Questions tagged [the-silmarillion]

For questions about The Silmarillion, a collection of works by J.R.R. Tolkien posthumously published by his son, Christopher in 1977. Always use in conjunction with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag.

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What special properties do the named swords have in Tolkien lore

There are swords of great renowned; Glamdring, Narcil, Orcrist, Ringil, Sting and others are presented as special weapons. Beyond glowing when Orcs are near, what special properties do they possess?
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How many Maiar are there?

Iluvitar made 2 classes of spirit beings to sing the songs of creation. The higher class (more powerful) are the Valar who are 15 in number, the lower class (less powerful) are the Maiar. I can find ...
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Why didn't the remaining Balrogs rally to Sauron during the final battle for Middle-earth?

Balrogs were servants of Morgoth, Sauron was a Lieutenant of Morgoth, Sauron commanded Balrogs under Morgoth, Sauron became head evil overlord after Morgoth's defeat. Sauron gathered all evil armies ...
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Were the Valar watching the epic of the One Ring with any real concern?

They did send 5 Maia to help the people's of Middle Earth oppose Sauron's power play... but... Of those 5; Three did nothing of any real consequence, one turned coat and helped Sauron, and the only ...
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What is the population of the Undying Lands?

Is there any Canon reference as to Valinor's population? All the Elves of old who survived conflict apparently live there and all the remaining Elves from Middle Earth went there, so how many are ...
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Who were those “many” in whom the Eldar saw Lúthien's likeness?

A passage in The Silmarillion tells about Lúthien: Yet in her choice the Two Kindreds have been joined; and she is the forerunner of many in whom the Eldar see yet, thought all the world is changed,...
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Did Círdan ever leave Middle-earth?

Círdan probably the longest living elf in Middle-earth has been on Middle-earth since the days of the Two Trees and is the best ship builder of the Elves. It is interesting that he never left for ...
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How was Eärendil's ship Vingilot able to fly?

Eärendil's ship Vingilot was built to sail to Valinor so that Eärendil could make his plea for the Valar to help Men and Elves under Morgoth's reign over Middle-earth. After the Valar agreed to help ...
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What would have happened if Amandil hadn't tried to sail to Valinor?

Amandil, a few years before the Invasion of Valinor, sneaked off the island with three of his most trusted men and attempted to sail to Valinor to ask pardon and forgiveness for Numenor. He was never ...
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What happened to the Moriquendi after the First Age?

it is known that these Elves didnt make the journey across the Misty or Blue Mountains to go to Valinor: "Those Elves the Calaquendi call the Úmanyar, since they came never to the land of Aman and ...
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Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against Fëanor's sons?

It's well established that Fëanor hated Fingolfin, and had some dismay for Finarfin, aside from the fact he wanted a strand of his daughter Galadriel's hair. Did Fingolfin hold a grudge against ...
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Why did Maedhros relinquish the Kingship of the Noldor to Fingolfin

After Maedhros was rescued by Fingon, he gave up his title of High King of the Noldor to his Uncle, Fingolfin. Why would he give up the lordship of his people? Was it because he wanted to continue ...
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Why did Manwë allow Finwë to remarry after the death of his wife?

After Miriel died, Manwë decreed that Finwë could choose another spouse and he did get remarried to Indis, mother of Fingolfin and Finarfin; Fëanor wasn't too happy with that. Why would Manwë allow ...
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How long did it take Fëanor and his sons to sail from Valinor to Beleriand?

Fëanor tried to avenge his father Finwë's death and the theft of the Silmarils by gathering up a majority of the Noldor and marching to the harbors of Alqualondë to use the ships that lay there. He ...
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Would Sauron have had the ability to appear in fair form again if he got the ring back?

In the First and Second Ages of Middle Earth, Sauron had the ability to change into an appealing form to Men and Elves. He could then deceive them, and used the name of Annatar. However, once he was ...
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Why was Morgoth afraid to fight Fingolfin?

