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Questions tagged [the-lord-of-the-rings]

For questions about the trilogy of movies or books, 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 'The Two Towers' and 'The Return of the King'. Always use in conjunction with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag and, for movie questions, the relevant movie tag, e.g. [fellowship-of-the-ring].

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Who manned the Beacons of Minas Tirith? [duplicate]

In both Tolkien’s and Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings there are beacons for Gondor to call for aid in times of need. Only in the Peter Jackson film of Return of the King do the beacons go from Gondor ...
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How did Shelob stab Frodo through his mithril shirt? [duplicate]

How come Shelob's sting was able to pierce through the Mithril armor worn by Frodo and poison him?
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Who made the Nazgûl's swords?

In Mordor, who created the swords for the Nazgûl? As they were kings of men from different places before the became wraiths I'd say that their swords were made by men, but I am not sure.
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What is the point of the Rammas Echor?

In the Return of the King novel, the men of Gondor build a defensive wall around Minas Tirith, known as the Rammas Echor or Outwall. The area that the wall encloses stretches almost out to Osgiliath, ...
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Are there any examples in any of JRR Tolkien's writings where one can see through the eyes or take control of another being?

I know the palantír can be used to see afar or communicate with other palantíri, but is there a device, character, or magical ability that allows one character to possess the consciousness and/or body ...
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Who was Tolkien’s inspiration for Éowyn?

It’s well known that Tolkien’s own romance with his wife, Edith, was his inspiration for Lúthien and the romance (and tragedy) of Beren and Lúthien. (So much so that “Beren” and “Lúthien” are ...
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Why couldn't Gollum see Bilbo in the caverns if he could see Frodo at Mount Doom?

If Gollum was able to see Frodo and attack him when he put on the Ring, why couldn't he see Bilbo in the caverns?
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Did Shadowfax go to Valinor?

I seem to recall that Shadowfax was taken with Gandalf to Valinor, but I have not been able to find a clear reference in the Lord of the Rings. Is there any writing by Tolkien adressing this question?
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Does marriage to a non-Numenorean disqualify a candidate for the crown of Gondor?

By the time of Aragorn, the possible heirs to the throne had dwindled. As I recall I thought there was as an explanation that some had married people not of Numenorean descent and so were disqualified....
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Are the timeless halls in the Lord of the Rings infinite?

The Timeless Halls in the Lord of the Rings verse are the place where Eru Illuvatar, supreme creator, dwells with the remaining Ainur. The Timeless Halls have several layers, the lowest is Abyss and ...
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What did Frodo and Bilbo do in Valinor?

Is there any indication of what Frodo and Bilbo actually did when they were dwelling in Valinor?
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Aragorn's “guise” in the Orthanc Stone

In ROTK, Chapter 2 of Book Five, "The Passing of the Grey Company," Aragorn tells Gimli and Legolas that he has looked into the Orthanc stone and had a chat with Sauron. He says that Sauron "saw me, ...
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Would Gurthang have had any effect on Sauron's Ring?

Could the legendary sword of Beleg Strongbow and Turin Turambar, forged by Eol of star iron, have done any damage to the One Ring? I know the answer is most likely no but I just finished my re-...
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What are the improvised scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I think one of the iconic improvised scenes was when Aragorn gave an energetic scream after kicking a helmet close to the camera (as described in this link). Only finding out later that Viggo actually ...
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Have the Ents ever developed technology?

They're smart, and they have got cool beards. But do the Ents ever develop any forms of technology? Everyone has cool stuff, and the trees are smarter than the Hobbits and they never developed a ...
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How big is Ancalagon exactly? [duplicate]

I've had this question for a while now and it's: How big is Ancalagon exactly? I mean, I've looked over thousands of explanations but it keeps on changing. So I'm asking now, how big exactly is this ...
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Height of Mountain Ranges in Middle Earth

What are the relative heights of mountain ranges in Middle Earth? And how would they compare to our modern world? I tend to imagine that after the First Age, the highest ranges were the White ...
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Why is Shelob considered evil?

Shelob is an "evil thing in spider form," according to Tolkien. Now, we know that she is the "last child of Ungoliant to trouble the unhappy world," we know that she is fairly deficient in charm, and ...
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How and why did Gollum “worship” Shelob?

In The Two Towers, chapter Shelob's Lair, Tolkien writes that Gollum "bowed and worshipped" Shelob. Apparently this happened before he was captured and taken to Barad-Dur. I can't think of another ...
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A LoTR/Sillmarillion fanfic where female elf warrior/wanderer goes through the ages

Looking for a fanfic I read a long time ago but can't find. The basic premise is having an elf live and and experience (and affect) the history of Arda. Begins in Aman, follows the exile of the ...
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Did Donaldson say anything about the similarities between “Thomas Covenant” and “Lord of the Rings”?

I just finished the first volume in the first chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Lord Foul's Bane, and there are some resemblances or parallel themes to The Lord of the Rings that I found ...
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In The Two Towers film, how did Faramir's group cross over to West Osgiliath?

