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

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Does Galadriel's phial help win the Siege of Gondor?

The battle of Battle of the Pelennor Fields happens at the exact time Sam recues Frodo from Cirith Ungol on March 15. In "The Land of Shadow," Sam says: ‘If only the Lady could see us or ...
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Was Frodo's pity for Gollum caused by the Ring?

Frodo grows to pity Gollum over time. Is this pity caused by the Ring, for its own purposes, or would Frodo have pitied Gollum even if he wasn't the Ring-Bearer?
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What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil?

What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil and why is Frodo a figure robed in white? Then suddenly, as before under the eaves of the Emyn Muil, Sam saw these two rivals with other vision. A ...
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Who are the characters on this book cover for Return of the King (French edition)?

Who are the two characters depicted on this illustration for the RotK ? I guess one is Sauron (presumably the one on the right), but the other ? He might be an Orc, but I find it strange that he's not ...
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What does Faramir mean by “divers characters”?

When Faramir is describing the archives of Gondor he states: We in the house of Denethor know much ancient lore by long tradition, and there are moreover in our treasuries many things preserved: ...
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The different names of Mordor

While reading The Lord of the Rings, I got confused with the geography and different names of Mordor. Can anyone tell me the difference between these? (i.e. which names are from which language? Which ...
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How long did the “beacon call” from Minas Tirith to Edoras take?

AFAIK, Edoras is about 300–350 miles away from Minas Tirith and it is a 3-day ride from one location to the other. So, how long did the beacon chain need from the moment it was lit to reach Edoras? As ...
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How did so much research / knowledge exist on the One Ring (the papers which Gandalf consults after seeing Bilbo)?

If Sauron forged the One Ring in secret, how was there so much research in the archives of Minas Tirith? For example, Gandalf finds out from the archives that the One Ring has an inscription which is ...
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Was Gandalf a regular visitor to the Shire prior to Bilbo's birthday party? [duplicate]

In The Fellowship of the Ring (movie), Gandalf arrives at the Shire to much fanfare. In particular, young children chase his wagon hoping to see some magic. This would logically imply that Gandalf ...
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Can you hear using a palantír or just see?

My kids asked a question I could not find the answer to, so I will ask it here. Can the user of a palantír hear things on the "other side" or just see things? That is, are palantírs just ...
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What happened to the Nazgul after they were swept away by the river?

In the book, The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter 12 "Flight to the Ford"), all nine Nazgûl were swept away by the waters of the river Bruinen, and their horses drowned. They show up later in ...
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Is it common to find the first part of The Fellowship of the Ring by far the most enjoyable of the entire three-part epic saga? [closed]

Let's be clear: I do love the entire series. It is without a doubt an epic masterpiece, and it would probably make little sense to write ~1,500 pages about just Hobbiton and The Shire, with them never ...
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Did Aragorn serve in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in the Jacksonverse?

As stated in the title, does any information exist; I haven't been able to find out if Aragorn served in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in Peter Jackson's film universe (Jacksonverse). Did he, for ...
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Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? [closed]

As we know the Elves are afflicted with sea-longing, which must have been known to the orc overlords. Why didn't the orcs just bide their time and perhaps even help the elves depart? They could have ...
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In “The Shadow of the Past”, who helped Gandalf watch the Shire while he was gone?

In The Lord of the Rings chapter "The Shadow of the Past" we read: [Frodo, learning how dangerous the Ring is]: " ... Why did you let me keep it? ..." [Gandalf]: "... Of ...
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Is kingsfoil derived from Basil?

In The Lord of the Rings the healing plant Athelas, is known as kingfoil. In Tolkien's world it is a healing plant that reveals the king of Gondor, and also overcomes ...
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Did Gandalf have to fight the Balrog?

The movie presents the fight as completely avoidable. The bridge is two flights of stairs away from the eastern gate. It would seem that the Balrog could not have followed them outside and they were ...
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Where do Hobbits live?

Besides The Shire, in what other places can we find Hobbits living? I am interested in communities but also about individuals who lived among other peoples around Arda. Do Hobbits ever step a foot on ...
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Is the facial hair of Tolkien's dwarves unshaveable?

By which I mean that they could not be shaven, due to some sort of magic on them. Or are they simply omnipresent, but not magically protected?
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Publishing error in American edition of The Lord of the Rings [closed]

I am working on a research project about The Lord of the Rings and my English teacher mentioned some sort of publishing error when the books were being sent to the US for publishing. She has further ...
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What did Gandalf mean by “first light of the fifth day”?

I don't know how this one goes in the books, but in the movie Gandalf says: Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east. Does that imply that the battle of ...
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What was the out-of-universe purpose of Tom Bombadil? [duplicate]

While reading this answer on who/what Tom Bombadil was, I started wondering what Tolkien's intention for him was and why he was created the way he was? So, specifically What did Tom represent? Why ...
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Are there dark elves or lone elf warriors in LOTR?

In the books, an orc in the tower of Cirith Ungol (after the Battle of Cirith Ungol) runs into Samwise while he's wearing The Ring. The orc, Snaga, thinks it's a "Great Elf-Warrior" but it'...
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Why did Saruman lose everything but Sauron kept doing what he wanted?

I get that Saruman lost his powers due to being replaced by Gandalf. But, all of the Valar and Maiar were made by Eru, therefore if Eru could do that to Saruman then he should be able to do the same ...
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Would Sauron have honored the terms offered by The Mouth of Sauron?