It is said that Melkor was reluctant to come out of Angband to face him regardless of the taunts Fingolfin shouted outside the gates. But after a while he came out and dueled and killed Fingolfin, who ...
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How many Edain were left at the end of the First Age?

When the Edain awoke in Hildorien and trekked all the way across Middle Earth into Beleriand there were presumably tens of thousands, who didn't fall under Melkor's deception and service, who were ...
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Why would Melkor weave such a spiteful verse in the Ainuindale?

Eru choreographed the first song and Melkor f'd that up, then Manwe was in charge of the second song and so again Melkor got his discord sown into the second verse. Why would he intentionally ruin the ...
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Are there any other planets besides Arda in Ea?

Did Tolkien mention anything about other planets in his mythology or did he invent just the one planet for his stories?
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Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar or was that just a name given to them?

Did the Valar refer to themselves as Valar, or was "Valar" just a name given to them by the Elves because they needed a way to refer to them? Or did Eru name them before they entered into Arda?
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What was the original home of the Valar?

It is said that Valinor was not the original home of the Valar and that they created it in the western hemisphere of Middle Earth, but it was not their first home. What was the original dwelling place ...
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Did the Teleri ever forgive the Noldor for the Kinslaying at Alqualondë?

It was a tragedy caused by Fëanor, who wanted revenge for his father's death and killed many Sea Elves for their ships, but is there anything in Tolkien's Letters or The History of Middle-Earth that ...
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Why did Morgoth wait until the War of Wrath to release his dragons?

Apart from Glaurung who went galavanting through Beleriand on his own authority, why did Morgoth not unleash them earlier to conquer Beleriand and the rest of Middle Earth,to me it seems like had he ...
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How did Turgon's wife Elenwë die?

She wedded Turgon and then had a child Idril, then after the Kinslaying of Alqualonde she went with him and the rest of the host of Fingolfin crossing the Grind Ice, but somewhere along the way she ...
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Did Arda have boundaries before the breaking of the World?

What I mean is: did it have an ending point beyond either Valinor or the Land of the Sun when it was flat before the destruction of Numenor or was it just flat? I don't mean to say it has boundaries ...
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Why would Manwë make himself sit on his throne for all eternity until Melkor comes back?

Before the War of Wrath, Manwë Súlimo King of Arda, Lord of the Valar, and caretaker of Valinor Untouched and Melkor were brothers and the most powerful but wanted different things in life,...
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Are some Ainur described as brothers or sisters?

I heared a rumour that some of the Ainur (Valar and Maiar) are described as brothers or sisters. Where in Tolkien's writings or letters does it happen? What is its meaning? See also Were all Ainur ...
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What did Sauron do to become Melkor/Morgoth's chief lieutenant?

Morgoth, the creator of all bad things in the Tolkien universe, picked Sauron of all things to be his most trusted officer. Why was this? I have been reading the the pre-LOTR stories, and there seem ...
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Why didn't Turgon heed Ulmo's Warning about Evacuating Gondolin?

When Tuor arrived by the Coast of Belegaer, Ulmo appeared to him and told him to seek King Turgon of Gondolin to relay a message to him from Ulmo. Once they (Tuor and Voronwe) were admitted into the ...
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Did Sauron miss Morgoth?

Sauron was the new dark lord in the 2nd and 3rd Ages of Middle Earth after Morgoth was banished into the Void. But before the Valar and Maiar descended into Ea, Morgoth seduced Sauron to his side and ...
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Why did the Valar want Earendil punished for setting foot upon Valinor?

I know he got through the blockade of Valinor via the Silmaril, and i read somewhere that Manwe knew he was coming to Valinor and many Valar didnt like him being in their territory even though he was ...
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Is there any description on how Morgoth will destroy the Sun and the Moon in the Dagor Dagorath?

it is said that Morgoth will destroy the Sun and Moon in the Prophecy of Mandos: "Thus spoke Mandos in prophecy, when the Valar sat in judgement in Valinor and the rumour of his word was whispered ...
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Was Miriel the first Elf to die?

