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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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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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Why are the Istari only allowed to inspire?

It its known that the Istari were sent to Middle Earth to aid in the battle against Sauron, being only allowed to inspire and no direct actions could be taken. But, why is this? Could this rule be ...
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When was the sword of Elendil reforged in Jackson's movie?

From the Tolken's LotR series it is mentioned that the Sword of Elendil was forged anew before Frodo departed from Elrond's house, but if my memory serves me correctly, in the Peter Jackson's ...
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What happened to Ungoliant and Shelob?

We know Ungoliant is Shelob's mother and we know that Shelob lives high up in the mountains surrounding Mordor near Cirith Ungol (note the reference to Ungoliant) and eats whoever comes up there. So ...
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Why is Minas Morgul Green?

In the LOTR the Return of the King we see Minas Morgul as a giant tower that emits green light. What are these lights and why are they there?
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What Element of the One Ring Could the Nazgûl Smell?

In The Fellowship of the Ring Frodo's first experience with the Nazgûl is described. When [the Nazgûl] reached the tree and was level with Frodo the horse stopped. The riding figure sat quite still ...
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How did Sauron regain strength?

It says that Sauron waited over a thousand years or more laying dormant regaining his strength after being destroyed when his ring was severed from him. But does the text say how he actually recovers ...
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Details on the Origin of Sting

I have been trying to gather some details on the Origin of Sting, but it seems there is very little known. I gather that Sting was forged in Gondolin during the first age, however aside form that I ...
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How could Orcs survive in subterranean settings?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring the Fellowship encounters many Orcs (or goblins) living in the Mines of Moria. In The Hobbit our heroes encounter a tribe of goblins inhabiting caves ...
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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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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Dwarf rings unaccounted for?

The Dwarf Rings are being mentioned at the start of LOTR but no mention is made of them elsewhere despite the nine and three gathering heaps of attention. While the dwarfs of ME are renowned for ...
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Are the 9 Nazgûl rings visible when worn?

We know that the Ring-wraiths themselves are invisible in the flesh: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. - The ...
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Why did the Nazgûl not attack a second time at Weathertop?

Even Aragorn and the Hobbits are surprised at Weathertop that the Nazgûl did not try a second attack to take the ring. The following possible reasons are offered or implied: The Nazgûl where ...
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Were Elladan and Elrohir afraid of the dead?

In Rohan, Aragorn was joined by some of his kinsmen, Rangers from the north. With them were the two sons of Elrond Half-Elven: ‘I have thirty with me,’ said Halbrad. ‘That is all of our kindred ...
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Was Mount Doom exclusively the only place the One Ring could be destroyed? [duplicate]

I was recently reading some Lord of the Rings/Stargate SG-1 crossover fanfiction. It is a guilty pleasure, I admit :) In this story, it was suggested by Col. O'Neill to destroy the Ring using a ...
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What is a “goblin-imp”?

This answer: Why did Gollum ever take off the ring in the first place? - had a quote related to how Gollum lost a ring that said Only a few hours ago he had worn it, and caught a small goblin-imp. ...
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Reincarnation of Durin

Quoting a text from http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Durin It was also believed that Durin would be reincarnated a total of six times, each time as a descendant of an older Durin. The page also displays ...
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How did Aragorn and Arwen first meet, and why did they get together?

I have recently come to learn some things about Aragorn and Arwen that trouble me. According to Tolkien Gateway's entry on Aragorn, he went to live with Elrond at Rivendell when he was only two years ...
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How do Arwen's mortality and her and Aragorn's lifespans work out?

Since Aragorn is one of the Dunedain, he can live until around 240, I think. If Arwen is giving up her immortality for him, how could she live until she was around 210? If I'm not mistaken, Aragorn ...
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What was Boromir or his father thinking about the One Ring?

How could the One Ring help them? Leaving aside the evil inside the One Ring, how could the One Ring bring any help to Gondor? It seems that one of the useful powers of the One Ring is that it could ...
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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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What does Frodo say when he pulls out the phial?

When Frodo travels to Shelob's Lair, what does he say when he pulls out the vial (English)? Frodo gazed in wonder at this marvellous gift that he had so long carried, not guessing its full worth ...
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Why were the people of Rhun and Harad allied with Sauron?

Why were the people of Rhun and Harad allied with Sauron? Did they join him out of fear, or did Sauron say he would give them something if they joined him? I know the men of Dunland were angry at ...
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Why did Bilbo physically age faster than Gollum?

In the LoTR movies (not sure if the books are the same) but when Gollum lost the ring to Bilbo decades ago in The Hobbit, he appeared to look the same and even move the same in The Fellowship of the ...
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Why was Frodo not allowed to wear the Ring before Rivendell but was allowed after?

Following on from "Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?" and it's (possible) dublicate "Why was Bilbo not discovered by Sauron during his extended stay with the Wood Elves?"...
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Are there any references to Eru or the Valar in the Lord of the Rings movies?

