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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Were orcs stronger in the first age?

I was thinking about how most beings were stronger in earlier times than in say, the Third Age. Did this apply to orcs as well? Did the power Morgoth put into the orcs in the First Age make them ...
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Geographical error in the Silmarillion?

The following passage makes no sense: for nigh and two years after the Dagor Bragollach the Noldor still defended the western pass about the sources of Sirion, for the power of Ulmo was in that ...
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Why didn't Morgoth track the Eagles to find the location of Gondolin?

The Eagles were a constant pain in Morgoth's evil neck; they rescued several people from his own dominion as well as attacked him personally. He must have known that the Eagles were in league with the ...
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Why were there 3 Silmarils and what color were they?

The light of the Silmarils came from the two trees made by Yavanna: Telperion the Silver Tree, and Laurelin the Gold tree. Feanor fashioned the Silmarils in order to capture the light of the two Trees....
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Why aren't the Valar considered gods?

As an avid Tolkien fan and an increasingly active member of this site, I cannot count the number of times I've seen people refer to the Valar or Maiar as gods, only to be corrected by other members (...
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Was Sauron's body destroyed before or after the ring was cut from his hand?

I'm a bit confused as to the ordering of events leading to Sauron's demise at the end of the second age. From the Silmarillion it appears that Sauron was hewn down by Gil-galad and Elendil, and ...
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How on (middle) earth did Eärendil kill a dragon as huge as Ancalagon?

We know that Ancalagon was killed by Earendil, but how exactly was he killed? Ancalagon was so incredibly massive and Earendil was just a dude in a ship with some Eagles. This image ↓ isn't canon but ...
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Do elves have surnames? [duplicate]

Do elves have surnames/family name? For instance what is the surname or famous elves like Galadriel, Arwen, Legolas, ...
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Who built the Ilmarin?

From my other questions you can conclude that I am searching for a palace/great building to re-create in a 3D model with blender. I have chosen one now, Ilmarin which is the Mansion of Varda and Manwë ...
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Why is Thangorodrim/Angband not visible in the provided map in the Silmarillion book?

At least it is not visible in all versions I could lay hands on (German / English). The map ends in the North with Hithlum and Anfauglith. I ask because Angband is a core location in the ...
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Why was Beleriand destroyed when Morgoth was defeated?

When the Valar defeated Morgoth, the sea destroyed Beleriand. Was this a result of what the Valar were doing to Morgoth or was it some kind of reaction by Arda to Morgoth's defeat?
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Are there any Numenorean palaces?

I'm searching for a palace from Tolkien's legendarium to make a 3D model of in blender. Anyway, I am looking for a Numenorean palace or another great building. I know that there was one in the ...
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Does Eru have a palace?

I was wondering if Eru has a palace, because the Valar sort of had, and in case he does, in what kind of architectural style (Elven, Numenorean, etc...) is it made?
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How did the Drúedain come into existence?

How did the Drúedain come into existence? Were they created by Eru Ilúvatar or one of the Valar?
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Who did the Elves think Annatar (Sauron) was?

Sauron posed in fair form to the Elves as "Annatar" (Lord of Gifts). Considering many of the elves Annatar appeared to have probably been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years, who did they ...
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Will Morgoth and “evil” Maiar partake in the Second Music?

I haven't finished the Silmarillion but I've been doing some reading on here. Sometime after the Last Battle, there will be another Great Music sung by the Ainur with Iluvatar. I read that Men, ...
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If the Arkenstone isn't a Silmaril, then what is it?

It is discussed at great length, whether or not the Arkenstone is one of the Silmarils1, and the most accepted answer is that it is not2. The Arkenstone however, has undeniable 'powers' or properties ...
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What happened to Radagast The Brown?

Radagast The Brown disappeared from Arda after the first book The Fellowship of the Ring. What happened to him?
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Did Ulmo, the Vala of Water, ever return to Valinor?

Does anyone know whether Ulmo ever returned to Valinor?
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What were the treacherous gifts Melkor gave to his followers?

In the Simarillion it says that many Maiar were drawn to Melkor in his splendour and others he corrupted with treacherous gifts. What were these gifts?
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Is there any hint that some of the beings in Tolkien's lore may have survived into “our” times?

In Tolkien's lore, they are many very old beings. Is there any indication that some or even one would have been truly immortal and survived into what we would call "our" history or Age? Galadriel, ...
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Tuor, Beren and Luthien - the gifts of Mortality and Immortality from Eru vs the Valar

According to the legendarium It was a tradition under the Eldar and Edain that they [Idril and Tuor] arrived in Valinor, and that Tuor alone of Men was counted among the Eldar, immortal as other ...
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Why did Fëanor refuse to give even one of the Silmarils to Yavanna to revive the trees?

Right near the beginning Of the Flight of the Noldor: Yavanna spoke before the Valar, saying: "The Light of the Trees has passed away, and lives now only in the Silmarils of Fëanor. Foresighted was ...
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Why is “the time of elves” considered to be over?

From the movie series, it seems obvious that the civilization of Elves, once great and important, is declining. Their numbers keep reducing and they retreat into some remote islands and in general "...
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Learning Quenya and/or Sindarin

If someone wanted to learn to speak Tolkien's Elvish languages (Quenya and Sindarin) is there a guide to how to go about doing so? Are there any authoritative sources regarding which language should ...
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Are Tolkien's orcs immortal?

