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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Why did the One Ring not slip off Frodo's hand?

Clearly the One Ring slipped off the hands of Isildur and Gollum to further its own work to return to its master. So why did it not then slip off Frodo at any of the opportune moments in which a ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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 ...
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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?