The closest references to Eru or the Valar in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies I can think of are Gandalf's vague description of his resurrection ("I've been sent back... until ...
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Did Saruman really make an army of Uruk-Hai in just 10 weeks?

According to the Lord of the Rings project, Saruman imprisoned Gandalf at the top of the tower, Orthanc on July 10th, 3018 Third Age. The chief of the great eagles, ...
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Would the Nazgul have been greater in power if they had their rings?

JRR Tolkien stated that Sauron kept the rings originally given to the Nazgul so he still had control of their wills. "Who still through their nine rings (which he held) had primary control of their ...
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Why didn't the Uruk-Hai use Wargs to deliver Merry and Pippin?

In the movies, the pack of Uruk-Hai capture Merry and Pippin, and are bringing them back to Saruman as quickly as possible. Why didn't they use Wargs to carry the Hobbits instead of packing them on ...
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Why didn't Gandalf carry the Ring in Maia form?

I understand that the Istari - the only other Maiar besides the Balrog to come into close proximity to the Ring - are constrained within a mortal body and subject to its mortal weaknesses, which ...
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How many men fought for Gondor at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields?

I am puzzled by the apparent lack of information online about the troop strength of the victors in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (aka the Battle of Minas Tirith). We are told in The Return of the ...
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Why did Gandalf become the white wizard? [duplicate]

When Gandalf comes back alive after dying in The Lord of the Rings, why does he come back as the white wizard not the grey wizard? Am I correct that it is because Saruman had become evil?
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Why does Sauron (in the movieverse) attack Erebor instead of, say Gondor or the Woodland Realm? [closed]

Wouldn't attacking the Woodland realm, a surprise attack on Gondor or maybe even sending these legions of orcs, led by the witch king to Angmar be more beneficial than an attack upon the Lonely? Why ...
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Was Sam ever affected by the Ring? [duplicate]

Of the Ring-bearers since Isildur, we have: Gollum, on whom the Ring's influence was strongest: it caused him to murder his best friend almost as soon as they found it, and turned him into a wretched ...
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Elvish tattoo - can it be translated into English?

A cousin of mine recently died in a disastrous accident. Her family discovered a tattoo on her arm, which was completed shortly before. It appears to be written in Elvish (from Lord of the Rings) and ...
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Why did the One Ring betray Isildur?

First of all, let me point out that I know of this question, about how the Ring betrayed Isildur. I believe it is undisputed that the Ring caused itself to fall off Isildur's finger and into the river....
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What did Frodo mean by “He told me the true story”?

I'm re-reading the Lord of the Rings saga since 10 to 12 years ago, but something striked me as odd in The Fellowship of the Ring's first chapter: A Long-Expected Party (emphasis is mine): ‘She ...
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Were there any jokes in the Lord of the Rings?

I saw this Q&A from J.K. Rowling interview: Q: Hello, I was wondering how much Tolkien inspired and influenced your writing? J.K. Rowling responds: Hard to say. I didn't read The Hobbit until ...
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Was Galadriel's temptation of Boromir instrumental to his fall?

We know Galadriel tempted the members of the Fellowship, did she tempt Boromir with visions of taking the Ring and saving Gondor? In the books, Boromir willingly accepts the judgement of the council ...
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Did Peter Jackson ever explain why he left out the Scouring of the Shire?

In the book, while Frodo and the Fellowship were on their quest, the Shire was exploited and almost ruined by Saruman and his cronies. Jackson left this and the triumphant return of Frodo, Sam, and ...
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Why was a hobbit “the most unlikely creature imaginable” to pick up “The One Ring”?

(The One Ring) abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely creature imaginable. A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire. ...
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What is the relationship between Beleriand in the Silmarillion and Middle-earth in Lord of the RIngs?

I've read both The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. Both take place in the 'west' of Arda, and Beleriand (where most of The Silmarillion takes place) is destroyed. So where is the Middle-earth ...
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How is Shelob's name known?

In Tolkien's world, there are quite a few "magical" beasts that have proper names: dragons for example, like Smaug. One can assume that their names are known either because their creator was still ...
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Why aren't there any sieges in Lord of The Rings?

In the few cases a fortification is attacked (Helm's Deep, Minas Tirith), the attackers don't besiege them, they start an assault as soon as they arrive. In real life, assaults were only done when, ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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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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Why not encase the One Ring in solid metal?

In the Lord of the Rings, the One Ring corrupts the people near it, and it seems to have a stronger effect on anyone who sees it or touches it. Sauron and the Ring Wraiths also seem to be able to ...
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Where does Gandalf Live?

Does Gandalf have his own home or does he just live where he goes? Is there a place that he prefers to live and calls home most of all?
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Where did “you shall not pass” come from?

One of the most memorable lines from the Lord of the Rings movies is when Gandalf stands before the Balrog and says "You shall not pass." EDIT: Actually, he says "you cannot pass" in the movie too. ...