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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Was Durin's Bane the last Balrog on Middle-earth? [duplicate]

I am interested to know, after the death of Durin's bane by Gandalf, were there any Balrogs left in Middle-earth, or was it the last Balrog?
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Aren't there too many Uruks in Helm's Deep?

This is just something that always bothered me. Aren't the Uruks portrayed before and during the battle too many to really be only 10k? 10k people aren't really that many, is the capacity of a very ...
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Did Gandalf think that Frodo was dead?

When the Host of the West march upon the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron reveals 'Tokens' (including Frodo's Mithril shirt). At this point, Gandalf looks defeated. Did he think that Frodo had been ...
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In the movies why does Frodo try to give the One Ring to Aragorn?

In the movie, Frodo tries to give the One Ring to Aragorn in Parth Galen. Aragorn deftly refuses the offer. Why does Frodo do this? Hadn't the council told him not to offer it to anyone else? Boromir '...
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Scouring of the Shire—how old is it?

The Scouring of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings is that part of the story that really drives home the way the Hobbit characters have changed over the course of their journey. At the time people ...
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How powerful is Saruman's Ring ( which he made himself )? [duplicate]

In the books, Saruman forges a Ring and wears it along with a shimmering cloak. This is known when Saruman reveals it to Gandalf. As the title implies, how powerful is this Ring ? It must be noted ...
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Was King Théoden completely possessed by Saruman or did he retain at least a portion of his free will?

In the movie, King Théoden is apparently possessed by Saruman. However, to what degree he was possessed isn't obvious. Was he completely possessed or did he retain some of his free will?
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What is the picture on the front of this edition of “The Two Towers”?

The front cover of my edition of "The Two Towers" has a picture of what looks like a man mounted on some vast flying creature: The only thing that beast makes me think of is "dragon", but as far as I ...
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Why didn't the Palantiri reveal the Fellowship's true plan?

Throughout the Lord of the Rings, the key tactical advantage that the Fellowship had was that their plan to destroy the One Ring remained secret, to the point that it's even stated that going to war ...
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Were there any other ways into Mordor?

The two ways that Frodo considers in order to make his way into Mordor are The Black Gate and The Pass of Cirith Ungol. These seem to be the only ways that anyone considers taking at any point, yet ...
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Was there a time gap in the story Elrond tells about Isildur?

I have just started reading The Lord of The Rings. I have caught up a bit on Middle-earth's history. I recently read the story that Elrond tells during the meeting in Rivendell (Fellowship). Here's ...
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Has JKR ever talked about the inspiration of creating the Horcrux idea? Is it related to the One Ring?

Although not completely analogous, there do seem to be some similarities between Sauron's "soul" embodied in the One Ring and Voldemort's "soul" embodied in a Horcrux. Has JKR ever talked about the ...
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What does Sauron look like? [duplicate]

Duh! But, do the books ever describe what he actually looks like? I found a diagram by Tolkien himself: But this looks too... vague? And I don't know whether he was ever intent on continuing with ...
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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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Why do the Rohirrim apparently find the H-word offensive?

In LOTR: The Two Towers, Gimli and Éomer have the following dialogue: Gimli: Give me your name, Horse-master, and I shall give you mine. Éomer: I would cut off your head, dwarf, if it stood ...
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What exactly is the Witch-king of Angmar?

The movies tell you that the Witch-king is another just Nazgul, albeit their king, but the books seemed to suggest that he was a man. And the fact that he was the Necromancer briefly mentioned in The ...
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Why did it take less time to go from Rivendell to the Shire than it did to go from the Shire to Rivendell?

Although this question has already asked about the different times for traveling to Rivendell from the Shire, it did not address the duration of the return journey from Rivendell to the Shire that ...
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How much Elven ancestry does Aragorn have?

I know Aragorn is descended from Elros the half-Elf, and from what I've been able to find, there are somewhere between 64 and 99 generations separating Elros from Aragorn. I can't do the math, I don'...
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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Exact bloodline of aragorn [duplicate]

I want to know the exact bloodline of aragorn wether being mixed with elves or edain because it is not clear in the books.
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Why do Gondorians frequently refer to Gandalf as Mithrandir?

Gandalf says of himself: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, ...
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Why does Gandalf sound like Saruman in The Two Towers?

In the movie adaptation of The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the newly-resurrected Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest. For the first few words of his conversation he sounds like Saruman,...
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What would have happened to Saruman if Sauron acquired the One Ring?

This question is the opposite of another one. The other question asks "What would happen to Saruman if he got the One Ring?" and this one asks what would happen to Saruman if Sauron got the ...
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Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void?

Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void? Did he have the power but not the intention, or was it simply impossible? As far as I know, Sauron suffered the same fate as ...
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How many Stars of Elendil were there, and what happened to each of them?

In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn wears a jewel called the Elendilmir, or Star of Elendil, upon his brow. This stone, which was also known as the Star of the Dunedain and the Star of the North, was ...
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Was there a scene where Frodo's Elven cloak was shown to keep him warm while he feels cold?

I'm trying to find an example of Frodo's cloak's effectiveness. I dimly remember reading an occasion when Frodo is trying to sleep, cold and vulnerable. It's a passive use, where the cloak works 'as ...
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How far did Gandalf and the Balrog drop from the bridge in Moria?

