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

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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')....
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What are the differences between Orcs and Uruks?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy mentions the existence of Orcs and Uruks. I know that Orcs used to be Elves as Saruman says that they were once Elves, but what did Uruks used to be and why are they ...
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Was it just coincidence that “Barad-dûr?” sounds like an English phrase?

The first time I heard someone talk about Barad-dûr, I thought they were talking about a "barred door." The meaning would be more than appropriate. Is there any chance Tolkien happened to realize he ...
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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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Is the One Ring a part of Sauron's Soul?

Is The One Ring not just an object that holds a part(or most of) Sauron's power but rather also a part of his soul? (similar to Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in Harry Potter). Sauron almost dies when his ...
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Why did Saruman attack Helms Deep instead of capturing Edoras?

Saruman built an army breeding goblins with orcs to make Urukhai and started up forges and training at Isengard as well as improved its defenses. Then to counter Rohan the nearest threat, he built up ...
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How and why did Gollum “worship” Shelob?

In The Two Towers, chapter Shelob's Lair, Tolkien writes that Gollum "bowed and worshipped" Shelob. Apparently this happened before he was captured and taken to Barad-Dur. I can't think of another ...
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Did Sauron miss Morgoth?

Sauron was the new dark lord in the 2nd and 3rd Ages of Middle Earth after Morgoth was banished into the Void. But before the Valar and Maiar descended into Ea, Morgoth seduced Sauron to his side and ...
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Did Donaldson say anything about the similarities between “Thomas Covenant” and “Lord of the Rings”?

I just finished the first volume in the first chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Lord Foul's Bane, and there are some resemblances or parallel themes to The Lord of the Rings that I found ...
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Why did Gandalf seal the One Ring inside an envelope?

In this scene after Bilbo leaves, Gandalf seals the One Ring inside an envelope. He seems to fear touching it. He very briefly touched it when it lay on the floor ...
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Why Didn't Treebeard Know What a Hobbit Was?

Perhaps this is only in the movie The Two Towers, but when Treebeard picks up Merry and Pippin and begins transporting them around, at first Treebeard is suspcious of the Hobbits and calls them '...
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What defects did Tolkien think there were in Lord of the Rings?

In a prologue to the later editions of The Lord of the Rings Tolkien writes The most critical reader of all, myself, now finds many defects, minor and major, but being fortunately under no ...
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In The Two Towers film, how did Faramir's group cross over to West Osgiliath?

In the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Faramir and his group of Rangers (with the captive Frodo, Sam and Gollum in tow) witness smoke rising from Osgiliath, which is under attack by Sauron'...
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What is Elrond's position/status, as compared to Galadriel's?

In the Lord of the Rings books, Galadriel of Lorien is even more exalted than in the movies. She is essentially a queen, and the deference shown to her far exceeds that shown to Elrond of Rivendell. ...
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Do Balrogs Have Wings?

Apparently there is controversy over whether a Balrog has wings, either literal or figurative. Do Balrogs have working, usable wings? NOTE: I prefer an answer based on LOTR canon, meaning the books ...
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Which King took possession of the Stone of Orthanc?

In The Return of the King, when the Fellowship finally parts ways, Pippin says that he wishes they each had palantiri so they could communicate with each other over long distances. Aragorn responds: ...
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How has Galadriel acquired evil mode?

One thing that intrigues me, is the berserk / evil / turbo-charged mode of Galadriel in face of danger (in Dol Guldur, during The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies) or during a possible temptation (...
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Is Gandalf referring to Valinor when he talks to Pippin about death?

When they are sitting aside from the Orcs and the troll trying to break down the gate Pippin talks about the end and Gandalf reassures him that Death isn’t the end of the journey. Quote: Pippin: I ...
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Who's standing behind Theoden in the “So it begins” meme?

Who are the characters shown here, standing behind Theoden? I don't know, and can't figure out who they are from the character list on The Two Towers (film) nor after a bunch of googling. This ...
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Why were the Elves so great at archery?

