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

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Was there any kind of church in Middle Earth? [duplicate]

We know that there were active deities in Middle Earth (Eru Ilúvatar - who performed at least one tangible modern act, namely resurrection and return of Olorin/Gandalf) and that people were aware of ...
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Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor?

Did Gandalf have a teacher/mentor? If yes, who was his teacher/mentor? If no, from where did he get his knowledge? How did he became so wise? This question doesn't ask if he had a teacher to learn ...
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Who are the other two wizards? [duplicate]

I am reading the Lord of the Rings again, and this quote by Saruman 'Later!' he cried, and his voice rose to a scream. 'Later! Yes, when you also have the Keys of Barad-dûr itself, I suppose; and ...
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What does this text say, on a cover for The Return of the King?

I recently purchased a new copy of The Lord of the Rings, because my previous copy was frayed and falling apart. The new copy has the book split into three volumes, each with a unique cover. The ...
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The city of Erebor

What happens to the city of Erebor after the Hobbit series? Because the city doesn't show up in the Lord of the rings series.
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Could Aragorn have been featured in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? [closed]

Sometime during the quest of Thorin's Company for Erebor, the group stops at Rivendell and stays for a few days. The whole quest takes place within the year T.A. 2941. Ten years before, Aragorn is ...
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What became of the other 19 Rings of Power after the One Ring was destroyed?

After the destruction of Sauron's One Ring, what happened to the other 19 rings of power (3 Elven, 7 Dwarven, 9 Men)? Did they become powerless, remain cursed, become cleansed, disintegrate, or ...
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Account of the defeat of Sauron in the Second Age?

Is there a book by Tolkien where the defeat of Sauron is elaborated, when he lost the ring even before the hobbit adventures?
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Do male elves have long or short hair?

I've noticed that almost every fan drawing of elves (as well as their portrayals in the movies) show them with long hair, both the men and the women. But did Tolkien ever write anything that proved ...
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Why aren't there any recognizable elf children in Middle-Earth?

Why aren't there any recognizable Elf children in Middle-Earth? I don't remember reading about younglings, only adults. Hobbit children, goblin imps and human children are all represented in the LOTR ...
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Why did Númenóreans fear and dislike Valar?

Sauron taught the people of Númenor many things, and in most of his speeches he spoke against the Valar, who most Númenóreans already feared and disliked. ( Ar-Pharazôn @ Tolkien gateway ) Why did ...
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Were the Rings of Power at all connected before the One “bound” them?

While considering a recent question, I realized that I may not have fully understood something about the creation of the Rings of Power: were they (the 3, the 7, the 9, and even the lesser rings) at ...
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The one ring: Did Sauron create the Middle Earth world wide web? [closed]

"One ring to rule them all..." when sauron creates the one ring does he create a "Network" among the rings of power ?
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Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
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What happened to Ungoliant and Shelob?

We know Ungoliant is Shelob's mother and we know that Shelob lives high up in the mountains surrounding Mordor near Cirith Ungol (note the reference to Ungoliant) and eats whoever comes up there. So ...
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Why could Elrond not delay his one-way voyage to Valinor for a few more years?

We know from LotR that: The Children of Elrond all had the choice to be counted among either Men or Elves. That this Choice needed to be made at the time when Elrond would leave for Valinor - they ...
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What would standing on top of Barad-dur, or relatively close to the Eye of Sauron, feel like? [closed]

Besides probably being hot, would there be any adverse effects if one were to stand on top of Barad-dur, close to the Eye of Sauron?
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Were Maiar in feudal-like relationship with Valar?

Based on some prior answers about the Maiar who became the 5 Wizards, the impression I got was that those Maiar were in a somewhat feudal/vassal like relationship with Valar (e.g. Radagast was "...
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character development in Lord of the Rings? [closed]

Recently I was discussing novels with a friend, who said that all major characters should change and develop across the course of any good novel. But it seems to me that in LotR (which no SFF fan can ...
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Sauron, Gollum, and the ring

How did Sauron know to torture Gollum on the whereabouts of the ring? We know that Gollum said "Baggins" and "Shire" while being tortured, but why did they think he might know in the first place?
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Does Aragorn have a lapse in judgment or is there another explanation?

NOTE I've edited to add further logic to my question based off the first answer given. What Seems a Correct Statement In the LOTR movie The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn makes the statement upon ...
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What do the people of the Middle Earth use as their best food source?

Throughout the stories of the Middle Earth there are many foods. Which types of food were used the most and who and how do they farm it?
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What do rings in The Lord of the Rings do? [duplicate]

Rings seem to be rather important in The Lord Of The Rings, but what do magical rings do in general? I don't mean the side effects of wearing the One Ring (invisibility, long life span) but the ...
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The One Ring as an engagement ring?

