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

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Is it advisable to read The Hobbit before reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I'm mildly shocked I can't find this question on this site through my many searches... Simply put, if I'm interested in reading the LotR trilogy, should I read the Hobbit before reading the trilogy? ...
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Why Were the Weapons in Middle-earth So Rudimentary?

Again, I'm re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and am still on book one, so my question is going to refer to the movies. During the time The Lord of the Rings stories take place, Middle-earth is ...
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Were there any differences between the Rings of power given to the Dwarves and the Men?

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, Were the Seven Dwarf-destined rings actually different (aside from possibly physical fit due to finger size ...
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Why were the Elvish Rings of Power not made by Sauron?

Among all the rings of power, the 3 rings possessed by Elves are special in that they (unlike Men's and Dwarves' and The one) were made by Elves and not Sauron. Why? As in, Were they made before ...
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How Do the Catapults at Minas Tirith Work?

This question refers to the movie LoTR: The Return of the King. I'm hoping someone can help me figure out how the Minas Tirith catapults work. I can see how the Uruk-hai catapults function -- they ...
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Why didn't Saruman take Narya from Gandalf?

We know that Gandalf was given Narya, the Ring of Fire (one of the Elven three) by Cirdan the shipwright. When Saruman imprisoned Gandalf, why did he not attempt to take the ring from him? It would ...
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How could the One Ring betray Isildur?

From Galadriel in Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring It betrayed Isildur to his death Why does Galadriel say it's a betrayal by the One Ring? Wasn't it Isildur who let it fall? How could a ...
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Was the “One Ring” inscription a side effect or a feature?

We know that The One Ring had an inscription on it, revealed when heated by fire: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them Was that ...
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Why was the One Ring's inscription in Tengwar?

We know that The One Ring had an inscription on it, revealed when heated by fire: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men ...
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How many different wearers of the One Ring were there?

I know this is something of a list question but I hope it's allowed as it should be a definitive list with references. Who in the Lord of the Rings series wore the One Ring? I know that Bilbo and ...
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What happened to Isildur when he put on the One Ring?

DVK's answer to this question states that invisibility is the trait Hobbits get when wearing the One Ring, because this is an enhancement of their already stealthy nature. He also suggests that other ...
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Why didn't Sauron become invisible while wearing the One Ring?

I'm curious as to why Sauron is the only being/person shown wearing the One Ring who does not become invisible? Isildur, Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, and Samwise all become invisible while wearing the One ...
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How did Sauron remain in control of the Nazgûl?

The One Ring gave Sauron control of the Nine, yet when it was taken from him he still possessed the power to control them (or, at least he regained it towards the end of the third age). Why is this? ...
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Why was Gandalf afraid of the Balrog of Morgoth?

As depicted in the film, Gandalf appeared to be shaken and in fear of the Balrog of Morgoth, even just as Saruman mentioned it. Why was this so? Did they have any previous encounters?
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How True to Canon Was Denethor's Movie Characterization?

Holy cannoli, did John Noble play Denethor as a complete and utter fool in The Lord of the Rings movies. Indulge me a brief recap. Denethor was openly abusive to Faramir and favored Boromir. His ...
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Why Does Gollum/Sméagol Only Eat Live Fish?

Why does Sméagol eat live fish? Is it due to some sort of self-flagellation or guilt over killing Déagol, or is it merely that Sméagol lived an isolated life for 500 years, with fish as his only food ...
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What kind of power was hoped-for/expected to be gained from the One Ring?

Several characters tried to get hold of the One Ring on Frodo's journey to Mount Doom, some by force like Boromir, some by persuasion like Galadriel. All spoke of gaining power and using it against ...
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What happened to the “other” Rings of Power?

In the Lord of the Rings it is said "In Eregion long ago many Elven-rings were made, magic rings as you call them, and they were, course, of various kinds: some more potent and some less. The ...
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If Galadriel had claimed the One Ring, would Sauron have become her servant, or would have Galadriel become his servant?

This question was inspired by the Andres F answer to another question. In his answer he stated "we are told that if she ever took the One Ring, she would become way more powerful than Sauron ...
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Is There More to Arwen Than Her Obsessive Love for Aragorn?

It's me again -- still reading my way through The Lord of the Rings, but quite familiar with Peter Jackson's trilogy, which I really like. It occurs to me, though, that Arwen is almost the Lord of ...
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Was Harry Potter inspired by The Lord of the Rings?

It seems like many parallels can be made between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Firstly between Sauron and Voldemort: They both crafted magical items so that they could transcend death. They ...
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Did Sauron survive?

According to Tolkien himself Sauron had a physical form in the third age: ...in a tale which allows the incarnation of great spirits in a physical and destructible form their power must be far ...
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Are Ringwraiths the only Wraiths in Middle-earth?

After reading this answer to my question about wraiths, ghosts, and wights in Middle-earth, I understand that Ringwraiths are the result of people who have been corrupted by using the rings, but that ...
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What were the fell beasts the Nazgul flew on?

What were the fell beasts the Nazgul flew on called?
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Did Peter Jackson ever explain why he left out the Scouring of the Shire?

In the book, while Frodo and the Fellowship were on their quest, the Shire was exploited and almost ruined by Saruman and his cronies. Jackson left this and the triumphant return of Frodo, Sam, and ...
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How did the Witch-king break Gandalf's staff in the movie?

