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

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Continuity error in Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring?

In the extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring (possibly in the theatrical release as well… I don't know), there's a moment after Sam and Frodo have departed where Sam makes a point about how ...
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Does Lord of the Rings (or the Hobbit) mention how the Orcs were first created?

In the film The Fellowship of the Ring, Saruman says of Orcs: They were Elves once. Taken by the Dark Powers... tortured and mutilated... a ruined and terrible form of life. This origin of Orcs is ...
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What did Sauron think the free peoples did with his ring following the events on Amon Hen?

Originally Sauron probably assumed the free peoples wanted to let the One Ring remain in Rivendell, as he didn't think they would try to bring it to Mordor to destroy it. But on Amon Hen (near the ...
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Did Prince Imrahil try to talk Faramir out of attempting to reconquer Osgiliath?

Prince Imrahil is Faramir's uncle. When Faramir rides to reconquer Osgiliath, Imrahil can be seen among the soldiers in a ring of Minas Tirith. From this I conclude that Imrahil was rather opposed to ...
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How could Sauron return to Gorgoroth that easily?

In T.A. 2941 Mairon/Sauron returned to Barad-Dûr in Gorgoroth, and ten years later revealed himself openly. What I wonder is why there were no obstacles whatsoever when returning to Gorgoroth which, ...
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Are there any drawings showing the routes the three main companies followed in chapter two of the Return of the King?

Are there any drawings showing the routes that the three companies: Théoden, The Grey Company, Aragorn and Halbarad followed in the events in chapter 2, The Passing of the Grey Company, Lord of the ...
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What is the importance of Dunharrow? [duplicate]

In The Return of the King Chapter 2, "The Passing of the Grey Company", heavy emphasis is put on Dunharrow. Aragorn must ride there in haste before travelling to Minas Tirith and Théoden is ...
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Where did Halbarad and the Grey Company catch up with Théoden's party?

In The Return of the King, Chapter 2, while riding through Rohan in the company of Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn and co. a group of riders is seen passing them. It is revealed that these Riders are the Grey ...
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Why did Aragorn decide to ride to Dunharrow instead of to Minas Tirith?

Why is it that in The Return of the King, Chapter 2, Aragorn wanted to travel to Dunharrow and not Minas Tirith after parting with Théoden?
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Was the pipe-weed on the set of the Lord of the Rings films real or fake?

Hollywood has been wrestling with the thorny problem of smoking-depiction in films ever since tobacco went out of fashion in the 1990s, replacing on-set smoking with herbal cigarettes, e-cigs and CGI. ...
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Does Gandalf smell?

Gandalf seems to be wearing the same grey robes all the time*. Through rain and snow, while he rides, while he smokes, he is, as his name moniker suggests, wearing grey. In addition, hygiene in ...
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Why did Gandalf change from blue to grey?

Everyone is familiar with Gandalf being described as "Gandalf the Grey", or, later, "Gandalf the White", and he was shown in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as ...
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Was Mordor inhabited between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return?

As the question title says: Was Mordor inhabited in between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return after his banishment from Dol Guldur? Or was it just a wasteland where ...
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Why didn't Gandalf prevent or lessen Saruman’s damage to the Shire?

In the chapter "Many Partings" the hobbits and Gandalf meet Saruman and Grima on the road. Saruman's intentions are pretty obvious; he even threatens the party: Well, it will serve you ...
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Did Frodo and Sam wear the same clothes during their journey to Mordor?

I would like to know if Sam and Frodo wore the same clothes during their entire journey to Mordor.
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What is Gandalf's Westron name, and why does he sign with a "G" rune?

Gandalf signs his letter to the bartender in Bree with a "G" rune: But "Gandalf" is the English rendition of what's presumably meant to be Westron in-universe. What then is ...
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What would have happened to Tom Bombadil under Sauron's rule?

As is well known and as was stated in a few answers on this site (see e.g. here), Tom Bombadil was unconcerned about the War of the Rings and whether or not Sauron was defeated. Tolkien himself put it ...
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Is magic leaving Middle-earth?

Ever since I was a child reading LOTR, I was under the impression that magic was slowly leaving Middle-earth, and this notion was quite common among fellow fans. I was wondering what Sauron's plan was ...
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What are the lyrics of the song "Of Beren and Lúthien" in Sindarin?

"The leaves were long, The grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was seen..." Does this song appear somewere written in Sindarin or Quenya? Did Tolkien ...
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Does Galadriel's phial help win the Siege of Gondor?

The battle of Battle of the Pelennor Fields happens at the exact time Sam rescues Frodo from Cirith Ungol on March 15. In "The Land of Shadow," Sam says: ‘If only the Lady could see us or ...
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Was Frodo's pity for Gollum caused by the Ring?

Frodo grows to pity Gollum over time. Is this pity caused by the Ring, for its own purposes, or would Frodo have pitied Gollum even if he wasn't the Ring-Bearer?
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What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil?

What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil and why is Frodo a figure robed in white? Then suddenly, as before under the eaves of the Emyn Muil, Sam saw these two rivals with other vision. A ...
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Who are the characters on this book cover for Return of the King (French edition)?

Who are the two characters depicted on this illustration for the RotK ? I guess one is Sauron (presumably the one on the right), but the other ? He might be an Orc, but I find it strange that he's not ...
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What does Faramir mean by "divers characters"?

When Faramir is describing the archives of Gondor he states: We in the house of Denethor know much ancient lore by long tradition, and there are moreover in our treasuries many things preserved: ...
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The different names of Mordor

While reading The Lord of the Rings, I got confused with the geography and different names of Mordor. Can anyone tell me the difference between these? (i.e. which names are from which language? Which ...
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How long did the "beacon call" from Minas Tirith to Edoras take?

