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

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Why didn't Bilbo see what Frodo saw when he put on the ring?

When Frodo put on the ring at Amon Hen, he could see telescopically for hundreds of miles. And when he put it on at Weathertop, everything became dim and dark except the Ringwraiths. Yet the first ...
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Were Isildur's traces of the ring in the right order?

Copied from this answer, as I don't have an English copy of LotR: Already the writing upon it, which at first was as clear as red flame, fadeth and is now only barely to be read. It is fashioned in ...
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What's with the Red Arrow?

In The Lord of the Rings, Book V, chapter 3, "The Muster of Rohan", Hirgon brings the Red arrow from Denethor, as a sign that Gondor desperately needs Rohan's help in the coming battles. He ...
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Why didn't Eru Ilúvatar trip Isildur?

Eru tripped Gollum, according to the LOTR wiki, thus destroying the One Ring. If he wanted it destroyed, why didn't he do something earlier, when Isildur took the Ring for his own when he was at the ...
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If Frodo had put on the One Ring in Moria, would he have been invisible to the Balrog?

I am wondering if a Balrog would have been able to see someone who was wearing the One Ring. Smaug was unable to see Bilbo when he was wearing the One Ring, so it makes me think that if Frodo had put ...
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What’s the threshold of power for a wielder of the one ring to defeat Sauron?

Through the series I recall there are different implications (or at least that’s my recollection of it) on who could use the ring to obtain enough power to defeat (and replace as Dark Lord) Sauron and ...
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Was Saruman truly a puppet? [duplicate]

This quote got me thinking: The world is changing. Who now has the strength to stand against the armies of Isengard... and Mordor? To stand against the might of Sauron and Saruman... and the union of ...
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Is there any solid evidence that Sauron was originally called Mairon?

It's common knowledge now that Mairon was a smith of Aule and one of the greatest smiths to be known before he became corrupted and commonly known as Sauron. I want to know if anyone knows any ...
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Did Tolkien actually use asterisms in the Lord of the Rings?

I own a version of The Fellowship of the Ring that I'm enjoying a lot, and now that I'm nearing the end I thought I might as well buy an ebook on Amazon containing all three books so I can go on with ...
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Are the Istari speaking the langauge of Eru Iluvatar when speaking spells?

Eru Illuvatar and the Ainur express 'magic,' or their godly powers, through the usage of song and words. Is the magic we see in Middle-Earth a translation of Eru's language, or is it vaguely ...
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Since the Mirror of Galadriel could show what might happen in the future, could it have shown Frodo that he would succeed at destroying the One Ring?

I am wondering that if the Mirror of Galadriel could show Frodo what might take place in the future, could it have shown him that he would succeed in his quest to destroy the One Ring?
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What are the differences in the description of Meduseld, the Golden Hall at Edoras?

I recently read that the description of the Golden Hall I am familiar with might be incomplete. In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 6, "the King of the Golden Hall"...
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Any significant textual differences between the 1954-5 Lord of the Rings and later editions?

I know that Tolkien made meaningful changes to the content of The Hobbit — both in the 1955 second edition and the 1966 third edition — to align it better with the world and plot depicted in The Lord ...
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Does the German movie translation of Lord of the Rings intentionally use 'du' in this way?

Over on the German Language StackExchange, RDBury asks Is Gandalf really on 'du' terms with the Balrog? (Odd 'duzen' example) I don't speak German, but I get the impression from their question: ...
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Why did Sauron need a large army when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth? [closed]

I am curious as to why Sauron went to the trouble of raising a large army to conquer Middle-earth when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth such as all the armies of ...
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What did the Valar think of Eru Ilúvatar sending Gandalf back to Middle-earth?

I would like to know if there is anything written in LOTR canon about what the Valar had thought about Eru Ilúvatar sending Gandalf back to Middle-earth as Gandalf the White. For example, did all of ...
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How fast did the Three Hunters go?