Orcs were the most commonplace villains serving the Dark Powers in all of Tolkien's Legendarium, a race of sentient beings bred by the evil Vala Melkor (Morgoth) during the time of the Great Darkness. ...
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Have any of the lesser rings made by the Elves, beside the 20 Rings of Power, been shown or named? [duplicate]

The lesser rings were forged by the elves as essays in the craft of ring making. These rings were made sometime between S.A. 1200, when Sauron came in disguise to Eregion, and 1500, when they began ...
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Source for info on Middle-Earth's 'Real World' Geographic counterpart

I recently came across a particular essay by the author of The Last Ringbearer, which states: The Middle Earth has several built-in physical defects, and there’s no getting away from that. In his ...
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Sam's apparent invisibility to Sauron [duplicate]

How come Sauron wasn't able to detect Sam in the last chapter of The Two Towers? I'm pretty sure he wore it longer than Frodo in Amon Hen, and Frodo was detected in the latter, was he not? Plus, Sam ...
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How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?
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Sauron's sight details?

I am aware that the "Eye of Sauron" in Peter Jackson's movies was not Sauron's actual physical form. What the answers at 'Was the "Eye of Sauron" Sauron's actual physical form?' don't ...
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Gandalf, Sauron and Saruman names and nicknames

Assuming Gandalf was the wisest of the maiar, why was Saruman known as the wise, rather than it being Gandalf? Also, what are the real names (maiar names) of all these three (Sauron, Saruman and ...
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Is there anything in Lord of the Rings that could have survived into our age? [duplicate]

If The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion took place in different ages than us, but on Earth, is there any suggestion in those works that some elements would or could have been immortal or ...
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In which of Tolkien's works does the Witch-King of Angmar appear?

Where can I read all about the Witch-King of Angmar? Does he appear anywhere other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its appendices? The appendices talk about the Angmar vs Arnor war very ...
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Do we have a literary history of the Ainulindale?

I know that Christopher Tolkien commented in the Book of Lost Tales, Part 1 that the reason the early version of the Ainulindale looks so much like the version in The Silmarillion is that In this ...
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What is the name of the language that Orcs talk?

What is the name of the language of the Orcs? Was it developed by Tolkien as much as Quenya?
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How long does it take to be turned into a Ringwraith?

The nine men that took the Rings of Power from Sauron, turned into Ringwraiths eventually. How long do you have to have a Ring of Power in order to turn into a wraith? Sméagol had it for many years ...
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Would the One Ring created by Sauron make a mortal creature immortal?

The One Ring extended Gollum/Sméagol's life and vitality by 478 years and Bilbo's vitality by 60 years. Did it have the power to make them truly immortal if they had kept it, or did it just grossly ...
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How many Balrogs were there?

There are guesstimates of their numbers ranging from as little as 3 all the way up to hundreds. Still other accounts say there were actually a thousand strong. We know five were 'killed' by Tuor, ...
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The origins of the Silmarillion and early stories

The stories contained in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings are supposedly from the Red Book of Westmarch written by Bilbo and Frodo as a memoir. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Book_of_Westmarch ...
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Were there any jails or some type of incarceration centers in Middle-earth or Tolkien's legendarium

It seems that the bad guys were either banished, killed or just ran wild causing trouble until they were 'dealt with'. Were there any jails in Tolkien's legendarium?
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Who was the oldest Elf left in Middle Earth at the start of the War of the Ring at the end of the third age?

Some of the remaining notable and named Elves' birthdates are either known, or through association can be reasonably guessed at. They are: Galadriel - birthdate YT 1362, Elrond - birthdate FA 532, ...
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What were the actual words spoken in the Oath of Fëanor

Do we know what the actual words spoken by Feanor and his sons were when they swore the Oath of Fëanor in Tirion?
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About The Lighting In Arda After The Destruction Of The Two Lamps

It is Known that Melkor (Morgoth) destroyed the Two Lamps, Ormal And Illuin. Meanwhile Valinor was lit by the Two Trees, and in Middle-earth the first light that Elves-Quendi beheld was that of the ...
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About Creation Of Orcs And Dwarves

How can it be that Melkor created the orcs and Aule created the dwarves, when both needed The Imperishable Flame (The Secret Fire)?
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The Tower of Elwing

After re-reading The Atlas of Middle Earth (excellent read recommend it to anyone) I noticed that north of the Pelori in Aman, there was a tower marked as "The Tower of Elwing". I cannot for the life ...
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Why couldn't Melkor return from the void after the War of Wrath?

Melkor came back from the void (above the Walls of Night) after he was expelled by Tulkas during the First Battle of All, and destroyed the Two Lamps. After that, he was again defeated in the Battle ...
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The King Of Numenor's Sword

I can't remember where but I read somewhere that the sword of the king of Numenor was in fact Aranruth - the sword of Elu Thingol. How is this possible? I assume that Dior took up Thingol's throne ...
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Why do the Wise always wait and watch until they are destroyed? [closed]

We have seen throughout the Silmarillion and other Middle Earth related histories that the forces of "Good" (Elves, Edain, Naugrim etc) constantly sit and wait for their enemy to get stronger before ...
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Who or what is the oldest sentient being in Tolkien's lore?

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Histories of Middle Earth, all lore related to this universe is acceptable fodder. Regardless of their power, susceptibility to The One Ring, ...

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