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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].

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why does the Morgul blade dissolve after Aragorn touches it?

When Aragorn touches the Morgul blade in the Fellowship movie, it dissolves.What is the reason for this?
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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 ...
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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?...
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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 ...
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What does Gimli say to Haldir in Lothlórien?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship get trapped by the Lothlorien Elves and Gimli is.... not okay with their language they are speaking he says something in Dwarvish which Aragorn tells ...
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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, ...
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Would Gandalf have been promoted to the White if he had not fought the Balrog?

Gandalf was promoted to a White wizard after his body was destroyed in the battle with the Balrog. This was done mainly to replace Saruman as he had joined Sauron (or at least swayed significantly ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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?
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Who had the brooch Tom Bombadil took from the Barrow-downs belonged to?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after saving the hobbits from some nasty misadventure in the Barrow-downs (Hobbits never listen), Tom Bombadil lets a big treasure lie outside, to be freely taken by '...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Why do people care so much for Frodo?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Boromir is blinded by the greed of Men and tries attacking Frodo for the Ring, Aragorn finds Frodo and tells him to keep the Ring, saying he'd follow Frodo into ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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How could Legolas walk on snow?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring when the Fellowship is climbing the mountains and are pretty much overcome by the snow; Legolas is quite able to walk on the snow, when the rest ...
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Why does Aragorn decide to pursue Merry and Pippin in The Fellowship of the Ring?

Why, in The Fellowship of the Ring, does Aragorn choose to pursue Merry and Pippin, and disband the fellowship, instead of simply catching up with Frodo and Sam? Did Aragorn fear he was unable to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why wasn't Glorfindel included in the Fellowship?

Glorfindel killed a Balrog on his own, he could've been a huge asset to the Fellowship... yet he wasn't taken along with them.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When and where did Gollum start following the Fellowship?

Gollum follows the Fellowship from a distance in a desperate hope to get the Ring back. I don't know when or where he actually started following them, so that's my question. In the first movie (FOTR),...
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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 ...
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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?
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How does one fight the Nazgûl?

In Fellowship of the Ring, it is said in several places that Aragorn, Glorfindel, and perhaps even a few other people, were able to fight off Nazgûl; they can't fend off all nine at once, but if they ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why did Gandalf drop down after the Balrog?

In The Fellowship of the Ring film, why did Gandalf willingly drop down after the Balrog? He had a really firm grip on the rocks, and it looked like he could easily hold on.
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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?
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How did Bilbo Baggins find the One Ring exactly?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, it explains how Bilbo got the Ring: Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by ...
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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 ...
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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 ...