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Translation for a LOTR tattoo

I want to get a LOTR tattoo with the quote “Until the stars are all alight” in Tengwar. If anyone can help me translate it I would be so grateful.
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Where did the Elves go when they said they were leaving Middle-earth? [duplicate]

When the Elves said they were leaving Middle-earth where were they going? For some reason I thought they were going underground. If it was another continent couldn't Sauron just build ships?
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Why did both Frodo and Aragorn keep Gollum a secret for seemingly no reason?

After the Fellowship had left Elf Paradise and was boating down the long river, Sam notices what turns out to be Gollum following them. Sam tells this to Frodo in the camp, which has no guard, and ...
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What counts as being "given" the One Ring?

Inspired by this question. What counts as being given the one ring? As I recall, when Bilbo is leaving for Rivendell, Gandalf refuses to take the Ring for safe keeping, instead he tells Bilbo to leave ...
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Why could Melkor's forces not detect Gondolin by flying around?

If I understand correctly, Gondolin was not protected by any magical or godly means hiding it from Melkor and his forces. Now, the Echoriad mountains were pretty far up North, and also not that far (...
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What is the criteria of inclusion in the Big Jubilee Read that caused the Lord of the Rings book not to be included?

The Times reported that a panel of Commonwealth experts, academics, booksellers and librarians, assembled by the Reading Agency has decided not to include The Lord of the Rings (as well as Harry ...
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Why do they keep talking about important things with open windows in Lord of the Rings?

In Bag End, Gandalf and Frodo are talking about extremely sensitive topics with the window wide open. Anyone could have listened in to their conversation and ran off to gossip about it all over ...
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Why did Frodo not bring a lot of money with him on his very possibly one-way escape out into the unknown?

When they first meet Strider in the Pony Inn, and he starts talking about wanting a "reward", Frodo, believing that he's referring to a monetary such, thinks about the fact that he only ...
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What is the significance of Denethor eating the tomato?

The scene in which Faramir is leading a battle and Denethor is eating the tomato while Pippin sings. What is the significance of that? Ostensibly it's to show that Denethor isn't interested or has ...
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Was it confirmed by anybody that an orc was modeled after Harvey Weinstein?

I just stumbled upon the story from 2021 that one orc in The Lord of the Rings from director Peter Jackson was modeled after Harvey Weinstein: One orc among many in the Lord of the Rings movies was ...
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Why does Frodo keep referring to the party as if he were alone? (In the first book.)

Frodo keeps saying that he ("I") am going to take this or that way, even though they are four Hobbits and as many ponies. They are a whole little party/fellowship already before Rivendell. I ...
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What type of writing did the Hobbits use?

In the books, is there any information on what type of letters the Hobbits used when writing or printing? The Elvish scripts, runes, or something else? Thanks!
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Why did Merry (apparently) not get to experience the first adventures with the other three hobbits?

I feel like an idiot for asking about this, since I'm currently and carefully (or so I thought) reading The Fellowship of the Ring. I'm at the chapter where they are just at the ferry with Merry ...
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Why didn't the Valar make a Ring of Power?

Sauron made the One Ring to rule them all by transferring some of his essence into it as a power amplifier. Morgoth also did this in a different way, using the whole of Arda as a Ring. Why didn't the ...
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Why not march over Rivendell and take the ring?

After the battle on Weathertop the Nazgûl learn Frodo has the one ring and follow him to Rivendell, where Glorfindel defeats them. They have however by that time acquired the knowledge about the one ...
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Did the eagles from Tolkien's works have other appearances where they saved the day?

The eagles play a pivotal deus ex machina role in both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I have not read any of the background works about Middle Earth and would like to know if they played any ...
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Why didn't Helm's Deep have a trebuchet? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a reason why Helm's Deep did not have a trebuchet(s). There were trebuchets mounted at numerous locations throughout the city of Minas Tirith in Gondor, so the Gondorians ...
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Did Sauron have a sword?

