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

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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

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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The waning of the elves and Melkor's influence on the history of Arda

I'm currently struggling my way through Morgoth's ring, and am reading the commentary on the Athrabeth. However, one quote in the commentary is confusing me, and I was hoping someone understood it ...
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How many languages could Gandalf speak? [duplicate]

In the movies, I see: Gandalf read and spoke fluent Elvish. He could read Black Speech. He showed Thorin Oakenshield the note that promised payment for the latter's head. He also chants the ring ...
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Where were the Men of Lake Town during the battles of Minas Tirith and Middle-earth?

Where were the Men (or rather people) of Lake Town during the Battle of Minas Tirith and Battle for Middle-earth? Had the Men of Lake Town merged with one of the kingdoms of Rohan or Gondor by then?
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What is the accurate inscription on the Anduril/Narsil pommel from the films?

I am using the Tengwar Annatar font to write out the inscription that appears on the pommel of the movie replica sword, but one character is tripping me up. According to elvish.org, the homepage of ...
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Aren't there too many Uruks in Helm's Deep?

This is just something that always bothered me. Aren't the Uruks portrayed before and during the battle too many to really be only 10k? 10k people aren't really that many, is the capacity of a very ...
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How do the beacons atop each mountain light up? [duplicate]

In the RotK movie, Gandalf and Merry light up the beacons of Gondor. These beacons have been built atop each peak of the White Mountains. Mysteriously, when one beacon is lit another also becomes lit ...
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Did Gandalf think that Frodo was dead?

When the Host of the West march upon the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron reveals 'Tokens' (including Frodo's Mithril shirt). At this point, Gandalf looks defeated. Did he think that Frodo had been ...
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In the movies why does Frodo try to give the One Ring to Aragorn?

In the movie, Frodo tries to give the One Ring to Aragorn in Parth Galen. Aragorn deftly refuses the offer. Why does Frodo do this? Hadn't the council told him not to offer it to anyone else? Boromir '...
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Scouring of the Shire—how old is it?

The Scouring of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings is that part of the story that really drives home the way the Hobbit characters have changed over the course of their journey. At the time people ...
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How powerful is Saruman's Ring ( which he made himself )? [duplicate]

In the books, Saruman forges a Ring and wears it along with a shimmering cloak. This is known when Saruman reveals it to Gandalf. As the title implies, how powerful is this Ring ? It must be noted ...
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Was King Théoden completely possessed by Saruman or did he retain at least a portion of his free will?

In the movie, King Théoden is apparently possessed by Saruman. However, to what degree he was possessed isn't obvious. Was he completely possessed or did he retain some of his free will?
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What does Sauron look like? [duplicate]

Duh! But, do the books ever describe what he actually looks like? I found a diagram by Tolkien himself: But this looks too... vague? And I don't know whether he was ever intent on continuing with ...
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Was there a time gap in the story Elrond tells about Isildur?

I have just started reading The Lord of The Rings. I have caught up a bit on Middle-earth's history. I recently read the story that Elrond tells during the meeting in Rivendell (Fellowship). Here's ...
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Why didn't the Palantiri reveal the Fellowship's true plan?

Throughout the Lord of the Rings, the key tactical advantage that the Fellowship had was that their plan to destroy the One Ring remained secret, to the point that it's even stated that going to war ...
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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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Exact bloodline of aragorn [duplicate]

I want to know the exact bloodline of aragorn wether being mixed with elves or edain because it is not clear in the books.
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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Why do Gondorians frequently refer to Gandalf as Mithrandir?

Gandalf says of himself: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, ...

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