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

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How was the bridge at Khazad-dûm made?

Deep in the mines of Moria, the bridge at Khazad-dûm (Durin's Bridge) spanned a virtually fathomless gap that separated the main part of the Moria superstructure on the western side and the Dimrill ...
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When do Legolas and Gimli begin to respect and trust one another?

During the time of the Fellowship, Elves and Dwarves weren't exactly the best of friends and this has been depicted by Legolas and Gimli. However, they eventually develop an incredibly strong ...
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When did Galadriel become Queen of Lothlorien?

The Lady of light as i personally like to refer to her as at the time of the events of Lord of the Rings is queen of Lorien ( Previously residing in Doriath in Beleriand) ruling alongside Celeborn for ...
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What are the common themes present in both Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” and Jordan's “Wheel of Time”?

This is probably going to be a rather detailed set of answers. Hopefully someone can come up with a "short list" of common themes. Both sets of books have a distinctive theme of good vs. evil, but ...
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Why did it take Sauron so long to regain strength?

According to the timeline of the Third age it took Sauron roughly 2460 years to regain strength and return to Middle Earth. Why did it take him that long? And if he "returns" to Middle Earth, where ...
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Are there any instances of Hobbits hurting their feet?

Hobbits are known to be almost permanently barefoot, with their tough feet protecting them from the ground. However, it seems that not wearing shoes or boots would have its drawbacks. If you walked ...
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Who steered the Grey Ships into the West?

The journey into the West by Elves leaving Middle-Earth was a one-way trip. Not a shuttle service. That would imply that any nautical crews on the ships also weren't coming back. However, floating the ...
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How did Sauron not know about the Ring?

It says in The Fellowship of the Ring that Sauron learned that the One Ring was still in existence, partially from Gollum. Gandalf says, during his explanation to Frodo, He believed that the One ...
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What happened to the Book of Mazarbul?

In The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Company that set out from Rivendell with the Ring took the road through Moria, guided by Gandalf. Along the way, they encountered the Chamber ...
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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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Why did the Fellowship scatter so chaotically at Parth Galen?

In the book Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship is camped at Parth Galen above the Falls of Rauros, Frodo walks off alone to decide what to do next. Boromir slips off after Frodo and tries to ...
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Where is the “Ring-verse” inscribed on the One Ring?

I know that the inscription of the rings says: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them," But my question is more about the ...
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Could Gandalf have defeated Sauron?

Gandalf and Sauron both were Maiar and were created in the same way, I presume. 1.) Was Gandalf (Grey or White) powerful enough to kill/defeat Sauron? He did kill the Balrog, who was similar too. 2.)...
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Could Arwen have married Aragon without giving up her immortality? [duplicate]

I just completed reading the lotr books for the 3rd time a couple of weeks back and this entire issue with Arwen and her immortality is bugging me way more than it should! I feel like I really need to ...
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At Elrond's Council, why were the Elves so worried about being cut off from Grey Havens?

Just re-reading the LotR for the umpteenth time (stopped counting at 30, some 15-20 years ago... :-P), just finished Elrond's council chapter. In light of various other discussions on the topic of ...
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Why does Sauron send Grishnakh instead of a Nazgul to deal with Saruman's Uruk-hai? [duplicate]

This again is another strange decision on Sauron's part, we know from Grishnakh and the fact Legolas killed a fell beast that there is at least one Nazgul on the eastern side of the Anduin, possibly ...
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Why were Saruman, Gandalf, Radagast, Alatar and Pallando chosen?

Is there any commentary as to why these particular Maia were chosen to help men combat Sauron in Middle Earth? Were they assigned their tasks specifically? Did they volunteer or were they hand picked?
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Have Elrond and Galadriel ever spoken to each other in person?

I find it interesting that throughout the LotR trilogy and Hobbit, Elrond and Galadriel never talked to each other. They were in the same places as each other but I don't recall them ever speaking to ...
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Was the Secret Fire within reach of Morgoth or his influence?

In the Silmarillion, it was stated that Illuvatar set the Secret Fire within the heart of Middle Earth. It is also the consensus that when Morgoth marred Arda, he essentially made Middle Earth his "...
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Do we ever see spells used by orcs?

Inspired by this question: Which languages was Gandalf proficient in? Gandalf says the following: "I once knew every spell in all the tongues of Elves or Men or Orcs, that was ever used for such ...
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Why is Gollum's memory so selective?

In The Hobbit (the book and the movies), we meet our old friend Gollum again. But there is something strange about him. He doesn't remember what his own people (i.e., hobbits) are called, or even ...
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What would have happened if Saruman had gotten the One Ring?

If the Uruk Army sent by Saruman had captured Frodo and had gotten the One Ring to Saruman, what would Saruman have done with it? Would he have given the Ring back to Sauron or would he have kept the ...
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Where is the Void?

Where is the Void located in the Ardean(?) universe? After thinking about it for a while, I see three different possibilities: Iluvatar's space [Arda (Void)]: The Void belongs to Arda, which are ...
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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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In the third age, which of these beings is more powerful?

I want to make a comparison here between some of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth during the Third Age. I know Sauron was the most powerful of all even when he lost the ring, but one of the ...
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Did Gandalf know the Balrog he fought in Moria?

