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

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Why did the Rings turn Nazgûl invisible and their clothes visible, while The One Ring turned both invisible?

Nazgûl themselves are invisible as human flesh, due to their 9 rings transposing them into the realm of shadows: And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they ...
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What are the words of Galadriel at the beginning of the Fellowship?

In the trilogy of the movies, at the very beginning Galadriel says a few words starting with "The World is changed. I feel it..." In the background the words start in Elvish "Yamma presta..." What are ...
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Could Sauron have defeated the Dwarves if they had gotten the Ring from the Hobbits per Sauron's request?

During the Council of Elrond in The Fellowship of the Ring, Gloin explains that a messenger from Sauron came to the Dwarves and asks them to get a Ring from the Hobbits. "As a small token only of ...
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What was the “Watcher in the water”?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, our heroes encounter a creature called "The Watcher in the water" which was guarding the Doors of Durin, the ancient and abandoned entrance to the Mines of Moria. What ...
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What genre are the epic musical pieces from fantasies such as Lord Of The Rings? [closed]

I'm looking to find the genre of music that is played in Lord of the rings and other similar such movies. I often like the style which involves a string instrument like the violin or viola. I'm not ...
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Is there a hidden significance behind the fact Galadriel gave 3 hairs to Gimli instead of one?

I just saw an interesting interpretation of Galadriel's gift to Gimli on Reddit today, I retraced the source of the image to this tumblr post: If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who ...
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Why was only one kingdom of each of the free races invited to join the council of Elrond?

Elrond invites members of each of the free races of Middle Earth to his council. Why is only one kingdom of each of the free races invited to join? For instance, Gondor represents Men (although there ...
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Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien?

We saw Gimli discussing dwarf women with Eowyn in the The Two Towers: Gimli: It's true you don't see many dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often ...
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Why Did J.R.R. Tolkien Capitalize Certain Words Throughout His Books?

Why did J.R.R. Tolkien randomly capitalize various words throughout his books? My husband asked me this question today and we were wondering if there's any rhyme or reason to Tolkien's capitalization ...
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The One Ring as an engagement ring?

The One Ring is clearly a corrupting power in Middle Earth. Even the hobbits that are more resistant to corruption are eventually affected by its influence (Frodo, as an example, of course). The ...
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Help with A Diagram of the Races & Mythology of The Lord of the Rings

I'm working on a flowchart diagram trying to detail the major races and basic mythology of the Lord of the Rings Universe. My first attempt at this is detailed below: Are there any major errors or ...
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Could any of the other eight Wraiths be destroyed by man?

A prophecy "He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of a man will he fall." —Glorfindel, The Return of the King, Appendix A (iv) has been interpeted by many ...
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What does “Ramble on” by Led Zeppelin have to do with LOTR?

What does the Led Zeppelin song Ramble on have to do with the LOTR? Here is the section of the lyric that references Gollum and Mordor: Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear ...
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What is the true origin of the orcs?

There are a bunch of theories about the true origin of the orcs. Tolkien tried out a few different origins for his Orcs throughout his life but died before he could fully revise The Silmarillion with ...
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Is the white standing stone on the Barrow-Downs magical or evil?

In the Lord of the Rings novel, in the chapter The Fog on the Barrow-downs, the Hobbits fall asleep on the downs next to a white standing stone. There are some passages that I personally interpret as ...
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Why was The One Ring “precious”?

Many of the Ringbearers (particularly those who carried it longer) used the word "precious" to describe it. Isildur described it as: "But for my part I will risk no hurt to this thing: of all the ...
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What is the significance of Frodo's dream before entering the Old Forest?

Just prior to leaving the house at Crickhollow and entering the Old Forest, Frodo has a dream: Eventually he fell into a vague dream, in which he seemed to be looking out of a high window over a ...
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Was the “Leave now and never come back” dialogue in the film taken from The Lord of the Rings books?

In the Lord of the Rings film, does the scene where Sméagol/Gollum says to himself: "leave now and never come back" appear anywhere in the books?
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Was The One Ring the only ring of power with an inscription?

In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron's The One Ring has an inscription in it. It's revealed by exposing the ring to fire. The inscription describes the ring's purpose and power. However, this was not ...
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Was Aragorn's First Language Elvish?

Aragorn was taken to Rivendell by his mother when he was two years old; presumably he lived in Rivendell for some time, as in one of the Peter Jackson movies he mentions to, I believe, Éowyn that he ...
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Was Gollum always a hobbit?

Gollum first appears in The Hobbit, as a pitiful creature from whom Bilbo 'steals' the ring. From what I remember, there is no mention of his hobbithood. He's just a unique creature Bilbo finds. ...
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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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Did Aragorn ever visit the Shire?

In the Lord of the Rings, or in his crib notes, did Tolkien state if Strider ever visited the Shire, either as a Ranger or a King?
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Is the One Ring only loyal to Sauron or would it serve any powerful being?

I had this exchange on What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring? with Jeremy French. Jeremy French: But how would he have got it to fit? ...
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What would have happened if the Balrog of Moria had taken possession of The One Ring?

As we saw here, the Balrog of Moria was a fallen Maia, as was Sauron, a being on the same level as Gandalf and Saruman. If he ever had captured the One Ring when he encountered the Fellowship in ...
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Why were the elves of Lothlorien sundered from the rest?

