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

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Why did they take a Palantir with them when they left on the last ship going west to the Undying Lands?

First, to explain some backstory of the Palantiri. The Palantíri were made by the Ñoldor in Eldamar, possibly by Fëanor himself in Aman during the Elder Days in the Time of the Trees, and then given ...
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Would a dwarf become a wraith if stabbed by the Witch King's blade?

Gandalf confirms it would have happened to Frodo if untreated. If they had succeeded, you would have become like they are, only weaker and under their command. You would have became a wraith under ...
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Is there any information on the (external) etymology of “Gandalf”?

It is well known that Tolkien was, first and foremost, a linguist. His familiarity with Germanic languages comes into play more than once- think of Beorn (similar to Norwegian bjørn "bear"). It ...
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Was the ring Narya ever intended to be passed to a mortal?

The ring Narya was one of three made by the Elvish prince Celebrimbor with the aid of Sauron. This particular ring was described as having the following abilities: To inspire and invoke courage from ...
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Is there any explanation for Denethor's strange behaviour in the Return of the King?

In the first part, we are told that Denethor had been a good and wise Steward and had "held the forces of Mordor at bay" for long. When Pippin and Gandalf visit Minas Tirith, he seems quite different ...
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How did Sauron communicate through the palantír?

Did he possess one of the Palantíri at Barad-dûr? Or could he just "tap into" Palantír conversations at his will?
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Why does Saruman explain the origin of the Orcs to the Uruk-hai chief?

In the Fellowship movie, Saruman gives a long speech to the (newly created) Uruk-hai chief about how the Orcs first came into being and then proceeds to ask him about his loyalty. Why does he do this?
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First draft of The Lord of the Rings: Who was “M”?

The first words Tolkien wrote of the Lord of the Rings are preserved in a manuscript of which the first page is reproduced in The Return of the Shadow. When he first put pen to paper he wrote in ...
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Was Galadriel ever jealous of Arwen's beauty? [closed]

Is there anything in the books or movies which seem to indicate that Galadriel was jealous of Arwen's beauty? Especially since Galadriel is extremely prideful of her beauty? Like in I am beautiful ...
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What happened to Arnor after the fall of Angmar in TA 1975

From what I can understand Arnor was invaded by Angmar, but Angmar itself was defeated by Gondor shortly afterwards in TA 1975. Formally Arnor was restored by Aragorn when he was crowned the King of ...
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Was there racism in Middle-earth?

According to the comments on this question, there may have been racism in Middle-earth. Was there? If so, was it rampant or isolated? Please note that I am asking about in-universe racism, not ...
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What powers did the Witch King have?

Beyond fear what actual powers does the Witch King demonstrate that make him "dangerous". his very presence can cause fear and death in men and drive his subordinates on he utters a spell that ...
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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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What would happen if a Barrow-Wight had taken the One Ring and why didn't they?

When the Hobbits are take by the Barrow-Wights, they are all held in a barrow and are unconscious for a time and both they and the Ring are at the mercy of the Barrow-Wights. This event is clearly ...
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Why do human lifespans vary so much in Middle-earth?

The LotR project's statistics section offers some confusing numbers in regards to human life expectancy. Their figures are based on a survey of all characters for whom the relevant data exists, and ...
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Was the creation of the Ring justified? [duplicate]

Sauron's decision to put the majority of his power into a magic ring seems to be a very big gamble even with the (potential) payoff of being able to control the other rings. Is there any description ...
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Is Galadriel's gift of the phial to Frodo just a coincidence?

When parting Lothlorien, Galadriel gives to Frodo the phial containing the light from Earandil's star. This gift has a crucial impact on the mission to destroy the Ring as it not only stops both Frodo ...
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Why was Gandalf so emotional?

This is relating to the movie. Frodo finally relinquishes his desire for the ring, and it melts in the fires of Mount Doom. The next scene shows the eruption of Mount Doom and the destruction of Barad ...
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How would Sauron have contacted Smaug?

I asked this question a while back and received some very good responses about the status of Sauron in Morgoth's army, and what Smaug might have done in the scenario. If the question was still fairly ...
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Was Grima the only one who knew about the weak spot in Helm's Deep?

In the movie at least of The Two Towers, Grima Wormtongue mentioned to Saruman a nasty weak spot in the outer foundations of Helm's Deep - a small tunnel which allows a wee stream to flow to and fro. ...
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What would Sméagol have called his own race?

In the book Unfinished Tales, in the chapter The Hunt for the Ring, we find the following passage (which confirms what is said in the answers to this question): Gollum would not know the term "...
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Did Tolkien borrow some of the Ring's properties from the Silmarils?

In The Lord of the Rings, the One Ring has many powers which make it incredibly dangerous to anyone who holds it, or even comes within close proximity to it. It inspires jealousy, possessiveness, ...
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Are there any orc names mentioned in LOTR movie trilogy?

There are a lot of orcs that are mentioned by name in the Lord of the Rings books; Ugluk, Grishnakh, Mauhur, Gothmog, etc. But are there any mentions of their names in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy?
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Who created the Dailir?

In the Lord of the Rings, the Sindarin Elf Beleg Cúthalion wielded what was probably the only enchanted bow mentioned in the history of Middle-Earth (at least, the only one I could find) which he ...
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How can Tolkien's characters see stars during the daytime?

