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

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Was The Lord of the Rings an inspiration for the Regular Show Christmas Special?

In Regular Show's fourth season, a Christmas special premiered, appropriately titled "The Christmas Special." In it, the park employees are tasked by Santa, a bearded, immortal, magic being, ...
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Does the Necromancer from "The Hobbit" have anything to do with the Dark Lord Sauron? [duplicate]

I finished reading The Hobbit around a week or so ago, and given how ominously the Necromancer was mentioned, I was sure he was being set up to be the main villain (or somebody very important to the ...
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Did Galadriel wake up a lot of people by her shouting at the One Ring?

In the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, after Frodo offers the One Ring to Galadriel, she puts on a display of power and shouts very loudly at the One Ring. I have always wondered if her loud ...
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Would the sword be visible if Bilbo wasn't holding it? [duplicate]

Today was rewatching the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and got very curious about a scene after the riddle game between Gollum and Bilbo where Bilbo gets stuck between the cave walls / rocks ...
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What exactly made Boromir "un-Numenorean" compared to Denethor/Faramir?

Gandalf says this to Pippin: He is not as other men of this time, Pippin, and whatever be his descent from father to son, by some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in him; as it does ...
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How was the door to Bag End able to be green?

In The Hobbit (and The Lord of the Rings) the door to Bag End is described as green. I'm curious to know how this was achieved; is outdoor weather proof paint easily made, and a technology that would ...
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What's the difference between a Maia and a member of the Istari? [duplicate]

I've visited many sites searching this, but haven't found any clear answers. Can somebody please explain what's the difference between a Maia and an Istari? And also, what's the singular form of ...
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Is it normal for Hobbits to live without their parents?

Based on my previous question, tried to understand why was Frodo living with Bilbo based on the assumption that it's not something normal. As Nathaniel pointed in a comment, It could be perfectly ...
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What happened to Frodo's parents and why is he living with Bilbo?

Today was rewatching the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and realized how normal it felt that Frodo was living with Bilbo (meaning that it didn't raise any questions at first - ...
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Did Tolkien ever comment on the inaccuracy of the inscription on the One Ring?

We all know what was written on the surface of the One Ring—visible when the metal was heated, as it had been upon Mairon the smith's hand. Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg ...
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What prevents dragons from destroying or ruling Middle-earth?

There appears to be little defense against them. Is it lack of will to do so? Do dragons not cooperate with each other? Or is there some force that prevents dragons from laying waste to the cities of ...
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Why is Shelob not interested in the One Ring? [duplicate]

Gollum tries to have Frodo and Sam killed by Shelob, so he could get the One Ring back from Frodo's corpse after Shelob would kill and "drink" him. And Gollum is no stupid, so I guess he ...
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Why is Sauron's name similar to the Greek/Latin word for "lizard"?

Sauron sounds and looks so similar to the Greek word σαῦρος, or Latin corresponding word saurus, which means lizard. Is this just a coincidence, or there is a (known or speculated) reason behind ...
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What species was the Party Tree in Hobbiton

In The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a large tree in Hobbiton called the Party Tree where Hobbits hold functions. What species is it?
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Is there a conversation regarding heroes and common people in "The Lord of the Rings"?

I recall an exchange early in "The Lord of the Rings" regarding heroes. One character laments that there is not a hero available to handle the task laid before them, and another character ...
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Why did Theoden allow the Uruk-Hai to approach Helm's Deep without harassing them?

In the movie version of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, we see that both Theoden and the Elves under Haldir allowed the Uruk-Hai to get close to the castle without attacking them. Considering the shot ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

I recently found a contradiction between the life expectancies of a Hobbit. A Hobbit comes of age at around 33 years old. Comparing that with a human, we come of age at around 18. Sidetracking a ...
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Do we know Sting's real name and anything else about its history? [duplicate]

During the events of The Hobbit, after dealing with the trolls, the Bilbo and co. find three magic weapons in the troll's lair: ... among them were several swords of various makes, shapes, and sizes. ...
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Why was Thranduil not given one of the Three Elven Rings?

The three Rings of Power made for the Elves are borne by Galadriel, Elrond, and Círdan. Those Rings are described as: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their ...
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The waning of the elves and Melkor's influence on the history of Arda

I'm currently struggling my way through Morgoth's ring, and am reading the commentary on the Athrabeth. However, one quote in the commentary is confusing me, and I was hoping someone understood it ...
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How many languages could Gandalf speak? [duplicate]

In the movies, I see: Gandalf read and spoke fluent Elvish. He could read Black Speech. He showed Thorin Oakenshield the note that promised payment for the latter's head. He also chants the ring ...
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Where were the Men of Lake Town during the battles of Minas Tirith and Middle-earth?

Where were the Men (or rather people) of Lake Town during the Battle of Minas Tirith and Battle for Middle-earth? Had the Men of Lake Town merged with one of the kingdoms of Rohan or Gondor by then?
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What is the accurate inscription on the Anduril/Narsil pommel from the films?

I am using the Tengwar Annatar font to write out the inscription that appears on the pommel of the movie replica sword, but one character is tripping me up. According to elvish.org, the homepage of ...
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Aren't there too many Uruks in Helm's Deep?