In J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings lore there were present the common types of weapons as bows, arrows, spears, axes, pikes, maces, swords, etc. In high fantasy, swords have played a preponderant ...
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How did Sauron withstand the seven-year siege of Barad-dûr?

We all know that the Siege of Barad-dûr, a key event of the War of the Last Alliance, lasted seven years (S.A. 3434-3441). During that period of time the Last Alliance of Elves and Men kept the bulk ...
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Why does Glorfindel have a saddle?

In FotR I, ch. XII, Glorfindel mentions his saddle: 'You shall ride my horse,' said Glorfindel. 'I will shorten the stirrups up to the saddle-skins, and you must sit as tight as you can. Later in ...
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Why did Peter Jackson add Aragorn's line "Let's hunt some orc"?

In the final sequences of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Aragorn says the phrase "Let's hunt some Orc". Was Aragorn referring to a particular Orc? The ...
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Why didn't Bilbo see what Frodo saw when he put on the ring?

When Frodo put on the ring at Amon Hen, he could see telescopically for hundreds of miles. And when he put it on at Weathertop, everything became dim and dark except the Ringwraiths. Yet the first ...
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Were Isildur's traces of the ring in the right order?

Copied from this answer, as I don't have an English copy of LotR: Already the writing upon it, which at first was as clear as red flame, fadeth and is now only barely to be read. It is fashioned in ...
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What's with the Red Arrow?

In The Lord of the Rings, Book V, chapter 3, "The Muster of Rohan", Hirgon brings the Red arrow from Denethor, as a sign that Gondor desperately needs Rohan's help in the coming battles. He ...
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Why didn't Eru Ilúvatar trip Isildur?

Eru tripped Gollum, according to the LOTR wiki, thus destroying the One Ring. If he wanted it destroyed, why didn't he do something earlier, when Isildur took the Ring for his own when he was at the ...
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If Frodo had put on the One Ring in Moria, would he have been invisible to the Balrog?

I am wondering if a Balrog would have been able to see someone who was wearing the One Ring. Smaug was unable to see Bilbo when he was wearing the One Ring, so it makes me think that if Frodo had put ...
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What’s the threshold of power for a wielder of the one ring to defeat Sauron?

Through the series I recall there are different implications (or at least that’s my recollection of it) on who could use the ring to obtain enough power to defeat (and replace as Dark Lord) Sauron and ...
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Was Saruman truly a puppet? [duplicate]

This quote got me thinking: The world is changing. Who now has the strength to stand against the armies of Isengard... and Mordor? To stand against the might of Sauron and Saruman... and the union of ...
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Is there any solid evidence that Sauron was originally called Mairon?

It's common knowledge now that Mairon was a smith of Aule and one of the greatest smiths to be known before he became corrupted and commonly known as Sauron. I want to know if anyone knows any ...
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Did Tolkien actually use asterisms in the Lord of the Rings?

I own a version of The Fellowship of the Ring that I'm enjoying a lot, and now that I'm nearing the end I thought I might as well buy an ebook on Amazon containing all three books so I can go on with ...
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Are the Istari speaking the langauge of Eru Iluvatar when speaking spells?

Eru Illuvatar and the Ainur express 'magic,' or their godly powers, through the usage of song and words. Is the magic we see in Middle-Earth a translation of Eru's language, or is it vaguely ...
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Since the Mirror of Galadriel could show what might happen in the future, could it have shown Frodo that he would succeed at destroying the One Ring?

I am wondering that if the Mirror of Galadriel could show Frodo what might take place in the future, could it have shown him that he would succeed in his quest to destroy the One Ring?
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What are the differences in the description of Meduseld, the Golden Hall at Edoras?

I recently read that the description of the Golden Hall I am familiar with might be incomplete. In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 6, "the King of the Golden Hall"...
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Any significant textual differences between the 1954-5 Lord of the Rings and later editions?