It seems that there is an underlying assumption (I don't know of an explicit quote to confirm) that Elves in Middle-earth are exceptional archers, compared to other races. Am I correct in that ...
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Why did Sméagol turn into a 'creature' when addicted to the ring, but not Bilbo Baggins?

Why did Sméagol turn into a 'creature', but not Bilbo Baggins? Déagol found the ring in a river, Sméagol stole it and then turned into a weird creature. Bilbo did not turn into a creature when he ...
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Why did the Ring affect Gollum so much? [duplicate]

Gollum was once a normal hobbit like Frodo and Bilbo- yet after acquiring the Ring he became completely different. Why didn't this happen to Bilbo or Frodo? Yes, they were changed in some way, but it ...
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What does Gandalf whisper to the Moth while on Orthanc?

After the duel between Saruman and Gandalf in which Gandalf is bested, he is sent to stay on the pinnacle of Orthanc. Gandalf then whispers a message to a moth that happens to appear. I know that ...
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What is the nature of an Ainu's fair form?

When Númenor was sunk, Sauron was forced to flee the island by abandoning his physical body so that his spirit could return to Middle-earth. It was said that, henceforth, he could no longer assume a ...
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Why didn't Tom Bombadil take the Ring to Mordor? [duplicate]

He was certainly more resistant to the Ring than any other character in The Lord of the Rings. He could have handled the Ring with greater ease throughout the journey, especially in Mordor, as ...
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Why did Sauron's tower fall?

When Sauron is finally defeated near the end of Return of the King, why does his tower collapse? Is the collapse of the tower what triggers the ground collapse that (conveniently) consumes only his ...
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What did Aragorn mean when he warned Gandalf about entering Moria?

In The Fellowship of the Ring after failed attempt to go through Caradhras the Company discusses the Moria way. Then Aragorn warns Gandalf of passing through the Moria. 'I will,' said Aragorn ...
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Did Gandalf already know Boromir before the Council of Elrond?

‘Here,’ said Elrond, turning to Gandalf, ‘is Boromir, a man from the South’. Since Gandalf had visited Minas Tirith many times and was well-known to both Denethor and Faramir how was it that he didn'...
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What happened after the Ring was dropped into Mount Doom?

In the Peter Jackson movie, once the One Ring is thrown into the volcano in Mount Doom, why does the mountain and tower collapse, and the ground disappears everywhere where the orcs are standing but ...
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What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring?

What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring? I'm talking about the 9 given to the kings of Men and the 7 rings given to the Dwarves (3 destroyed by dragons, 4 recovered by ...
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Range of invisibility of the One Ring

In The Hobbit, the One Ring turned Bilbo invisible (more or less completely) along with his clothing, armour, etc. However, one passage in chapter 8 suggests that this power did not extend to his ...
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When did Denethor first start to use the Palantir of Minas Tirith?

After the passing of Denethor, Gandalf says the following: Though the Stewards deemed that it was a secret kept only by themselves, long ago I guessed that here in the White Tower, one at least of ...
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How old is Aragorn at the time of the Hobbit movies? [duplicate]

At the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas was sent to find Aragorn. But in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo is already 111 years old. So Aragorn must be ...
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Was the composition of Elvish lembas ever discussed?

Most accounts, such as exemplified in this answer here, present lembas as being a rarely-made / distributed and otherwise protected food. Wikis never seem to give discussion on the matter, which ...
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Were the Cracks of Doom unique because that's where Maedhros cast the Silmaril?

Everyone knows that the only place in Arda that the One Ring could be unmade was in the fiery pits of the Cracks of Doom but, as has been asked elsewhere, what was so special about the CoD? I've seen ...
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In this scene of LOTR: The Two Towers, what business did these Elves have at the Black Gate?

Here is the video: It depicts Sam falling off a cliff and Frodo following after. We notice two elves approaching them. What business did these elves have at the ...

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