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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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Why does Elrond call Mithrandir “Gandalf”?

Why does Lord Elrond call and refer to Mithrandir as Gandalf? Suggesting that it is because he is (only) half-elven would seem illogical, IMHO.
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Were the leaders of the Shire counselors of Arnor after the time of Sam, Merry, and Pippin?

In the appendices after The Return of the King, it is stated that when King Elessar traveled to Arnor, he made the Thain of the Shire, the Mayor of the Shire, and the Master of Buckland counselors of ...
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Did Sauron prefer his name not to be written or spoken?

In the Wikipedia entry for Uruk-Hai, it states that some Uruk-Hai had an elf rune, equivalent to the letter "S", painted on them. It then states: It was clear the "S" stood for Saruman, considering ...
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What was Sauron's plan for a Middle-earth conquered and ruled by him?

I have watched only the movies but the question is about Sauron in the books. Sauron is said to be an aggressor who wants to conquer Middle-earth and bring all the people living in it under his ...
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Could Orcs be used against Sauron?

Within the movie version of The Two Towers Saruman created Uruk-hai in the pits below Orthanc that were willing to kill Mordor orcs when the orcs attempted to harm the hobbits. Could Gandalf (or ...
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Why was Boromir sent alone to Rivendell?

Boromir was the first son of the Steward of Gondor and a captain of Gondor. Yet, he was sent without escort North-West with only his horse, shield, sword, and horn to investigate Faramir's dream. Why ...
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How did Gandalf know the Nazgûl crossed the river in secret?

Our heroes in Middle-earth knew the Nine Riders were coming even though the riders were keeping their movements secret. ”I have an urgent errand,” he said. “My news is evil.” Then he looked about ...
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What was “Gollum's Song” based on?

At the end of the movie version of The Two Towers, there's a song called "Gollum's Song". The Lord of the Rings wikia states that it was based on "a song sung by ...
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Why did Nazgul spare the other hobbits at Weathertop? [duplicate]

In the fight at the Weathertop, the Nazgul injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop, Sam, Merry, and ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

I distinctly remember that when I read Lord of the Rings, there was a passage told from the point of view of an orc (although obviously still told in the third person). I think the orc was ...
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Translation of these Cirth runes

What is the translation of what's written below? I think it may be the poem of the One Ring, but I'm not sure.
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The Storm of Mordor and the Nazgul

In the Lord of the Rings, book IV (in The Two Towers), Frodo and Sam encounter a storm coming from the east towards the Emyn Muil. Suddenly, they hear the screech of a – what is presumed to be &...
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Has Aragorn ever expressed fear?

In The Return of the King, just before the Battle of the Morannon near the Black Gate, Aragorn gives the following (now famous) speech before his army: Transcript: ...
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What is each side of the conflict in the Lord of the Rings trilogy called?

Wherever I look they are always being called "Good" and "Evil". Are there any canonical names for each side of the conflict? For example in World War 1 there was the Triple Alliance and the Triple ...
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Were Men aware that Aragorn was being raised amongst the Elves?

I have been told that Aragorn was taken and raised amongst the Elves in one of my previous questions. Was there anyone who was aware of this? If so since he is the heir of Isildur did anyone search ...
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Why did the Elves respect Aragorn yet consider Isildur to be weak?

After watching the first movie of the series a lot I realized how much "dislike", almost "hate", Elrond has for Man when he starts with "I was there when it happened" as he tells the story of Isildur. ...
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The effect on Nazgul as couriers of the One Ring [duplicate]

This may probably all be speculative, but what effect would the One Ring have upon the Nazgul, who each wore a ring of power, if they had indeed captured it during the hunt for the Ring? Would the ...
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What was the white gem Frodo wore?

In the Return of the King, the last chapter "The Grey Havens", Frodo appears to have a white gem hanging from a chain around his neck that is mentioned a couple of times: On the thirteenth of that ...
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In the Lord of the Rings movies, why didn't Aragorn just reforge Narsil at the beginning?

In the books, Aragorn reforges the sword Narsil in Rivendell. He named the remade sword "Anduril". He carries the sword throughout the Quest of the Ring, even in battles such as in Amon Hen, Helm's ...
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What was the parting conversation between Elrond and Arwen?

In The Return of the King, the chapter "Many Partings", it says: None saw her lasting meeting with Elrond her father, for they went up into the hills and there spoke long together, and bitter was ...
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Would Gimli and Éomer really have fought each other?

There's an ongoing disagreement bewteen Gimli and Éomer about Galadriel, one that is only resolved because Gimli accepted that Arwen was an acceptable alternative opinion. From The Return of the King,...
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What lies in Mordor besides Mount Doom and Barad-dur?

Mordor is so big on the Middle-earth map, but the only significant structures in there are the Eye of Sauron and Mount Doom. Since Mordor is so heavily guarded, I would think that there would be more ...
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Why did Peter Jackson replace Glorfindel's role with Arwen?

In the books, it was Glorfindel who saved Frodo from the Nazguls. Obviously, I'm talking about the movies, particularly the reason why Peter Jackson changed this scene from the book. Why did PJ ...
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How tall are Aragorn and Elendil?

On both Tolkien Gateway and the Lord of the Rings wikia it says that Elendil is 7’11 (241cm) and Aragon is 6’6 (198cm). I have read the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion and neither of them ...
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Why did Sauron's army choose to march at the exact moment Frodo crossed the watchers?

