Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [the-fellowship-of-the-ring]

The first installment of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, detailing the history of the One Ring and beginning the journey of Frodo and the titular Fellowship. It became the first part of an uncompleted movie by Ralph Bakshi, before being the source of the first movie in the commercially successful trilogy by Peter Jackson. Please use together with the tag [tolkiens-legendarium], and possibly [lord-of-the-rings].

12
votes
3answers
5k views

How did Frodo know where the Bree village was?

How did Frodo know where the Bree village was? I've never read the books, but in the movie Gandalf just tells Frodo go to Bree expecting Frodo to know where that is. So if Frodo knows where Bree is, ...
4
votes
1answer
901 views

What does Gandalf whisper to the Moth while on Orthanc?

After the duel between Saruman and Gandalf in which Gandalf is bested, he is sent to stay on the pinnacle of Orthanc. Gandalf then whispers a message to a moth that happens to appear. I know that ...
4
votes
1answer
699 views

Why did Gandalf seal the One Ring inside an envelope?

In this scene after Bilbo leaves, Gandalf seals the One Ring inside an envelope. He seems to fear touching it. He very briefly touched it when it lay on the floor ...
58
votes
1answer
8k views

What did Aragorn mean when he warned Gandalf about entering Moria?

In The Fellowship of the Ring after failed attempt to go through Caradhras the Company discusses the Moria way. Then Aragorn warns Gandalf of passing through the Moria. 'I will,' said Aragorn ...
6
votes
3answers
921 views

Why is there so little concern for destroying the Ring?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, there does not seem to be a lot of concern for destroying the Ring, even though it is recognized as being of paramount importance to everyone. Especially, the Fellowship ...
22
votes
1answer
5k views

How much dirt did Galadriel give Sam?

'For you little gardener and lover of trees,' she said to Sam, 'I have only a small gift.' She put into his hand a little box of plain grey wood, unadorned save for a single silver rune upon the ...
34
votes
1answer
7k views

Why was Boromir sent alone to Rivendell?

Boromir was the first son of the Steward of Gondor and a captain of Gondor. Yet, he was sent without escort North-West with only his horse, shield, sword, and horn to investigate Faramir's dream. Why ...
38
votes
1answer
5k views

Why did Nazgul spare the other hobbits at Weathertop? [duplicate]

In the fight at the Weathertop, the Nazgul injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop, Sam, Merry, and ...
2
votes
1answer
672 views

In the Lord of the Rings movies, why didn't Aragorn just reforge Narsil at the beginning?

In the books, Aragorn reforges the sword Narsil in Rivendell. He named the remade sword "Anduril". He carries the sword throughout the Quest of the Ring, even in battles such as in Amon Hen, Helm's ...
38
votes
5answers
10k views

Why did Peter Jackson replace Glorfindel's role with Arwen?

In the books, it was Glorfindel who saved Frodo from the Nazguls. Obviously, I'm talking about the movies, particularly the reason why Peter Jackson changed this scene from the book. Why did PJ ...
22
votes
2answers
1k views

East Gate of Moria

Why did the Eastern Gate of Moria not have password protection, like the Western Gate with its “speak friend ‘riddle’”? Were the peoples on the east side considered more trustworthy?
12
votes
2answers
1k views

Was Gandalf astray, or had the land changed, on the road to Moria?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 4. A Journey in the Dark, as the Fellowship has just been defeated by the freak blizzard on the Redhorn Gate, Gandalf is having difficulty in locating the stream ...
8
votes
1answer
461 views

Is there a timeline of the Witch King's visitation of the Barrow Downs in relation to the hobbits' visitation?

As the company of hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin) continued their expedition from Tom Bombadil's house and came to the Barrow Downs, they encountered a Barrow Wight that may have been ...
35
votes
1answer
5k views

What were the two standing stones that Frodo sees?

In the Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring), in the chapter The Fog on the Barrow-downs, the hobbits fall asleep on a saucer-like topped hill and awaken as the sun is setting. Alarmed, they ...
71
votes
3answers
12k views

How did they have time to build Balin a tomb?

Who built the tomb for Balin, buried him in it, and inscribed "Here lies Balin, son of Fundin..." on it? Wasn't he, and every other dwarf with him, killed by orcs?
9
votes
1answer
1k views

Why did it take less time to go from Rivendell to the Shire than it did to go from the Shire to Rivendell?