In the movie, the Witch-king breaks Gandalf's staff. How did this happen and why (since it's not in the book)?
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How long had the Dwarves in Moria been slain before they were discovered by the Fellowship?

How long had Balin and the other Dwarves been slain before they were discovered by the Fellowship when they entered Moria?
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What was in the One Ring that made it so powerful?

In the movie version of Fellowship of the Rings, at the beginning of film, we're shown all the rings being forged, including Sauron's One Ring of power. However, there's no indication as to what ...
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How old is the Mouth of Sauron, and is he a ring bearer?

The Mouth of Sauron is referred to as being of great age, so great he has forgotten his own name, but not a ringwraith. How is this possible? How does he evade the Doom of Men? Does that imply ...
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Were the Middle-earth Wizards born as Wizards?

In Middle-earth, Elves were born as Elves, Hobbits as Hobbits, and so on. Were the Wizards born as Wizards, or were they young men that somehow evolved as they matured into Wizards?
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When and where did Gollum start following the Fellowship?

Gollum follows the Fellowship from a distance in a desperate hope to get the Ring back. I don't know when or where he actually started following them, so that's my question. In the first movie (FOTR),...
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How Did Éowyn Slay the Witch King of Angmar if He Wasn't Alive?

In Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn, as Strider, tells the four Hobbits about the Nazgûl, and describes them as "neither living nor dead." Gollum later tells Sam and Frodo while ...
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Why Does Samwise Gamgee Call Frodo Baggins 'Mr. Frodo'?

I haven't finished my re-read of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (I just finished The Two Towers), but, at least in the movies, Samwise Gamgee consistently refers to Frodo Baggins as "Mr. Frodo." Why ...
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Can Sméagol's family tree be tracked all the way to the hobbit families at the time of Bilbo?

When Gandalf explains to Frodo how come the Ring came to his posession, he introduces the tale of Gollum with these words, making it clear that Gollum was related--however distantly--to hobbits: ...
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Why was Dale rebuilt?

Why was Dale (the city ruined ages ago by the dragon Smaug), featured in Tolkien's The Hobbit, rebuilt after the events of the aforementioned story? As far as I can remember, the dragon laid not ...
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Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil?

Tom Bombadil says this to the hobbits, in reply to the question "who are you?": (...) But you are young and I am old. Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the ...
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What's the origin of “One does not simply Telnet into Mordor”?

While I realise that it's a parody on "One does not simply walk into Mordor!" (I believe it's a statement made by Boromir), I was wondering where that particular meme comes from. The connection (no ...
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How tall was Barad-dûr?

Can someone calculate, from books description or from movies, the height of Barad-dûr? I've found this on FB but it sounds too small to me!!
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Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men?

Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? In general fantasy, elves are frequently smaller than humans. But I seem to recall that in Tolkien they aren't. Based on this SFF.SE comment
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How is it that Legolas always has a quiver full of arrows?

In the movie version of Lord of the Rings, Legolas is seen many times shooting arrow after arrow, yet he never seems to run out. For example, after the long battle at the end of The Fellowship of the ...
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Why were the Elves so great at archery?

It seems that there is an underlying assumption (I don't know of an explicit quote to confirm) that Elves in Middle-earth are exceptional archers, compared to other races. Am I correct in that ...
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Why are elves and humans so much alike?

Why are elves and humans so much alike (physically speaking)? Except for the pointy ears, there are no other major (physical) differences, am I right? Do they have a common ancestor? Or does one of ...
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How long could we expect Eldarion to live?

Elrond (who was 50% Elven) lived well over 6,000 years before departing Middle-earth. Because of his distant Elven lineage Aragorn lived over 200 years before he died. As a 3/4 Elf Arwen was immortal ...
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What Is the Significance of the Cyclonic Beam of Light in Minas Morgul in LOTR: ROTK?

In LOTR: ROTK, as Frodo, Sméagol, and Sam approach Minas Morgul to make their climb to the Cirith Ungol pass, Frodo is somehow drawn to Minas Morgul and stumbles a few paces up the road leading to ...
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Could the One Ring be destroyed in any manner besides Mount Doom?

Was there something more mystical about Mount Doom that meant another volcano wouldn't work and no matter how much energy was put into it, it would not be destroyed? A comment mentioned that not even ...
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Were there two elves named Glorfindel?

In the Silmarillion, an elf named Glorfindel is killed in a duel with a Balrog at the battle for Gondolin. (He kills the Balrog as well.) Then in The Fellowship of the Ring, an elf named Glorfindel ...
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What is a “goblin-imp”?

This answer: Why did Gollum ever take off the ring in the first place? - had a quote related to how Gollum lost a ring that said Only a few hours ago he had worn it, and caught a small goblin-imp. ...
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How many elves were there in Middle Earth by the time of LOTR events?

When answering " What are the main reasons the elves did not show up in force to defeat Sauron? " I tried to find some info but nothing was easily googlable. How many elves were there in Middle Earth ...
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What are the main reasons the elves did not show up in force to defeat Sauron?

During The Great Battle of the Last Alliance, there were an estimated 100,000 elves that fought with the armies of Isildur. This was one of the first scenes in the first LOTR movie. However, in the ...
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Why doesn't the chain around Frodo's neck disappear?

I was reading this answer and remembered the scene in one of the Lord of the Rings movies where Frodo slips the Ring on. He vanishes the second the tip of his finger enters the ring and doesn't ...