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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Does Aragorn wear pants?

Back when I was reading LOTR in Russian, I remember fans arguing over the issue of whether Aragorn wore pants (or rather, using the British term, trousers), or not - what I later learned was a major ...
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Did Aragorn permanently ban Beregond from entering Minas Tirith?

In The Return of the King, a guardian of the Citadel of Minas Tirith, named Beregond, befriends Pippin, and later, helps Pippin save Faramir from Denethor's madness. Denethor has the unconscious ...
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Why didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?

This fact had always bugged me. When Frodo finally goes to the Cracks of Doom he is met with practically no resistance. This seems uncharacteristic of Sauron which in my humble opinion makes it a tiny ...
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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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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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What does Gandalf intend to chat with Tom Bombadil about?

This is not another "Who was Tom Bombadil" question. Close to the end of ROTK Gandalf tells one of the Hobbits that it's time for him to go and have a long talk with Tom Bombadil. Was there anything ...
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What does Gandalf mean by “Secret Fire”, “Flame of Anor” and “Flame of Udûn”?

In Moria, when Gandalf confronts the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dûm, Gandalf says the following: I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass! The dark fire ...
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How was Bard so accurate with his shot that killed Smaug?

Watching 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', I saw some grade-A marksmanship from Bard, using one of the dragon-killing black arrows to hit Smaug in precisely the spot where ONE of his scales ...
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Would Smaug have actually followed and allied with Sauron had he lived on?

I know Gandalf was worried Smaug would have joined Sauron, but was that just him being cautious? Would Smaug actually join up with Sauron? How does he benefit from that? All it does is bring more ...
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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 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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Were Elladan and Elrohir afraid of the dead?

In Rohan, Aragorn was joined by some of his kinsmen, Rangers from the north. With them were the two sons of Elrond Half-Elven: ‘I have thirty with me,’ said Halbrad. ‘That is all of our kindred ...
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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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How long could we expect Eldarion to live?

Elrond (who was 50% Elven) lived well over 6,000 years before departing Middle-earth. Because of his distant Elven lineage Aragorn lived over 200 years before he died. As a 3/4 Elf Arwen was immortal ...
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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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Who created the Secret Stairs as a way into Mordor and for what purpose?

Given how there were Orcs guarding the Tower of Círith Ungol at the top of the stairs, we can infer that the existence of these stairways was definitely not a secret. Perhaps the path was meant to ...
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Was Carn Dum of Angmar built over Utumno?

While rereading the Silmarillion, I've been having some fun contrasting maps of Middle-Earth during different ages (found just by Googling.) I noticed something odd. Consider this map of the First ...
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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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When will copyright restrictions expire on The Lord of the Rings?

I don't know what the correct vocabulary in English is to talk about royalties, copyright, license of a book, right to exploit, etc. I would like to know what the legal status is around the books 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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What does Gollum see when he puts on the Ring?

Throughout Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, a big deal is made of the fact that Frodo should absolutely never put on the Ring, because it draws Sauron's attention to it, and every time he ...
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What is the Elven Diet?

It seems that a lot of emphasis is given to both the Hobbits and the Dwarves in regards to their diet, but I don't recall much being said about the Elves. (It has been about 15 years since I read LOTR ...
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Who are the rest of members at Elrond's Council?

In Peter Jackson's film The Fellowship of the Ring, when the Council of Elrond takes place it shows a total of 22 members: We all know the names of the ones who were part of the Fellowship, but I ...
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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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Is the air in Mordor a poisonous fume, as Boromir claims?

While explaining why one does not simply walk into Mordor, Boromir says the following: It is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, and ash, and dust. The very air ...
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Could Gandalf have killed the Witch-king?

There was a prophecy about the Witch-king of Angmar saying that 'No man could kill him'. The actual quote: "He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of a man ...
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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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Why does the One Ring make the wearer's clothes invisible?

The One Ring turns invisible the person wearing it. Is there an explanation for how it does this? It seems that direct contact with the skin activates the Ring's invisibility effects; why would it ...
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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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How are numbers written in the languages of The Lord of the Rings?

I have found some examples but I am not sure if any of them are right. Are there any concrete examples of Tolkien numerals?
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How much does the average adult male Dwarf weigh?

According to 'Tolkien Gateway', their average height is between 4-5' tall but there's no weight range guesstimates. I assume they're pretty well built and muscular, especially the 'warrior class', but ...
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Why did Sauron die when the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom?

When Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand, he returned again. But when Frodo went to Mount Doom and accidentally Gollum cast the Ring along with himself, Sauron was defeated and never came back ...
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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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Which Nenya ring is correct?

Which Nenya, ring of Galadriel is the "correct" one? I want to buy one to my girlfriend as an engagement ring. I mostly find this design: However, I found it only made of silver - not suitable for an ...
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Why was Boromir left out in receiving gifts from Galadriel?

Did the producers provide a reason as to why Boromir didn't receive a personal gift from Lady Galadriel? In the extended movie, Fellowship of the Ring, we see all the other members receive gifts ...
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Was the “The closer we are to danger..” quote from the movie in the LOTR books in some form?

In the movie version of TTT of LOTR Pippin says "The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm." Was there a similar quote in the book? For some reason my brain attributes a similar quote ...
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What is the point of the Rammas Echor?

In the Return of the King novel, the men of Gondor build a defensive wall around Minas Tirith, known as the Rammas Echor or Outwall. The area that the wall encloses stretches almost out to Osgiliath, ...
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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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Which member of the fellowship made the most onscreen kills?

Of the nine members of the fellowship, who had the highest onscreen kills? Rules: Only the three LotR trilogy films count Any individual creature counts as 1 (eg. when Legolas kills enemies on top ...
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Foresight in Tolkien

There's no doubt that in Tolkien's world, foresight really exists. There are many examples: Aragorn correctly predicting that "the years of [Elrond's] abiding run short at last"; Malbeth the Seer ...
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Did Tolkien have Pippin die originally?

According to the movie mistakes website for Return of the King, it is mentioned that Tolkien had Pippin originally killed off at the Battle of the Black Gates. He was persuaded by his dear friend C.S. ...
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How did non-native plants find their way to Middle-earth?

I am reading The Return of the King, and when I got to the chapters concerning the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, something struck me. Earlier in the story, Theoden was shocked to see Merry and ...
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Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves? [duplicate]

Currently reading The Hobbit to my daughter, and we came to the Barrels out of Bond chapter where the Dwarves are captured and imprisoned by the Wood Elves. Bilbo sneaks in with his magic ring of ...
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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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What peril did Boromir escape from?

You have not said all that you know or guess, Aragorn my friend,' he said quietly. 'Poor Boromir! I could not see what happened to him. It was a sore trial for such a man: a warrior, and a lord of men....
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Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?

Tom Bombadil says this to the hobbits, in reply to the question "who are you?": (...) But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the ...
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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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Why did Gollum fail to seek out Bilbo?

After Gollum had lost the Ring, he abandoned the dark caves under the mountains with a strong intent to regain it, considering himself bereft and fully blaming Bilbo with theft. Here's Gandalf account,...
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Why does Gandalf the White not remember his original name?

'Gandalf,' the old man repeated, as if recalling from old memory a long disused word. 'Yes, that was the name. I was Gandalf.' Why wouldn't he remember being Gandalf right away? Why would Eru send ...

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