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

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Did Aragorn serve in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in the Jacksonverse?

As stated in the title, does any information exist; I haven't been able to find out if Aragorn served in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in Peter Jackson's film universe (Jacksonverse). Did he, for ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits get frostbite?

This is a question that's been bothering me for the last couple of days: How is it that the hobbits of the Fellowship were able to survive such cold temperatures throughout their travels without ...
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Did Tolkien really explicitly consider Sam the true hero of The Lord of the Rings?

Quoting from Crouching Moron Hidden Badass: Literature on TVTropes (TVTropes link alert!!! Don't tell me I didn't warn you!): Perhaps even more aptly: Samwise Gamgee. His name roughly translates to ...
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Is Galadriel pardoned immediately after resisting the tempation of the Ring?

From Letter 297: The Exiles were allowed to return - save for a few chief actors in the rebellion of whom at the time of the LR only Galadriel remained. At the time of her lament in Lorien she ...
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How large were Saruman's and Sauron's armies?

I was pondering about Saruman's role as an opportunist ally of Sauron, when I realized that I had absolutely no idea how strong his army was compared to Sauron. We know Saruman fielded an impressive ...
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Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? [closed]

As we know the Elves are afflicted with sea-longing, which must have been known to the orc overlords. Why didn't the orcs just bide their time and perhaps even help the elves depart? They could have ...
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Did the Ring Bearers and Gimli die in Valinor?

A comment on a recent question stated The Undying Lands doesn't prevent mortals from dying so, in fact, [Frodo] died... maybe sixty years (or more, if his life was prolonged) after the end of the ...
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How soon after Frodo leaves Middle Earth, do Gimli and Sam leave?

I've read in different places that Gimli and Sam are allowed to go to the Undying Lands because of exceptional circumstances. (Sam was a ring bearer, Gimli was a friend of Legolas and served Galadriel....
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Why are the Ringwraiths fearful of coming into contact with water?

At least twice in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Ringwraiths cower away from bodies of water. The second time (the ford of Bruinen) can be explained away by their fear of some ...
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In “The Shadow of the Past”, who helped Gandalf watch the Shire while he was gone?

In The Lord of the Rings chapter "The Shadow of the Past" we read: [Frodo, learning how dangerous the Ring is]: " ... Why did you let me keep it? ..." [Gandalf]: "... Of ...
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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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Are Tolkien's orcs immortal?

Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers in all of Tolkien's Legendarium, a race of sentient beings bred by the evil Vala Melkor (Morgoth) during the time of the Great Darkness. ...
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What marked the end of Tolkien's fourth age?

I keep running across the following quote from Tolkien's Letter #211 concerning the time between the destruction of the ring at the end of the third age and the present day: I imagine the gap to be ...
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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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Witch-king ignoring Frodo's presence in Minas Morgul?

When Mordor's army is marching out of Minas Morgul and Frodo, Sam and Gollum are nearby, The Witch-king stops all of the sudden and starts looking around. I remember reading somewhere that he indeed ...
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Is kingsfoil derived from Basil?

In The Lord of the Rings the healing plant Athelas, is known as kingfoil. In Tolkien's world it is a healing plant that reveals the king of Gondor, and also overcomes ...
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Why did Balin leave Erebor for Moria?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, when Gandalf and his team enter the dwarf caves, they come across Balin's grave. Why did Balin leave Erebor and end up there? Also, how did he die?
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Did Gandalf have to fight the Balrog?

The movie presents the fight as completely avoidable. The bridge is two flights of stairs away from the eastern gate. It would seem that the Balrog could not have followed them outside and they were ...
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Why was the Balrog unconcerned with the fate of Middle Earth?

In an answer to the recent question Why was Gandalf Afraid of the Balrog of Morgoth?, it was stated that A Balrog is a terror of the First Age. And something that was a threat in the First Age ...
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What is the symbolism of the colors assigned to Istari wizards?

The 5 known Istari wizards all had different colors (Saruman the White, Gandalf the Gray, Radagast the Brown and two blue ones, with the later changes of Gandalf to white and Saruman to 'many colors')....
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How on (middle) earth did Eärendil kill a dragon as huge as Ancalagon?

We know that Ancalagon was killed by Earendil, but how exactly was he killed? Ancalagon was so incredibly massive and Earendil was just a dude in a ship with some Eagles. This image ↓ isn't canon but ...
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Why is Sauron always portrayed as being stronger than Gandalf?

