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 don't elves have more babies?

Is there a particular reason the elves die off so fast? After the first war against Sauron, I recall the elves being decimated, to the point that they're almost useless army-wise in the trilogy. But I'...
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Is there any evidence pointing to the planned future development of Arda?

Is there any evidence in Tolkien's writing, notes or letters pointing to the planned future development of Arda? More specifically, did he envision the Age of Man to usher in the industrial progress ...
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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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In what time period does The Lord of the Rings take place in the real world?

I know that The Lord of the Rings is located in Middle-earth and by the looks of clothes and props, we're looking at well before the 18th century. What's the best guess at the time period that The ...
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Did Prince Imrahil try to talk Faramir out of attempting to reconquer Osgiliath?

Prince Imrahil is Faramir's uncle. When Faramir rides to reconquer Osgiliath, Imrahil can be seen among the soldiers in a ring of Minas Tirith. From this I conclude that Imrahil was rather opposed to ...
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What would have happened if Aragorn revealed himself to Steward Ecthelion and claimed the throne of Gondor? [closed]

Analytical questions like this are on-topic as there are many what-if questions here on scifi like this one. E.g. we know Steward Denethor wouldn't want to give the rule over to Aragorn. Ecthelion II ...
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How could Sauron return to Gorgoroth that easily?

In T.A. 2941 Mairon/Sauron returned to Barad-Dûr in Gorgoroth, and ten years later revealed himself openly. What I wonder is why there were no obstacles whatsoever when returning to Gorgoroth which, ...
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Why does Frodo see the eye of Sauron in Galadriel's mirror?

The Lord of the Rings, chapter 7- The Mirror of Galadriel: "But suddenly the mirror went altogether dark, as dark as if a hole had opened in the world of sight, and Frodo looked into emptiness. In ...
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Why did the Beatles' proposal to make a Lord of the Rings movie fall through?

As a lifelong Beatles fanatic, I am well aware of their plans to make a Lord of the Rings movie. When they hit the big time, that signed a contract for 3 feature films. The first two were A Hard Day'...
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Why didn't Elrond or Círdan take the ring from Isildur by force and destroy it?

'Alas! yes,’ said Elrond. 'Isildur took it, as should not have been. It should have been cast then into Orodruin’s fire nigh at hand where it was made. But few marked what Isildur did. He alone stood ...
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When was Strider revealed as the King?

I admit it has been years since reading LOTR but I always thought Strider wasn't revealed as the king until Return of the King. Is this correct?
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How big were various armies in the War of the Ring?

I'd like to know (roughly) how big various armies in the war of the Ring were, and if possible how they were made up. That includes for example Saruman's Forces Gondor's Soldiers The Rohirrim The ...
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Are there any drawings showing the routes the three main companies followed in chapter two of the Return of the King?

Are there any drawings showing the routes that the three companies: Théoden, The Grey Company, Aragorn and Halbarad followed in the events in chapter 2, The Passing of the Grey Company, Lord of the ...
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Where did Halbarad and the Grey Company catch up with Théoden's party?

In The Return of the King, Chapter 2, while riding through Rohan in the company of Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn and co. a group of riders is seen passing them. It is revealed that these Riders are the Grey ...
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What is the importance of Dunharrow? [duplicate]

In The Return of the King Chapter 2, "The Passing of the Grey Company", heavy emphasis is put on Dunharrow. Aragorn must ride there in haste before travelling to Minas Tirith and Théoden is ...
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Why did Aragorn decide to ride to Dunharrow instead of to Minas Tirith?

Why is it that in The Return of the King, Chapter 2, Aragorn wanted to travel to Dunharrow and not Minas Tirith after parting with Théoden?
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What does the Elvish word “Ai!” mean?

In the chapter titled "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm", in The Fellowship of the Ring, Legolas is the first member of the Fellowship to see the Balrog known as "Durin's Bane". He ...
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How much Dwarvish appears in Tolkien's work?

The comments on this question led to an interesting conversation about the Dwarvish language (apparently known as Khuzdul among the Dwarves themselves). The conversation centered on Gimli's battle ...
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What did ships in Middle-earth look like?

I was wondering what the different ships of the different peoples look like, specifically Elves, Gondorians/Númenoreans, and Corsairs. The elvish ships are often described to have swan-shaped prows: ....
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Was the pipe-weed on the set of the Lord of the Rings films real or fake?

Hollywood has been wrestling with the thorny problem of smoking-depiction in films ever since tobacco went out of fashion in the 1990s, replacing on-set smoking with herbal cigarettes, e-cigs and CGI. ...
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Was Mordor inhabited between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return?

As the question title says: Was Mordor inhabited in between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return after his banishment from Dol Guldur? Or was it just a wasteland where ...
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Who were the nine actors who played the nine kings?

One of the things I liked about the production of the Lord of the Rings films was that some crew members were invited to play a sort of cameo role. Unfortunately, some members do not get credited for ...
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Are there any bad elves in the Lord of the Rings universe?

Is there ever acknowledgement of a bad elf, or even an elf doing a very bad thing (because he is bad)? I've heard that bad elves are orcs and good orcs are elves, or something like that. Similar to ...
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Does Gandalf smell?

