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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].

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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 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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Who are the rest of members at Elrond's Council?

In Peter Jackson's film The Fellowship of the Ring, when the Council of Elrond takes place it shows a total of 22 members: We all know the names of the ones who were part of the Fellowship, but I ...
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Why was a fox able to think about the hobbits on the road to Rivendell?

When Frodo, Pippin, and Sam were traveling to Rivendell, they slept under a tree the first night. Tolkien writes about a fox that wonders to himself why three hobbits were sleeping under a tree. Why ...
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Why does Frodo cry “O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!” at Weathertop?

At Weathertop, Frodo and the band are beset by the Ring-wraiths, at which point Frodo feels compelled to put on the ring, and he does. When the Witch King attacks Frodo and just before Strider comes ...
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How old were Aragorn and Arwen when they were married?

After the one ring was destroyed and Aragorn was crowned King of Gondor and Arnor, he and Arwen were married. Though he looks older than his bride, I'm learning that Arwen is actually older than ...
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Why was Boromir allowed to join the Fellowship of the Ring?

Why was Boromir allowed to join the Fellowship of the Ring after the Council of Elrond, where he succumbed to the Ring moments after first seeing it, and explicitly said that he wanted to use it ...
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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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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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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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How long does the average Orc live? [duplicate]

The average or expected lifespan of Hobbits, Men and Dwarfs is easily found but I can find no definitive answer for the 'expected' lifespan of an Orc. All I can find so far is, 'unknown'.
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Was Gandalf ignorant of the effects of Frodo having the ring for 17 years?

In an answer of mine for the question 'Who are all the characters to have touched The One Ring?', someone astutely asked 'how come?' Was Gandalf aware of the Rings' effects on a holder before ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Why did the Fellowship scatter so chaotically at Parth Galen?

In the book Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship is camped at Parth Galen above the Falls of Rauros, Frodo walks off alone to decide what to do next. Boromir slips off after Frodo and tries to ...
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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 ...
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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 didn't Durin's Bane kill the Orcs?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains are clearly afraid of the Balrog, and who could blame them? But whereas the Balrog killed all the Dwarves he could find after they woke ...
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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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Who called and ordered the Council of Elrond?

From the book: Elrond speaks at the start of the council: That is the purpose for which you are called hither. Called, I say, though I have not called you to me, strangers from distant lands. You ...
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How does Gandalf know that the Ring had previously been called precious?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: It [the ring] has been called that [precious] before, but not by you. But we know that, at that time, Gandalf didn’t know whether that ring was the One ...