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How did Samwise/Gimli/Bilbo/Frodo/Galadriel know they were allowed into Valinor?

At the end of the Third Age / early Fourth Age, Samwise/Gimli/Bilbo/Frodo/Galadriel got on boats and went to Valinor. How did they know that they would be allowed into Valinor? Valinor is usually ...
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Spoken language of the Hobbits in LotR [closed]

Yesterday, while milling over iconic lines from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, something started bugging me – Whenever the Hobbits are amongst themselves wouldn't they speak… well 'Hobbitish' or at ...
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In The Lord of the Rings, did anyone ever say "The fellowship is now complete."?

I have seen some references to this quote, but can't confirm if it was a real line, in either the books or movies. Is it perhaps a Mandela effect, or a reference from something else?
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

While interrogating Frodo, Faramir asks whether Frodo would grieve to know Boromir is dead. Frodo replies: "You have been trying to trap me in words, playing with me? Or are you now trying to ...
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Who was Bilbo's / Frodo's mithril chain mail made for?

Bilbo's / Frodo's mithril chain mail was made for an Elven prince, that much is established. A friend now sent me this article: Frodo's Mithril Shirt Once Belonged to Another Lord of the Rings Hero ...
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Did Sauron worship Morgoth during the Third Age?

In the Akallabêth it says that when Sauron is imprisoned in Númenor, he convinces Ar-Pharazôn to give up the worship of Ilúvatar for the worship of Morgoth. Does Sauron keep worshipping Morgoth during ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

I'm looking for a definitive list of all of the prophecies* that have been made within the world of The Lord of the Rings. The only one I can think of (off the top of my head) is when Glorfindel 2.0 ...
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What is this wrong inscription at the Doors of Durin, the gate of moria?

I've been seeing around the internet this version of the gates of moria: Would anyone know what is the inscription saying? It doesn't match the official image from Tolkien. Every resource that I look ...
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Why did Elrond choose Legolas as representative of the Elves and Gimli as representative of the dwarves?

Beside Frodo who volunteered to be the Ring bearer and his Hobbits friends who volunteered as well, the rest of the Fellowship members were named or chosen by Elrond: ‘And I will choose you ...
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What was the final fate of Khazad-dûm (after Durin the 7th)?

What was the fate of Khazad-dûm after the War of the Ring and the defeat of Sauron? I read that it is said that Durin the 7th led an army to Moria and purged it from the Orcs within, and then ...
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Did Gimli marry and have children?

Did the dwarf Gimli, Glóin’s son, marry and have children to continue his bloodline after settling in Aglarond?
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Sauron's knowledge of the Three [duplicate]

Was Sauron aware of the existence of the Three Elven Rings when he forged the One? I am wondering if Tolkien's letters or materials ever address this. The reason this question arises is that the ...
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What did Saruman's ring do? [duplicate]

Saruman was a loremaster who delved deep into the lore of the rings. He was of Aulë's maiar, so knew much of making. Eventually he crafted himself a Ring which he hoped would give him power, maybe not ...
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Story from Middle-earth about the events of "The Lord of the Rings" being a lie

In the early 2010s, I read a book about a group of adventurers in Middle-earth who retraced the steps of the Fellowship of the Ring and Frodo, only to gradually learn that the history of the Ring and ...
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What exactly happened politically to the Kingdom of Arthedain after King Arvedui's death?

After King Arvedui died and Aranarth refused to ascend the throne after Angmar was defeated, what happened politically to the kingdom and the people, now that no king reigned the lands? Like, who ...
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Did Sauron put his soul/spirit into all of the Rings of Power?

In the same way that Melkor grew weaker across the ages by 'expending' himself into his monstrous creations, Sauron must have similarly expended himself into the creation of his Ring, which didn't ...
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What are the "Houses of Lamentation"?

In The Lord of the Rings, the Witch King says "Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the Houses of Lamentation, beyond all ...
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Why didn't Treebeard attack Gimli (or vice versa)?

The Ents seem to have considerable animosity toward the Dwarfs After the Dwarves were put to sleep by Eru to await the coming of the Elves, the Vala Aulë told his wife Yavanna, "the lover of all ...
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Which species dance in Tolkien's works?

I know I at least saw the Hobbits dance, but I'm not sure about the others. And if they do dance, what kind of dances do they do (if known, if there isn't much description, ok)? I'm asking about all ...
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Did elves shed hair?

Us mere mortals have hairs that fall out everyday. Lucky ones have new hair grow back. But what about elves? This could have led to Feanor like scraping a couch Galadriel sat on. Wouldn't be hard to ...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

It is well-known that Isildur cut the Ring from Sauron, as in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past Elrond says: It was Gil-galad, Elven-king and Elendil of Westernesse who ...
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Did Roger Zelazny ever read The Lord of the Rings?

During one of the discussions of the Chronicles of Amber, the question arose whether Zelazny thought about creating an analogue of The Lord of the Rings, and how much did Tolkien influence him? Did ...
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Did Tolkien see all texts in his legendarium as all being found texts that he translated?

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were described by Tolkien as being historical documents that he found and then translated into the final published texts. Did Tolkien see all of the following ...
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Why wasn't Aragorn more stealthy at Weathertop?

In the first book, Aragorn and the Hobbits set up camp and start a fire on the side of Weathertop. Why is stealth no longer necessary? Between setting off from the Shire and reaching Weathertop, the ...
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Why give gifts AFTER the cup of parting?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel says: ‘We have drunk the cup of parting,’ she said, ‘and the shadows fall between us. But before you go, I have brought in my ship ...
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How to Pronounce Elanor?