In LOTR book 3, Éomer comments on the Three Hunters' speed: 'It is now the fourth day since he was slain,' answered Aragorn, 'and since the evening of that day we have journeyed from the shadow of ...
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Why were the Easterlings and Haradrim fighting for Sauron? [duplicate]

Sauron's army contained a mixture of Orcs, Easterlings and Haradrim. From my understanding of the books and films the Orcs are created by Sauron and act as his slaves. So the Orcs don't have much of a ...
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In Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Films, what is the eventual fate of Samwise? [closed]

Reference this related question for context. In the film adaptation, the ship that Frodo and Bilbo took was the last ship to leave for the Undying Lands. So, in-universe of the films, what eventually ...
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Why were they called the Corsairs of Umbar?

In Tolkien's Middle-earth, the region of Umbar is some distance almost due south of Gondor. It's inhabited by a fierce seagoing people, descendants of evil Númenóreans and Haradrim, feared for their ...
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Why didn't Frodo tell the others that Boromir would try to take the One Ring?

In the movie LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, I am wondering why Frodo didn't tell Aragorn, or one of the others in the fellowship, that Galadriel had told him that Boromir would try to take the One ...
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Did Orcs retain any features of elves?

From the LotR.Fandom article on Orcs: Before Oromë first found the Elves at Cuiviénen, Melkor kidnapped some of them and cruelly tortured them, twisting them into the first Orcs. From the LotR....
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Why is it hard to get the Ring to the Grey Havens?

At the Council of Elrond, the idea of dropping the Ring in the Sea is raised. One of the objections is that the Sauron would expect them to do it, and that it would be impossible to get it there: ‘...
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How did the Rangers of the North make a living in the Lord of the Rings?

How did Aragorn and other Rangers make a living? Were they employed by some kingdom? If so, which one? Or if not, did they just eat what they found/hunted in nature? In that case, was the motivation ...
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Why is the number of orcs thousands instead of millions in "The Lord of the Rings"?

I know that Tolkien served in World War I, in which more than 20 million died. And he also witnessed World War II, in which more than 70 million people died. So why did Tolkien limit the number on ...
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Why was Gandalf unsure if Bilbo's ring was the One Ring if he had seen an image of Sauron's Eye when he was about to pick it up?

In the movie LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo drops the One Ring on the floor and then leaves his house. Gandalf then goes to pick it up but just before he touches it, he sees an image of ...
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Why did Aragorn let Frodo keep the One Ring after Weathertop?

After Frodo is stabbed with a Morgul-blade on Weathertop, a shard of the blade remains inside the wound, slowly turning him into a wraith. Aragorn knows that Frodo as a wraith would be enslaved under ...
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Which font have they used for the 2020 paperback release of "The Lord of the Rings"?

I've finally started reading The Lord of the Rings, and noticed that the new 2020 paperbacks (the Mariner edition from publisher HMH) use a different font than the 2001 book I owned. I really like the ...
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Why is Merry called "Holdwine"?

Following the destruction of the ring, when the hobbits are preparing to return home we learn that Merry is known as "Holdwine" to the Rohirrim: Éomer and Éowyn came to Merry and they said &...
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What if two Hobbits just steal some lava from Mount Doom and use it to destroy the Ring in Shire?

Would it make a target obfuscation for Sauron? I mean, Sauron only watches the Ring but not lava right? If lava cools during journey, would it work if they re-melt it before using?
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Why was there no technological progress between cutting the Ring from Sauron's hand and destroying the Ring? [duplicate]

If there are more than two thousand years between Isildur cutting the ring from Sauron's hand and Frodo's mission to destroy the Ring, why was there no technological progress? E.g. Saruman had some ...
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What (if anything) do we know about the orcs who fought against Sauron?

So, in this question, I saw that it was mentioned that all the races of Middle-earth, save the Elves, fought both for and against Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance. The Silmarillion states: ...
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What is the role and related lore of Andrast in LOTR?

