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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 was Sméagol's original present?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf relates the following exchange between Sméagol and Déagol: ‘“Give us that, Déagol, my love,” said Sméagol, over his friend’s shoulder. ‘“Why?” said Déagol. ‘“...
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Why didn't Gandalf take Frodo with him to Isengard?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, why didn’t Gandalf take Frodo (and the Ring of Power) with him to Isengard? Since Gandalf was unaware that Saruman had joined forces with Sauron, why wouldn’t he want ...
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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 ...
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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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Was Gandalf at Weathertop?

In the book, Fellowship of The Ring, Strider finds a stone on Weathertop that he interprets as possibly having been marked by Gandalf. He believes that the markings may mean that Gandalf was there on ...
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What was the shadow that passed over the fellowship on the path from Hollin to the mountain-pass?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, III The Ring Goes South, there is an eerie passage when Aragorn guides the fellowship from Hollin (Eregion) to the mountain Caradhras: It was the cold chill ...
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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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Did the Fellowship understand Gandalf's confrontation of the Balrog?

With reference to this clip, Gandalf revealed his identity to the Balrog and fended him off with his own powers. Considering that, as Istari, he usually made sure not to reveal his true nature to ...
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Since Boromir wanted the One ring so badly, why didn't he volunteer to take it during the Council of Elrond?

So I'm currently reading through the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time and this question has popped into my head. Boromir clearly desperately wanted the ring, as evidenced by him trying to ...
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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 does Gimli say that Galadriel is an “elf witch” who seduces men?

In Fellowship movie, Gimli warns the Hobbits about the "elf witch" who lives in Lorien.He says that men who look upon her "fall under her spell and are never seen again" It seems to me that Gimli is ...
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Why does Saruman explain the origin of the Orcs to the Uruk-hai chief?

In the Fellowship movie, Saruman gives a long speech to the (newly created) Uruk-hai chief about how the Orcs first came into being and then proceeds to ask him about his loyalty. Why does he do this?
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What does the Elvish word “Ai!” mean?

In the chapter titled "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm", in The Fellowship of the Ring, Legolas is the first member of the Fellowship to see the Balrog known as "Durin's Bane". He proceeds to alert the ...
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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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Why could Sauron not sense the ring? [duplicate]

If like 99% of Saurons' lifeforce was in the ring then why could Sauron not sense the ring wherever it were even if no one did wear it? Or how could he not sense it when Frodo was right in front of ...
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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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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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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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Why did the ring need to have a bearer?

Why not put it in a box or something and take the box to Mount Doom?
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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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What was the creature at the Caradhras Pass in LOTR?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the group chooses a path up a mountain through the Caradhras Pass. As they progress, a winter blizzard sets upon them that seems to get worse the further they travel. ...
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How could Gimli strike the Ring

I was wondering why Frodo was unable to cast the One Ring into the fire but Gimli struck it with his axe during the Council of Elrond? Wouldn't any dwarf be attracted to the jewel, amplifying the ...
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What's the pale greenish light in FOTR

While Frodo is in the wight's barrow, during Chapter 8 of FOTR, what is the pale green-ish light that appears? As he lay there, thinking and getting a hold of himself, he noticed all at once that ...
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Was the armour worn by the Numenorean ( Elendili age) and Gondorian Army created by the Elves of Middle earth?

In the Fellowship of the Ring prologue we see the Numenoreans in their signature armor, and then later in LOTR we see Doriathian-type armour from the first age worn by the Gondorians of the third age. ...
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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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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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Did Saruman rescue Gollum from the Wood-Elves?

At the Council of Elrond Legolas reveals that Gollum has escaped during a well-planned Orc attack. According to Legolas the Orcs were from over the mountains and unused to the woods but they headed ...
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How many were at that long expected party?

In the chapter "Long-expected party" Tolkien writes: “The invitations were limited to twelve dozen (a number also called by the hobbits one Gross, though the word was not considered proper to ...
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What is the significance of Gandalf's Moth?

When Gandalf gets imprisoned in Saruman's tower, Orthanc, a Butterfly/Moth comes to visit him and appears to tell him that something is about to happen. In this case a Giant Eagle comes and saves him....
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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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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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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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Did Tom Bombadil deliberately and specifically choose the Barrow weapons given to the Hobbits?

Did he set the stage ahead of time so that Merry could use his Barrow dagger to break the spell that made the Witch King invulnerable to mortal men? Tom went up to the mound, and looked through the ...
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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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How could Gollum follow the Fellowship out of Khazad-dum?

Gollum starts following the Fellowship soon after they enter Moria. Frodo hears his faint footsteps throughout their journey to Balin's tomb in the Hall of Records. But how could Gollum follow them ...
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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 Frodo travel with the elves who were leaving Middle Earth?

In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, the elves that Frodo, Pippin, and Sam meet on the road were High Elves leaving Middle Earth by way of the Grey Havens. Yet the Hobbits travel with them for a ...
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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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How did Merry and Pippin get their Barrow blades back?

The swords that the Hobbits got from the Barrow Downs were apparently magical in some way: in "The Departure of Boromir", Aragorn says this of Merry and Pippin's blades: Doubtless the Orcs despoiled ...
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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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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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Did Galadriel, Elrond and Gandalf try to heal the damage done by Sauron after the One Ring was destroyed?

Among the Gifts of Galadriel, given to the Fellowship while they were in Lothlorien, was: a small grey wooden box with a silver rune "G for Galadriel". In the box was earth from Galadriel's orchard....
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Moria's goblins

Why were the goblins in the Mines of Moria so silent that they could all suddenly hear the noise of the bucket dropping down the well and KNOW it wasn't one of them (and its location)? Do they ...
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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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Why did the all member of the middle earth council agree with Frodo as ring-bearer?

In the Fellowship of the Rings movie, the Middle Earth Council('Elrond's Council') were arguing about who was to bear the Ring. The scene was fierce because of the differences between races (conflicts ...
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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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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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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),...