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

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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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Why did Nazgûl spare the other hobbits at Weathertop?

In the fight at Weathertop, the Nazgûl 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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At the end of LotR, why does the Eye of Sauron burn so vigorously after the Ring gets destroyed?

In The Return of the King, after the Ring got tossed into the fires of Mount Doom, the Eye of Sauron burst into flames, and the tower of Barad-dûr then collapsed. Then the Eye shrank to a small point ...
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Do the Leaves of Lórien brooches have any special significance or attributes?

The elvish gifts to the fellowship are somewhat tailored to each member of the Fellowship they're gifted to, it seems to me. However, hooded cloaks and brooches are also gifted to every member of the ...
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Does a transcription of Tolkien's handwriting in this image exist?

In his answer to another question I asked here, Jason Baker included the following image, taken from a page of Tolkien's "Synoptic Time Scheme for The Lord of the Rings". We had some difficulty ...
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Why is the name Strider considered offensive?

To be clear, I am not asking why Aragorn and the Dunedain are treated as suspicious, but why the nickname 'Strider' (and Longshanks) is implied to have an insulting undertone, by Bill Ferny and ...
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Is Sauron invincible when he has the One Ring?

In the opening battle of The Fellowship of the Ring (I can't recall the name of it), Sauron is putting in work killing many men with the swing of his weapon. Eventually Isildur comes out with a hay ...
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Would Black Númenóreans be more powerful than Aragorn and the Dúnedain? [closed]

As Númenóreans I thought they possibly would have been. Are there any references in Tolkien's writings to support this?
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Does time move slower inside Lothlórien?

I know I have read this somewhere and I wonder if it is correct. When the Fellowship comes out of Lothlórien it is implied that, during the time it has taken for them to be in Lothlórien, a lot more ...
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What is the timeline for The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy obviously covers a lot of time. How many months/years pass from the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring until the end of The Return of the King? A timeline of events ...
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Do we know anything about Aragorn's first time in Moria?

When the Company is forced to abandon their attempt to cross the Misty Mountains via the Redhorn Gate (the pass of Caradhras), Gandalf proposes they go "neither over the mountains, nor round them,...
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Do Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion pass the Bechdel test?

Motivation Let's face it, Tolkien wasn't much of a promoter of women's equality (to say the least). Thus there are no female characters in the Hobbit. the Lord of the Rings certainly has several (...
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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

As I have mentioned before, I am only reading the LotR books for the first time right now, and I am only halfway through the second book at the moment, so my knowledge of the third book is based ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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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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What did Arwen mean by what she said when she saved Frodo?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Arwen outruns the Nazgûl, she notices that Frodo is in a very bad state and seems to be very near death. At this point she says; What Grace is given me, let it ...
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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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Was Durin's Bane a servant of Sauron?

Just wondering if Durin's Bane was under orders from Sauron when he fought Gandalf and if Sauron would have the power to control a Balrog? Sauron did have servants in Moria but if the Balrog served ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea was ...
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Does Aragorn have a lapse in judgment or is there another explanation?

NOTE I've edited to add further logic to my question based off the first answer given. What Seems a Correct Statement In the LotR movie The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn makes the statement upon ...
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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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Has Tolkien ever commented on the relative leadership skills of prominent Middle-earth figures?

If we look at some of the prominent figures in Middle-earth at the time of the War of the Ring: Théoden Denethor Aragorn Elrond Gandalf All of these are 'leaders' of one form or another, but some ...
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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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What does Gimli say to Haldir in Lothlórien?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship get trapped by the Lothlórien Elves and Gimli is... not okay with their language they are speaking he says something in Dwarvish which Aragorn tells ...
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When Frodo offers her the ring, is Galadriel really tempted, or just making a point?

(Question sparked by discussion on Why does Frodo follow Galadriel and offer her the ring?) When Frodo suggests that Galadriel should take the ring, she appears tempted: she gives a vision of the ...
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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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Why is Orthanc so indestructible?

