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

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Is there reference to Sport in Middle Earth?

I'm currently reading The Hobbit and came across this curious excerpt from Thorin: If we don't get blown off, or drowned, or struck by lightning, we shall be picked up by some giant and kicked sky-...
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Who were the greatest archers in Middle-earth, according to Tolkien?

I've read about quite a few prodigious archers in Middle-earth: Beleg, Legolas, Rangers like Aragorn (not sure about this one) as well as other Men of Gondor, Easterlings (not sure where I've seen ...
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Would Smaug have actually followed and allied with Sauron had he lived on?

I know Gandalf was worried Smaug would have joined Sauron, but was that just him being cautious? Would Smaug actually join up with Sauron? How does he benefit from that? All it does is bring more ...
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What happened to Saruman's ring in the Fourth Age?

After Gandalf defeated Saruman, what happened to Saruman's Ring? Was it destroyed? Did it still have power, and was it wielded by him or others? Was this a topic in one of Tolkien's work, or was it ...
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How did Shelob stab Frodo through his mithril shirt? [duplicate]

How come Shelob's sting was able to pierce through the Mithril armor worn by Frodo and poison him?
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What is the point of the Rammas Echor?

In the Return of the King novel, the men of Gondor build a defensive wall around Minas Tirith, known as the Rammas Echor or Outwall. The area that the wall encloses stretches almost out to Osgiliath, ...
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Tolkien's quote about sadness of kings

I have been searching for a quote by Tolkien, presumably from The Silmarillion, which says (paraphrasing here) that the great kings had a sadness in them because they had seen the suffering from the ...
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Why did it take Gondor and Rivendell so long to send aid to Arnor?

Considering the battle the petty-realms had with the witch king lasted for hundreds of years, one would think Gondor and Rivendell would act quicker, surely? So why is it not until Arnor is pretty ...
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Why was Tom Bombadil so unconcerned about the fate of Middle-earth?

I know he saves the hobbits from the barrow-wight and gives them weapons which affect the Nazgûl, Sauron's greatest servants. But I've always wondered why a high power, which Tom Bombadil obviously is,...
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Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?

Tom Bombadil says this to the hobbits, in reply to the question "who are you?": (...) But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the ...
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Are there any actors besides Sean Bean who were in both Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings?

I'm a big fan of both Game of Thrones TV show and The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and I really want to know if there is any actors who appeared in both of them, because I haven't noticed anyone ...
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Did Tolkien really explicitly consider Sam the true hero of The Lord of the Rings?

Quoting from Crouching Moron Hidden Badass: Literature on TVTropes (TVTropes link alert!!! Don't tell me I didn't warn you!): Perhaps even more aptly: Samwise Gamgee. His name roughly translates to ...
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Are there any examples in any of JRR Tolkien's writings where one can see through the eyes or take control of another being?

I know the palantír can be used to see afar or communicate with other palantíri, but is there a device, character, or magical ability that allows one character to possess the consciousness and/or body ...
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Were the Isengard Uruk-Hai swords supposed to be armor-piercing?

Notice their shape and the hook on the edge. They're obviously not designed for sword fighting due to their odd shape and weight forward design. What was these weapon's base function?
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Are the stars on the flag of Gondor the Big Dipper?

The banner of Gondor had seven stars over a white tree. The symbolism of the tree was obvious; it represented the white tree of Gondor, descended from the white trees of Númenór, Tol Eressëa, and ...
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Why are Tolkien’s Elves tall?

As we all know Tolkien’s Elves are a noble tall and dexterous race. this is adressed in Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? of which this question is not a duplicate I was wondering where ...
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Did the Ring Bearers and Gimli die in Valinor?

A comment on a recent question stated The Undying Lands doesn't prevent mortals from dying so, in fact, [Frodo] died... maybe sixty years (or more, if his life was prolonged) after the end of the ...
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In Lord of the Rings, What is an Elf-Lord?

95% of my knowledge regarding Lord of the Rings comes from reading Science Fiction & Fantasy StackExchange, so I apologize for my ignorance. In many questions, I often see a powerful elf (...
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How did they determine the music for the songs sung in Peter Jackson's “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies?

The novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien both contain a number of songs, mostly sung by Hobbits, with fully fleshed out lyrics. A few of these songs even made it into the ...
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Why couldn't Gollum see Bilbo in the caverns if he could see Frodo at Mount Doom?

If Gollum was able to see Frodo and attack him when he put on the Ring, why couldn't he see Bilbo in the caverns?
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Who was Tolkien’s inspiration for Éowyn?

It’s well known that Tolkien’s own romance with his wife, Edith, was his inspiration for Lúthien and the romance (and tragedy) of Beren and Lúthien. (So much so that “Beren” and “Lúthien” are ...
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Why did Frodo start his adventure 17 years after he inherited the One Ring?

I haven't read the books for many years, so I don't remember the exact reasons, but looking at this LOTR Timeline on lotrproject.com, I see that Frodo inherited the Ring on 23 September TA 3001, but ...
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Did Shadowfax go to Valinor?

I seem to recall that Shadowfax was taken with Gandalf to Valinor, but I have not been able to find a clear reference in the Lord of the Rings. Is there any writing by Tolkien adressing this question?
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How Do the Catapults at Minas Tirith Work?