Because both Gandalf and the Balrog are Maia, they share much of the same past. They came from the same place at roughly the same time. Though their lives took... different paths, wouldn't they ...
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Why doesn't Gollum ever use any proper names?

Whenever Gollum references anyone, he always calls them by something other than their proper name. Off the top of my head, we have precious, my love, fat hobbit, master, "him" (Sauron), "her" (Shelob)...
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Why does Gimli say that Galadriel is an “elf witch” who seduces men?

In Fellowship movie, Gimli warns the Hobbits about the "elf witch" who lives in Lorien.He says that men who look upon her "fall under her spell and are never seen again" It seems to me that Gimli is ...
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How large were the Great Eagles that carried Frodo and Sam?

From this question on Worldbuilding, a bird would have to be quite large to carry a passenger, even a hobbit. The Great Eagles article on Wikipedia says that the largest eagle had a wingspan of 180 ...
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How deep down into the Earth did Erebor and Moria go?

Watching the movies, I pay a lot of attention to the darkness below the Bridge of Khazad-dûm and the Erebor mines. My question is this: How far down do the mines go? Is there any information as to ...
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Why is the Depiction of the Last Alliance in Rivendell faded out in Lord of the Rings but in Color in The Hobbit?

I noticed this and it troubles me because it was a (somewhat inaccurate) painting of Isildur vs Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance. In The Hobbit, when Bilbo is wandering about Rivendell by his ...
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What is the population of the Undying Lands?

Is there any Canon reference as to Valinor's population? All the Elves of old who survived conflict apparently live there and all the remaining Elves from Middle Earth went there, so how many are ...
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Is the circumflex significant in the word “Nazgûl”?

I noticed how Nazgûl always has a circumflex (“^”) over the u. Does that mean anything about how I pronounce the word? Or is it just decoration? Or, in other words: What does the circumflex mean in ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books?

J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937, and the first Lord of the Rings Book (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) in 1954. He wrote/published The Hobbit before the Lord of the ...
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Was there any notion of homosexuality in Middle-earth?

Was there any notion of homosexuality in Middle-earth? A good answer would be either showing a specific example, OR a passage in Tolkien letters stating the reason for its absence. A bad answer ...
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Why did Sauron make this claim?

When he found how greatly his knowledge was admired by all other rational creatures and how easy it was to influence them, his pride became boundless. By the end of the Second Age he assumed the ...
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Who or what was Old Man Willow?

Was Old Man Willow a fallen Ent or a different type of Ent? This assumes that the Ents have different species or races much like the elves do.
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When Sauron saw Frodo at Mount Doom, why doesn't he do anything? [duplicate]

In the film (3.15), the Eye of Sauron sees Frodo on the corner of Mount Doom. Maybe he didn't think that they are the ones trying to destroy the ring, but at least he sees someone who is a stranger ...
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Was Morgoth still a dominant power in Middle earth during the War of the Ring?

Morgoth poured a large part of his hate and malice into Arda. That same tactic was copied by Sauron (good student) when he poured a large part of HIS power into the One Ring. We know the Ring was ...
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Is the Hobbit diet based on Full English breakfast and Tea?

There are 3 notable meals described occurring in the Shire, or its vicinity in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings: During the “unexpected party”, Bilbo exhausts his larder putting out cakes, buttered ...
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Were the Valar watching the epic of the One Ring with any real concern?

They did send 5 Maia to help the people's of Middle Earth oppose Sauron's power play... but... Of those 5; Three did nothing of any real consequence, one turned coat and helped Sauron, and the only ...
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Why would Gandalf (as ring-lord) be worse than Sauron?

I've just come across a point that I've thought about before, and thought it would be good to get some other stances on it. See this letter, emphasis mine: In the 'Mirror of Galadriel', 1381, it ...
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How did Isildur possess the power to deny the Oathbreakers the Gift of Man? [duplicate]

When the Oathbreakers did not come to Isildur's aid as they had sworn to do, Isildur cursed them to be bound to Middle-Earth, unable to leave even after death until they fulfil their oaths to his line....
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Why were the three rings allowed to go to the Undying Land?

The One Ring, it is said, would not be allowed in Valinor, but the three rings, Narya, Nenya and Vilya, crafted by Celebrimbor (who learned the skill from Sauron) were allowed to travel West. All went ...
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Did Círdan ever leave Middle-earth?

Círdan probably the longest living elf in Middle-earth has been on Middle-earth since the days of the Two Trees and is the best ship builder of the Elves. It is interesting that he never left for ...
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What did the nine achieve?

As a follow up to this question: What did the nine actually achieve for their master during the war of the ring? The only major thing I can think of is that they killed Theoden. was there anything ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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How many Great Eagles were there?

Is there any indication of how many Great Eagles existed in Middle Earth? I guess they fought in the War of Wrath. If there were only a few of them, then I wouldn't expect their participation in the ...
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Did Dáin II Ironfoot literally see the balrog?

After the Battle of Nanduhirion Dáin refuses to support the re-occupation of Moria saying "Only I have looked through the shadow of the Gate. Beyond the shadow it waits for you still. Durin's Bane....
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What would happen if an Istar broke the Valar's rule but saved Middle Earth anyway?

If, for example, Gandalf went full Maia, took the Ring and dumped it into Mount Doom before anyone, even Sauron, could stop him—what would happen?

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