Miriel was the wife of Finwe and Mother of Feanor. She died in Year 1170 YT after giving birth to Feanor. So were there any Elven deaths that pre-date hers, or is she the first to die?
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How could Gandalf find a Silmaril falling from Orthanc so easily?

I'm reading "The Silmarillion" for the first time and I was confused to find out that the Silmarils were so small that all three of them put together can become part of a small necklace or a crown. ...
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How was Anarion killed?

Anarion the son of Elendil, younger brother of Isildur - how was he killed and when during the War of the Last Alliance did he die?
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Why didn't Finarfin follow his brother Fingolfin?

Was it because he didn't want to be cursed by Mandos, or he didn't wish to endure the ice desert aka the Helcaraxe? And why did all his kids leave to go with Fingolfin instead of staying with him? Was ...
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Why didn't Tar-Miriel leave with the faithful?

I mean surely she was still in contact with them; after all, she was faithful herself, wasn't she? Also there was a lot of time between Ar-Pharazon's Great Fleet and the Downfall of Numenor: ...
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How was Elendil descended from the line of Elros?

Were the lords of Andunie also from House of Elros, or was Elendil just carrying on the kingship of Numenor to Gondor? Was Elendil a blood-related heir of Elros, or just a new line formed after the ...
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What (Valar?) couple had greater strength together?

In the Silmarillion, I'm almost sure I remember reading about a pair of people described whose powers were stronger when they were together. I think that they were a married Valar couple. As I ...
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Why did Ilúvatar scold Aulë for creating Dwarves?

When Aulë attempted to make his own creation, the Dwarves, Ilúvatar seemed to not like this and questioned Aulë for doing so. Was it because Ilúvatar decreed Elves were supposed to be the first of ...
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Was Ungoliant more powerful than Morgoth?

Ungoliant and Morgoth formed an alliance temporarily and came to Valinor, while Morgoth cast a dark shadow covering them, Ungoliant sucked the light from the Two Trees and darkened Aman, hence why it ...
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Can Eru see past, present and future all at once?

Eru Iluvatar lives outside the Universe and time, so can he see everything happening inside Ea all at one time and intervene in specific points in time?
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What language did the first Edain awake speak if they did?

I ask this because I was wondering, since Morgoth came across them first, they had to have had some sort of language in order to communicate with him - or is that not specified?
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Did Nerdanel know her husband and children died?

She stayed behind in Valinor while her husband Fëanor, angry at Morgoth for murdering his father and stealing his Silmarils, goes and takes the Teleri's ships by force, igniting the slaying of the ...
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Do Orcs and Uruk-hai sleep?

Do Orcs and Uruks sleep or do they just remain awake 24/7 like Sauron does?
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Did any other Balrogs survive into the Third Age?

Besides the obvious one in Moria, are there any others unaccounted for maybe hiding in the Blue Mountains? Iron Hills? Wastelands of Angmar? Or did the rest of them diminish out of existence?
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Why did Maedhros commit Suicide?

After the War of Wrath when the Silmarils were recovered, Maedhros and Maglor stole them from the Valar/Maiar Army, but soon after they were discovered having them the Silmarils became burning hot in ...
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Why did some Elves disregard Men as if they weren't as good as them?

For example: Thingol calls Beren "mortal" like it's a plague to be mortal Saeros insults Turin saying that Men are no better than animals. A lot more Elves like this as well. Why do they treat Men ...
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Did Ar-Pharazon have any kids?

Did he have any kids before or after marrying Tar-Miriel? Considering how old he was when he stole the scepter from Tar-Miriel, is there an off chance he could have had kids?
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Were the Dwarves in the Music of the Ainur?

The Music of the Ainur is the music of Arda, of creation, of all existence. Arda was made for the Children of Illuvatar, which are exclusively Elf and Man. However, if the Music embodies all that was, ...