When Haldir first meets Frodo and Legolas in Lothlorien, he says "..for we now dwell in the heart of the forest, and do not willingly have dealings with any other folk. Even our own kindred in the ...
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What happened to Saruman after he was knifed by Grima?

Saruman was one of Maiar, like Gandalf. Meaning that he had a mortal body but presumably, when that body was killed, would simply return back to his ("spirit?") being. Is there any confirmation from ...
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When did Eru interfere in Arda directly?

Did Eru ever interfere in Arda directly (as opposed to telling Valar what to do)? I know of once possible case, sending Olorin/Gandalf back after he died fighting the Balrog (as Gandalf the White), ...
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How many Men were there on Arda at the time of War of the Ring?

Is there a good estimate (books or supplementary canon material) of how many Men there were on Arda at the time of the War of the Ring? I am OK with an answer either for Arda as a whole, or at least ...
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What was the fate of Ancalagon the Black?

In The Fellowship of the Ring - The Shadow of the Past, Gandalf is discussing methods of destroying the ring, wherein he mentions this: It has been said that dragon-fire could melt and consume ...
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Why did Celeborn not go with Galadriel?

Galadriel and Celeborn are a strange couple, that's sure. But is there some reference to the reasons why Celeborn doesn't leave for the Grey Havens (which he will do, sooner or later even if we don't ...
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Saruman in the Shire: how long had he been planning it?

I am trying to understand the actions of Saruman in the Shire. I will refer to the chronology of Appendix B of the Return of the King. All dates are relative to the Third Age. Frodo leaves Bag End on ...
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What marked the end of Tolkien's fourth age?

I keep running across the following quote from Tolkien's Letter #211 concerning the time between the destruction of the ring at the end of the third age and the present day: I imagine the gap to be ...
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Who were the Nazgul before they became wraiths?

I recall reading somewhere of the history of the nine riders, but I cannot remember where it was. (It seems perhaps they were from northern kingdoms?) The leader of the Nine was the Witch King of ...
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Did Shelob Die?

In The Two Towers it reads: Shelob was gone; and whether she lay long in her lair nursing her malice and misery, and in the slow years of darkness healed herself from within, rebuilding her ...
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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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Are any locations in the Lord of the Rings based on real places?

I recall reading somewhere that some of the places in the Shire in the Lord of the Rings were actually based on some real locations around where Tolkien grew up in the West Midlands here in the UK (I ...
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Is it Éowyn or Merry who kills the Lord of the Nazgûl (or both)?

In the Lord of the Rings when the Lord of the Nazgûl is killed, there seems to be some confusion as to exactly who is responsible? Is the reason down to the sword of the Barrow Downs that Merry stabs ...
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Why does Frodo trust Gollum when Sam doesn't?

Sam is always putting Gollum down and he never trusts him with anything unless Frodo says it's okay, even then he is still usually unhappy with the situation. Frodo on the other hand trusts Gollum ...
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After Gandalf kills the Balrog of Moria, do any more Balrogs remain in Middle-earth?

Is any reference made anywhere in Tolkien's novels about the number of Balrogs in existence after the demise of the Balrog of Moria? Since Balrogs are described as powerful magical entities that even ...
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Why did Grima Wormtongue choose the Palantir to throw?

The choice of the Palantir as an object to throw seems strange. The Two Towers, in The Palantir chapter, has this passage (Theoden speaking): '(...) oft evil will shall evil mar.' 'That many ...
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In The Lord of the Rings, what exactly does “Elf-friend” mean?

The term elf-friend is used a number of times in the Lord of the Rings. First, when Frodo and the Hobbits leave the Shire, they encounter Gildor who says the following to Frodo: I name you Elf-...
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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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Information about Wizards in the Lord of the Rings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any canonical reference to the fate of the Blue Wizards, Alatar and Pallando? From what I have read, there are supposed to be 5 wizards in Middle Earth. Only 3 are ...
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How did Gandalf not lose his ring?

After the fight with the Balrog Gandalf says to his fellows "Naked I was sent back - for a brief time, until my task is done." (The two towers, ch. The white rider). The three rings (and the one ring)...
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Why does Sauron release Gollum/Smeagol after he has interrogated him?

In the Lord of the Rings in the chapter "The Shadow of the Past", Gandalf explains to Frodo that Gollum was captured and interrogated by the enemy in Mordor. He then explains that later Aragorn ...
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Were any Hobbits killed by Saruman's henchmen?

Did Bill Ferny and his gang kill any Hobbits when they took over and exploited the Shire?
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How did Fangorn's trees destroy the fleeing Orcs?

In The Two Towers, while the Ents were attacking Isengard, the survivors of Saruman's routed Orc army attempted to flee into the strange forest that suddenly appeared near the Helm's Deep battlefield. ...
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Why does Saruman travel to Fangorn forest?

When Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas find the dead bodies of the orcs that they had pursued to the edge of Fangorn, they see an old man robed in white: Suddenly Gimli looked up, and there just on the ...
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Why did Saruman not kill Gandalf?

Gandalf travels to Orthanc to take advice from Saruman, at which point Saruman reveals himself as a traitor. Why does he then simply imprison Gandalf on top of Orthanc instead of killing him? Clearly ...

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