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How did so much research / knowledge exist on the One Ring (the papers which Gandalf consults after seeing Bilbo)?

If Sauron forged the One Ring in secret, how was there so much research in the archives of Minas Tirith? For example, Gandalf finds out from the archives that the One Ring has an inscription which is ...
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In the “Hobbit” trilogy, couldn't eagles just carry them to begin with? [duplicate]

I'm watching the movies, and I don't know if it is given some explanation in the books, it has been quite some years since I read those. Anyway, I can't help but wonder, what if Gandalf had summoned ...
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Was Gandalf a regular visitor to the Shire prior to Bilbo's birthday party? [duplicate]

In The Fellowship of the Ring (movie), Gandalf arrives at the Shire to much fanfare. In particular, young children chase his wagon hoping to see some magic. This would logically imply that Gandalf ...
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Can you hear using a palantír or just see?

My kids asked a question I could not find the answer to, so I will ask it here. Can the user of a palantír hear things on the "other side" or just see things? That is, are palantírs just ...
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What happened to the Nazgul after they were swept away by the river?

In the book, The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter 12 "Flight to the Ford"), all nine Nazgûl were swept away by the waters of the river Bruinen, and their horses drowned. They show up later in ...
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Is it common to find the first part of The Fellowship of the Ring by far the most enjoyable of the entire three-part epic saga? [closed]

Let's be clear: I do love the entire series. It is without a doubt an epic masterpiece, and it would probably make little sense to write ~1,500 pages about just Hobbiton and The Shire, with them never ...
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Did Aragorn serve in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in the Jacksonverse?

As stated in the title, does any information exist; I haven't been able to find out if Aragorn served in Gondor and Rohan as Thorongil in Peter Jackson's film universe (Jacksonverse). Did he, for ...
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Why does Tolkien make Thorin to be older than Balin, only to present Balin in the Hobbit as “very old-looking”?

Tolkien characterized Balin in the Hobbit as "very old-looking": ... Instead there was a very old-looking dwarf on the step with a white beard and a scarlet hood; and he too hopped inside ...
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Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? [closed]

As we know the Elves are afflicted with sea-longing, which must have been known to the orc overlords. Why didn't the orcs just bide their time and perhaps even help the elves depart? They could have ...
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In “The Shadow of the Past”, who helped Gandalf watch the Shire while he was gone?

In The Lord of the Rings chapter "The Shadow of the Past" we read: [Frodo, learning how dangerous the Ring is]: " ... Why did you let me keep it? ..." [Gandalf]: "... Of ...
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Is kingsfoil derived from Basil?

In The Lord of the Rings the healing plant Athelas, is known as kingfoil. In Tolkien's world it is a healing plant that reveals the king of Gondor, and also overcomes ...
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Did Gandalf have to fight the Balrog?

The movie presents the fight as completely avoidable. The bridge is two flights of stairs away from the eastern gate. It would seem that the Balrog could not have followed them outside and they were ...
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Where do Hobbits live?

Besides The Shire, in what other places can we find Hobbits living? I am interested in communities but also about individuals who lived among other peoples around Arda. Do Hobbits ever step a foot on ...
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Is the facial hair of Tolkien's dwarves unshaveable?

By which I mean that they could not be shaven, due to some sort of magic on them. Or are they simply omnipresent, but not magically protected?
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Publishing error in American edition of The Lord of the Rings [closed]

I am working on a research project about The Lord of the Rings and my English teacher mentioned some sort of publishing error when the books were being sent to the US for publishing. She has further ...
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Why was Smaug able to take over Erebor with such ease?

The dwarves of Erebor were a powerful nation who were well aware of the existence of dragons (and their relative proximity to the Withered Heath). Despite vast resources, of both time and money, they ...
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Why was the Arkenstone left when Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain?

When Smaug attacked the dwarves' kingdom in the Lonely Mountain to settle down there, why was the Arkenstone left? It seems to be this item which makes the owner king of all dwarves, so why did they ...
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What did Gandalf mean by “first light of the fifth day”?

I don't know how this one goes in the books, but in the movie Gandalf says: Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east. Does that imply that the battle of ...
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Did the information of the quest of Erebor leak out?

The group was ambushed and chased by orcs. However, Thorin replies to Gandalf that he kept the journey secret, "tells no one". Gandalf himself should be a good secret keeper. These make the ...
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Is there any evidence for the dialog between Morgoth and Sauron in Blind Guardian's “War of Wrath” song?

The German power metal band Blind Guardian have written several songs related to Middle-earth and Tolkien's works. In one of these songs, which is called "War of Wrath", there is the ...
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What was the out-of-universe purpose of Tom Bombadil? [duplicate]

While reading this answer on who/what Tom Bombadil was, I started wondering what Tolkien's intention for him was and why he was created the way he was? So, specifically What did Tom represent? Why ...
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Are there dark elves or lone elf warriors in LOTR?

