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Was there any kind of church in Middle Earth? [duplicate]

We know that there were active deities in Middle Earth (Eru Ilúvatar - who performed at least one tangible modern act, namely resurrection and return of Olorin/Gandalf) and that people were aware of ...
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How aware are Middle-earth races about their deities? [duplicate]

From the point of view of the reader, we’re made aware (via The Silmarillion mostly) about the different powers in Middle-earth and the creation of Arda. For the reader there’s Eru, the Valar and the ...
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How much did Hobbits of Middle Earth during the Third Age know about Vala, Maia, and the events of the First of Age? [duplicate]

This question is prompted by a previous question ( When did Bilbo and Frodo learn that Gandalf was a Maia? ). My initial instinct was that Bilbo and Frodo had no idea what a "Maia" or "Vala" was. They ...
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Was there any Religion in Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Did anyone in Middle Earth (besides the Istari and other Ainur) know of or acknowledge the existence of Eru Illuvatar? Are there any temples demonstrating worship for Eru or any text from the books ...
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When did Bilbo and Frodo learn that Gandalf was a Maia?

It is obvious that the common Hobbits (and men) knew nothing of the true nature of the Istari. When the Istari arrived in Middle-earth they were considered "strange elves" (as a matter of fact, ...
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Why did Tolkien describe religious cults in Numenor only?

In most of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, no organized religion exists, no prayers and no worship sites, temples, churches, holy groves or similar. The monotheistic-style god Eru Ilúvatar is mostly passive, ...
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Did Eru ever speak to anyone other than Ainur?

We know that Eru had ability to speak (and spoke to Ainur), for example this answer quotes Quenta Silmarillion: And the voice of Ilúvatar said to Aulë: 'Thy offer I accepted even as it was made. ......
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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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Did the Fellowship understand Gandalf's confrontation of the Balrog?

With reference to this clip, Gandalf revealed his identity to the Balrog and fended him off with his own powers. Considering that, as Istari, he usually made sure not to reveal his true nature to ...
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Did the elves worship the Valar?

In Tolkien's universe, Eru represents the one God while the Valar are described as "the powers of the world". We are told that some Men worship the Valar, mistaking them for gods (a reference to ...
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