Although this question has already asked about the different times for traveling to Rivendell from the Shire, it did not address the duration of the return journey from Rivendell to the Shire that ...
30
votes
5answers
6k views

Why wasn't there a representative from Rohan at the Council of Elrond?

During the Council of Elrond, those present at this council were people who were of the three largest races of good in Middle-earth. But these people have respective from their place such as Boromir; ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Did Gandalf know that Elrond didn't stop Isildur?

After the defeat of Sauron, Elrond, Cirdan and Isildur went to Mount Doom. Elrond encouraged Isildur to destroy the ring. Isildur, however rejected Elrond's bidding. Now did Gandalf know that Elrond ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

What happened to Merry after Tom Bombadil saved them from the Barrow-wights?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, chapter "Fog on the Barrow-Downs", the hobbits are captured by the barrow-wights and Tom Bombadil saves them. After Tom wakes them, Merry says something that implies he'...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Why didn't Sauron kill Isildur?

I was watching the Fellowship of the Ring, during lunch time. In the Prologue scene, the armies of Men and Elves march against the armies of Mordor. When Sauron came to kill the armies of Men and ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

How can Gandalf travel so fast?

At the start of The Fellowship of the Ring he seems to go from Shire to Minas Tirith to Saruman while the rest haven't traversed that much. How is this possible?
-4
votes
2answers
480 views

Was the mission of the Fellowship of the Ring a 'secret' mission?

And I will choose you companions to go with you, as far as they will or fortune allows. The number must be few, since your hope is in speed and secrecy. [emphasis mine] Does the use of the word ...
38
votes
4answers
10k views

Why didn't the Fellowship use horses for transportation?

A kind of similarity to this question, Why didn't Gandalf or Frodo Fly to Mount Doom? The difference is that this question I'm asking is why didn't the fellowship use horses for transportation ...
12
votes
2answers
628 views

Who had hung the ring about Frodo's neck on a new chain?

'Have you got it here?' Bilbo asked in a whisper. 'I can't help feeling curious, you know, after all I've heard. I should very much like just to peep at it again.' (...) When he had dressed, ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

Why did the Nazgûl not attack a second time at Weathertop?

Even Aragorn and the Hobbits are surprised at Weathertop that the Nazgûl did not try a second attack to take the ring. The following possible reasons are offered or implied: The Nazgûl where ...
-9
votes
1answer
788 views

Why didn't Aragorn arrive earlier to save Boromir?

In this scene, Aragorn was with Legolas and Gimli killing several Uruk-Hai. When Legolas hears the horn of Gondor, Aragorn hears it as well. Aragorn comes goes to aid him, but he was surrounded by ...
-6
votes
2answers
3k views

Why didn't Legolas translate the password at Moria?

The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak friend and enter. Those words were written in Elvish. When the Fellowship was in the Walls of Moria, Gandalf translates the password. However, Gandalf could ...
14
votes
1answer
2k views

Who exactly was the squint-eyed southerner in the Lord of the Rings?

Who exactly is he? He is mentioned once in the Fellowship of the Ring as one of the instrumental characters who cause the Nazgûl to attack the Prancing Pony Inn at Bree. Is he a servant of Sauron or ...
30
votes
4answers
11k views

Why is the name Strider considered offensive?

To be clear, I am not asking why Aragorn and the Dunedain are treated as suspicious, but why the nickname 'Strider' (and Longshanks) is implied to have an insulting undertone, by Bill Ferny and ...
41
votes
3answers
12k views

How did Strider already know Frodo's real identity at the Inn of the Prancing Pony?

Strider appeared to, already, know about Frodo and that he carried the Ring. At this point in the story, Frodo was travelling under the pseudonym of Mr. Underhill. How did Strider know who Frodo was?
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Does Merry have one or two swords/daggers in The Lord of the Rings?

I have only ever seen Merry with one sword/dagger - the one that Galadriel gives him in Lothlorien. So how can the sword he stabs the Nazgul king with be one he picked up from the Barrow-downs after ...
27
votes
3answers
6k views

What was Sauron reaching for?

In the films of Lord of the Rings, in the flashback to the battle where Isildur takes the ring from Sauron's hand, why was Sauron reaching towards Isildur, thus allowing him to cut off Sauron's finger?...
1
vote
0answers
109 views

Which way did Gandalf mean for the fellowship to take into Mordor? [duplicate]

Before the fellowship of the ring broke and Frodo and Sam decide to go on alone, Gandalf lead the group. I've been wondering which way he meant for the group to choose into Mordor. There seem to be ...
29
votes
3answers
11k views

Why didn't the Fellowship help Gandalf when he faced the Balrog?

