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Who killed Sauron? [duplicate]

Is it correct to state that Frodo killed Sauron? Which is the role of Gollum/Smeagol? Frodo was the one in charge of destroying the Ring in the flames of Mount Doom (Amon Amarth of Mordor), but Gollum ...
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Why didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?

This fact had always bugged me. When Frodo finally goes to the Cracks of Doom he is met with practically no resistance. This seems uncharacteristic of Sauron which in my humble opinion makes it a tiny ...
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Why did Sauron think that no one in possession of the One Ring would want to destroy it?

In The Two Towers Gandalf says to Aragorn Indeed he is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and take ...
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Why did the One Ring not slip off Frodo's hand?

Clearly the One Ring slipped off the hands of Isildur and Gollum to further its own work to return to its master. So why did it not then slip off Frodo at any of the opportune moments in which a ...
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Could an Elf kill Sauron in single combat?

An elf named Glorfindel killed a Balrog in the First Age. Balrogs are Maiar that were corrupted by Morgoth. We know they can be killed by powerful beings, like the wizards, in single combat because ...
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Did Gollum die happy?

Did Gollum die happy when he had the Ring in his hand but at the same time was being consumed by lava? Are there any traces on this topic in book or in the movie?
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Why didn't Eru Ilúvatar trip Isildur?

Eru tripped Gollum, according to the LOTR wiki, thus destroying the One Ring. If he wanted it destroyed, why didn't he do something earlier, when Isildur took the Ring for his own when he was at the ...
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Why did Saruman lose everything but Sauron kept doing what he wanted?

I get that Saruman lost his powers due to being replaced by Gandalf. But, all of the Valar and Maiar were made by Eru, therefore if Eru could do that to Saruman then he should be able to do the same ...
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Was Gollum the key to destroying the Ring?

It seems that the Ring took control over Frodo, and he used it instead of throwing it to lava. It was destroyed by pushing Gollum, who was holding the Ring, into the lava. Does it mean that Frodo ...
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Did Gandalf see the future?

It is said of Mandos: he knows all things that shall be, save only those that lie still in the freedom of Ilúvatar In the Unfinished Tales, Gandalf says: If this hobbit goes with you, you will ...
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What's the difference between the "spiritual" beings in Tolkien's universe?

I'm looking for a brief synopsis of the Maiar, Valar, Ainur, and whatever Eru Ilúvatar is, and what the distinguishing characteristics of each group are. The specific information I am looking for is ...
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Can Númenor be resurrected?

Would Ilúvatar raise Númenor if King Elessar and the Gondorians asked him to, or is Númenor gone forever and no way to get it back? Answers that relate to Tolkien's own writings are strongly ...
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Did Sauron detect Eru?

Tolkien writes in letter 192 that Eru directly intervened in the destruction of the ring (see the answer here). Was Sauron aware that Eru was there ready to step in and give a cheeky push to Gollum? ...
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Could you willingly cast yourself into Mount Doom with the One Ring?

I'm aware that no-one can willingly cast the One Ring into Mount Doom, but could you do it if you jumped in with it? Tolkien's Letter 246 seems to imply that this was a potential path for Frodo, or ...
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Were the Valar watching the epic of the One Ring with any real concern?

They did send 5 Maia to help the people's of Middle Earth oppose Sauron's power play... but... Of those 5; Three did nothing of any real consequence, one turned coat and helped Sauron, and the only ...
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