This is just something that always bothered me. Aren't the Uruks portrayed before and during the battle too many to really be only 10k? 10k people aren't really that many, is the capacity of a very ...
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How do the beacons atop each mountain light up? [duplicate]

In the RotK movie, Gandalf and Merry light up the beacons of Gondor. These beacons have been built atop each peak of the White Mountains. Mysteriously, when one beacon is lit another also becomes lit ...
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Did Gandalf think that Frodo was dead?

When the Host of the West march upon the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron reveals 'Tokens' (including Frodo's Mithril shirt). At this point, Gandalf looks defeated. Did he think that Frodo had been ...
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In the movies why does Frodo try to give the One Ring to Aragorn?

In the movie, Frodo tries to give the One Ring to Aragorn in Parth Galen. Aragorn deftly refuses the offer. Why does Frodo do this? Hadn't the council told him not to offer it to anyone else? Boromir '...
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Scouring of the Shire—how old is it?

The Scouring of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings is that part of the story that really drives home the way the Hobbit characters have changed over the course of their journey. At the time people ...
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How powerful is Saruman's Ring ( which he made himself )? [duplicate]

In the books, Saruman forges a Ring and wears it along with a shimmering cloak. This is known when Saruman reveals it to Gandalf. As the title implies, how powerful is this Ring ? It must be noted ...
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Was King Théoden completely possessed by Saruman or did he retain at least a portion of his free will?

In the movie, King Théoden is apparently possessed by Saruman. However, to what degree he was possessed isn't obvious. Was he completely possessed or did he retain some of his free will?
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What does Sauron look like? [duplicate]

Duh! But, do the books ever describe what he actually looks like? I found a diagram by Tolkien himself: But this looks too... vague? And I don't know whether he was ever intent on continuing with ...
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Was there a time gap in the story Elrond tells about Isildur?

I have just started reading The Lord of The Rings. I have caught up a bit on Middle-earth's history. I recently read the story that Elrond tells during the meeting in Rivendell (Fellowship). Here's ...
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Why didn't the Palantiri reveal the Fellowship's true plan?

Throughout the Lord of the Rings, the key tactical advantage that the Fellowship had was that their plan to destroy the One Ring remained secret, to the point that it's even stated that going to war ...
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Why didn't Sauron realise Frodo was in Mordor despite finding his shirt?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King movie, in the scene at the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron comes out to parley with the company. Eventually, he presents Frodo's mithril shirt to ...
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Exact bloodline of aragorn [duplicate]

I want to know the exact bloodline of aragorn wether being mixed with elves or edain because it is not clear in the books.
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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Why do Gondorians frequently refer to Gandalf as Mithrandir?

Gandalf says of himself: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, ...
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What does Gollum see when he puts on the Ring?

Throughout Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, a big deal is made of the fact that Frodo should absolutely never put on the Ring, because it draws Sauron's attention to it, and every time he ...
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Why does Gandalf sound like Saruman in The Two Towers?

In the movie adaptation of The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the newly-resurrected Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest. For the first few words of his conversation he sounds like Saruman,...
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Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void?

Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void? Did he have the power but not the intention, or was it simply impossible? As far as I know, Sauron suffered the same fate as ...
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Was there a scene where Frodo's Elven cloak was shown to keep him warm while he feels cold?

I'm trying to find an example of Frodo's cloak's effectiveness. I dimly remember reading an occasion when Frodo is trying to sleep, cold and vulnerable. It's a passive use, where the cloak works 'as ...
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How did King Theoden suddenly lose his beard?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf goes to see Theoden the king has a massive beard that rivals that of Gandalf. When he is free from Saruman's enchantment, he nearly falls down and is caught and ...
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Who is the 'One' in the below statement?

Legolas says : " It was a balrog of Morgoth, of elf banes the most deadly save the ONE who sits in the Dark Tower " Now does the "One" in the above statement mean to be Sauron or a Balrog ?
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Did Gimli get a new axe? [duplicate]

In the movie Gimli breaks his axe when he tries to destroy the Ring. Did he use another axe after that or did he reforge the axe (which sounds implausible considering the amount of damage it took)?
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How did the elves know where Sauron crafted the One Ring?

After Sauron finished crafting the One Ring and placed it upon his finger the elves knew of his treachery, and his intentions. But how did the elves know where Sauron crafted the One Ring? And how ...
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Did Smaug have the power to destroy Barad-dûr? [closed]

Consider a scenario in which Smaug was not killed in T.A. 2942, continuing to live to T.A. 3019, the year of the Battle for Middle-earth. Now let's say that he and Sauron had a major disagreement ...
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Was Frodo sad when he heard that Boromir had died?

Is there any evidence to prove that Frodo mourned for Boromir? Did he forgive Boromir for the attack on Amon Hen?
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In Lord of the Rings, did the Witch-King's sword actually emit flames?

During the siege of Minas Tirith, when the gate was broken down by Grond, Gandalf waited there and the Witch-King rode up to enter. The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly ...
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What did the rings of the Nazgûl do? [duplicate]

The One Ring can corrupt its wearer and make them invisible (potentially with other powers?), but I'm unsure what the other rings of power could do. Were they only able to make the Nazgûl immortal, or ...
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Why couldn't the Ring stay in Rivendell?

Why weren't Elrond and Gandalf receptive to letting the ring stay in Rivendell? My claim is that Western military forces could repel the forces of Mordor and Isengard. The invasion would be like ...
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