing my answer to this question, in which I tried to describe the size of Wilderland, and found myself not quite sure what it included. Is Mirkwood part of Wilderland? Does it extend all the ...
2
votes
1answer
128 views

1980ish book, runestone, Tolkien elvish

This is a somewhat forgettable (obviously) book I read in paperback, 1980 or 1981. I believe it was set in the modern-day. Someone discovers a runestone. Somehow, (possibly involving blood ...
7
votes
5answers
282 views

Was any attempt made to rehabilitate or colonize Mordor after the Second Age?

This question discussed what happened to Mordor after the events of The Lord of the Rings, but what happened after the defeat of Sauron at the end of the Second Age? There were literally thousands of ...
15
votes
3answers
960 views

Are there other instances where JRRT employed avian spies?

In both the book, and the movie, the Fellowship sees a dark cloud approaching before Legolas's keen eyes see the cloud is really a flock of birds likely spying for Saruman and the Fellowship hides ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

Does the depiction of Uruk society in Shadow of Mordor have any basis in LotR canon?

We already know from the excellent answers on this question that the main storyline of Shadow of Mordor does not make a lot of sense in LotR canon. But for me the most interesting part of Shadow of ...
2
votes
2answers
150 views

Why didn't Morgoth track the Eagles to find the location of Gondolin?

The Eagles were a constant pain in Morgoth's evil neck; they rescued several people from his own dominion as well as attacked him personally. He must have known that the Eagles were in league with the ...
5
votes
3answers
227 views

Why was Sauron's return to Dol Guldur a surprise?

This question addresses why (or whether) Gandalf was surprised at Sauron's return to Mordor at the beginning of Fellowship, but I'm wondering about events before that. When the Necromancer was in Dol ...
15
votes
5answers
1k views

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— ...
5
votes
3answers
274 views

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 ...
20
votes
1answer
3k views

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]. ...
2
votes
2answers
265 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
174 views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
33
votes
7answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

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, ...
14
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
269 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
145 views

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 ?
17
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
227 views

Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
9
votes
1answer
499 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
288 views

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 ...
23
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
-2
votes
2answers
549 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
123 views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
140 views

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 ...
19
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
33
votes
3answers
10k views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
226 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
120 views

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 ...
17
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
60
votes
7answers
15k views

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 ...
36
votes
7answers
7k views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
946 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
119 views

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 ...
-6
votes
1answer
407 views

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 ...
60
votes
4answers
5k views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
888 views

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 ...
20
votes
2answers
3k views

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?
-1
votes
2answers
310 views

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 ...