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For questions about any works in J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium - The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and other works set in the same universe - or about that universe as a whole. Questions about movies, games, or other media set in the same universe should also use this tag. ...

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Was there a part 2 to Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings?

Is there any production footage of part 2 of Ralph Bakshi's Lord of The Rings 70's animated movie? At the end of the film there is dialogue indicating that there would be another film: Narrator: As ...
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Did the Hobbits of the Fellowship of the Ring wear hats?

From Bilbo's departure in The Hobbit it follows that going on a trip without a hat was unusual. Hats were commonplace in the Shire: for example, when Pippin and Merry returned to the Shire as small ...
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Did Gandalf Visit Bree between the fall of Mordor and the hobbits' journey home?

In Chapter 7 of Book 6 of The Return Of The King, Homeward Bound, Barliman Butterbur compliments Gandalf's horse Shadowfax, saying: "And you’ll be taking your horse to his stable yourself, Gandalf,...
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What version of the LoTR film shows Gandalf breaking Saruman's staff?

In the book version, Gandalf confronts Saruman and declares "Your staff is broken," at which point Saruman's staff shatters. I just re-watched the movie version on DVD, and that scene isn't shown. ...
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How does Gandalf know that the ring's destruction will imply Sauron's “death”? [duplicate]

During the last debate, Gandalf says: "Concerning this thing, my lords, you now all know enough for the understanding of our plight, and of Sauron's. If he regains it, your valour is vain, ...
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Identify elvish writing from imgur?

I was forwarded this picture; I have no idea what it says. If anyone can help me out, I'd really appreciate it. LINK: https://i.imgur.com/D9g1zFX.png
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Why does Elrond call Mithrandir “Gandalf”?

Why does Lord Elrond call and refer to Mithrandir as Gandalf? Suggesting that it is because he is (only) half-elven would seem illogical, IMHO.
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Were the leaders of the Shire counselors of Arnor after the time of Sam, Merry, and Pippin?

In the appendices after The Return of the King, it is stated that when King Elessar traveled to Arnor, he made the Thain of the Shire, the Mayor of the Shire, and the Master of Buckland counselors of ...
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Did Sauron prefer his name not to be written or spoken?

In the Wikipedia entry for Uruk-Hai, it states that some Uruk-Hai had an elf rune, equivalent to the letter "S", painted on them. It then states: It was clear the "S" stood for Saruman, considering ...
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What was Sauron's plan for a Middle-earth conquered and ruled by him?

I have watched only the movies but the question is about Sauron in the books. Sauron is said to be an aggressor who wants to conquer Middle-earth and bring all the people living in it under his ...
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Could Orcs be used against Sauron?

Within the movie version of The Two Towers Saruman created Uruk-hai in the pits below Orthanc that were willing to kill Mordor orcs when the orcs attempted to harm the hobbits. Could Gandalf (or ...
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Why was Boromir sent alone to Rivendell?

Boromir was the first son of the Steward of Gondor and a captain of Gondor. Yet, he was sent without escort North-West with only his horse, shield, sword, and horn to investigate Faramir's dream. Why ...
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How did Gandalf know the Nazgûl crossed the river in secret?

Our heroes in Middle-earth knew the Nine Riders were coming even though the riders were keeping their movements secret. ”I have an urgent errand,” he said. “My news is evil.” Then he looked about ...
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What was “Gollum's Song” based on?

At the end of the movie version of The Two Towers, there's a song called "Gollum's Song". The Lord of the Rings wikia states that it was based on "a song sung by ...
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Why did Nazgul spare the other hobbits at Weathertop? [duplicate]

In the fight at the Weathertop, the Nazgul injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop, Sam, Merry, and ...
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Is there a passage in Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of an orc?

I distinctly remember that when I read Lord of the Rings, there was a passage told from the point of view of an orc (although obviously still told in the third person). I think the orc was ...
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Translation of these Cirth runes

What is the translation of what's written below? I think it may be the poem of the One Ring, but I'm not sure.
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Why is Eärendil born a Man and Dior born an Elf?

The first two unions of Eldar and Edain produced Dior, son of Beren and Lúthien, and Eärendil, son of Tuor and Idril. Dior is treated an elf in the narrative, as are his children. However, Eärendil ...
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What were the other 8 Nazgul doing while the Witch-King weakened Arnor?

While the Witch-King established Angmar and battled the 3 kingdoms of Arnor, what were the other 8 Nazgul doing? Were they helping him or did they have other tasks? It seems like they could have been ...
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Why would the Valar release Melkor?

Once the Valar discovered Melkor had returned from beyond and started causing havoc in Middle-earth, destroying the Two Lamps and capturing, torturing, and mutilating Elves into what would later be ...
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The Storm of Mordor and the Nazgul

In the Lord of the Rings, book IV (in The Two Towers), Frodo and Sam encounter a storm coming from the east towards the Emyn Muil. Suddenly, they hear the screech of a – what is presumed to be &...
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Has Aragorn ever expressed fear?

In The Return of the King, just before the Battle of the Morannon near the Black Gate, Aragorn gives the following (now famous) speech before his army: Transcript: ...
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What is each side of the conflict in the Lord of the Rings trilogy called?

Wherever I look they are always being called "Good" and "Evil". Are there any canonical names for each side of the conflict? For example in World War 1 there was the Triple Alliance and the Triple ...
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Were Men aware that Aragorn was being raised amongst the Elves?

I have been told that Aragorn was taken and raised amongst the Elves in one of my previous questions. Was there anyone who was aware of this? If so since he is the heir of Isildur did anyone search ...
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Why did the Elves respect Aragorn yet consider Isildur to be weak?

