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

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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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Why not fly instead of walk?! (Lord of the Rings) [duplicate]

I recently watched the Lord of the Rings-Trilogy again and came to wonder: Frodos and Sams travels are long and exhausting. After finishing the task, the two lay down on the surface of Mount Doom. ...
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Could Silmaril be IN Arkenstone? [duplicate]

I am not expert on LOR, the Hobbit or any other work in this world. I just found out this debate and after reading about it, got idea. If one shining magical/holy gem that is important in both Genesis ...
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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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How are Orcs so prolific in Tolkien?

The question as to how Orcs reproduce is one that has come up many times, and the answer is basically, as they are just corrupted Elves they do it in the traditional fashion. For the Orcs had life ...
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Did Gandalf and Sméagol ever meet before Sméagol got the One Ring?

I am thinking that since Gandalf enjoyed being with Hobbits and liked to visit them, I am wondering if there is anything in LotR canon that mentions whether he had visited the Stoor Hobbits during his ...
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Besides Galadriel and Glorfindel, were any of the elves living in Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age born in Aman?

Both Galadriel and Glorfindel were Noldor born in Aman who followed Fëanor to Middle-earth, and are still there at the end of the Third Age (though yes, technically Glorfindel died, was reembodied, ...
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How did Uglúk escape Éomer's assault?

After Lurtz's death, Uglúk became the leader of the Uruk-hai who captured Merry and Pippin. Later on, Grishnákh's troops joined them. When Éomer's riders attacked the troops, Grishnákh escaped ...
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How did Gollum follow the Fellowship through Lothlórien without being caught?

Lothlórien was guarded well. How did Gollum follow the Fellowship through Lórien without being caught by the Elves as the Fellowship was? The Dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the ...
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Did Tolkien ever discuss the inconsistent number of recorded Human and Elven relationships

In Tolkien's legendarium he was very clear that there were three unions of elves and men. Which were those of: Beren and Lúthien Tuor and Idril Aragorn and Arwen Tolkien also describes at least two ...
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Did the ringwraiths develop a better sense of smell and if so, why?

In my understanding, ringwraiths were once humans. The books portray them as sniffing a lot and trying to pick up a scent. This is especially true in the first part where Frodo departs from Bag End. ...
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Who made the ring of Barahir

In JRR Tolkien's work the Ring of Barahir (RoB) was one of the key heirlooms of the Heirs of Elendil. There is a relevant passage I recall, (I think it is from "Appendix A" of LotR, but my ...
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Who were the two large hobbits?

In the Lord of the Rings chapter "The Scouring of the Shire", there is this passage: The hobbits at the gate still seemed ill at ease, evidently some rule or other was being broken; but ...
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What has appeared in Rings of Power S1 that is outside Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but still in Tolkien's writings?

While people are quite, and even singularly, focused on things that appear in The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power that aren't in Tolkien's writings anywhere, what I find interesting are things that ...
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How close is Amazon's 'The Rings of Power' to anything that existed in prior Tolkien works?

I was interested in watching 'The Rings of Power' as I enjoy most of what has been produced on Tolkien's works (minus 'The Hobbit'). I am hearing some horrible reviews, however, that make me question ...
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Did the Istari arrive in Middle Earth simultaneously? [duplicate]

From the wiki it is said that Saruman and one of the blue wizards came first, followed by Gandalf. Later Radagast and the other Blue wizard was sent. Was this arrival practically simultaneous ("...
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Why couldn't the Ring be taken to Gondor by sea?

I'm currently listening to the Lord of the Rings on audiobook. In the Council of Elrond, they discuss a number of possible options for dealing with the Ring, including sending it to Valinor by ship, ...
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Did Tolkien ever write about his elves being hairless on certain parts of their bodies in any of his works, or if elves grew pubic hair

Any information from Tolkien's works that showed this would be acceptable.
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Why didn't Gandalf have spies just like Saruman?

In The Fellowship of the Ring we see the Gap of Rohan being constantly watched by Dunland's Crebains (crows) which Saruman used as spies. So, when Gandalf was reborn as Gandalf the White, or even ...
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How did the Witch-king take and hold Minas Ithil so easily?

One of the longer conflicts in the Legendarium is the Fall of Arnor, where the Witch-king spends a century building up Angmar to rival the diminished and disunited petty kingdoms of the Dúnedain, ...
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Why can't Merry drink the Ent-draught?

In the extended edition, after Merry and Pippin wake up deep in the forest and Merry realizes it's the drink making Pippin taller, he goes to get some for himself and you can hear Pippin plainly say: ...
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Did a dragon ever attack the lands of Rohan or Gondor?

