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

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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 ...
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Is there a sequel after LOTR events? [duplicate]

At the end of the book series, hobbits and elves sail to the east of the middle earth to unknown places and only humans stay in the Middle Earth. What happened next? Where did elves settled down? Were ...
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Will Aragorn's and Arwen's Kids be immortal? [duplicate]

Aragorn is a Dunedain and Arwen is an Elf who has the power of immortality. Will their kids have the power of immortality ?
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Can Smaug melt the One Ring?

From The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past", we know that Gandalf told Frodo: there is not now any dragon left on earth in which the old fire is hot enough [...
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Did the events of LOTR War in the North take place in Tolkien’s writings?

I played LOTR War in the North and I wonder if the characters from the game were really mentioned by Tolkien. Did this war really take place in parallel with adventure of the Fellowship? Who are ...
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Was Pippin responsible for Gandalf's death?

One of the recurring themes of Lord of the Rings is that of major events being precipitated by tiny actions by relatively insignificant people - Bilbo finding the ring, Merry killing the Witch-King, ...
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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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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/...