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Mithril is a fictitious metal in Middle Earth. It was called true-silver by the dwarves. It was harder than iron, but lighter, and was worth 10 times its weight in gold.

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What artefacts are made from Mithril?

This question got me thinking, in The Hobbit we see Bilbo receive a mithril shirt, which he gives to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. Are any there any other weapons or armour that we know are made ...
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What does Sauron need with mithril?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, IV A Journey in the Dark, Gandalf explains: The wealth of Moria was not in gold and jewels, the toys of the Dwarves; nor in iron, their servant. Such things ...
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Is Mithril the metal known as Aluminum? [duplicate]

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we are introduced to Mithril, a metal described as being stronger than steel but much lighter in weight. It is also shown to have a silver sheen and the ...
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What is the name of the mineral that can be found before Mithril in Moria?

I remember that in one of the Tolkien books it was explained a little bit how Mithril was obtained in Moria. Before reaching the Mithril veins there was another mineral that caused dwarves to get sick ...
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Where in Middle Earth could mithril be found?

There is a Minecraft mod that adds Middle Earth during the time of Lord of the Rings. The modder usually tries to make it according to the books instead of making things up. Awhile ago they had a ...
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What real-world substance most closely corresponds to mithril? [closed]

While reading descriptions of mithril in The Lord of the Rings, it struck me that its properties might well correspond to a real material, possibly as an alloy with other metals. Is there such a real-...
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