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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Why was it likely that the Ents went to their doom?

When the Ents marched on Isengard in the movie version of The Two Towers, Treebeard said that "it is likely that we go to our doom". In the battle itself, however, the Ents seemed to do better than ...
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How soon after Frodo leaves Middle Earth, do Gimli and Sam leave?

I've read in different places that Gimli and Sam are allowed to go to the Undying Lands because of exceptional circumstances. (Sam was a ring bearer, Gimli was a friend of Legolas and served Galadriel....
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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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Was Isildur a Coward?

A controversial question, I know, and I'm not asking gratuitously. I have no irons in this fire and haven't formed a conclusive opinion one way or another. I'm asking because I don't quite thoroughly ...
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Prior to having many colors, was Saruman always white?

Both Gandalf the Grey and Saruman the White changed colors in the LOTR series. Did any of Tolkien's works ever state that prior to having many colors Saruman was always white?
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Why did Caradhras not want the Fellowship to pass?

I haven't read the books in a long while, but when I was re-watching the movies recently, I remembered that even though it is depicted as Saruman causing the avalanche/storm on Caradhras, the book ...
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Are there any subtle hints towards Lord of the Rings in A Song of Ice And Fire?

Although George R. R. Martin has been accused of criticizing the moral simplicity of Tolkien's work with his series A Song of Ice and Fire, he has often said that he read and enjoyed Lord of the Rings ...
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What Happened to Mordor After Sauron's Defeat?

The Lord of the Rings Wikia notes the following about Mordor following Sauron's defeat: After the ultimate defeat of Sauron, Mordor became mostly empty again as the orcs inside it fled or were ...
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Why was the riddle on the way to Moria written in Elvish?

I just caught my housemates watching The Lord of The Rings. At the scene where the Fellowship enters the Mines of Moria, the writing on the entrance is in Elvish, despite this being a Dwarvish city. ...
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Did the Nazgûl retain their Rings of Power?

In The Fellowship of the Rings, Frodo sees the true appearance of the Nazgûl: He was able to see beneath their black wrappings. There were five tall figures: two standing on the lip of the dell, ...
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Did Richard A. Knaak get the idea for Warcraft from J. R. R. Tolkien?

I read on the Persian Wikipedia page for Warcraft that Richard Knaak got the idea for the Warcraft series from the Lord of the Rings books and had to get permission from Tolkien's son to use the idea. ...
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Did the Cave Trolls turn to stone when the shadows lifted from Mordor?

Did Sauron's Cave Trolls that roamed about under the shadows in and around Mordor turn to stone when shadows were lifted? Are all Trolls affected like Bert, Tom, and William in The Hobbit?
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Why Didn't Treebeard Know What a Hobbit Was?

Perhaps this is only in the movie The Two Towers, but when Treebeard picks up Merry and Pippin and begins transporting them around, at first Treebeard is suspcious of the Hobbits and calls them '...
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Is the fictional etymology of Uruk-Hai a reference to the Uriankhai?

By the early 17th century the term Uriankhai was a general Mongolian term for all the dispersed bands to the north-west, whether Samoyed, Turkic, or Mongolian in origin. I was wondering if there was ...
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Why don't the Uruk'Hai bleed when their limbs are severed?

I have been having a Lord of the Rings 'marathon' and I noticed that when the Uruk'Hai have their limbs cut off they do not bleed. Was this just a production error or is there an actual reason?
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Are the Nazgûl Blind?

They were once Men. Great kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them Nine Rings of Power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question. One by one, falling into darkness. They are ...
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Why Did Gimli Want Galadriel's Hair?

In Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring, as the fellowship is leaving Lothlorien, Galadriel gives gifts to every member -- the Elven cloaks; the Elven bow; the knives; the Elven rope; etc -- except ...
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Why Did Grima Wormtongue Cry at Orthanc?

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, after Théoden exiles him, Grima Wormtongue takes refuge with Saruman. Saruman is shown creating a large explosive device, and then Saruman and ...
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Why Did Boromir Succumb to the One Ring?

Why was Boromir corrupted by the One Ring when the other members of the Fellowship of the Ring were not? What was it about Boromir that he was so susceptible to the evil powers of the One Ring and ...
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How Big Is the Eye of Sauron?

I've read up to chapter ten, Strider, in The Fellowship of the Ring, on a quest to re-read LOTR. I haven't read the trilogy and The Hobbit since I was a kid, so I haven't gotten to any parts featuring ...
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Why do some Uruk-hai speak while others just growl and roar?

In Peter Jackson's movies there seem to be different kinds of Orcs and I get that. It's the Uruk-hai I'm a little unclear on. In Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, the Uruk-hai who are taking ...
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Why didn't the elves take the Ring after the Council of Elrond?

The elves of Lorien certainly had military strength to fight at Mordor and also would not have been corrupted by the Ring as men would. Wouldn't the destruction of the Ring have gone more smoothly if ...
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Is there any evidence pointing to the planned future development of Arda?

Is there any evidence in Tolkien's writing, notes or letters pointing to the planned future development of Arda? More specifically, did he envision the Age of Man to usher in the industrial progress ...
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Why didn't the eagles help out during the siege of Minas Tirith? (in the movies)

The eagles show up to attack the Nazgûl in the final battle and looked like they were pretty effective. Had they helped during the siege they could have neutralized the Nazgûl flying in and destroying ...
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Why didn't Gollum ever become a wraith?

Inspired by this answer regarding the long-term effects of The One Ring: Sméagol possessed the ring for close to 500 years, and although he clearly didn't wear it constantly, it had some terrible ...
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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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Why Was the One Ring Always Worn On the Forefinger?

