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

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Is there anything political in Lord Of Rings [duplicate]

I am not deeply interested in Science Fiction, I probably just know popular movies, books. Thus this will be the only question which I will ask in this site most probably please don't misunderstand me ...
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Is there any particular reason why Gandalf got resurrected in the forest, and so did Sauron (Dol Goldur)? [closed]

When Gandalf got resurrected as Gandalf the White, he got resurrected in the forest. Sauron also got resurrected in the forest to take a fortress there, Dol Goldur. Might not be the same forest but.. ...
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Of Half-elven and mortal life

When half-elvens choose mortal life, how would their bodies behave? Half-elven are always elves by nature. Ever since they're born, their physical body and behaviour would be elvish - they have keen ...
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Why didn't the Nazgul or their beasts pick up the Hobbits' scent?

Orcs and Uruks can smell people from some distance away. And Aragorn says (in FotR, A Knife in the Dark): ... And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. Senses,...
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Did the Army of the West know why they were marching on the Black Gate?

After the unexpected victory at Pelennor Fields and the loss of their Steward it seems that the common soldiers would despair to follow Aragorn and Gandalf on what was obviously a suicide mission. On ...
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Can dwarves and elves produce offspring (between each other)? [closed]

Given the changes in the new Hobbit movies, I was just wondering if a dwarf and an elf could produce offspring in Tolkien canon?
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Was Gandalf the greatest of the Istari?

I know he is described as the wisest of all Istari/Maiar (the exact word used in that instance escapes me) and I believe, I am however not sure, that he was offered the position of head of the white ...
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Did Saruman copy from Radagast?

We know that, although publicly he scorned Gandalf, Saruman copied him and also smoked, and imitated Sauron, as often said in The Lord of the Rings. But I just saw a quote about Radagast, saying that ...
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Is the One Ring only loyal to Sauron or would it serve any powerful being?

I had this exchange on What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring? with Jeremy French. Jeremy French: But how would he have got it to fit? ...
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Gandalf - open displays of power versus his restrictions as an Istar

Throughout both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (and I need to stress that I'm talking about the books, not the movies) we see Gandalf quite liberally tossing magic about. He uses lightning in his ...
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Was this word used under the influence of the Ring? [duplicate]

It seems that everyone who dealt with the One Ring called it "precious". Did the Ring force people to use that moniker? Or was it some artefact of Middle-Earth languages as designed by ...
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Nazgul: The WitchKing of Angmar & the other 8 - roots? [duplicate]

"They were once Men. Great Kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deciever gave them Nine Rings of Power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one, falling into darkness. And now ...
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numenor vs. gondolin [closed]

If the forces of Numenor and the forces of Gondolin were to meet, which do you think would win? Aside from their mortality, the inhabitants of Numenor had made huge strides in technology. In a passage ...
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Why heroes of Tolkien novels didn't use birds to reach Mordor or Erebor? [duplicate]

First of all - I never read Tolkien novels, that's why my knowledge about this world is only from movies. Secondly, I have a rationalistic point of view on the whole universe and there is no place for ...
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What happens to individuals when they die in Middle Earth? [duplicate]

Is there any concept of an after-life in Tolken's Middle Earth and does it vary for the races? What I have been able to glean: The elves can go to the undying lands when they choose but it is not ...
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Who was the first female dwarf identified by name in the Hobbit/LOTR saga?

While the fathers of several "son of" dwarves are named in the epic, I can't recall that a female dwarf was ever referenced by name. Who was the first female dwarf identified by name in the Hobbit/...
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What is it about the Tooks?

Bilbo is said to have been more adventurous than most hobbits because of his mother's side of the family. Peregrin Took is a bit foolish and this, also is attributed to his "Tookishness." Not only ...
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Did Tom Bombadil have a “prior art” in Norse/other mythology?