The One Ring is clearly a corrupting power in Middle Earth. Even the hobbits that are more resistant to corruption are eventually affected by its influence (Frodo, as an example, of course). The ...
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The Rings effect on Elves [duplicate]

I was reading the Lord of the Rings books and noticed something strange. The elves are the most magically powerful native race on Middle Earth, and they created the Rings of Power (under the guidance ...
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What were the wolves that attacked the Fellowship of the Ring?

Shortly after they were defeated by the mountain of Caradhras, the Fellowship decided to go through Moria so that they could pass the Misty Mountains. One night on their way to Moria, they were ...
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Did the Shire Have any Army?

The Shire was the homeland of the Hobbits, usually they are smaller than Men. They were fairly good archers and quite skilled with stone-throwing. Did the Shire Have any Defense system to protect them ...
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Do orcs make references to a/the “devil”?

I just saw a Shadow Mordor E3 trailer and in one of the orc's lines, he says: He moves like a ghost; fights like a [the] devil! Is this accurate to what words orcs use or what they believe in (or ...
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What would an orc do if it found the One Ring?

If an orc found the One Ring, would it try to use it? Or were the orcs "programmed" to turn it over to Sauron?
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Are there other books about the history of Middle-Earth? [duplicate]

I've read these books about the history of Middle-Earth. The Shaping of Middle-earth The Return of the Shadow The Treason of Isengard The War of the Ring Sauron Defeated and really liked them. ...
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Gandalf and the Black Captain [duplicate]

Why does Gandalf, during the siege of Gondor, imply that he cannot defeat the Black Captain because "not by the hand of man will he fall" ? Isn't Gandalf not of mankind and thus not a man? Or does ...
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Does Frodo believe he can challenge Sauron?

In the Two Towers, when hiding outside Minas Morgul while the Lord of the Nazgul is passing, Frodo has these thoughts: He knew that the Ring would only betray him, and that he had not, even if he ...
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What are the original titles of books I-VI of the Lord of the Rings?

I read that Tolkien didn't want to make the Lord of the Rings three books, and that the only "natural divisions are the 'books' I-VI (which originally had titles)" What are those titles?
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Who made The Rings of Power?

There are twenty magical Rings in the Tolkien's Middle Earth Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die One ...
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Trolls and the Olog-hai

In The Hobbit, Tolkien presents three trolls (Bert, Tom, and Bill Huggins) who are decidedly comic figures: They were trolls. Obviously trolls. Even Bilbo, in spite of his sheltered life, could see ...
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Why didn't the elves take the Ring after the Council of Elrond?

The elves of Lorien certainly had military strength to fight at Mordor and also would not have been corrupted by the Ring as men would. Wouldn't the destruction of the Ring have gone more smoothly if ...
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Is there any documented connection between “/Hey Diddle Diddle” rhyme and LOTR poem?

Nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle" and the poem recited by Frodo at the Inn in Bree (before meeting Strider) share the "cow jumped over the Moon" idea. I think they also both had a fiddle as well, as a ...
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Why does Saruman change his mind?

In Lord of the Rings, Saruman The White, the eldest of the Wizards and their chieftain, joins with Sauron instead of helping people fight against Sauron. What is the reason for him losing faith in ...
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Is there a significance to the number of rings given to each race? [duplicate]

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the ...
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In the Lord of the Rings, was the Witch-king aware of the prophecy about his death?

I am of course referring to Glorfindel's prophecy about Witch-king's death: 'Eärnur now rode back, but Glorfindel, looking into the gathering dark, said: "Do not pursue him! He will not return to ...
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Are there any phoenix like creatures in Tolkien's fantasy universe?

I want to know if any creatures similar to a phoenix appear in Tolkien's Legendarium (Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit) universe? By "similar to a phoenix" I mean a creature that has some of the ...
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Have any of the lesser rings made by the Elves, beside the 20 Rings of Power, been shown or named? [duplicate]

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began ...
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Source for info on Middle-Earth's 'Real World' Geographic counterpart

I recently came across a particular essay by the author of The Last Ringbearer, which states: The Middle Earth has several built-in physical defects, and there’s no getting away from that. In his ...
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Did Glorfindel do anything for the War of the Ring?

After he was re-embodied, and aside from helping Frodo get to Rivendell, did Glorfindel do anything to aid in the war against Sauron?
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Sam's apparent invisibility to Sauron [duplicate]

How come Sauron wasn't able to detect Sam in the last chapter of The Two Towers? I'm pretty sure he wore it longer than Frodo in Amon Hen, and Frodo was detected in the latter, was he not? Plus, Sam ...
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How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?
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Gandalf, Sauron and Saruman names and nicknames

Assuming Gandalf was the wisest of the maiar, why was Saruman known as the wise, rather than it being Gandalf? Also, what are the real names (maiar names) of all these three (Sauron, Saruman and ...
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In which of Tolkien's works does the Witch-King of Angmar appear?

Where can I read all about the Witch-King of Angmar? Does he appear anywhere other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its appendices? The appendices talk about the Angmar vs Arnor war very ...