My understanding is that Sauron along with the other wizards are all Maiar. They are all timeless, so no one is older than anyone else. I would have thought that 5 Maiar (or even two in LOTR) should ...
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Is Gimli really 60+ years old in Lord of the Rings?

In The Desolation of Smaug, when the Dwarves get captured by the Mirkwood Elves, Gloin shows Legolas a picture of his son, Gimli. But if you look at Bilbo Baggins, he is about 30-40 years old at that ...
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What are the improvised scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I think one of the iconic improvised scenes was when Aragorn gave an energetic scream after kicking a helmet close to the camera (as described in this link). Only finding out later that Viggo actually ...
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Could Tom Bombadil have defeated Sauron?

There is evidence that Tom Bombadil is unaffected by the One Ring's power and he has magical ways about him that can't be explained. It seems that Tom did not participate actively in the War of the ...
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Where do Hobbits live?

Besides The Shire, in what other places can we find Hobbits living? I am interested in communities but also about individuals who lived among other peoples around Arda. Do Hobbits ever step a foot on ...
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Would the One Ring have stayed hidden if Bilbo hadn't turned up?

Gollum managed to keep the One Ring safe in his possession for approximately 478 years. His cave is very well hidden, the goblins living nearby appear to be unaware of it and aside from Bilbo's visit ...
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What is the true origin of the orcs?

There are a bunch of theories about the true origin of the orcs. Tolkien tried out a few different origins for his Orcs throughout his life but died before he could fully revise The Silmarillion with ...
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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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Are orcs and goblins really the same thing?

Are orcs and goblins really the same in The Hobbit and LotR, and where does it say that? Are they variant sub-races or something, explaining the different physical attributes? Or is my assumption they ...
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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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How did King Theoden suddenly lose his beard?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf goes to see Theoden the king has a massive beard that rivals that of Gandalf. When he is free from Saruman's enchantment, he nearly falls down and is caught and ...
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Do dragons have their own language?

Though Smaug is the only dragon who features prominently in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, there are many others who live in Middle-Earth. They don't seem to be the most sociable of creatures, ...
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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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Why was the riddle on the way to Moria written in Elvish?

I just caught my housemates watching The Lord of The Rings. At the scene where the Fellowship enters the Mines of Moria, the writing on the entrance is in Elvish, despite this being a Dwarvish city. ...
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What was the “Watcher in the water”?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, our heroes encounter a creature called "The Watcher in the water" which was guarding the Doors of Durin, the ancient and abandoned entrance to the Mines of Moria. What ...
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Why didn't the Nazgûl stab more people to create more wraiths?

My understanding is that those stabbed by a Morgul blade slowly turn into a wraith. Is there a reason the Nazgûl and the Witch King of Angmar did not go around stabbing people and turning them into ...
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How many dragons ever existed on Middle-earth?

How numerous were dragons in the time before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? How many dragons did Tolkien ever mention by name?
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Why was Boromir allowed to join the Fellowship of the Ring?

Why was Boromir allowed to join the Fellowship of the Ring after the Council of Elrond, where he succumbed to the Ring moments after first seeing it, and explicitly said that he wanted to use it ...
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Who was more powerful: Sauron or Morgoth?

Both Morgoth and Sauron were Dark Lords. Did Tolkien express any opinion about which he considered to have the greatest power at the height of their careers (either in the books or any of the extended ...
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What did Aragorn do with his sword between the battles of Pelennor Fields and Morannon?

After the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Aragorn draws his sword Andúril and says: "You shall not be sheathed again until the last battle is fought." The Lord of the Rings, The Return of ...
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How many Maiar are there?

Iluvitar made 2 classes of spirit beings to sing the songs of creation. The higher class (more powerful) are the Valar who are 15 in number, the lower class (less powerful) are the Maiar. I can find ...
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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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Was the Balrog of Moria aware of the presence of the One Ring during the events of Khazad-dûm?

I recall that evil creatures like Nazgûl can sense the presence of the Ring. At any rate, the Ring having a will of its own should be "calling" to the Balrog, who being a fallen Maia can make use of ...
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Were battles in Lord of the Rings inspired by any historical events?

I wonder, has Tolkien ever mentioned if the great battles in The Lord of the Rings (Helm's Deep, Pelennor Fields) were inspired by any particular historical events, or has he ever stated otherwise? I'...
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How tall was the Balrog of Moria?

I've read the relevant passages in the books but can't get a handle on just how tall Balrogs are meant to be. Specifically, how tall is the Balrog that Gandalf faces in Moria? The closest grasp I ...
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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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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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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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