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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 can't Elves create more Rings? [duplicate]

I have a question concerning the creation of rings in the Lord of the Rings. It's, at least, hinted that the reason the Elves depart for Valinor after the demise of Sauron is because their Rings lose ...
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Is it stated in Shadow or Mordor / War (outside the appendix) that Celebrimbor gave Sauron's One Ring it's own will

In the appendix of Shadow of Mordor for The One Ring it says “The One Ring was forged at Orodruin and perfected by his captive, the Elven lord Celebrimbor. Sauron invested much of his power into ...
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How did they have time to build Balin a tomb?

Who built the tomb for Balin, buried him in it, and inscribed "Here lies Balin, son of Fundin..." on it? Wasn't he, and every other dwarf with him, killed by orcs?
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What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring?

What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring? I'm talking about the 9 given to the kings of Men and the 7 rings given to the Dwarves (3 destroyed by dragons, 4 recovered by ...
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Was Saruman already siding with Sauron before Dol Guldur? [duplicate]

in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. after Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman rescue Gandalf and banished the formless Sauron they encountered Saruman proceeded to go after Sauron alone ...
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Gil-galad: Did he die? How?

I read a little bit, but I'm not sure. Did he die, and how? If he didn't die, then is it known what happened to him?
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What's the meaning of “your life will be forfeit?”

In The Two Towers film, Faramir is told that if he releases Frodo and Sam, he will "forfeit" his life. Gondorian Ranger: You know the laws of our country, the laws of your father. If you let them ...
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Was The Hobbit meant to be an adaptation of There and Back Again by Bilbo?

I know that The Hobbit was written before LOTR and retconned to be part of the legendarium in the second edition. I also understand it was to some extent a children's book. Both of these explain the ...
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Why aren't there werewolves anymore in the Third Age? [duplicate]

Who was the responsible for their disappearance? Are they hidden to the South maybe?
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Why didn't Sam use his own sword after dropping Sting in the fight with Shelob?

Sam's sword can easily be seen in his scabbard during the fight, however instead of drawing it he decides to kick Shelob and roll on the ground reaching for Sting.
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Translation of the writing around Gondor's banner

The symbol of Gondor at times comes with writing around it and I couldn't find a definitive answer about what exactly it means and whether it's "canon" or just something fans do.
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Is there any canon evidence of a second “One Ring?”

In the videogame "Middle-Earth: Shadow of War" the opening scene shows Talion, really Celebrimbor, forging a second Ring of Power to combat the original One Ring. My question is whether this is ...
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The Return of the King: Chapter 2 - The Passing of the Grey Company. Why does King Theoden take the mountain road instead of the plains?

We have King Theoden, Eomer, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Merry pausing at the Hornburg. From here, the party split into two: Party 1 - Theoden, Eomer, and Merry; Party 2 - Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli....
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Is Sam Gamgee an orphan?

Is Samwise Gamgee, one of the four hobbits in the fellowship, one of the three to be the last bearers of the one ring of power, one of the two hobbits who alone infiltrated mordor and brought the ring ...
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Where does Tolkien discuss his bafflement at fans wearing One Ring replicas?

I'm certain that I read a passage from Tolkien somewhere expressing how disturbed/confused he was that anyone would want to make or possess a replica of the One Ring, being as it is a symbol of evil. ...
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At the end of the Hobbit, if Strider was already a Ranger, how come he still looks that young in Fellowship of the Ring? [duplicate]

I didn't read the books (obviously), so I am kind of confused. Do Men live that long in Tolkien's world? I know Gandalf is supposedly an old-timer as well, but he's a wizard so it kind of doesn't ...
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Why did Aragorn change his mind about the Rohan tribute rumor?

At the Council of Elrond, Gandalf relates a rumor that Rohan tributes horses to Mordor: '"Are the men of Rohan still to be trusted, do you think?" I said to Gwaihir, for the treason of Saruman had ...
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How were Uruk-hai captains selected?

Are there any clues in the books on how an Uruk-Hai was selected to be a Captain, or otherwise increased in rank, over any other Uruk soldier? Were there fighting pits or some other method of ...
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Why didn't Sauron make the rings himself? [duplicate]

So Sauron had to trick the elves/Celebrimbor into making tainted rings for him. The reason he couldn't just cut out the middle man and make them himself, using his fair physical form, was because.........
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Why did it take less time to go from Rivendell to the Shire than it did to go from the Shire to Rivendell?

Although this question has already asked about the different times for traveling to Rivendell from the Shire, it did not address the duration of the return journey from Rivendell to the Shire that ...
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Why wasn't there a representative from Rohan at the Council of Elrond?

During the Council of Elrond, those present at this council were people who were of the three largest races of good in Middle-earth. But these people have respective from their place such as Boromir; ...
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Why did Tolkien refer to goblins in The Hobbit but orcs in The Lord of the Rings?

The Wikipedia article "Orc (Middle-earth)" informs, The Hobbit generally uses the term goblin, while The Lord of the Rings prefers orc. Furthermore, Andres F.'s answer "Are orcs and goblins really ...
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Tolkien's capitalisation of races, i.e. Elf, Dwarf, Orc

Related to Why Did J.R.R. Tolkien Capitalize Certain Words Throughout His Books? but the answers there don't address my question specifically. This is essentially something that went unanswered in ...
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Why did Fellowship of the Ring stay in Lothlorien for so long?

