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What did Sauron hope to become?

Sauron is the Dark Lord, and he dwells in a dark land with foul creatures and horrible smells. But does he really hope to be a hopelessly Evil Dark Lord sitting on an ugly throne above just a big ...

tolkiens-legendarium sauron  
asked by Captain Kirk 45 votes
answered by Shamshiel 64 votes

Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

A repeated plot device of TNG is sabotage and similar aboard the USS enterprise. Malicious agents infiltrate the Enterprises crew again and again by subterfuge, e.g. by posing as crew members, as ...

star-trek star-trek-tng uss-enterprise  
asked by fgysin 44 votes
answered by Jack B Nimble 47 votes

How did the Rangers of the North make a living in the Lord of the Rings?

How did Aragorn and other Rangers make a living? Were they employed by some kingdom? If so, which one? Or if not, did they just eat what they found/hunted in nature? In that case, was the motivation ...

tolkiens-legendarium the-lord-of-the-rings economics  
asked by TGar 28 votes
answered by M. A. Golding 8 votes

Source of quote ~"so dumb they couldn't integrate e to the x..."

"...well maybe x e to the x" I have a vague memory of a title something like: Tavern at the end of the world. Probably from 70-80's? My DuckDuckGo search wasn't productive.

story-identification  
asked by f5r5e5d 28 votes
answered by Clara Diaz Sanchez 56 votes

Story ID: An alt-history Roman Empire with religion based on "God Helmet"-style technology?

In the 2010s I read this short story [in English] that I can't seem to find again. My vague impression was that it could have been written as early as the 1980s or '90s, but maybe it was more recent. ...

story-identification short-stories alternate-history  
asked by Gregory T 19 votes
answered by beichst 14 votes

What was the first example in film and television of lights inside a space helmet, illuminating the actor's face?

We've all seen this -- Battlestar Galactica space helmets have lights inside the helmet, illuminating the actor's face, so the audience can identify characters. So do the suits used on the surface of ...

history-of  
asked by Zeiss Ikon 12 votes
answered by Clara Diaz Sanchez 9 votes

Where is House Ordos in the 2021 movie Dune?

Back in the 90s, I used the play the Dune 2 RTS computer game, and I recall there being three houses: Atreides (blue), Harkonnen (red) and Ordos (green) (along with an unplayable Emperor). But in the ...

dune  
asked by Rebecca J. Stones 11 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the meaning of the ending of "The Man in the High Castle"?

The end of The Man in the High Castle consists of: Understanding all that (and I'm assuming I'm interpreting it correctly), what did Dick want the reader to get out of this? What's he saying? My ...

the-man-in-the-high-castle  
asked by Jimmy Sawczuk 47 votes
answered by Andres F. 17 votes

Why do Phineas and Ferb get 104 days of summer vacation?

There's 104 days of summer vacation And school comes along just to end it So the annual problem for our generation Is finding a good way to spend it In the title sequence, we see the calendar ...

phineas-and-ferb  
asked by SQB 50 votes

Why didn't Obi-Wan remember R2-D2 and C-3PO in A New Hope?

How is it that, per Jedi Grrrl As for Obi-Wan, he forgot all about R2-D2 and C-3PO after spending three whole movies with them I know people might say "well, would you remember a toaster you had ...

star-wars a-new-hope  
asked by zipquincy 74 votes
answered by DVK-on-Ahch-To 105 votes

Who was the fifth army in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies movie?

Elves Dwarves Men Orcs Who was the 5th army in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

tolkiens-legendarium the-hobbit the-battle-of-the-five-armies  
asked by alex 69 votes
answered by Rand al'Thor 99 votes

What do the White Walkers do with the baby boy gifts from Craster?

When Craster gives away the baby boys to the White Walkers, what happens? Do the baby boys become snacks at a White Walker party? Made into something else with magic?

game-of-thrones  
asked by Tugeye 35 votes
answered by KutuluMike 50 votes

Why can't adamantium cut through vibranium?

In Avengers vs. X-Men #3, Wolverine's claws meet up with Captain America's shield. It's always been my understanding that Wolverine's adamantium claws can cut through anything, but also Captain ...

marvel avengers-vs-x-men  
asked by Brett White 56 votes
answered by Thaddeus Howze 78 votes

Was the significance of Arya's Braavosi coin ever explained?

Jaqen H'ghar gives Arya the iron coin, she can apparently give it to any Braavosi and say Valar Morghulis and that gets her where she needs to go, but why? Where do these coins come from and what ...

game-of-thrones a-song-of-ice-and-fire  
asked by coburne 37 votes
answered by Justin Ethier 41 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Are Holograms supposed to blink in Star Trek?

In Star Trek DS9 S07E16 Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges, we see that when Dr. Bashir is briefing the director of Section 31 (Sloan,) he's showing him holo images of different Romulans, during which, if ...

star-trek star-trek-ds9 romulan section-31  
asked by kesarling He-Him 1 vote

What is the winged entity that Tikki produced?

In the Season 4 episode "Dearest Family," we see Tikki While doing so, she is enveloped in a column of pink light in which the image of a winged entity is visible. What is the nature of ...

miraculous-ladybug  
asked by Adamant 1 vote

Teenage boy in space with a female robot?

I don’t remember much about this book, as I read it years ago (around 2015 or so) in an intermediate school library, but it’s about a teenage boy traveling space with a female robot. I only remember ...

story-identification books space  
asked by PuggyBoi672 3 votes
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