AFAIK, Edoras is about 300–350 miles away from Minas Tirith and it is a 3-day ride from one location to the other. So, how long did the beacon chain need from the moment it was lit to reach Edoras? As ...
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How did so much research / knowledge exist on the One Ring (the papers which Gandalf consults after seeing Bilbo)?

If Sauron forged the One Ring in secret, how was there so much research in the archives of Minas Tirith? For example, Gandalf finds out from the archives that the One Ring has an inscription which is ...
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Was Gandalf a regular visitor to the Shire prior to Bilbo's birthday party? [duplicate]

In The Fellowship of the Ring (movie), Gandalf arrives at the Shire to much fanfare. In particular, young children chase his wagon hoping to see some magic. This would logically imply that Gandalf ...
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Can you hear using a palantír or just see?

My kids asked a question I could not find the answer to, so I will ask it here. Can the user of a palantír hear things on the "other side" or just see things? That is, are palantírs just ...
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What happened to the Nazgûl after they were swept away by the river?

In the book, The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter 12 "Flight to the Ford"), all nine Nazgûl were swept away by the waters of the river Bruinen, and their horses drowned. They show up later in ...
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Is it common to find the first part of The Fellowship of the Ring by far the most enjoyable of the entire three-part epic saga? [closed]

Let's be clear: I do love the entire series. It is without a doubt an epic masterpiece, and it would probably make little sense to write ~1,500 pages about just Hobbiton and The Shire, with them never ...
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Did Aragorn serve in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in the Jacksonverse?

As stated in the title, does any information exist; I haven't been able to find out if Aragorn served in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in Peter Jackson's film universe (Jacksonverse). Did he, for ...
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Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? [closed]

As we know the Elves are afflicted with sea-longing, which must have been known to the orc overlords. Why didn't the orcs just bide their time and perhaps even help the elves depart? They could have ...
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In "The Shadow of the Past", who helped Gandalf watch the Shire while he was gone?

In The Lord of the Rings chapter "The Shadow of the Past" we read: [Frodo, learning how dangerous the Ring is]: " ... Why did you let me keep it? ..." [Gandalf]: "... Of ...
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Is kingsfoil derived from Basil?

In The Lord of the Rings the healing plant Athelas, is known as kingfoil. In Tolkien's world it is a healing plant that reveals the king of Gondor, and also overcomes ...
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Did Gandalf have to fight the Balrog?

The movie presents the fight as completely avoidable. The bridge is two flights of stairs away from the eastern gate. It would seem that the Balrog could not have followed them outside and they were ...
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Where do Hobbits live?

Besides The Shire, in what other places can we find Hobbits living? I am interested in communities but also about individuals who lived among other peoples around Arda. Do Hobbits ever step a foot on ...
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Is the facial hair of Tolkien's dwarves unshaveable?

By which I mean that they could not be shaven, due to some sort of magic on them. Or are they simply omnipresent, but not magically protected?
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Publishing error in American edition of The Lord of the Rings [closed]

I am working on a research project about The Lord of the Rings and my English teacher mentioned some sort of publishing error when the books were being sent to the US for publishing. She has further ...
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What did Gandalf mean by "first light of the fifth day"?

I don't know how this one goes in the books, but in the movie Gandalf says: Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east. Does that imply that the battle of ...
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What was the out-of-universe purpose of Tom Bombadil? [duplicate]

While reading this answer on who/what Tom Bombadil was, I started wondering what Tolkien's intention for him was and why he was created the way he was? So, specifically What did Tom represent? Why ...
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Are there dark elves or lone elf warriors in LOTR?

In the books, an orc in the tower of Cirith Ungol (after the Battle of Cirith Ungol) runs into Samwise while he's wearing The Ring. The orc, Snaga, thinks it's a "Great Elf-Warrior" but it'...
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Why did Saruman lose everything but Sauron kept doing what he wanted?

I get that Saruman lost his powers due to being replaced by Gandalf. But, all of the Valar and Maiar were made by Eru, therefore if Eru could do that to Saruman then he should be able to do the same ...
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Would Sauron have honored the terms offered by The Mouth of Sauron?

Before the Battle of The Black Gate, The Mouth of Sauron offers to let the Captains of The West peacefully withdraw under the following terms: The rabble of Gondor and its deluded allies shall ...
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What happens if a Ring of Power is worn by a member of a race other than the one the ring was made for?

In Tolkien's universe, what happens if, for example, an elven Ring of Power is worn by a dwarf, or vice-versa? We, seemingly, only have mention of this happening to One Ring, but I also don't remember ...
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Why was the Balrog beneath Moria

From Lord of the Rings: Saruman: Moria... You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame. ...
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What words (in Black Speech) was Sauron saying when he allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?

What phonemes (or even words in Black Speech) could one distinguish in the below video from 1:26 to 1:29, where Sauron allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?
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Were the Grey Company the "best mortal fighters in Middle-earth" during the War of the Ring?

In the LOTR Fandom wiki article for the Grey Company, it says: Led by Halbarad Dúnadan and the twin sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir, these Rangers were considered the best mortal fighters in ...
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Were the Beacons of Gondor real or animated?

I re-watched The Return of the King, and I couldn't help but wonder whether they built the Beacons of Gondor on mountaintops and lit them to get the shots used in the movie, or at least some of them. ...
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How was the sound for the Horn in Helms Deep created?

I think the title says it all: How was the sound for the Horn, blown by Gimli, in Helms Deep created in the film The Two Towers? If they created a big horn as a basis ...
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