In the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Faramir and his group of Rangers (with the captive Frodo, Sam and Gollum in tow) witness smoke rising from Osgiliath, which is under attack by Sauron'...
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When did Saruman discover Isildur's remains?

Gandalf tipped Saruman off at the White Council in 2851, by encouraging an attack on Dol Guldur. Saruman overrules him and begins to search the Gladden Fields. In 2939 Sauron's servants are searching ...
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Why did the Ring affect Gollum so much? [duplicate]

Gollum was once a normal hobbit like Frodo and Bilbo- yet after acquiring the Ring he became completely different. Why didn't this happen to Bilbo or Frodo? Yes, they were changed in some way, but it ...
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Was it just coincidence that “Barad-dûr?” sounds like an English phrase?

The first time I heard someone talk about Barad-dûr, I thought they were talking about a "barred door." The meaning would be more than appropriate. Is there any chance Tolkien happened to realize he ...
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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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How long was Sam wearing the Ring?

At the end of The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers, Sam puts the Ring on to hide from orcs and then follow them, and afterwards passes out. Now the flicker of approaching torches and the clink of ...
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Was Gandalf intent on taking the Witch-King down?

In Lord if the Rings: The Return of the King Denethor implies that Gandalf might be not strong enough to fight Lord of the Nazgûl. ‘Yet now under the Lord of Barad-dûr the most fell of all his ...
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Why didn't Tom Bombadil take the Ring to Mordor? [duplicate]

He was certainly more resistant to the Ring than any other character in The Lord of the Rings. He could have handled the Ring with greater ease throughout the journey, especially in Mordor, as ...
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Why did Sauron's tower fall?

When Sauron is finally defeated near the end of Return of the King, why does his tower collapse? Is the collapse of the tower what triggers the ground collapse that (conveniently) consumes only his ...
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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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How old is Aragorn at the time of the Hobbit movies? [duplicate]

At the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas was sent to find Aragorn. But in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo is already 111 years old. So Aragorn must be ...
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Did Gandalf already know Boromir before the Council of Elrond?

‘Here,’ said Elrond, turning to Gandalf, ‘is Boromir, a man from the South’. Since Gandalf had visited Minas Tirith many times and was well-known to both Denethor and Faramir how was it that he didn'...
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Were the Cracks of Doom unique because that's where Maedhros cast the Silmaril?

Everyone knows that the only place in Arda that the One Ring could be unmade was in the fiery pits of the Cracks of Doom but, as has been asked elsewhere, what was so special about the CoD? I've seen ...
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In this scene of LOTR: The Two Towers, what business did these Elves have at the Black Gate?

Here is the video: It depicts Sam falling off a cliff and Frodo following after. We notice two elves approaching them. What business did these elves have at the ...
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Are there any female dwarves, and if not, how do they reproduce? [duplicate]

In the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, there are many descriptions of dwarves. But there isn't any mention of female dwarves. Are there any in-universe mentions of female dwarves? If ...
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Do foxes count as one of the “Free Peoples?” [duplicate]

In Middle-earth, Elves are bound to the world and will live as long as it lasts. Men are of course mortal, as are Dwarves, Hobbits, Eagles, Trolls, Orcs, Ainur (so it would seem), and, most ...
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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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Why did Sauron die when the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom?

When Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand, he returned again. But when Frodo went to Mount Doom and accidentally Gollum cast the Ring along with himself, Sauron was defeated and never came back ...
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Did Gandalf do anything else in Middle-earth after talking with Tom Bombadil?

In "Chapter 7: Homeward Bound" of the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Gandalf tells the Hobbits, I am turning aside soon. I am going to have a long talk with Bombadil: such a talk as ...
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Why didn't Galadriel take off her ring?

The One Ring could rule all the other rings. So why didn't Galadriel take off her ring? It seems so dangerous to wear that ring. Before The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the location ...
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Could Gandalf not have made his own One Ring?

Sauron created The One Ring to gain control over the other ring-bearers, but it also amplified his power. Since it's a bad idea for anyone to claim The One Ring, wouldn't it be possible for Gandalf to ...
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Is Bombadil a maiar like Gandalf? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on the way to returning to the Shire Gandalf tells the hobbits that: But if you would know, I am turning aside soon. I am going to have a long talk with ...
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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 was Frodo unable to destroy the Ring?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, just after the One Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom along with Gollum, there is a scene in which Frodo says: Sam, I could not have destroyed the ...
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Why did Aragorn faint when he touched the Palantír?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King when Pippin took the Palantír from Gandalf and Sauron saw him, why did Aragorn faint when he took it but later in the movie he challenged Sauron via ...
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Why did Aragorn call this stranger father?

At the edge of Fangorn, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas noticed a man robed in white. After seeing him, Aragorn leapt up and said: Well, father, what can we do for you? Come be warm, if you are cold! ...
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Who is this person at the edge of Fangorn? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings The Two Towers Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas rests at night beside the forest of Fangorn. There they sees an old man in white. Afterwards their horses also left them. Gimli then ...
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How are appendices included in three-volume Lord of the Rings editions?

I used to own a single volume trade paperback Lord of the Rings edition that had appendices at the end which were useful for keeping timelines straight and providing enjoyable additional material. I'...