In many places throughout Tolkien's works, he describes his characters seeing stars in the sky during daylight hours, usually when the characters are passing through deep, narrow canyons or ravines. ...
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What “defenses” is Tolkien talking about?

In the chapter Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age in The Silmarillion, after the final battle of the War of the Last Alliance, the following passage occurs: And northward, beyond the Falls of ...
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How can the Orcs be so easily killed?

Orcs can be slayed with very little effort even by the un-warrior humans, despite their fully developed figures, average-to-tall heights, muscular bodies. (See The Hobbit series, where a dwarf would ...
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Doesn't Radagast care about trees?

In the book The Two Towers, Treebeard refers to Gandalf as "the only wizard that really cares about trees". But in Fellowship of the Ring, we met the wizard Radagast the Brown, whose special focus is ...
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Is it important to read The History of Middle-earth in order?

I'm almost done reading The Silmarillion, and I have a few options available as far as what I should read next: Unfinished Tales, the Reader's Companion to LotR, and The Return of the Shadow. This ...
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Why are Aragorn and the Rangers of the north not trusted nor respected locally?

At the council of Elrond, when talking to Boromir, Aragorn says the following What roads would any dare to tread, what safety would there be in quiet lands, or in the homes of simple men at night,...
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Were the orcs of Minas Morgul created by the Witch King? [duplicate]

In the Return of the King, there are the orcs that come from Minas Morgul. Were they produced in Mordor and transferred there, or were they actually created in Minas Morgul by the Witch King?
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Is there any evidence to support the popular belief that Elves prefer bows to other weapons?

Judging by the LotR movies, and even by Legolas' actions in the books of The Lord of the Rings, it seems that Elves use bows and arrows far more often than any other weapons. But in The Silmarillion, ...
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In the Fourth Age, what was the oldest creature left alive in Middle Earth?

After the War of the Ring, Sauron = dead. Saruman = dead. Gandalf = has left on the ship. Elrond = left. Galadriel = left. What was the oldest creature still alive in Middle-Earth in the Fourth Age?
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Was there a significant difference between Gollum and Smeagol by the time of Lord of the Rings?

This question may be impossible to answer, but I am asking what Tolkien said about this issue, not what people think about it personally. In the movies, Smeagol seems to be very different from Gollum....
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How did Gandalf find Merry and Pippin in the Fangorn?

Is it ever stated why Gandalf entered Fangorn? Or was it just a coincidence? What I mean by that is how does he just manage to stumble upon Merry and Pippin, or did he know it was going to happen?
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What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions?

What strategic value does the treasure hoard of Erebor have that makes it so desirable for so many factions? Will the gold be used for trade and industry by the parties involved? Is it merely greed or ...
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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 proceeds to alert the ...
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The North, South and East Wind

When Tolkien refers to the wind, is he saying the direction it is blowing or the direction it has come from? For example this passage in The Two Towers, The Departure of Boromir: ‘You left the ...
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Why do Tolkien's wizards look Human, and not Elven?

The two primary races of Middle-earth, those created by Ilúvatar, are Elves and Men. And until quite late in the history of Middle-earth, the Elves were BY FAR the more significant of the two. They ...
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Were the Middle-earth Wizards born as Wizards?

In Middle-earth, Elves were born as Elves, Hobbits as Hobbits, and so on. Were the Wizards born as Wizards, or were they young men that somehow evolved as they matured into Wizards?
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Who does Tolkien include in the category “The Wise”?

I know the wizards (Istari) are considered to be among "the Wise", and I believe the Elves (Eldar) are as well, but are all Elves among "the Wise", or only some of them? And does anyone else qualify ...
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Why do people say that Peter Jackson can not make LOTR/Hobbit sequels?

I was reading a couple of posts on forums where people said that "The Silmarillion" would make a great basis for an action movie, a sequel (or would that be prequel?) to LOTR and Hobbit. But someone ...
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How many battles occurred in the War of the Ring?

The question is self explanatory: how many battles took place in the War of the Ring, and what were they called? We only read about a few battles in the main text of The Lord of the Rings - Helm's ...
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Why didn't Durin's Bane kill the Orcs?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains are clearly afraid of the Balrog, and who could blame them? But whereas the Balrog killed all the Dwarves he could find after they woke ...
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Was Elrond always supposed to be an Elf?

This passage in The Hobbit puzzled me: The master of [Rivendell] was an elf-friend... He was as noble and as fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king ...
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Why didn't Tolkien do more with the Stone-Giants?

In The Hobbit, the heroes shelter from a storm in the mountains and see a group of stone-giants throwing boulders at each other. The Stone-giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another ...
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Why were Elrond and Isildur the only ones who went to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom?

Elrond's version of the tale of Isildur's Bane is particularly striking, as (in the movies) he is depicted as standing by the fires of Mount Doom watching in horror as Isildur refuses to destroy the ...
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Are the Hobbit names translated when translating LOTR in other languages

When reading LOTR in my native language (Bulgarian) I noticed that the Hobbit names were translated too. For example Baggins was translated by taking the root of the name - bag - and using the ...
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What is the name of the language that Orcs talk?

What is the name of the language of the Orcs? Was it developed by Tolkien as much as Quenya?
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Is there any plate armor in Tolkien's world?

As far as I can recall, no one ever wears plate armor in The Lord of the Rings - only leather and chain mail. But most depictions of Sauron and Morgoth show them wearing heavy black plate armor - ...