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 was Gandalf afraid when he saw Grond at Minas Tirith?

During the battle after he sends Pippin back up to the Citadel, three lard rams and trolls push the battering ram known as Grond toward the gate of Minas Tirith and Orcs are shouting Grond, there is a ...
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Why do people talk about Wizards as though they are common in The Lord of the Rings?

People say things like: "Never trust Wizards" They talk about Wizards like they're abundant, when in reality there are only five, two of whom (the blue wizards) aren't even known to be active, and ...
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How did the Mirror of Galadriel gain the power to show visions?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel takes Samwise and Frodo to look in a pool of water, called The Mirror of Galadriel. When they look into it, they see visions, such as Sam seeing the Shire ...
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What's the difference between an orc and a goblin in the Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I mean, are there significant physical, mental, emotional (if any of them had emotions that is) differences that separate them?
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Do the Lord of the Rings movies portray Faramir in a far more negative light than the books do? If so, why?

I've just reached the part of The Two Towers where Faramir makes his first appearance. I know I will be able to judge for myself soon enough, but even with the cursory glance I've gotten of Faramir, ...
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Why did Aragorn and Theoden ride out at the Hornburg?

In the Battle of the Hornburg from The Two Towers, Aragorn and Theoden say "We must ride out." Why did they do this? Was it just a matter of honor? Did they ride out on their horses in the middle of ...
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Can Olog-Hai Trolls talk in common tongue?

we know based on the Hobbit mountain trolls can talk,but can trolls in Mordor (Olog-Hai) speak in the same tongue as the peoples of Middle Earth? or do they just grunt and roar like we see in the ...
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Did Aragorn use slave labor to sail to Minas Tirith?

In The Return of the King, Aragorn arrives at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields aboard the ships he commandeered from the corsairs. But while recounting how this came to pass, Gimli says that the ...
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Are there any other planets besides Arda in Ea?

Did Tolkien mention anything about other planets in his mythology or did he invent just the one planet for his stories?
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How could Gandalf find a Silmaril falling from Orthanc so easily?

I'm reading "The Silmarillion" for the first time and I was confused to find out that the Silmarils were so small that all three of them put together can become part of a small necklace or a crown. ...
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How did Legolas and Aragorn first meet?

Prior to the Council of Elrond and the proclaiming of Aragorn being the Heir of Isildur, is there any backstory information on how they met? Perhaps they could have run into each other on a hunting ...
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How was Anarion killed?

Anarion the son of Elendil, younger brother of Isildur - how was he killed and when during the War of the Last Alliance did he die?
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Does the tone of The Hobbit significantly differ from that of Lord of the Rings?

I'm rapidly approaching the conclusion of The Return of the King, and next on my list is The Hobbit. This is my first time reading Tolkien, and I have been putting it off for 24 years. I'm a little ...
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Was the Council of Elrond a secret council?

Obviously the council wouldn't have been advertised and I even remember that many of the attendees were there by chance, but what I'd like to know is: Was the Council of Elrond a secret council? Was ...
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Why didn't Sauron make another ring to replace the One Ring? [duplicate]

When Sauron returned to Mordor, he had his forge, Mount Doom, and probably all of the tools that he has used to make the One Ring, so why didn't he just create a second Ring? Was it because he put too ...
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Where do Orcs go when they die? [duplicate]

Men go outside Arda to the Timeless Halls when they die. Elves and Dwarves to the Halls of Mandos, i assume Hobbits have the same fate as Men. so where do Orcs go after they die or are Killed? do they ...
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How was Elendil descended from the line of Elros?

Were the lords of Andunie also from House of Elros, or was Elendil just carrying on the kingship of Numenor to Gondor? Was Elendil a blood-related heir of Elros, or just a new line formed after the ...
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How long did it take to build Minas Tirith?

How long did it take the Númenóreans in exile to build the white city of Gondor and did they build it from the ground up or from the mountain behind it?
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What's the difference between the “spiritual” beings in Tolkien's universe?

I'm looking for a brief synopsis of the Maiar, Valar, Ainur, and whatever Eru Ilúvatar is, and what the distinguishing characteristics of each group are. The specific information I am looking for is ...
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How many Hobbit clans/families have 'feet' in their surnames?

How many hobbit clans or families include feet in their last names? According to the movies, it seems like every other clan seems to have feet in their last name. Is this typical or is this just in ...
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Do Orcs and Uruk-hai sleep?

Do Orcs and Uruks sleep or do they just remain awake 24/7 like Sauron does?
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Did Varda help Frodo and Sam on the Quest to Mordor?

When Frodo speaks the words to light up the light of Eärendil it seemed strange that he knew exactly what to say even though he had never used the phial before, and then Frodo and Sam see a star in ...
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What happened to Aragorn's horse in The Return of the King?

This is a screenshot from The Return of the King taken at 2:26:19 in the Director's Cut, right before the Battle of the Black Gate. Right after this shot, the movie cuts to Frodo and Sam, and then ...
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Did any other Balrogs survive into the Third Age?

Besides the obvious one in Moria, are there any others unaccounted for maybe hiding in the Blue Mountains? Iron Hills? Wastelands of Angmar? Or did the rest of them diminish out of existence?
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Did George Lucas ever suggest that he was influenced or inspired by Tolkien?

The question is simple. I have seen bits and pieces in Lord of the Rings that remind me of Star Wars. This is hardly surprising, as both works are epic moral sagas about a struggle between ultimate ...
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Was there a relationship between the idea of Song creating the World and the amount of songs in LOTR?