I know that Tolkien made meaningful changes to the content of The Hobbit — both in the 1955 second edition and the 1966 third edition — to align it better with the world and plot depicted in The Lord ...
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Does the German movie translation of Lord of the Rings intentionally use 'du' in this way?

Over on the German Language StackExchange, RDBury asks Is Gandalf really on 'du' terms with the Balrog? (Odd 'duzen' example) I don't speak German, but I get the impression from their question: ...
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Why did Sauron need a large army when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth? [closed]

I am curious as to why Sauron went to the trouble of raising a large army to conquer Middle-earth when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth such as all the armies of ...
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What did the Valar think of Eru Ilúvatar sending Gandalf back to Middle-earth?

I would like to know if there is anything written in LOTR canon about what the Valar had thought about Eru Ilúvatar sending Gandalf back to Middle-earth as Gandalf the White. For example, did all of ...
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How fast did the Three Hunters go?

In LOTR book 3, Éomer comments on the Three Hunters' speed: 'It is now the fourth day since he was slain,' answered Aragorn, 'and since the evening of that day we have journeyed from the shadow of ...
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Why were the Easterlings and Haradrim fighting for Sauron? [duplicate]

Sauron's army contained a mixture of Orcs, Easterlings and Haradrim. From my understanding of the books and films the Orcs are created by Sauron and act as his slaves. So the Orcs don't have much of a ...
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In Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Films, what is the eventual fate of Samwise? [closed]

Reference this related question for context. In the film adaptation, the ship that Frodo and Bilbo took was the last ship to leave for the Undying Lands. So, in-universe of the films, what eventually ...
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Why were they called the Corsairs of Umbar?

In Tolkien's Middle-earth, the region of Umbar is some distance almost due south of Gondor. It's inhabited by a fierce seagoing people, descendants of evil Númenóreans and Haradrim, feared for their ...
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Why didn't Frodo tell the others that Boromir would try to take the One Ring?

In the movie LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, I am wondering why Frodo didn't tell Aragorn, or one of the others in the fellowship, that Galadriel had told him that Boromir would try to take the One ...
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Did Orcs retain any features of elves?

From the LotR.Fandom article on Orcs: Before Oromë first found the Elves at Cuiviénen, Melkor kidnapped some of them and cruelly tortured them, twisting them into the first Orcs. From the LotR....
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Why is it hard to get the Ring to the Grey Havens?

At the Council of Elrond, the idea of dropping the Ring in the Sea is raised. One of the objections is that the Sauron would expect them to do it, and that it would be impossible to get it there: ‘...
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How did the Rangers of the North make a living in the Lord of the Rings?

How did Aragorn and other Rangers make a living? Were they employed by some kingdom? If so, which one? Or if not, did they just eat what they found/hunted in nature? In that case, was the motivation ...
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Why is the number of orcs thousands instead of millions in "The Lord of the Rings"?

I know that Tolkien served in World War I, in which more than 20 million died. And he also witnessed World War II, in which more than 70 million people died. So why did Tolkien limit the number on ...
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Why was Gandalf unsure if Bilbo's ring was the One Ring if he had seen an image of Sauron's Eye when he was about to pick it up?

In the movie LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo drops the One Ring on the floor and then leaves his house. Gandalf then goes to pick it up but just before he touches it, he sees an image of ...
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Why did Aragorn let Frodo keep the One Ring after Weathertop?

After Frodo is stabbed with a Morgul-blade on Weathertop, a shard of the blade remains inside the wound, slowly turning him into a wraith. Aragorn knows that Frodo as a wraith would be enslaved under ...
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Which font have they used for the 2020 paperback release of "The Lord of the Rings"?

I've finally started reading The Lord of the Rings, and noticed that the new 2020 paperbacks (the Mariner edition from publisher HMH) use a different font than the 2001 book I owned. I really like the ...
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Why is Merry called "Holdwine"?

Following the destruction of the ring, when the hobbits are preparing to return home we learn that Merry is known as "Holdwine" to the Rohirrim: Éomer and Éowyn came to Merry and they said &...
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