I would like to know if there is anything mentioned in LOTR canon that mentions that a dragon had once attacked the lands of Rohan and/or Gondor, either during the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Age. Did a dragon ...
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Can Gandalf magically manipulate smoke rings?

In the Lord of the Rings movie, Gandalf is shown manipulating smoke rings in a clearly magical way. Is there any evidence in the books that he can do this? I recall he blew smoke rings in LOTR but don’...
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Why does Éowyn shieldmaiden of Rohan "not desire the speech of living men"?

Faramir smiled, though his heart was filled with pity. ‘Your window does not look eastward?’ he said. ‘That can be amended. In this I will command the Warden. If you will stay in this house in our ...
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"Regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness"?

From The Return of the King, either in the middle or toward the end: And all the host laughed and wept, and in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver ...
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Why would Sam NOT note the date when his own daughter was born?

In the end of The Return of the King: Time went on, and 1421 came in. Frodo was ill again in March, but with a great effort he concealed it, for Sam had other things to think about. The first of Sam ...
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Are there meaningful anagrams in Lord of the Rings character names?

Motivation I just observed that "Denethor", the human steward who thought himself king has all the same letters as the word "dethrone" which is what he intended to do to Aragorn, ...
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Was it not inexcusably foolish of Sauron to not guard the Ring-destroying lava pit? [duplicate]

I know that he did not think that anyone would want to destroy it, but rather that somebody would instead claim it and try to fight Him with it, but if there is only one place on the planet where the ...
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How did Frodo's and Sam's non-Orc clothes get back from Mount Doom?

When Frodo and Sam wake up after being rescued by the Eagles, Gandalf mentions that the clothes that they wore to Mordor have been "rescued", and that they shall wear them in a ceremony. He ...
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Why does Frodo act as if the world is coming to an end when they have fulfilled the Quest?

At the moment when they should be overflowing with joy, when they have just saved Middle-earth by finally managing to drop The One into the uniquely Ring-destroying lava pit, Frodo is talking about ...
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Are there any battle speeches given by Elven commanders in Tolkien's legendarium?

I am looking for battle speeches like the one Théoden gave prior to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King: Arise! Arise, riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall ...
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What is the Tengwar transliteration of this Gandalf quote fom the Lord of the Rings

I searched the web for someone to trust to make a transliteration in Tengwar and no one that I have asked has gotten back to me, so here I am. I want to make a tattoo in Tengwar (preferably the italic/...
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Is Sam exclusively Frodo's gardener, or his general servant?

Sam felt that he could sit like that in endless happiness; but it was not allowed. It was not enough for him to find his master, he had still to try and save him. He kissed Frodo’s forehead. ‘Come! ...
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What happened to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as the text that existed in Middle-Earth? [duplicate]

Excuse me for not having read the books, I just rewatched the movies while beginning The Silmarillion, with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to follow. At the end of Return of the King as he ...
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Why did the gate before Minas Tirith break so very easily?

Unless I got something wrong, it took only three (3) bashes with the huge door-breaker for the "mighty" gate before Minas Tirith to burst open. Isn't it strange? Is that really how a real ...
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Did Sauron suspect that the Ring would be destroyed?

In The Lord of the Rings, the strategy is to infiltrate the One Ring into Mordor undetected and destroy it in Mount Doom. However in "The Choices of Master Samwise", Shagrat and Gorbag have ...
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Why is Pippin thinking "mostly" of Frodo, ignoring poor Sam?

It seems that even in thoughts and prayers, poor Sam is thought of as "lesser than" Frodo, if even included whatsoever: All now took leave of the Lord of the City and went to rest while ...
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Did the "Wild Men" actually help in the great battle in The Return of the King?

It's quite possible that I've just managed to miss this, even though I read so slowly, but there seemed to be a big build-up when the "Wild Men" were talking to Théoden king and it seemed ...
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Is there “destiny” in "The Lord of the Rings"?

I’m confused about the existence of destiny in the world of The Lord of the Rings and, subject to it, free will. Clearly the characters seems to think there is, indeed, free will and the choices to ...
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Why did Pippin insist on joining Denethor's army?

Never mind the fact that it makes for a good (and nerve-wracking, in my case) plot point, but why did the hobbit feel the need to take this drastic step? Yes, I know that he has some sort of honour ...
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Evil Things Older than Sauron? [duplicate]

I was reminded by its quotation in Why did Caradhras not want the Fellowship to pass? of the following quote from The Lord of the Rings ("The Ring Goes South" from Book 2"): We cannot ...
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