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

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Where did the Dwarves get their food from?

In Tolkien's writings, dwarves are practically always (to my knowledge) pictured as living in underground halls, inside mountains, etc. We never hear about dwarves working fields and pastures, or even ...
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Why would Frodo want young Merry to help him with Bilbo's estate?

Frodo had retired for a while and left his friend Merry Brandybuck to keep an eye on things. (The Lord of the Rings, Book I, Chapter 1, "A Long-expected Party") According to Appendix C of ...
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Is there a difference between “elvish” and “elven”?

Throughout Tolkien's works, we frequently come across the terms "elvish" and "elven". Is there a difference between these terms? For example, does one refer to characteristics of the Elves ...
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Did the Nazgûl retain their Rings of Power?

In The Fellowship of the Rings, Frodo sees the true appearance of the Nazgûl: He was able to see beneath their black wrappings. There were five tall figures: two standing on the lip of the dell, ...
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What exactly happened to Gandalf's spirit after he “died” fighting the Balrog? [duplicate]

In the Two Towers movie, when Aragorn and company meet the newly reincarnated Gandalf the White, he has the following conversation with them GANDALF VOICEOVER: From the lowest dungeon to the ...
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How did Círdan have a beard?

While reading this answer, I saw that it says: In the Unfinished Tales Christopher Tolkien states that: In a note written in December 1972 or later, and among the last writings of my father’s on the ...
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How well do Aragorn and Saruman know each other?

In the chapter Flotsam and Jetsam in the The Two Towers, Aragorn has this to say of Saruman: ‘Once he was as great as his fame made him. His knowledge was deep, his thought was subtle, and his ...
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How long does it take to be turned into a Ringwraith?

The nine men that took the Rings of Power from Sauron, turned into Ringwraiths eventually. How long do you have to have a Ring of Power in order to turn into a wraith? Sméagol had it for many years ...
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How often did Gandalf return to Hobbiton after the events of The Hobbit?

It has been a while since I read the Lord of the Rings novels (don't have a copy at the moment) but I seem to recall he went to Hobbiton at least once, as the young hobbits were always excited to see ...
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Early Elements Of LOTR [closed]

A while ago I remember reading a list of changes that Tolkien made to his original few drafts of The Lord Of The Rings. Among them were things like Strider originally being called Trotter, and that he ...
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Middle-Earth Holidays/Festivals/Celebrations [duplicate]

In the west we celebrate many types of holiday. Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day, just to name a few. However, I would like to know if there are any similar types of occasions in middle-earth, ...
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Legitimation among the Noldor [duplicate]

My theory is, that the Kingship among the Noldor wasn't as ideologically well-founded as among Men, they didn't think that their Kings were appointed to this role by the Valar or Eru, nor attributed ...
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How does a palantír work?

Can they only see to another palantíri or can they see whatever they want? And if they can see whatever they want, what does it take for someone to be able to redirect or command what you want to see?
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When did J.R.R. Tolkien write the verse found on the One Ring?

J.R.R. Tolkien spent many years creating his "Legendarium" - often writing stories decades before using them as foundational elements of his later work. He would also regularly revise individual works ...
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Why did the One Ring not slip off Frodo's hand?

Clearly the One Ring slipped off the hands of Isildur and Gollum to further its own work to return to its master. So why did it not then slip off Frodo at any of the opportune moments in which a ...
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When Frodo was guided by Gollum to the Black Gate, how did he intend to enter Mordor?

In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in the second half of The Two Towers Frodo asks Gollum to act as a guide, to bring him to the Black Gate of Mordor. Gollum points out that to enter Mordor is easy (...
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In the film The Two Towers, why was Éomer so hostile towards Aragorn, Legolas and especially Gimli when they first met?

When Éomer first meets the three characters, his éored surrounds them and points spears. When Gimli asks him what his name is, Éomer racially abuses him and threatens to kill him. What are the ...
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Why did it take longer to go to Rivendell in The Hobbit than in The Fellowship of the Ring?

Both The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring involve traveling to Rivendell; however, although approximately the same route is taken, the journey took longer in The Hobbit. In The Hobbit, Gandalf, ...
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What were Saruman's original intentions, and how did they change over time?

The discussion sparked by this question led to a suggestion that I open a separate question on a related subject. Sauron started out good, became bad, briefly repented, the went full-on evil. ...
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How many men fought for Gondor at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?

I am puzzled by the apparent lack of information online about the troop strength of the victors in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (aka the Battle of Minas Tirith). We are told in The Return of the ...
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What was Gandalf's plan for getting the Ring to Mt. Doom?

I'm currently re-reading Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time, and a question occurred to me. When Gandalf hears from Faramir that Frodo and Sam were heading for Cirith Ungol, he is shocked. ...
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How did Saruman's army reach Helm's Deep so quickly?

In the Lord of the Rings movies, when Saruman sends his army to attack Helm's Deep, he says "This night the land will be stained with the blood of Rohan. March to Helm's Deep. Leave none alive. To ...
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Did Tolkien ever specify that Orodruin was a volcano?

It is incredibly clear that Orodruin (Mount Doom) was a volcano. It is a mountain with fire inside of it, and it periodically belches forth ash, smoke, and rock. This is what volcanoes do best (...
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Is Tolkien's “maggot-folk of Mordor” describing or identifying?

In Book V of The Return of the King, in "The Black Gate Opens," as the Captains approach the Gate, Tolkien makes this statement (phrase in question bolded by me): North amid their noisome pits lay ...
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Why did Bilbo Baggins leave Bag End at the start of Lord of the Rings

It said Bilbo disappeared after his and Frodo's Birthday Celebration together. Where did Bilbo leave to and why did he leave?
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Would Sauron have had the ability to appear in fair form again if he got the ring back?