During the events of the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, the Fellowship witness Gandalf facing the Balrog. When Gandalf falls, he's still hanging on the cliff. And when Frodo cries out to Gandalf, Boromir ...
-2
votes
2answers
2k views

Is Boromir Evil in Lord of the Rings?

Inspired by the question Why Did Boromir Succumb to the One Ring? During the Council of Elrond, Boromir tried to take the ring for himself. Elrond calls his attention to it and Gandalf recites the ...
8
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the importance of Galadriel giving a new bow to Legolas?

In Fellowship of the Ring, at the Lothlorien - the place of Galadriel - the Fellowship received gifts from Galadriel. Legolas received the Bow of Galadrim replacing his current bow, the Bow of ...
25
votes
3answers
6k views

Who is the leader of the Fellowship of the Ring?

I am just wondering if Gandalf or Aragorn, or possibly even Frodo, was the leader of the Fellowship. During their journey Gandalf was always the first person who took the lead. When Gandalf falls in ...
4
votes
4answers
3k views

Why did Gandalf let Frodo decide where to go in the pass of Caradhras?

When the Fellowship are on the side of the mountain and arguing about which direction to take- continue on or turn back, Gandalf says: "Let the ring bearer decide." Why does Gandalf say that? He ...
122
votes
2answers
19k views

What did Frodo mean by “He told me the true story”?

I'm re-reading the Lord of the Rings saga since 10 to 12 years ago, but something striked me as odd in The Fellowship of the Ring's first chapter: A Long-Expected Party (emphasis is mine): ‘She ...
21
votes
2answers
8k views

What did Gandalf mean when he told the Balrog to “go back to the Shadow”?

During the speech Gandalf gives when he confronts the Balrog he instructs the Balrog to "go back to the Shadow!". "You cannot pass," he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. "I am a ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Did Saruman really make an army of Uruk-Hai in just 10 weeks?

According to the Lord of the Rings project, Saruman imprisoned Gandalf at the top of the tower, Orthanc on July 10th, 3018 Third Age. The chief of the great eagles, ...
5
votes
1answer
481 views

When do Merry and Pippin find out that Frodo & Sam have gone to Mordor?

When do Merry and Pippin find out about what happened to Frodo and Sam? Where were they, and who told them? Merry and Pippin were captured by Orcs after the Fellowship was broken at Parth Galen. ...
2
votes
0answers
87 views

Who were all the attendees at the Council of Elrond? [duplicate]

Besides the actual fellowship and Elrond, who else attended the meeting in Rivendell? In the movie, it looks like there are around 20 or so attendees. Who were they? How closely does this match the ...
-7
votes
1answer
3k views

Why did Bilbo Baggins leave Bag End at the start of Lord of the Rings

It said Bilbo disappeared after his and Frodo's Birthday Celebration together. Where did Bilbo leave to and why did he leave?
9
votes
2answers
5k views

How tall were the Argonath?

The Argonath were two huge works of stone, carved in the likenesses of Isildur and Anarion, that stood at either side of the River Anduin. They were situated at the entrance to a wide lake called Nen ...
42
votes
4answers
15k views

How does Gandalf end up on the roof of Orthanc in Isengard?

After the short duel between Gandalf and Saruman in The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf gets trapped on the roof of Orthanc. But it looks to be a smooth top without any doors or stairs (according to ...
13
votes
3answers
7k views

Why exactly does Sauron say this to Frodo in the movie?

"There is no life in the void, only death," says Sauron to Frodo immediately after a terrifying "I see you," when Frodo puts on the One Ring at the Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship ...
22
votes
3answers
2k views

Why did the bodies of the wargs that attacked the Fellowship in Hollin disappear?

In Hollin, after attempting to traverse the Misty Mountains via the pass of Caradhras, the Fellowship is attacked during the night by a pack of wargs. The Fellowship defeats them. Here is what is ...
64
votes
10answers
16k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Why does Celeborn say that the Enemy knows the Fellowship has entered Lothlorien?

In FoTR movie, after the Fellowship reaches Lórien and talks to Celeborn and Galadriel, Celeborn says that the Enemy (Sauron) knows they have entered Lórien. Celeborn: The Enemy knows you have ...