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Does the Necromancer from "The Hobbit" have anything to do with the Dark Lord Sauron? [duplicate]

I finished reading The Hobbit around a week or so ago, and given how ominously the Necromancer was mentioned, I was sure he was being set up to be the main villain (or somebody very important to the ...
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Why is invisibility the power granted by the One Ring?

Why is non-optional invisibility the one active supernatural power granted to non-Sauron wearers of the One Ring? I'm looking for an answer explaining authorial intent, not an in-universe answer. ...
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Why didn't Sauron fight in the final battle?

As depicted in the trilogy: Sauron did not lead his army to Minas Tirith He did not defend the gates of Mordor from Aragon's army In fact, he was never physically involved in (any) battle ever since ...
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Why didn't Aragorn keep going with the army of the dead?

Why did Aragorn not keep going with the army of the dead and overthrow Mordor and Sauron? As unstoppable as they seem to be in destroying all physical armies without any injuries, taking on Mordor ...
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The use of the word "gun" in The Hobbit

In Chapter XVIII - The Return Journey of the book 'The Hobbit', Tolkien uses the word gun. 'The roar of his voice was like drums and guns; and he tossed wolves and goblins from his path like ...
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Why does Sauron not permit his followers to use his name?

From The Two Towers, chapter 1, "The Departure of Boromir": Upon their shields [the orcs] bore a strange device: a small white hand in the centre of a black field; on the front of their ...
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Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves? [duplicate]

Currently reading The Hobbit to my daughter, and we came to the Barrels out of Bond chapter where the Dwarves are captured and imprisoned by the Wood Elves. Bilbo sneaks in with his magic ring of ...
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How much of the Middle Earth universe had Tolkien invented when he wrote The Hobbit?

This question was inspired by a comment from Darth Satan. The Hobbit is a very different sort of work from Lord of the Rings: written in a style more like a children's book and less like an epic saga....
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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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Who made the Nazgûl's swords?

In Mordor, who created the swords for the Nazgûl? As they were kings of men from different places before the became wraiths I'd say that their swords were made by men, but I am not sure.
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In 'The Lord of the Rings', are the Ringwraiths really alive?

In the book, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien often talks about the central concept of the Rings of Power, namely that the Great Rings preserve life. Gollum, for one, is incredibly old, having possessed ...
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What caused the oathbreakers in the Paths of the Dead to turn into shades?

In Return of the King, we are told that the shades who populate the Paths of the Dead are the spirits of oathbreakers who refused to aid Isildur in the first fight against Sauron. First, we are told ...
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Sauron's sight details?

I am aware that the "Eye of Sauron" in Peter Jackson's movies was not Sauron's actual physical form. What the answers at 'Was the "Eye of Sauron" Sauron's actual physical form?' don't ...