In-universe, the World was created when Ainur sang the music by Eru. Did Tolkien ever indicate if that fact deliberately bears some relationship on the amount of songs he presented in Middle Earth ...
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Does Shelob have tusks?

In a recent conversation on Mos Eisley, a debate started as to whether or not Shelob had tusks. Does she have tusks, or fangs; what is her in-book description? ^^ not Shelob, but the picture that ...
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Was Lúthien's song power related to the way Ainur sang the Music of the Ainur?

Lúthien clearly had a magical power accessible via her singing: In Lay of Leithian Canto XIII, Lúthien manages to sing Morgoth (and all the fires around) to sleep. Later, Lúthien swayed Mandos with ...
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Why does Gandalf seem so fearless in the Siege of Minas Tirith?

When the battle began everyone was shrieking and screaming, soldiers looked scared, but when Gandalf rallied them they followed and fought against the Orc armies. Gandalf seemed so confident and not ...
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How is Gollum dressed in the books? [duplicate]

In Jackson films, Gollum is dressed in loincloth. What was his manner of dress (in Hobbit/LOTR timeframe) in the books?
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What “very bad things can result from Men spending too much time in Valinor”?

(very bad things can result from Men spending too much time in Valinor) (src: this SFF answer) Given the answer's poster prior history in lord-of-the-rings, my assumption is that the quoted claim ...
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Did Elrond want and expect Aragorn to become the King of Gondor and Arnor?

In the books of The Lord of the Rings, unlike the movies, Aragorn never seems to doubt that he will eventually claim the throne, and Elrond never seems to doubt it either. I got the impression that ...
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Where have all the dragons gone?

Related to the question: How could Thranduil have met a dragon? It seems that there was a time in Tolkien's legendarium when dragons roamed the land and were a real and physical force to be reckoned ...
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When was Harad established?

Far and Near Harad seem to have just nuzzled its way into the story but I want to know if Tolkien had any further information about the founding of Harad.
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Is Minas Tirith modelled on Gondolin?

Is Minas Tirith of Gondor modelled after the great Noldorin city of Gondolin? Because they definitely look alike, except I'm guessing Gondolin would be 10 times bigger.
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Identify this spoof Tolkien book review

Ten or fifteen years ago I read a hilarious parody review of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The piece was written with the conceit that the reviewer was completely unfamiliar with Tolkien ...
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What is the evidence for Sauron's love of Law and Order?

[I]t had been [Sauron's] virtue (and therefore also the cause of his fall, and of his relapse) that he loved order and coordination, and disliked all confusion and wasteful friction. (src: History ...
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What Magical Powers do Goblins/Orcs Posess?

In the Mountains in Chapter four of the Hobbit, the Goblins actually seem able to re-shape rock magically as a fissure or crack just appears in the cave in which the dwarven party is resting. Of ...
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Were Elladan and Elrohir twins? [duplicate]

The answers to Were ANY of the Elves in Tolkien twins? include Elladan and Elrohir as twins. Is there any cannon sources backing this up? Wikia is a dreadful source for Tolkien canon, is it stated ...
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Was Aragorn of interest to the Valar?

I don't know if there is any evidence that says they helped him and his people (aside from Gandalf, aka Olorin), but this has always been a question I think about during the movies. I know it seems ...
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Who gave life to the dragons of Middle Earth?

We have a small amount of back story of the Giant Spiders, who were descendants of Umaiar (Fallen Maiar), but not for the want of looking I can't find anything relating to the origin of Dragons. We ...
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Why does Gandalf show such reverence for Galadriel and Elrond?

Particularly in the Hobbit movies, Elrond mentions that Gandalf answers to Galadriel. Though Gandalf is a Maiar, one of Ainur, shouldn't he be regarded as one of the elders one above the Noldor?
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What are the “Powers” quoted by Gandalf to Frodo in “The Shadows of the Past”?

We know that the Valar are also called Powers of the World. In The Fellowship, chapter II - The Shadows of the Past, we see Gandalf talking to Frodo: But there is only one Power in this world that ...
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Was Sam ever affected by the Ring? [duplicate]

Of the Ring-bearers since Isildur, we have: Gollum, on whom the Ring's influence was strongest: it caused him to murder his best friend almost as soon as they found it, and turned him into a wretched ...
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In JRRT’s writings, did Gandalf ever use his staff as a physical weapon?

The movies certainly portray Gandalf using his staff as a weapon, but is this explicitly described in JRRT’s writings? For the purposes of this question, using the staff to work magic would not count....
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Are the Elves Aware that Gandalf (Etc.) Are Maiar? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask this question by Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed] Basically, are they aware that they are basically godlike beings of immense power and wisdom on a mission ...
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What happens to an elf in Lord of the Rings who dies twice?

An Elf who dies (whether they are in Valinor or Middle-Earth) goes to the halls of Mandos. After a certain time (to be determined by Mandos, its different for each case) they are returned to life in ...
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What would've happened had Melkor won?

I'm interested to know if there were any notes on what would've happened has Melkor successfully overthrown the other Valar and assumed complete control of Arda. Obvious answers like "He'd kill ...
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How are beings distinguished with respect to 'power' in Middle Earth?

Many characters are referred to, both in canon, and by the community, as being 'powerful'. Gandalf is a powerful wizard; Sauron is very powerful; Morgoth is one of the most powerful beings to have ...
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Was there only a single mithril-mail shirt made?

Considering mithril is both incredibly light and strong (compared to other materials such as steel) are there any references to there being more than a single mithril mail shirt (Bilbo's) ever being ...

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