This question refers to the movie LoTR: The Return of the King. I'm hoping someone can help me figure out how the Minas Tirith catapults work. I can see how the Uruk-hai catapults function -- they ...
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Are there any female dwarves, and if not, how do they reproduce? [duplicate]

In the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, there are many descriptions of dwarves. But there isn't any mention of female dwarves. Are there any in-universe mentions of female dwarves? If ...
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Does marriage to a non-Numenorean disqualify a candidate for the crown of Gondor?

By the time of Aragorn, the possible heirs to the throne had dwindled. As I recall I thought there was as an explanation that some had married people not of Numenorean descent and so were disqualified....
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What is the timeline for The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy obviously covers a lot of time. How many months/years pass from the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring until the end of The Return of the King? A timeline of events ...
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Have the inhabitants of Middle-earth ever used siege engines?

When Fingolfin faced the Thangorodrim, apparently he didn't really know what to do, other than noticing that it would not fall from the voices of trumpets. Did anyone (other than Morgoth, Sauron, ...
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Are the timeless halls in the Lord of the Rings infinite?

The Timeless Halls in the Lord of the Rings verse are the place where Eru Illuvatar, supreme creator, dwells with the remaining Ainur. The Timeless Halls have several layers, the lowest is Abyss and ...
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Who exactly was the squint-eyed southerner in the Lord of the Rings?

Who exactly is he? He is mentioned once in the Fellowship of the Ring as one of the instrumental characters who cause the Nazgûl to attack the Prancing Pony Inn at Bree. Is he a servant of Sauron or ...
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Tolkien calls Sauron Morgoth's Greatest Servant - But does he ever really earn that with his actions?

Alright, so there is a great, incredibly well informed community here so let me ask a question that's been bothering me since I finished the Silmarillion. I'll lay out my reasoning for why it's a ...
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What did Frodo and Bilbo do in Valinor?

Is there any indication of what Frodo and Bilbo actually did when they were dwelling in Valinor?
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Who was more powerful: Sauron or Morgoth?

Both Morgoth and Sauron were Dark Lords. Did Tolkien express any opinion about which he considered to have the greatest power at the height of their careers (either in the books or any of the extended ...
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What happened to elves when they died or lost the will to live?

I understand that the elves want to Valinor when they died. However, sometimes they took boats to Valinor, such as at the end of Lord of the Rings, and other times they died of injury and had no ...
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Why did Caradhras not want the Fellowship to pass?

I haven't read the books in a long while, but when I was re-watching the movies recently, I remembered that even though it is depicted as Saruman causing the avalanche/storm on Caradhras, the book ...
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Why don't Merry and Pippin seem taller than Frodo and Sam, even after drinking ent-draught?

I believe that in the 2nd movie, Merry and Pip meet Treebeard and drink ent-draught from Fangorn. They didn't appear any taller when we see them in ROTK though, very strangely they are the same ...
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Would Gurthang have had any effect on Sauron's Ring?

Could the legendary sword of Beleg Strongbow and Turin Turambar, forged by Eol of star iron, have done any damage to the One Ring? I know the answer is most likely no but I just finished my re-...
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What real-world substance most closely corresponds to mithril? [closed]

While reading descriptions of mithril in The Lord of the Rings, it struck me that its properties might well correspond to a real material, possibly as an alloy with other metals. Is there such a real-...
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Why did Sauron want the Seven Rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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What are the improvised scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I think one of the iconic improvised scenes was when Aragorn gave an energetic scream after kicking a helmet close to the camera (as described in this link). Only finding out later that Viggo actually ...
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Why didn't the Hobbits get frostbite?

This is a question that's been bothering me for the last couple of days: How is it that the hobbits of the Fellowship were able to survive such cold temperatures throughout their travels without ...
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How could Gollum follow the Fellowship out of Khazad-dum?

Gollum starts following the Fellowship soon after they enter Moria. Frodo hears his faint footsteps throughout their journey to Balin's tomb in the Hall of Records. But how could Gollum follow them ...
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How can Galadriel go into the West?

At the end of the Lord of the Rings, Galadriel hops on a boat and sails away into the West. But wasn't she banned after the kerfuffle caused by Uncle Fëanor?
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Is there a connection between the Red Book of Westmarch, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings?

Ostensibly, the Red Book of Westmarch includes the stories of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. However, the narrator's style and knowledge seem quite different between the two latter books. That is, ...
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Have the Ents ever developed technology?

They're smart, and they have got cool beards. But do the Ents ever develop any forms of technology? Everyone has cool stuff, and the trees are smarter than the Hobbits and they never developed a ...
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When did Saruman discover Isildur's remains?

Gandalf tipped Saruman off at the White Council in 2851, by encouraging an attack on Dol Guldur. Saruman overrules him and begins to search the Gladden Fields. In 2939 Sauron's servants are searching ...
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Why is Sauron always portrayed as being stronger than Gandalf?

My understanding is that Sauron along with the other wizards are all Maiar. They are all timeless, so no one is older than anyone else. I would have thought that 5 Maiar (or even two in LOTR) should ...
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Why does Theoden call Gandalf “Stormcrow”?

In the movie The Two Towers, Theoden calls Gandalf "Gandalf Stormcrow". Where does that name come from?
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How big is Ancalagon exactly? [duplicate]

I've had this question for a while now and it's: How big is Ancalagon exactly? I mean, I've looked over thousands of explanations but it keeps on changing. So I'm asking now, how big exactly is this ...
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What is the symbolism of the colors assigned to Istari wizards?

The 5 known Istari wizards all had different colors (Saruman the White, Gandalf the Gray, Radagast the Brown and two blue ones, with the later changes of Gandalf to white and Saruman to 'many colors')....