In the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth, Sauron had the ability to change into an appealing form to Men and Elves. He could then deceive them, and used the name of Annatar. However, once he was ...
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Who is the oldest character in LotR trilogy? [duplicate]

Who is the oldest character in the trilogy, what is his role, race and powers?
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Does Tolkien ever talk about battle formations and tactics in his books?

During the movies you never really see any battles in an open field, it usually behind walls. So when I saw the Dwarves set up the shield wall it got me really excited and thinking, who is the best ...
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How did Galadriel know Frodo's name?

In the Fellowship of the Ring when the Fellowship was entering Lothlorien Frodo hears Galadriel's voice and he seems bewildered by it. So how did Galadriel know his name? is it because of her Elvish ...
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What happened to the dwarves and elves that received rings?

If I remember correctly, Sauron is said to have crafted three rings of power for the elf leaders, seven for the dwarf kings and nine for the human lords. The human kings were corrupted and turned into ...
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White moons on orc helmets in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

In Tolkien's book Return of the King there is a moment when the orcs start to put white moons on their helmets as the heroes begin to win decisive victories. Saruman had white hands on his orcs ...
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Has anyone gotten married more than once in the LOTR universe?

As far as I can tell I haven't noticed in the LOTR universe any mentions of 2nd husbands or wives (assuming that two people declaring themselves partners are married). I understand that Tolkien, as a ...
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How long can elves go without sleeping?

Elves sleep, not just in The Hobbit, but also in LoTR and in The Silmarillion, but it seems they can go without much longer than, for example, dwarves. When Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli were pursuing ...
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Why does Celeborn say that the Enemy knows the Fellowship has entered Lothlorien?

In FoTR movie, after the Fellowship reaches Lórien and talks to Celeborn and Galadriel, Celeborn says that the Enemy (Sauron) knows they have entered Lórien. Celeborn: The Enemy knows you have ...
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Could Narya abandon Gandalf?

In the fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf says: A Ring of Power looks after itself, Frodo. It may slip off treacherously, but its keeper never abandons it. Does this mean that the other rings would ...
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Were the dwarves in Lord of The Rings accidents/created out of jealousy?

My little brother claims that the dwarves in The Lord of the Rings were created out of jealousy by one of the Valar who looked at what the others had created (namely, Elves) and said "I should have my ...
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Supernaturally Smooth Riding: A dream or the reality of Shadowfax's power?

At the end of Book III, chapter 11: "The Palantír," in The Two Towers, Tolkien narrates the following (bold added):     [Gandalf speaking:] 'Away now, Shadowfax! Run, greatheart,...
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How fast could Shadowfax gallop?

In Lord of the Rings, Shadowfax is described as very fast. Is it possible to deduce his speed from the time taken to travel between, for instance, Meduseld and Minas Tirith?
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What is the origin of the wargs, and are they featured in any of Tolkien's works other than LOTR and the Hobbit?

In The Lord of the Rings, wargs are commonly ridden by orcs and are also featured in the Hobbit films (although these are not considered canon.) Is the origin of the wargs known and are they featured ...
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Gandalf's other horse

Gandalf had another horse before Shadowfax. He lost it in Isengard when he escaped from Saruman. Was its name written by Tolkien anywhere?
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What artefacts are made from Mithril?

This question got me thinking, in The Hobbit we see Bilbo receive a mithril shirt, which he gives to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. Are any there any other weapons or armour that we know are made ...
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What information exists about the Zimmerman script for Lord of the Rings?

The first proposed cinematisation of the Lord of the Rings books was a project created in 1957 by Forrest J. Ackerman, Morton Grady Zimmerman, and Al Brodax. According to Wikipedia: The proposed ...
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How was music handled in The Hobbit / LOTR novels?

I think it's Pippin that sings in the second The Lord Of The Rings movie, while the dwarves and Goblin King sing in The Hobbit. Do these same characters sing in the books, and if so, how was it ...
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What was the purpose of the creation of the Ents?

The Ents were walking and talking tree-like beings who dwelled in Forests, most famously Fangorn Forest. What was the original purpose for Ents in Middle-Earth?
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Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings?

Did the date of Frodo's rescue out of the fire of Mordor have any particular meaning in The Lord of the Rings? We read in The Return of the King (Book 6 Chapter 4) that Gandalf states to Frodo and ...
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Are there businesses in Mordor?

This is a fairly straightforward question. In The Two Towers, it is revealed that Sauron pays his armies. When Merry and Pippin are abducted by Orcs, the Orcs argue about what to do with them. An ...
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How long do the dragons of Middle Earth live?

Do the Dragons of Tolkien's works die a natural death, or are they like the elves and can only be killed in battle?
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How long was Theoden under Saruman's spell?

In The Two Towers, we see him in a very old and handicapped-like state of body before Gandalf drives Saruman's spell out of him and he returns to normal. So was he already like that during the events ...
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Looking for canonical descriptions of Orthanc

I'm trying to make a model of Orthanc, but am having trouble deciding what it looks like. I'd love to have some material, including Tolkien's pictures and sketches. Please write from what chapter any ...
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Why did Elrond let Pippin be a part of the Company of the Ring?

Frodo's three hobbit companions in The Lord of the Rings were not yet "of age" (33) when they left to go to Rivendell with no permission from their parents. Knowing their age, why did Elrond finally ...

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