Gandalf seems to be wearing the same grey robes all the time*. Through rain and snow, while he rides, while he smokes, he is, as his name moniker suggests, wearing grey. In addition, hygiene in ...
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Why did Gandalf change from blue to grey?

Everyone is familiar with Gandalf being described as "Gandalf the Grey", or, later, "Gandalf the White", and he was shown in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as ...
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Why didn't Gandalf prevent or lessen Saruman’s damage to the Shire?

In the chapter "Many Partings" the hobbits and Gandalf meet Saruman and Grima on the road. Saruman's intentions are pretty obvious; he even threatens the party: Well, it will serve you ...
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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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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 any subtle hints towards Lord of the Rings in A Song of Ice And Fire?

Although George R. R. Martin has been accused of criticizing the moral simplicity of Tolkien's work with his series A Song of Ice and Fire, he has often said that he read and enjoyed Lord of the Rings ...
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Is there anything political in Lord Of Rings [duplicate]

I am not deeply interested in Science Fiction, I probably just know popular movies, books. Thus this will be the only question which I will ask in this site most probably please don't misunderstand me ...
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What does this text say, on a cover for The Return of the King?

I recently purchased a new copy of The Lord of the Rings, because my previous copy was frayed and falling apart. The new copy has the book split into three volumes, each with a unique cover. The ...
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Was the Witch-King of Angmar truly a witch?

So I'm trying to remember if the Witch-King ever proved to be actually be a witch. The only time I remember him doing any magic was in the controvertial extended scene of ROTK where he breaks Gandalf'...
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Why was Sauron afraid of anyone finding the ring?

Since the Ring was only able to be controlled by Sauron, why would he be afraid of someone else wielding it? Everyone, even the most powerful beings, admitted they couldn't use it. Yes, this question ...
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Who was the Queen of Mirkwood?

I hope this has not been asked a lot, but I have been working on a costume, and I wish to try and come as close to what could have been canon since Tolkien and his universe is very dear to me. So I ...
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Would the One Ring even work for anyone but Sauron?

The temptation of the One Ring, we quickly learn, is always tied up with power: each character's fantasies of possessing it seem to be about what they would do with great power. Even Sam, as I recall, ...
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Did Frodo and Sam wear the same clothes during their journey to Mordor?

I would like to know if Sam and Frodo wore the same clothes during their entire journey to Mordor.
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Is the One Ring only loyal to Sauron or would it serve any powerful being? [duplicate]

I had this exchange on What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring? with Jeremy French. Jeremy French: But how would he have got it to fit? ...
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How did Gandalf not lose his ring?

After the fight with the Balrog Gandalf says to his fellows "Naked I was sent back - for a brief time, until my task is done." (The two towers, ch. The white rider). The three rings (and the one ring)...
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What do we know about the Black Speech of Mordor?

We know the Ring Verse (Ash Nazg . . .), and single words like 'Ghâsh' (Fire). Do we know any more about canonical Black Speech?
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What was Azog's role in canon?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie, Azog features in many places whereas I do not recollect him being mentioned in the book apart from the fact that he was the one who killed Thror, Thorin's ...
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Were the Isengard Uruk-Hai swords supposed to be armor-piercing?

Notice their shape and the hook on the edge. They're obviously not designed for sword fighting due to their odd shape and weight forward design. What was these weapon's base function?
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Is the race of Men a “good” race?

As we have seen, the various races portrayed in Middle-earth each demonstrate very specific invariable characteristics. Where do humans fit in among the other races of Middle-Earth? Are humans a “good”...
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Was Mount Erebor called “The Lonely Mountain” because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason?

Was Mount Erebor called "The Lonely Mountain" because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason? The map to The Lonely Mountain.
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In The Lord of the Rings, what exactly does “Elf-friend” mean?

The term elf-friend is used a number of times in the Lord of the Rings. First, when Frodo and the Hobbits leave the Shire, they encounter Gildor who says the following to Frodo: I name you Elf-...
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Distinguish the explanations of Galadriel's test in LotR

So, I just finished The Silmarillion, and of course The Hobbit and LotR before that. One of the reason I wanted to read Silmarillion is because I didn't quite understand the part of Galadriel's speech ...
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What is Gandalf's Westron name, and why does he sign with a “G” rune?

Gandalf signs his letter to the bartender in Bree with a "G" rune: But "Gandalf" is the English rendition of what's presumably meant to be Westron in-universe. What then is ...
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Why wasn't Gandalf/Olórin head of the White Council

I'm just reading through The Silmarillion (again) and I'm curious why Olórin (later Gandalf) wasn't appointed head of the White Council when he arrived in Middle-Earth. In The Silmarillion he's ...
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How come Tom Bombadil didn't appear in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy? [duplicate]

Tom Bombadil has been shown to be a powerful and significant figure in Middle Earth. However, in Peter Jackson's adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings trilogy, we see nothing of the jolly ...
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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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Is magic leaving Middle-earth?

Ever since I was a child reading LOTR, I was under the impression that magic was slowly leaving Middle-earth, and this notion was quite common among fellow fans. I was wondering what Sauron's plan was ...

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