In the books, an orc in the tower of Cirith Ungol (after the Battle of Cirith Ungol) runs into Samwise while he's wearing The Ring. The orc, Snaga, thinks it's a "Great Elf-Warrior" but it'...
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Why did Saruman lose everything but Sauron kept doing what he wanted?

I get that Saruman lost his powers due to being replaced by Gandalf. But, all of the Valar and Maiar were made by Eru, therefore if Eru could do that to Saruman then he should be able to do the same ...
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Would Sauron have honored the terms offered by The Mouth of Sauron?

Before the Battle of The Black Gate, The Mouth of Sauron offers to let the Captains of The West peacefully withdraw under the following terms: "The rabble of Gondor and its deluded allies shall ...
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What happens if a Ring of Power is worn by a member of a race other than the one the ring was made for?

In Tolkien's universe, what happens if, for example, an elven Ring of Power is worn by a dwarf, or vice-versa? We, seemingly, only have mention of this happening to One Ring, but I also don't remember ...
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Why was the Balrog beneath Moria

From Lord of the Rings: Saruman: Moria... You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame. ...
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What words (in Black Speech) was Sauron saying when he allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?

What phonemes (or even words in Black Speech) could one distinguish in the below video from 1:26 to 1:29, where Sauron allegedly asked Pippin of who he was?
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Were the Grey Company the “best mortal fighters in Middle-earth” during the War of the Ring?

In the LOTR Fandom wiki article for the Grey Company, it says: Led by Halbarad Dúnadan and the twin sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir, these Rangers were considered the best mortal fighters in ...
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Were the Beacons of Gondor real or animated?

I just re-watched The Return of the King, and I couldn't help but wonder whether they really built the Beacons of Gondor on mountaintops and lit them in order to get the shots used in the movie, or at ...
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How was the sound for the Horn in Helms Deep created?

I think the title says it all: How was the sound for the Horn, blown by Gimli, in Helms Deep created in the film The Two Towers? If they created a big horn as a basis ...
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Why did Bilbo on Ravenhill prefer on the whole to defend the Elvenking?

Chapter XVII when the battle seemed lost and their faith doomed. Why thus Bilbo preferred on the whole to defend the Elvenking?
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Was Bilbo still on Ravenhill among the Elvenking's guard wearing the ring?

When the eagles had not come yet and the battle seemed lost, Bilbo stood on Ravenhill among the Elves and saw Gandalf sitting on the ground in deep thought, preparing, he supposed one last blast of ...
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Who was Idril when she was the sleeper in the tower of pearl?

In The Book of Lost Tales (BoLT) Tolkien name drops the "Sleeper in the tower of pearl", but apparently only ever had very rough ideas about this part of the story. At one point, and then ...
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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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Huan, the Hound of Valinor, was permitted to speak only three times - why?

The great hound of Valinor, Huan, had many talents outside what is typical of hounds, one of which is speech. However, Huan was not allowed to just speak freely but instead was only able to speak ...
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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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How far could the “Eye of Sauron” see and what is its resolution? [duplicate]

How far and how clear could the "Eye of Sauron" see? Could it see through the whole of Middle-earth or is it limited to only Mordor? Could it distinguish the human face, the small artifacts ...
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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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Would it be legally possible to release a new Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit movie series, which instead of butchering the books actually honors them? [closed]

Did the Tolkien estate sell the movie rights to Hollywood, or could they still allow somebody else to make an actual LOTR/Hobbit movie series? That is, one which actually follows the books' story ...
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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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Why did Sauron dare to publicly claim Middle-earth after the fall of Morgoth?

Morgoth is the most powerful Valar, the mightiest being in Ëa, it is understandable for him to claim to be King of the World. But how could Sauron dare to pursue the same goal? Only a Maiar he is, ...
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Why is Bilbo's door and Hobbit house so incredibly oversized in Tolkien's own final illustration in The Hobbit?

Tolkien was a good artist to say the least. He did not have problems with perspective and whatnot in the other illustrations he made for The Hobbit, so that can't really be the explanation. Yet, the ...
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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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What happened to the Stoor Hobbits?

All I know about Stoor Hobbits is that they lived on the banks of the River Anduin about 500 years before the War of the Ring. Two cousins, Déagol and Sméagol, went on a fishing trip one day that ...
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What is Sauron's true appearance? [duplicate]

This question about the Eye of Sauron made me wonder about Sauron's true appearance. According to the answers there, the big red eye on top of the tower is partly metaphorical but also a physical ...
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Why is there darkness/evil in Middle-earth and why couldn't the Valar fix this?

As I've been re-reading The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and now The Hobbit, I've come to a conclusion: Basically only Hobbiton (not even all of the Shire) is a nice place. Well, also ...
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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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