We know that Tolkien heavily borrowed ideas from Norse and other mythologies, since Middle-Earth was meant to be the missing myths for England. Was there a figure similar to Tom Bombadil in Norse or ...
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In Rivendell, did Saruman try to use his “Voice” on Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrive to Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. Saruman then opposes ...
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Inconsistency on the Doors of Durin

I just read the following text on tolkiengateway.net: The name Moria means "Black Chasm" and was a derogatory description of the place which the Dwarves did not like, and was given after Durin's ...
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Can Gandalf actually appear out of nowhere like in 'The Hobbit'

In the 1977, animated version of 'The Hobbit' we see Gandalf appear out of nowhere in front of Bag End and again as they travel to Rivendell. Can Gandalf really appear out of nowhere in Tolkiens ...
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Are any of the original elves that awoke at Cuiviénen named?

This came up because a friend told me he thought Glorfindel was an "original elf". As far as I know, the earliest mention of Glorfindel is at the Fall Of Gondolin, which is a far cry from Cuiviénen. ...
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How can Aragorn fight with a broken sword?

In the book, Aragorn has Anduril in his scabbard, but it is broken, as he shows Sam. How could he defend himself in the wild? Is there any reference from LOTR or HoME?
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Reading order of Tolkien's middle-earth books [duplicate]

I have these books written by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion The Hobbit All three LOTRs Which reading order is the best to get the complete story? The one I wrote up above, or?
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What do we know about the Black Speech of Mordor?

We know the Ring Verse (Ash Nazg . . .), and single words like 'Ghâsh' (Fire). Do we know any more about canonical Black Speech?
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What happened to Frodo's sword?

In 'A Knife in the Dark', Frodo slashes at the Black Rider. Later in the Book, it is said that no weapons can harm the Nazgûl and survive. Why didn't Frodo's blade melt? He still has it afterwards, as ...
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Is the white standing stone on the Barrow-Downs magical or evil?

In the Lord of the Rings novel, in the chapter The Fog on the Barrow-downs, the Hobbits fall asleep on the downs next to a white standing stone. There are some passages that I personally interpret as ...
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Difference between UK and US versions of Lord of the Rings

Are there any noticeable differences in the English vocabulary between the UK and US editions of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, specifically The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit?
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Why not drink from the source spring of the Silverlode?

When leaving the Dimrill Dale (after their escape from Moria), the Fellowship comes across the spring which is the source of the Silverlode. Gimli says: "Here is the spring from which the ...
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What was Azog's role in canon?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie, Azog features in many places whereas I do not recollect him being mentioned in the book apart from the fact that he was the one who killed Thror, Thorin's ...
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What non-canon elements were added to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Taking into account the Lord of the Rings Appendices and all of Tolkien's other writings (including his letters) I'd like to know what elements of the film were entirely created by Peter Jackson and ...
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What did Sauron want/manage to achieve from the Seven Dwarven rings?

When Sauron gave the Nine Rings to Men, he obtained super-powered Lieutenants (Nazgul). I'm not sure if there were other side benefits (e.g. Angmar and other realms ruled by Nine allying with him). ...
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Why didn't Gollum ever become a wraith?

Inspired by this answer regarding the long-term effects of The One Ring: Sméagol possessed the ring for close to 500 years, and although he clearly didn't wear it constantly, it had some terrible ...
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Was Mount Erebor called “The Lonely Mountain” because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason?

Was Mount Erebor called "The Lonely Mountain" because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason? The map to The Lonely Mountain.
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Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien?

We saw Gimli discussing dwarf women with Eowyn in the The Two Towers: Gimli: It's true you don't see many dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often ...
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What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring?

As we saw here, the Balrog of Moria was a fallen Maia, as was Sauron, a being on the same level as Gandalf and Saruman. If he ever had captured the One Ring when he encountered the Fellowship in ...
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In The Lord of the Rings, what exactly does “Elf-friend” mean?

The term elf-friend is used a number of times in the Lord of the Rings. First, when Frodo and the Hobbits leave the Shire, they encounter Gildor who says the following to Frodo: I name you Elf-...
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Were Elves half the size of Humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? This sketch by Colin Williams suggests that elves were half the size of a human. Also they are much more 'alien-like' than Peter ...

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