Is there any significance to the ring-bearers, who actually put the One Ring on, wearing the One Ring on their forefingers rather than on their ring fingers in the LOTR movies? Is this a stylistic ...
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Why Didn't Théoden Let Merry Fight In the Battle At Minas Tirith?

In the Peter Jackson version of The Return of the King, Merry offers Théoden his sword and service, which Théoden accepts. Théoden gives Merry the title of "Meriadoc -- Esquire of Rohan." When the ...
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What Happened to Mordor's Human Army?

In the movie The Two Towers, Gollum leads Frodo and Sam to the Black Gate of Mordor, where they watch an army of humans marching past the Black Gate, and then inside into Mordor. I can't recall seeing ...
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Why didn't Gollum grow old and die after he lost the One Ring to Bilbo?

Gollum had his life largely extended because he possessed the One Ring. He appeared to be an old, deformed, and twisted creature. According to this list, he had the Ring for 478 years. His loss of ...
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Why did all the Ringbearers leave Middle-earth in the end?

At the end of The Return of the King, Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel left Middle-earth on a ship, along with other elves. I named those five because they were all ringbearers and it ...
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How could Aragorn be 88 years old while he looks relatively young?

In the extended version of The Two Towers, Aragorn says to Eowyn that he is 88 years old. He said it was due to his royal lineage or something like that. I did not remember that fact from the books, ...
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What is the Evenstar necklace?

In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, Arwen gives a jewel to Aragorn: the Evenstar necklace: Where did this jewel come from? Does it have any special powers or meaning?
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Is Gandalf the Gray's power actually limited or did he merely promise to not use it?

We know that the Maiar sent to Middle-earth as Istari are not using their full Maiar power. Gandalf the Gray is more than a human power wise, but not nearly equal to his full real power. Is it known (...
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How much of Gandalf's power is tied to his staff?

Before Gandalf freed Théoden from Saruman/Gríma's hold, he refused to give away his staff. Háma: I cannot allow you before Théoden King so armed, Gandalf Greyhame... by order of Gríma Wormtongue. ...
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Did Saruman or Wormtongue cast a spell on Theoden?

Did Wormtongue cast a spell on Theoden, or administer potions from Saruman, or was it just his (deliberately) bad counsel that caused Theoden to sink into dotage before Gandalf healed him? In the ...
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How is Gandalf the White a “significantly more powerful figure” than Gandalf the Gray?

After his fight with the Balrog of Moria, Gandalf changed: Gandalf was sent back as a significantly more powerful figure; Gandalf the White. - "Gandalf - Gandalf the White", Wikipedia What are ...
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Could Gollum still reproduce?

It has been pointed out that Gollum wouldn't win a beauty-contest. But after all these years of being poisoned by The Ring, would he still be physically able to reproduce? And if so, would his ...
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Was Andúril a Stronger or Weaker Sword Than Narsil?

Andúril was forged from the two pieces of Narsil -- would it be a stronger or weaker sword than Narsil, being forged into one from two broken halves? In terms of pure mechanics, I can't imagine the ...
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Can a Balrog Be Killed By Water Immersion? Is It Oxygen Dependent?

As a Balrog is composed of both flame and shadow, would water immersion kill a Balrog, or would the shadow aspect of its make-up keep it alive no matter how long it was immersed in water? Is the ...
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Do Balrogs Have Wings?

Apparently there is controversy over whether a Balrog has wings, either literal or figurative. Do Balrogs have working, usable wings? NOTE: I prefer an answer based on LOTR canon, meaning the books or ...
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What is the history of the Ents?

I know that the Ents were created by Yavanna, to protect the forests from the dwarves, but also it was the Elves that taught them to speak. Is there any mention of Ent history in any of Tolkien's ...
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Does time move slower inside Lothlorien?

I know I have read this somewhere and I wonder if it is correct. When the fellowship comes out of Lothlorien it is implied that, during the time it has taken for them to be in Lothlorien, a lot more ...
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How Was the Sound of the Nazgûl Composed?

Yes, yes, I am a complete freak. I think the screech/scream of the Nazgûl is both AWESOME and terrifying at the same time. I love it even though it makes me shiver! How was the sound of the Nazgûl ...
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What were the other Rings of Power in LOTR made of?

"One Ring to rule them all"... Is there any detail in Tolkien's work indicating what those "all" rings - for Men, Elves and Dwarves - were made of? Mithril? Platinum? Gold? Some other magical ...
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What material was the One Ring made of?

Is there any detail in Tolkien's work indicating what the One Ring was made of? Mithril? Platinum? Gold? Some other magical material?
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Cross breeding of men and orcs in Lord of the Rings

A question was asked: Why is breeding men and orcs considered evil? Specifically it's described as Saruman's greatest evil, and since Saruman committed many appalling acts the questioner wondered why ...
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How did Gandalf get his staff back after being captured by Saruman in Orthanc?

In the books, it doesn't explicitly describe Gandalf's staff being taken or broken during his imprisonment in/on Orthanc, but in the film, Saruman is shown with Gandalf's staff, and Gandalf is shown ...
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Were Uruks (as a breed) created by Sauron or Saruman in LOTR books?

In the LOTR movie it's implied that Saruman bred and created Uruk-hai. But the Wiki is a bit ambigous on the books - the impression I got was that it was a Saruman stealing the idea from Sauron who ...
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Were the Green Lantern rings in DC comics somehow influenced by Sauron's ring?

Reading all the recent questions on The One Ring, I realized that I know of a similar item - the Green Lantern Ring. It also gives the wearer magical powers and more or less an identity. Is there any ...