As best I can tell, in this dramatic scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf falls for 71 seconds, mostly in free-fall while fighting a Balrog. True, the Balrog hits the walls of the abyss a ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea ...
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Why is Gimli allowed to travel to Valinor?

Gimli was allowed to go to Valinor despite not being a ring bearer. Is this explained in detail or just with the one line "for his love for Galadriel"?
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How did King Theoden suddenly lose his beard?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf goes to see Theoden the king has a massive beard that rivals that of Gandalf. When he is free from Saruman's enchantment, he nearly falls down and is caught and ...
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Who is the 'One' in the below statement?

Legolas says : " It was a balrog of Morgoth, of elf banes the most deadly save the ONE who sits in the Dark Tower " Now does the "One" in the above statement mean to be Sauron or a Balrog ?
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Did Gimli get a new axe? [duplicate]

In the movie Gimli breaks his axe when he tries to destroy the Ring. Did he use another axe after that or did he reforge the axe (which sounds implausible considering the amount of damage it took)?
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Did Smaug have the power to destroy Barad-dûr? [closed]

Consider a scenario in which Smaug was not killed in T.A. 2942, continuing to live to T.A. 3019, the year of the Battle for Middle-earth. Now let's say that he and Sauron had a major disagreement ...
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Was Frodo sad when he heard that Boromir had died?

Is there any evidence to prove that Frodo mourned for Boromir? Did he forgive Boromir for the attack on Amon Hen?
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What did the rings of the Nazgûl do? [duplicate]

The One Ring can corrupt its wearer and make them invisible (potentially with other powers?), but I'm unsure what the other rings of power could do. Were they only able to make the Nazgûl immortal, or ...
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Was Aragorn's claim to the throne legitimate?

In a recent post to The Toast, Austin Gilkeson argues that Aragorn, son of Arathorn's claim to Gondor's throne is invalid. The author goes into various details, but the core argument is: Gondor’s ...
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Why couldn't the Ring stay in Rivendell?

Why weren't Elrond and Gandalf receptive to letting the ring stay in Rivendell? My claim is that Western military forces could repel the forces of Mordor and Isengard. The invasion would be like ...
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What is the One Ring's theme?

In the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy we hear this haunting piece (especially at 0:45) each time the One Ring is about to make its presence felt. It's a powerful audio cue to the viewer, and is sometimes ...
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How on (middle) earth did Eärendil kill a dragon as huge as Ancalagon?

We know that Ancalagon was killed by Earendil, but how exactly was he killed? Ancalagon was so incredibly massive and Earendil was just a dude in a ship with some Eagles. This image ↓ isn't canon but ...
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How did Sam know what happened to Boromir?

Near the end of LOTR: Two Towers when Faramir is close to taking the ring back to Gondor, Sam pleads with Faramir not to take the ring by saying something like this: "Do you want to know what ...
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Is Tolkien prejudiced against the East?

In Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series, there are generally two groups of Men. The good ones are coming from the West (Dúnedain, Men of the West), and the bad ones, the Easterlings, mostly fight ...
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Does the name “Gollum” actually mean anything?

From other answers on this site, it is clear that within the general story arc, the name Gollum derived from a sound Sméagol was often inadvertently making within his throat, described as a sort of "...
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Who was the last elf in Middle-earth?

The elves left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands after Frodo destroyed the One Ring. Who was the last elf in Middle-earth? Was it Arwen, who remained behind for love of Aragorn, until she died of ...
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What was Tauriel doing during the events of The Lord of the Rings movies?

[Yes, The Hobbit movies are nonsense. But how could I call myself a fantasy fan if I didn't demand my nonsense be as logical as possible?] Tauriel is presented as a highly-skilled fighter and a ...
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Were dwarves more numerous in Rhûn than in the West?

I remember reading that four of the seven dwarf families resided in the Orocarni. Does this mean that dwarves were more common in the East than the West?
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How did Frodo get to know the story of Sméagol?

In The Two Towers film, Frodo is talking to Gollum in the Dead Marshes when he says: You were not so very different from a Hobbit once, were you? before using Gollum's original name, and makes ...
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Who was the oldest Elf left in Middle Earth at the start of the War of the Ring at the end of the third age?

Some of the remaining notable and named Elves' birthdates are either known, or through association can be reasonably guessed at. They are: Galadriel - birthdate YT 1362, Elrond - birthdate FA 532, ...
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How large were Saruman's and Sauron's armies?

I was pondering about Saruman's role as an opportunist ally of Sauron, when I realized that I had absolutely no idea how strong his army was compared to Sauron. We know Saruman fielded an impressive ...
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Is there a hidden significance behind the fact Galadriel gave 3 hairs to Gimli instead of one?

I just saw an interesting interpretation of Galadriel's gift to Gimli on Reddit today, I retraced the source of the image to this tumblr post: If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who ...
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What race is Sauron and was he involved in the creation of the rings of power?

Okay, from my understanding, the Elves were the ones who made the Rings of Power, but who specifically made them? Were they just created by blacksmiths or was Sauron involved in their creation too? ...

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