It seems like an extraordinary coincidence that Sauron's army set off for Minas Tirith precisely when Frodo crossed the line between the watchers. It was practically to the second! (You know - the ...
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What was Aragorn talking about when he said “Helms Deep helped them survive in the past”?

In the Lord of the Rings movie The Two Towers, during the preparation of people's movement from Edoras to Helm's Deep, Aragorn says something like: Helm’s Deep helped them survive in the past ...
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What is the Mathom House from the book Lord of The Rings?

What is the Mathom House from the book The Lord of the Rings?
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In what way is Gandalf a steward?

In the first chapter of The Return of the King ("Minas Tirith"), just before Gandalf leaves Denethor, he says to him: "For I also am a steward. Did you not know?" What does Gandalf mean by this? ...
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How and why does Sam know to say that Sindarin phrase when he uses the Phial?

Following on from my question What does Sam shout when he uses the Phial?, I was curious to know why those words came to him, and why they were in Sindarin specifically. It would be more plausible ...
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What does Sam shout when he uses the Phial?

In the Two Towers, near the beginning of chapter "The Choices of Master Samwise", Sam uses the Phial and shouts in (I assume) elvish: A Elbereth Gilthoniel o menel palan-diriel, le nallon ...
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Looking for Tolkien's quote about sadness of kings

I have been searching for a quote by Tolkien, presumably from Silmarillion, which says (paraphrasing here) that the great kings had a sadness in them because they had seen the suffering from the past ...
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East Gate of Moria

Why did the Eastern Gate of Moria not have password protection, like the Western Gate with its “speak friend ‘riddle’”? Were the peoples on the east side considered more trustworthy?
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Was Gandalf astray, or had the land changed, on the road to Moria?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 4. A Journey in the Dark, as the Fellowship has just been defeated by the freak blizzard on the Redhorn Gate, Gandalf is having difficulty in locating the stream ...
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Why isn’t Middle-earth filled with elves? [duplicate]

We know Elves do procreate and have children. We know they do have sex. Immortal beings with normal reproduction would fill Middle-earth if left unchecked (like rabbits). We see Elrond with 3 ...
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Why don't the people of Rohan recognize Gandalf's staff?

From this link, (specifically in number 8) 8. NO ONE TAKES GANDALF’S ‘WALKING STICK’ One of the subplots in Two Towers is Théoden’s possession by Saruman with the help of Gríma Wormtongue. Aragorn,...
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How is the name “Gandalf” pronounced?

I've been reading answers to the question asking how "Smaug" should be pronounced and I was wondering, is there an authoritative answer to the pronunciation of "Gandalf"? I first read The Hobbit ...
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Is there a timeline of the Witch King's visitation of the Barrow Downs in relation to the hobbits' visitation?

As the company of hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin) continued their expedition from Tom Bombadil's house and came to the Barrow Downs, they encountered a Barrow Wight that may have been ...
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Was Arwen called Evenstar at birth?

After seeing the the question about Arwen's association with the night I thought about Arwen's nickname, Evenstar (Undómiel) - it being a reference to the last rebirth of the beauty of the Elves (i.e. ...
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Arwen's association with the night

Arwen is connected to the night, an association that appears several times in the Lord of the Rings: she was called Undómiel, for she was the Evenstar of her people. (LotR II, Many Meetings) and ...
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Where is the deep underground place where Galdalf and the Balrog ended up during their battle? [duplicate]

In "The Two Towers", in the chapter "The White Rider", Gandalf describes his battle with the Balrog. He mentions being underground, deeper than even where the dwarves went. 'We fought far under the ...
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What were the two standing stones that Frodo sees?

In the Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring), in the chapter The Fog on the Barrow-downs, the hobbits fall asleep on a saucer-like topped hill and awaken as the sun is setting. Alarmed, they ...
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Had Frodo traveled extensively before his flight from Hobbiton?

According to the answer to this question, Frodo was well-traveled and "experienced" before the major events of the Lord of the Rings. There's a quote that Frodo used to travel around Hobbiton or even ...
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Why was Frodo “wise” and Samwise a “half-wit”?

According to the sources I’ve found (for example this one), “Frodo” comes from the Old English “fród”, meaning wise. (Apparently in “Hobbit Language” Frodo’s name is “Maura”, but I don’t know if this ...
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Treebeard: “I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill.” - Is it really?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 movie), Treebeard says: I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill. Is there a difference in elevation or something that can ...
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Is the air in Mordor a poisonous fume, as Boromir claims?

While explaining why one does not simply walk into Mordor, Boromir says the following: It is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, and ash, and dust. The very air ...
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Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like?

Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like? Is there any known descriptions of all the Rings of Power. If not which rings have been described as to what they looked like? The Rings of Power ...
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Why didn't Sauron become a super nice guy after making the One Ring?

Sauron apparently imbued the One Ring with all of his evil. "But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made: in the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Sauron ...
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Why are skills of men so watered down in LOTR and Tolkien's work?

I have been reading The Lord of the Rings and it seems like men have basically no skills at all compared to elves and dwarves. Elves and dwarves are both excellent in craftsmanship, whereas the ...
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Does Galadriel wear any specific jewelry?

Does Galadriel wear any specific jewelry that is mentioned in the books? Please include answers specifically from the books not just from the movies.
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Why do the Elves not have more offspring? [duplicate]

Elves in Tolkien's legendarium are a very, very long-lived race, essentially immortal. But, yet, they don't seem to have a lot of offspring. When looking at the family trees of some of the well known ...