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

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Is Galadriel's gift of the phial to Frodo just a coincidence?

When parting Lothlorien, Galadriel gives to Frodo the phial containing the light from Earandil's star. This gift has a crucial impact on the mission to destroy the Ring as it not only stops both Frodo ...
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Does Frodo believe he can challenge Sauron?

In the Two Towers, when hiding outside Minas Morgul while the Lord of the Nazgul is passing, Frodo has these thoughts: He knew that the Ring would only betray him, and that he had not, even if he ...
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What exactly are the Watchers that guard the Tower of Cirith Ungol in Mordor?

When Sam attempts to rescue Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol his path is initially blocked by the Two Watchers and he has to use the phial of Galadriel to pass them: He drew Sting and ran ...
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Why are Aragorn and the Rangers of the north not trusted nor respected locally?

At the council of Elrond, when talking to Boromir, Aragorn says the following What roads would any dare to tread, what safety would there be in quiet lands, or in the homes of simple men at night,...
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What do the people of the Middle Earth use as their best food source?

Throughout the stories of the Middle Earth there are many foods. Which types of food were used the most and who and how do they farm it?
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The Witch-king and the Barrows of Cardolan

I was reading an answer to a question and in the answer it was mentioned that: [The Witch-king] had been shaken by the fire of Gandalf, and began to perceive that the mission on which Sauron had ...
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The Nazgul are afraid of fire, but can they be harmed by it?

When Aragorn and the Hobbits are on Weathertop, just after seeing the Nazgul below them and prior to inflicting Frodo's knife wound, Aragorn says the following: Sauron can put fire to his evil uses,...
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Did JRR Tolkien ever write any music for the many songs in The Lord of the Rings?

Due to the number of songs in The Lord of the Rings, I have recently been wondering if Tolkien had any musical training and if any "official" music was written (by him or anyone else on his behalf) to ...
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Is the ring poem slightly inaccurate? Who wrote it?

It is clear that the three Elven rings were not made by Sauron. The inscription on the One Ring, made by Sauron, was in some way related to its power, even if we cannot say if it was by fancy (it ...
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Would Ents be more like humans or trees?

Ents, at first look, are big trees. When the Ents start to move around they become a more human like creature. Do they breath and eat or do they use photosynthesis? Are they made of real wood or is it ...
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How many Palantíri are accounted for?

"They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing stones. We do not know who else may be watching." —Gandalf (The Fellowship of the Ring) After the Third Age and the final fall of Sauron, were the ...
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Was Frodo able to see that Gandalf wore Narya and Elrond wore Vilya?

Frodo sees Nenya on Galadriel's finger after looking into the Mirror of Galadriel, and yet Sam is unable to see it. Galadriel also says the following: It is not permitted to speak of it, and Elrond ...
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Is there any significant meaning behind the term “Saruman of Many Colours”?

When Saruman reveals his betrayal to Gandalf, he says the following: "And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of ...
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Why must the water of the Mirror of Galadriel not be touched?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel warns Sam not to touch the water before he looks into the mirror. Then when it is Frodo's turn, as he is slipping forward she also warns him not to touch the ...
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What are the reasons for the feud between Bilbo and the Sackville-Bagginses?

Other than the fact that Bilbo chooses Frodo to be his heir, are there more long standing reasons for the feud between Bilbo and the Sackville-Bagginses?
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Why was Gimli given a Scottish accent in the Lord of the Rings films?

I can see no good reason for Gimli having a Scottish accent, and I just wonder if there is any information on why this was deemed necessary? Is it supposed to be indicative of a Dwarvish accent in ...
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How does Galadriel know that Gandalf 'survives' his encounter with the Balrog?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf meets Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli for the first time since the Balrog encounter, he briefly gives some details of the encounter which to me are (perhaps intentionally) ...
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Is Goldberry a regular mortal woman?

Having read the Lord of the Rings a number of times I was always curious about the significance of Goldberry. I have not managed to find any reference to her origins within the other Middle-earth ...
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Did the Dwarves do anything to help during the War of the Ring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR series elves, men, hobbits and even eagles are a major help to the destruction of the ring and the saving of Middle-Earth. Dwarves didn't seem to be taking much part in this war. Am I ...
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Were Nazgul horses regular horses?

In the movies, the Nazgul ride black horses with armour. I was wondering if that is all they are, or do they have some sort of magic? Are they evil?
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What's the difference between the terms “oliphaunt” and “mumakîl”?

In the movie adaption of The Two Towers, Sam and Frodo see a battalion of Haradrîm marching through the Ithilien vale. Along with the Haradrîm are several of their war elephant creatures. Sam says ...
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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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Was the original hobbit name of Bilbo and Frodo “Bilba” and “Froda”?

I am reading the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and in particular Appendix F, part II "On translation". Tolkien writes: To their man-children they usually gave names that had no meaning at ...
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What is “a small goblin-imp”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “goblin-imp”? Gollum used the One Ring to hunt and fish for food in and around his cave under the Misty Mountains and likely would have eaten Bilbo had ...
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Were Elves half the size of Humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? This sketch by Colin Williams suggests that elves were half the size of a human. Also they are much more 'alien-like' than Peter ...
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Is there any evidence regarding Aragorn having a beard in Tolkien?

