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Questions tagged [morgoth]

Morgoth, also known as Melkor, was the first dark lord in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe. He was the most powerful Ainur, but stole the Silmarils, and along with the spider Ungoliant, destroyed the Two Trees of Valinor. This touched off the war of the jewels, detailed in Tolkien's *The Silmarillion*.

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Why did Manwe not understand the concept of Evil?

Manwe and Morgoth were brothers from their very creation. Morgoth whom created evil and wrote into the Music of the Ainur, chords of discord that would affect the events of Arda to come, had corrupted ...
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How did Morgoth's army get food while inside Thangorodrim?

Morgoth had a lot of creatures inside Thangorodrim while it was besieged and blockaded by Elves for many years. In later years his army broke out, so could more easily have found food, but for all ...
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Did Morgoth know that cursing the Children of Húrin would help him?

If Túrin hadn't been a counselor in Nargothrond, it might not have fallen. If he had not come among the people following Brandir, they might not have been found so quickly. If he had not been cursed,...
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What if Morgoth gained the One Ring?

There have been many questions about what the Ring would do to various beings of Middle Earth. In general It takes control of whatever it is through tempting them with power. There is some suggestion ...
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What happened to Utumno?

What happened to Morgoth's original fortress after he was imprisoned? Was it completely demolished by the Valar? Did Morgoth just abandon it for Angband? What happened to it when Morgoth returned to ...
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Does Morgoth have a fair form? [duplicate]

Sauron, Morgoth's first and foremost lieutenant, had a fair form which was lost only when Illuvatar pulled Numenor down into the sea with Sauron's fair form was trapped within it, such that Sauron's ...
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How did Morgoth create creatures?

Only Eru, had the power to create life, so how did Morgoth create: Orcs Dragons Trolls Wargs Werewolves Giants
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How could Tulkas defeat Morgoth if he was the most powerful Valar?

Morgoth warred against the Valar in the early years of Arda including destroying the Two Lamps which lit the world, and marring the lands in which the Valar had set to prepare for the coming of the ...
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How did Morgoth find Men?

Had Morgoth heard about the coming of men and went looking for them on purpose or was he just wandering and happened upon them? Also how did Morgoth know the tongue of Men?
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How did Ungoliant die? [duplicate]

Ungoliant was the mother of all spiders, most famously Shelob. Ungoliant and Melkor teamed up to suck the life out of Telperion and Laurelin and escaped under darkness, then Melkor refused to give her ...
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Is Morgoth “working as intended” by Illuvatar's will? [duplicate]

If all beings, regardless of their good-evil alignment, can find the cause and origin of all things to lie ultimately in Illuvatar, then can it be said that Morgoth - and other Ainur who went rogue - ...
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Was the Secret Fire within reach of Morgoth or his influence?

In the Silmarillion, it was stated that Illuvatar set the Secret Fire within the heart of Middle Earth. It is also the consensus that when Morgoth marred Arda, he essentially made Middle Earth his "...
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Melkor or Morgoth?

Despite being the ultimate Big Bad Guy1 in the Lord of the Rings books, Sauron was not the biggest baddest guy in the Tolkien legendarium. In fact he was only a servant of Melkor/Morgoth, who was a ...
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Was Melkor/Morgoth a Vala or not?

I had always been under the impression that Melkor was a Vala. It seemed to be almost common knowledge among Tolkien fans, including the ones here on SE. Then I came across this line in The ...
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Is there any plate armor in Tolkien's world?

As far as I can recall, no one ever wears plate armor in The Lord of the Rings - only leather and chain mail. But most depictions of Sauron and Morgoth show them wearing heavy black plate armor - ...
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How large was Morgoth in the First Age of the Sun? [duplicate]

Morgoth wore one body which he was unable to change during the First Age of the Sun, the last 500 years or so of the Elder Days. Morgoth shouldn't have been able to make his body grow bigger or ...
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Did Sauron end his service to Morgoth after he lost Tol Sirion or did he earn back his master's trust?

From reading the Silmarillion I had thought that Sauron disappeared and ended his service to Morgoth once he lost Tol Sirion to Luthien and Huan. However, after reading through the Lays of Leithian ...
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How large a form did Melkor take for his duel with Fingolfin?

After the Elves took many casualties in the Dagor Bragollach, Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, rode up to the gates of Angband and challenged Melkor to single battle in such a way that he couldn't ...
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What does Morgoth look like?

Is Morgoth, the original enemy in JRR Tolkein's Middle earth ever visually described? I envisage him as a bigger meaner version of the physical Sauron, but I cannot find any reference in the ...