Before the Battle of The Black Gate, The Mouth of Sauron offers to let the Captains of The West peacefully withdraw under the following terms: "The rabble of Gondor and its deluded allies shall ...
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What happens if a Ring of Power is worn by a member of a race other than the one the ring was made for?

In Tolkien's universe, what happens if, for example, an elven Ring of Power is worn by a dwarf, or vice-versa? We, seemingly, only have mention of this happening to One Ring, but I also don't remember ...
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Why was the Balrog beneath Moria

From Lord of the Rings: Saruman: Moria... You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame. ...
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What words (in Black Speech) was Sauron saying when he allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?

What phonemes (or even words in Black Speech) could one distinguish in the below video from 1:26 to 1:29, where Sauron allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?
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Were the Grey Company the “best mortal fighters in Middle-earth” during the War of the Ring?

In the LOTR Fandom wiki article for the Grey Company, it says: Led by Halbarad Dúnadan and the twin sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir, these Rangers were considered the best mortal fighters in ...
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Were the Beacons of Gondor real or animated?

I just re-watched The Return of the King, and I couldn't help but wonder whether they really built the Beacons of Gondor on mountaintops and lit them in order to get the shots used in the movie, or at ...
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How was the sound for the Horn in Helms Deep created?

I think the title says it all: How was the sound for the Horn, blown by Gimli, in Helms Deep created in the film The Two Towers? If they created a big horn as a basis ...
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Was The Lord of the Rings an inspiration for the Regular Show Christmas Special?

In Regular Show's fourth season, a Christmas special premiered, appropriately titled "The Christmas Special." In it, the park employees are tasked by Santa, a bearded, immortal, magic being, ...
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Does the Necromancer from “The Hobbit” have anything to do with the Dark Lord Sauron? [duplicate]

I finished reading The Hobbit around a week or so ago, and given how ominously the Necromancer was mentioned, I was sure he was being set up to be the main villain (or somebody very important to the ...
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Did Galadriel wake up a lot of people by her shouting at the One Ring?

In the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, after Frodo offers the One Ring to Galadriel, she puts on a display of power and shouts very loudly at the One Ring. I have always wondered if her loud ...
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Would the sword be visible if Bilbo wasn't holding it? [duplicate]

Today was rewatching the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and got very curious about a scene after the riddle game between Gollum and Bilbo where Bilbo gets stuck between the cave walls / rocks ...
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What exactly made Boromir “un-Numenorean” compared to Denethor/Faramir?

Gandalf says this to Pippin: He is not as other men of this time, Pippin, and whatever be his descent from father to son, by some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in him; as it does ...
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How was the door to Bag End able to be green?

In The Hobbit (and The Lord of the Rings) the door to Bag End is described as green. I'm curious to know how this was achieved; is outdoor weather proof paint easily made, and a technology that would ...
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What's the difference between a Maia and a member of the Istari? [duplicate]

I've visited many sites searching this, but haven't found any clear answers. Can somebody please explain what's the difference between a Maia and an Istari? And also, what's the singular form of ...
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Is it normal for Hobbits to live without their parents?

Based on my previous question, tried to understand why was Frodo living with Bilbo based on the assumption that it's not something normal. As Nathaniel pointed in a comment, It could be perfectly ...
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What happened to Frodo's parents and why is he living with Bilbo?

Today was rewatching the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and realized how normal it felt that Frodo was living with Bilbo (meaning that it didn't raise any questions at first - ...
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Did Tolkien ever comment on the inaccuracy of the inscription on the One Ring?

We all know what was written on the surface of the One Ring—visible when the metal was heated, as it had been upon Mairon the smith's hand. Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg ...
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What prevents dragons from destroying or ruling Middle-earth?

There appears to be little defense against them. Is it lack of will to do so? Do dragons not cooperate with each other? Or is there some force that prevents dragons from laying waste to the cities of ...
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Why is Shelob not interested in the One Ring? [duplicate]

Gollum tries to have Frodo and Sam killed by Shelob, so he could get the One Ring back from Frodo's corpse after Shelob would kill and "drink" him. And Gollum is no stupid, so I guess he ...
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Why is Sauron's name similar to the Greek/Latin word for “lizard”?

Sauron sounds and looks so similar to the Greek word σαῦρος, or Latin corresponding word saurus, which means lizard. Is this just a coincidence, or there is a (known or speculated) reason behind ...
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What species was the Party Tree in Hobbiton

In The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a large tree in Hobbiton called the Party Tree where Hobbits hold functions. What species is it?
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Is there a conversation regarding heroes and common people in “The Lord of the Rings”?

I recall an exchange early in "The Lord of the Rings" regarding heroes. One character laments that there is not a hero available to handle the task laid before them, and another character ...
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Why did Theoden allow the Uruk-Hai to approach Helm's Deep without harassing them?

In the movie version of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, we see that both Theoden and the Elves under Haldir allowed the Uruk-Hai to get close to the castle without attacking them. Considering the shot ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

I recently found a contradiction between the life expectancies of a Hobbit. A Hobbit comes of age at around 33 years old. Comparing that with a human, we come of age at around 18. Sidetracking a ...
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Do we know Sting's real name and anything else about its history? [duplicate]

During the events of The Hobbit, after dealing with the trolls, the Bilbo and co. find three magic weapons in the troll's lair: ... among them were several swords of various makes, shapes, and sizes. ...
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Why was Thranduil not given one of the Three Elven Rings?

The three Rings of Power made for the Elves are borne by Galadriel, Elrond, and Círdan. Those Rings are described as: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their ...

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