Is there any evidence in Tolkien (e.g. NOT movie adaptation) that Aragorn son of Arathorn had (or did not have) a beard? I would prefer specific evidence regarding Aragorn as a person, though if it is ...
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How did Sauron survive before the ring was created?

Sauron's ring was destroyed by Frodo and he was defeated. How did he create the ring in the first place if he couldn't survive without it?
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Can Sauron's body from the second age with the ring of power be destroyed without separating the ring?

Its depicted that because Isildur chopped Sauron's fingers off and Sauron consequently lost his ring, his body died. But if someone managed to sneak up behind him and strike some fatal blows to him, ...
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What did Gandalf actually try as passwords for Moria's gates?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, when the party was at the gates of Moria, Gandalf tries to open the doors by speaking bespoke paswords. The password is actually "Mellon " but he tries various other ...
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What are the Undying Lands?

I've heard a lot about the Undying Lands but I don't fully understand how they're different from Middle-earth and why only certain people/races are allowed to go there. Can someone explain?
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Would Sauron's army reach the Undying Lands if the Ring was not destroyed?

Frodo casts the Ring into Mount Doom and saves Middle Earth. Subsequently he-- along with Gandalf and all the Elves-- exits Middle Earth and goes to a place called the Undying Lands, the haven for the ...
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How does a Wizard change his colour?

During the LOTR we see Gandalf change from 'Gandalf the Grey' to 'Gandalf the White' and we see 'Saruman the White' change to 'Saruman the Many-coloured'. What does this mean and how and why does it ...
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How old is Aragorn when he fights at Helm's Deep?

In Jackson's movie Aragorn tells Eowyn he is 87 years old, but in Tolkien's book, Aragorn's age is not mentioned. Or is it? And if it is, how old is Aragorn when he fights at Helm's Deep, at the end ...
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“The line of Nimloth is older far than your line, King Elessar”

After Sauron is defeated, as Gandalf and Aragorn are waiting for a sign, Gandalf utters the above line to Aragorn. My question is, what is the line of Nimloth, and how it is related to the sign they ...
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Can Gandalf actually appear out of nowhere like in 'The Hobbit'

In the 1977, animated version of 'The Hobbit' we see Gandalf appear out of nowhere in front of Bag End and again as they travel to Rivendell. Can Gandalf really appear out of nowhere in Tolkiens ...
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Foresight in Tolkien

There's no doubt that in Tolkien's world, foresight really exists. There are many examples: Aragorn correctly predicting that "the years of [Elrond's] abiding run short at last"; Malbeth the Seer ...
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Did Aragorn touch the Palantir in the book?

In the LOTR The Two Towers movie, Pippin takes a look at the Palantir and Aragorn grabs it for a second to save him. Later in the extended version of the LOTR The Return of the King, Aragorn again ...
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Could Tom Bombadil have defeated Sauron?

There is evidence that Tom Bombadil is unaffected by the One Ring's power and he has magical ways about him that can't be explained. It seems that Tom did not participate actively in the War of the ...
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How did Smeagol turn into Gollum?

Smeagol was an ordinary looking hobbit(?) until he took the ring from Deagol. Why did his body and mind change into the 'Gollum' creature?
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Does anyone call Sam Samwise?

In the movies Sam is often referred to as Samwise, and there is a chapter in the book called 'The Choices of Master Samwise' but I've never come across anyone calling him 'Samwise' throughout the ...
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How many times does Sam's rope save the day?

During The Lord of the Rings I've noticed that Sam Gamgee goes on about his old Gaffer talking about ropes and he gets excited when rope is mentioned. How many time throughout the three books does ...
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How powerful is Sauron post-ring vs. pre-ring?

Sauron was one of the Maiar, from the dawn of creation. At some point he had a mortal body, lost in the fall of Númenor. He later guided the creation of the Rings, then made the One Ring personally. ...
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What does this quote by Galadriel mean?

Micah's recent answer contained the following quote from a conversation in ROTK between Treebeard and the Elves: ... But Galadriel said: "Not in Middle-earth, nor until the lands that lie under the ...
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Did Elves know of Ents?

Did the Elves in Middle Earth know of Ents? They were supposed to be very friendly with nature and especially the forests, so they should have been aware.
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Was Gandalf's fight against Balrog a violation of “Inspire but don't fight instead of Men” rule?

As was discussed previously, it is known that Istari were meant to inspire and guide the mortals of Middle Earth in the fight against Sauron. Does the fight against Balrog in Moria violate that "rule"...
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Why does Gollum address himself as “we”?

When talking to himself or talking to other people, Gollum likes to address himself as "we," e.g.: "we likes you". There is only one Gollum, so why does Gollum talk as if there are many Gollums? And ...
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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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Could Gandalf have killed the Witch-king?

There was a prophecy about the Witch-king of Angmar saying that 'No man could kill him'. The actual quote: "He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of a man ...
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What did the nine achieve?

As a follow up to this question: What did the nine actually achieve for their master during the war of the ring? The only major thing I can think of is that they killed Theoden. was there anything ...
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How powerful were the nine really?

It is explained numerous times how powerful and deadly the Nazgul are — however, on multiple occasions, they failed their master badly. Some examples: Frodo and the Hobbits escaped both during the ...

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