When the fellowship of the ring left Lothlorien, Sam commented on the position of the moon and questioned how long they had stayed in Lothlorien. Aragorn replied to Sam as follows: The old moon ...
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Do the dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth

This answer suggests that, like the Eldar, the Dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth. I had never considered that notion before. The passage is: Also, the Noldor's purpose was to prevent the decay of ...
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What is the significance of there being Nine Nazgul? [duplicate]

Is there any reason why there are specifically Nine Riders? The Council of Elrond appointed Nine Walkers in response to the Nine, but why nine?
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How does Gandalf almost die in The Hobbit?

Gandalf is one of the greatest - if not the greatest - wizard in Middle Earth. He manages to survive pretty much every encounter he has. But in The Hobbit (chapter 6 I believe) Tolkien writes: ...
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Can the ringwraiths use a palantir?

The Ringwraiths were once Kings of Men and we know that mighty men like Denethor can use them and may even be able to briefly overcome Sauron like Aragorn did. So could they use a palantir or does ...
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Why did Sauron think that no one in possession of the One Ring would want to destroy it?

In The Two Towers Gandalf says to Aragorn Indeed he is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and ...
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Why does the city of Minas Morgul glow green? [duplicate]

Why does the city of Minas Morgul glow green? Please answer with quotes from original Tolkien stories and writings.
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Is the name “Rohirrim” based on “Houyhnhnm”?

Houyhnhnm - Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift Rohirrim - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien I have been reading Jonathan Swift's excellent Gulliver's Travels, and one of the many strange ...
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What is the distance between Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul?

Does anyone know how far these cities are? I've looked at the maps, but also read the books. It seems like a far and wide world, but on the map it looks like a day trip. All you cartographers better ...
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Why did Gondor not move the Palantir at Minas Ithil before it was captured?

Is there any explanation on why Gondor didn't recognize that the Palantir at Minas Ithil (now Minas Morgul) was in danger before it was captured by Sauron? It seems they should have recognized that ...
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Mind control magic in lord of the rings [closed]

In Middle-earth, does there exist magic that causes the user to gain influence over another's body and actions? At the same time, are there catalysts in Middle-earth where such a spell could be bound ...
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Who is being referred to in the Barrow Wights Chant?

When Tom Bombadil leads the hobbits through the Barrow downs, the Barrow Wights sung this Chant. Cold be hand and heart and bone, and cold be sleep under stone: never more to wake on stony bed, ...
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Is Alegaesia part of the same world as Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I started reading the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini before I started reading J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I have to say, they seem pretty similar in the books. Of how Eragon uses ...
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Aragorn's Direct Relation to Elros and his unknown choice to become an elf [duplicate]

I've been pondering this from time to time. If Aragorn is directly related to Elros, Why couldn't he have choice to become Elven like Elrond? Because he is descended from Lúthien he could have chosen, ...
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How aware are Middle-earth races about their deities? [duplicate]

From the point of view of the reader, we’re made aware (via The Silmarillion mostly) about the different powers in Middle-earth and the creation of Arda. For the reader there’s Eru, the Valar and the ...
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Was it possible to wield more than one Ring of Power?

The One Ring controlled 19 other rings, with some mighty person wielding each. As The One Wiki describes, the rings for Men and Dwarves had fairly uniform powers, but the Elves' rings - Narya, Nenya, ...
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Why didn't Elrond use the army of the undead at the end of The Two Towers?

Why didn't Elrond mention the undead army (the one seen at the end of Return of the King) much earlier? In 'The Two Towers' they almost lose the fight at Helm's Deep except that at the last second ...
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Did Gandalf know that Elrond didn't stop Isildur?

After the defeat of Sauron, Elrond, Cirdan and Isildur went to Mount Doom. Elrond encouraged Isildur to destroy the ring. Isildur, however rejected Elrond's bidding. Now did Gandalf know that Elrond ...
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Where do the Dwarves put all the stone from the Mines of Moria?

In Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring heads into the Mines of Moria to escape from the Watcher in the Water after attempting to cross over the Misty Mountains. Inside the Mines of Moria ...
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How large is Aragorn's Reunited Kingdom?

I'm trying to understand the scope of Aragorn's kingdom after the War of the Ring. I understand that Arnor (the stuff West of the Misty Mountains and North of Gondor proper) was part of it; after all,...
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What material are weapons and armors in the Middle-earth forged from?

Re-watching the series again, this question came to my mind. Dwarves are known for their mining and smithing skills. We know they use a variety of material, such as Mithril to forge armor. Other than ...
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Why Sauron/ringwraiths can detect Frodo when he put on ring at Prancing Pony?

But at Frodo puts on the ring to escape from Boromir, Sauron does not appear to be alerted? (otherwise he'd send the ringwraiths over)
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Why or how did Durin the Deathless live so long?

Do we have any indication on why Durin I (the Deathless) was able to live such a long life? Sources [1,2] seem to indicate that he lived to be at least 2,395 years old. Given that that is around ten ...
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Why Théoden charge out at Helm's deep? [duplicate]

Isn't it better to defend at the narrow door (choke point, like in Spartan 300), than to charge out and get surrounded? The orcs could have easily pierced those horses with their spears which will ...
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Are there any specific examples in Lord of the Rings that are influenced by WWII?

I know that Tolkien is greatly influenced by folklore of many cultures and WWI directly. However, I wonder if there are any specific examples that show influence from WWII? The best conjecture so far ...
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Is The Spirit of Carnan possibly an Entwife?

In the video game Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the protagonist Talion ends up disturbing the Spirit of Carnan, an Ent-like being who controls & defends her section of forest. Given that the Ents ...
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Are Shagrat and Gorbag really talking about “the old days” from personal experience?

In the last chapter of The Two Towers, the two orc captains, Shagrat and Gorbag discuss the current status of war and politics in Mordor. They discuss how the Nazgul are the master's preferred ...