A different question than one might normally find here, but I could think of no better place! How is Elanor- the flower from Lorien and Sam Gamgee's daughter- pronounced? Like the name Eleanor (EL-ah-...
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What are all the times Gandalf was either late or early?

Gandalf, who is ever-quotable is well known for saying: A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. I often cite this to re-assure my friends who're being harsh ...
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In Return of the King has there been any explanation for the role of the third eagle?

The below image is a screenshot of an Instagram Reel that uses a clip of Pedro Pascal to react to a clip of the eagles arriving at Mount Doom at the end of the Return of the King. The image has a ...
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Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog? #2 [duplicate]

Follow-up question to Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog? From the answers to that question, the dwarves apparently couldn't kill the Balrog because the Balrog is very powerful, so powerful ...
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Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog?

We read that the dwarves fled Moria after the Balrog killed Durin, their king. My question is: was it beyond the power of the dwarves to kill the Balrog? If so, how come elves were able to kill them? ...
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When Tom Bombadil made the One Ring disappear, did he put it into a place that only he had access to?

I have often wondered when Tom Bombadil made the One Ring disappear after Frodo gave it to him, did Tom send it into a magical realm/another dimension that only he had access to? Let's say that in a ...
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Did Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, and Gimli "wither and grow weary the sooner" in the Undying Lands?

In the Akallabêth, Elvish emissaries speak to the King of Númenor and others about what would happen if they came to Aman: 'The Doom of the World,' they said, 'One alone can change who made it. And ...
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Are the fires of Mt Doom lava, magma, or something else?

My son is learning about geology while reading LoTR. He wants to know if the fires of Mt Doom where the One Ring was forged were lava, magma, or something else. Are the fires described anywhere in the ...
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About orcs, elves, ents and trolls

I was discussing The Lord of the Rings with my son tonight, and we were puzzled by something—Treebeard tells Pippin and Merry that trolls are "mighty strong" but are merely weaker imitations ...
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When were Frodo and Sam first conceptualized as gay?

In my journey through the internet I came across this Reddit post which links a Cameo from Sean Astin (Sam in the LotR movies). If I understand correctly, he is responding to a question or paid for ...
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In what ways does the One Ring affect the wearer?

The key quote from Tolkien that answers this is contained in Letter 246, with my added emphasis: It was part of the essential deceit of the Ring to fill minds with imaginations of supreme power. ...
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At what point in the writing of The Lord of the Rings did Bilbo's "Translations from the Elvish" appear?

The original framing story for Tolkien's Book of Lost Tales, which later developed into The Silmarillion, was a sailor named Eriol/Ælfwine who chanced upon Tol Eressëa and was told the stories by his ...
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What happened to Frodo's house at Crickhollow?

In The Lord of the Rings, Frodo buys a house at Crickhollow after selling Bag End to Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. He goes there on the way to Rivendell, where it is revealed that Merry and Pippin both ...
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Compass/magnetic directions in Middle-earth

Maps in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have North/South/East/West marked on them, and I am wondering if anyone can tell me what these directions mean and how they are determined in-universe. The ...
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How was Aragorn's legitimacy as king verified?

Similar to the question "How did Faramir know that Aragorn was the King in the Houses of Healing?". How was it verified that Aragorn was indeed the rightful king of Gondor and not an ...
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In the Return of The King movie, why does Gandalf cough while smoking?

So this is a minor nitpick, but it's been bugging me for a little while now. In The Fellowship of the Ring, we can see that Gandalf is a casual pipe smoker; he seems quite adept at it, even able to ...
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How did Bill the Pony survive in "The Lord of the Rings?"

On the road to Moria, the Fellowship released Bill the Pony, who in my opinion is the true hero of The Fellowship of the Ring. At the end of the series, Sam is reunited with Bill who made his way back ...
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What exactly was the plan that drove the bulk of the Southlands subplot?

By the end of the first season of The Rings of Power, we learn that So...whose plan was this, and what exactly was the plan? For example... Or, And given that
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Was Gandalf on Middle-earth in the Second Age?

Amazon's Rings of Power shows someone who may be Gandalf operating in the second age. When does Gandalf first arrive to Middle-earth in Tolkien's writings?
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Do we ever see a hobbit use their natural ability to “disappear”?

The Fellowship of the Ring prologue contains the following information about hobbits: They possessed from the first the art of disappearing swiftly and silently, when large folk whom they do not wish ...
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Could the Witch-king be killed without a Barrow-blade?

It seems to be widely assumed (see, e.g., https://middle-earth.xenite.org/could-earnur-have-slain-the-lord-of-the-nazgul/) that the Witch-king would have been somehow invulnerable to Éowyn's sword had ...
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In "The Rings of Power," what is Halbrand referring to when he says "The One?"

In the last episode of the show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, during the scene between Halbrand and Galadriel, Halbrand makes a reference to "The One", but I don't understand ...
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Was there a Baggins at Bag End after Frodo left for the Undying Lands? [duplicate]

In the beginning of the first LOTR movie, Bilbo narrates "....There has always been a Baggins at Bag End and there always will be." But after Frodo leaves for the Undying Lands, who was ...
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What kind of beings are the three women that hunt down the istar [closed]

In the Amazon Prime Series, there are three magical beings clad in grey that hunt down one of the main characters and have several interactions with what are to become hobbits. As shown in the last ...
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How well known is the effect of death in Middle-earth?

Out of universe, it is well established that when Elves die, they don’t “really” die, instead they go to the Halls of Mandos where they will probably reincarnate after some time. Men go to another ...
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