I have been looking over the beautiful map of LOTR located here. In doing so, I came across this region called Andrast. There's one other reference to Andrast on this forum, but otherwise both a ...
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Why did Saruman try to "turn" Gandalf and thus reveal he's evil?

Up until Saruman imprisoned Gandalf in Orthanc, everyone (except Sauron, I guess) seems to have believed that Saruman was on the side of good - while his influence was growing in Rohan. It seems like ...
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Why didn't the Stewards of Gondor ever claim the throne?

Are there any explanations ever given why the stewards of Gondor never tried to claim the throne officially? It was nearly 1000 years after Eärnur died before Aragorn eventually claimed the throne. I ...
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What in Aulë´s nature caused both Sauron and Saruman to become corrupted?

Both the Maia Mairon (who became Sauron) and Curumo (embodied as Saruman) served under the Valar Aulë. Both eventually became corrupted, and turned to evil. Was there any particular thing about the ...
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What did the Dwarves do during the first reign of Sauron, and why weren't they at The War of the Last Alliance?

As the question states we hear that Sauron fell during The War of the Last Alliance where Men and Elves united to take down Sauron and his forces. But what about the Dwarves of Middle-earth? What did ...
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Do we know anything at all about Hobbits in the First or Second Age?

From "Prologue: Concerning Hobbits": It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they ...
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How old is Círdan at the end of the Third Age?

It seems likely that Círdan is the oldest living Elf at the end of the Third Age, see here. Can we estimate how old he is? I don't think we can get an exact figure, since we don't know when exactly he ...
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Did Tolkien intend to expand the Ents' role in The Silmarillion?

It seems that Tolkien came up with the Ents as he was writing The Lord of the Rings, and then inserted them into his work on the Silmarillion. In the published form of The Silmarillion, the Ents' role ...
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Did Tolkien come up with the Ents as he was writing Lord of the Rings, or before?

Ents play a pretty important role in The Lord of the Rings. However, they existed as far back as the First Age. I expected them to have a pretty big role in The Silmarillion when I started reading it. ...
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How did Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck-Baggins die? [duplicate]

Are there any details on the events that lead to Frodo living with his uncle Bilbo?
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Are the 'Undying Lands' America?

Tolkien has said that Middle-earth was meant to represent Europe, with the Shire representing England. When Frodo sails due West to Valinor, is he actually coming to America?
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How come Balin and Dwalin never mention their travel with Thrain II in The Hobbit?

I'm re-reading The Hobbit and I was wondering why there was no reference to Balin and Dwalin accompanying Thrain II on his attempt to go to Erebor. It seems to me that in The Hobbit they act as if ...
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Was there anything going on in Rhun during the 3rd Age?

I know in the LOTR books that it's mentioned that the people out there serve and/or revere Sauron. But is there any source material that discusses what is actually out there? Are there any cities, ...
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Did Gandalf fly on an eagle back to Middle-earth?

How was Gandalf able to return to Middle-earth and get to Fangorn that fast? The most logical explanation is that he either took an eagle of Manwe, or travelled, like, "spiritually" similar ...
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Why did Gandalf's soul leave his body after defeating the Balrog?

After defeating the Balrog on Zirakzigil, the summit of Celebdil above Moria, Gandalf's soul left his body as if he died, and went to Valinor. Why did Gandalf do that? Did he actually die? If so, what ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

The comments on this answer involve a disagreement about whether Return of the Joker is a direct reference to Return of the Jedi, with one party arguing is it obviously a reference and the other ...
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Is Moria fit for living?

We see the mines of Moria as one of the big realms in Middle Earth, but from what we see, at least from my point of view and mainly the movies (I read LOTR a few years ago), it would be a horrible ...
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How did the Fellowship walk through Moria from Balin's tomb?

I've always been puzzled on the route the Fellowship took following the skirmish in Balin's tomb. After the Fellowship entered the wide Hall with the pillars (Dwarf Delving, for easy understanding I'...
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