The tower of Orthanc is said to have been impenetrable: By the next day, only the tower of Orthanc remained, as it was hewn of one piece of impenetrable rock... -"Orthanc", The One Wiki to ...
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What is the picture on the front of this edition of "The Two Towers"?

The front cover of my edition of The Two Towers has a picture of what looks like a man mounted on some vast flying creature: The only thing that beast makes me think of is "dragon", but as ...
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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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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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Which seven kings does Saruman think Gandalf wants to control?

Just before Gandalf breaks his staff and casts him out of the order of Wizards, Saruman has a minor meltdown in which he accuses Gandalf of grabbing power. He makes specific reference to a handful of ...
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What information did Saruman have access to that helped him learn the arts of the Enemy?

Saruman is said to have long studied the arts of the enemy. Do these arts consist solely of Ring lore? Or do they consist of other evil technologies/sorceries that Sauron invented? If he had ...
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What did Aragorn plan to do after reaching Gondor?

This question is based on The Lord of the Rings books. In the books, Aragorn planned to go to Gondor and aid them in their fight against Mordor. Aragorn knew Denethor from his time at Gondor serving ...
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Without a physical form, what would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the Ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...
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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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What is in the east of Middle-earth, and why is it all subservient to Sauron?

There are a number of times in Lord of the Rings where the "east" is mentioned -- the pirate ships, the slave-driven farms. And of course all of the peoples subservient to Sauron who come to fight ...
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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 is Gimli allowed to travel to Valinor?

Gimli was allowed to go to Valinor despite not being a ring bearer. Is this explained in detail or just with the one line "for his love for Galadriel"?
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Was there no possibility that Aragorn could go to Valinor?

I understand that the base rule states that no mortal can step foot in Valinor, and I understand why, but if an exception can be made for Frodo and Bilbo (via Gandalf and Arwen's intervention) why ...
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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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Who has the right/authority to declare somebody as Elf-friend?

The LotR wiki lists people who have been deemed as Elf-friends by the Elves. Different people have been named as Elf-friends for different reasons. Do all the Elf's have the power/authority to declare ...
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How is it that Fëanor is greater in craftsmanship than Sauron or Saruman?

I can't remember the exact quote (I'll try to find it later,) but Gandalf tells Pippin that the palantíri are beyond Sauron or Saruman's skill. Given the fact that both Sauron and Saruman are greater ...
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Are Vardo and Varda two different people?

As the Fellowship was parting from Lórien, Lady Galadriel sings a song in Elven. The song talks about Elbereth. The poem goes like this: Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen, yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron!...
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Why didn't the Uruk-hai use Wargs to deliver Merry and Pippin?

In the movies, the pack of Uruk-hai capture Merry and Pippin, and are bringing them back to Saruman as quickly as possible. Why didn't they use Wargs to carry the Hobbits instead of packing them on ...
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Why does Sauron send Grishnákh instead of a Nazgûl to deal with Saruman's Uruk-hai? [duplicate]

This again is another strange decision on Sauron's part. We know from Grishnákh and the fact Legolas killed a Fell-beast that there is at least one Nazgûl on the eastern side of the Anduin, possibly ...
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Did Saruman make the same mistake as Sauron?

By attacking Rohan so early, why Saruman attacks Rohan with his entire force at the time he does confuses me a lot. Not only has his Uruk-Hai band not brought back the halflings he desires highly but ...
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Did Sauron know the hobbit Ringbearers' identities?

If I recall correctly, it was Gollum's arrival in Mordor and spilling of various beans that allowed Sauron to know Bilbo had taken the Ring. But I can't see how he could have been told that it had ...
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Why didn't Sauron realise Frodo was in Mordor despite finding his shirt?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King movie, in the scene at the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron comes out to parley with the company. Eventually, he presents Frodo's mithril shirt to ...

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