After watching the first movie of the series a lot I realized how much "dislike", almost "hate", Elrond has for Man when he starts with "I was there when it happened" as he tells the story of Isildur. ...
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Did any of the remaining Dwarves visit Bilbo after the events of The Hobbit?

After the Battle of the Five Armies, just as Bilbo is leaving the mountain, he turns to the dwarves and says: "If ever you are passing my way," said Bilbo, "don't wait to knock! Tea is at four; but ...
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Why did Manwe not understand the concept of Evil?

Manwe and Morgoth were brothers from their very creation. Morgoth whom created evil and wrote into the Music of the Ainur, chords of discord that would affect the events of Arda to come, had corrupted ...
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The effect on Nazgul as couriers of the One Ring [duplicate]

This may probably all be speculative, but what effect would the One Ring have upon the Nazgul, who each wore a ring of power, if they had indeed captured it during the hunt for the Ring? Would the ...
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What was the white gem Frodo wore?

In the Return of the King, the last chapter "The Grey Havens", Frodo appears to have a white gem hanging from a chain around his neck that is mentioned a couple of times: On the thirteenth of that ...
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In the Lord of the Rings movies, why didn't Aragorn just reforge Narsil at the beginning?

In the books, Aragorn reforges the sword Narsil in Rivendell. He named the remade sword "Anduril". He carries the sword throughout the Quest of the Ring, even in battles such as in Amon Hen, Helm's ...
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What was the parting conversation between Elrond and Arwen?

In The Return of the King, the chapter "Many Partings", it says: None saw her lasting meeting with Elrond her father, for they went up into the hills and there spoke long together, and bitter was ...
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Would Gimli and Éomer really have fought each other?

There's an ongoing disagreement bewteen Gimli and Éomer about Galadriel, one that is only resolved because Gimli accepted that Arwen was an acceptable alternative opinion. From The Return of the King,...
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What lies in Mordor besides Mount Doom and Barad-dur?

Mordor is so big on the Middle-earth map, but the only significant structures in there are the Eye of Sauron and Mount Doom. Since Mordor is so heavily guarded, I would think that there would be more ...
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Why did the people of Nargothrond heed the Sons of Feanor over Finrod Felagund?

When Beren came to Nargothrond to seek aid for his quest from Finrod to Angband the Sons of Feanor. Celegorm and Curufin stood out in the crowd reciting the Oath of Feanor, and stating that Finrod is ...
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Why did the Vanyar leave Tirion for Taniquetil?

It is stated that once the Calaquendi Elves got to Valinor from their Great Journey from Middle-earth, both the Noldor and Vanyar built and resided in the city of Tirion on Tuna. Later on the Vanyar ...
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Why did Peter Jackson replace Glorfindel's role with Arwen?

In the books, it was Glorfindel who saved Frodo from the Nazguls. Obviously, I'm talking about the movies, particularly the reason why Peter Jackson changed this scene from the book. Why did PJ ...
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How tall are Aragorn and Elendil?

On both Tolkien Gateway and the Lord of the Rings wikia it says that Elendil is 7’11 (241cm) and Aragon is 6’6 (198cm). I have read the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion and neither of them ...
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Why could Azog’s orcs run around in broad daylight?

In The Fellowship of the Ring live action movie, Aragorn says after Moria: By nightfall, these hills will be swarming with orcs. And indeed, the creation of the Uruk-hai appears to be to allow for ...
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Why did Sauron's army choose to march at the exact moment Frodo crossed the watchers?

It seems like an extraordinary coincidence that Sauron's army set off for Minas Tirith precisely when Frodo crossed the line between the watchers. It was practically to the second! (You know - the ...
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What was Aragorn talking about when he said “Helms Deep helped them survive in the past”?

In the Lord of the Rings movie The Two Towers, during the preparation of people's movement from Edoras to Helm's Deep, Aragorn says something like: Helm’s Deep helped them survive in the past ...
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Page reference for information on Durin II

I found a note on Tolkien Gateway that Durin II began a cooperation with the Men of the Vales of Anduin, but this simply cites The Peoples of Middle-earth (the section titled 'Of Dwarves and Men') and ...
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Were there Gnomes in any of Tolkien's works?

Based on these questions/answers, 1, 2, 3, 4, it appears that the Sindarin language was originally called Gnomish, which implies that Gnomes were an intended race or creature for the Middle-earth ...
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What is the Mathom House from the book Lord of The Rings?

What is the Mathom House from the book The Lord of the Rings?
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Were wizards initially intended to be much more common?

There are several indicators in the text of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring that, to me, indicate that wizards were originally intended to not only number five altogether, and were intended ...
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In what way is Gandalf a steward?

In the first chapter of The Return of the King ("Minas Tirith"), just before Gandalf leaves Denethor, he says to him: "For I also am a steward. Did you not know?" What does Gandalf mean by this? ...
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How and why does Sam know to say that Sindarin phrase when he uses the Phial?

Following on from my question What does Sam shout when he uses the Phial?, I was curious to know why those words came to him, and why they were in Sindarin specifically. It would be more plausible ...
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What does Sam shout when he uses the Phial?

In the Two Towers, near the beginning of chapter "The Choices of Master Samwise", Sam uses the Phial and shouts in (I assume) elvish: A Elbereth Gilthoniel o menel palan-diriel, le nallon ...
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Looking for Tolkien's quote about sadness of kings

I have been searching for a quote by Tolkien, presumably from Silmarillion, which says (paraphrasing here) that the great kings had a sadness in them because they had seen the suffering from the past ...
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Is it legal to use the word “hobbit” for a race of halflings in an original work?

This is a question that has been bugging me for a long time, the reason is because the only original work I have seen the word "hobbit" used in IS the works of Tolkien. Because of this, I am very ...
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East Gate of Moria

Why did the Eastern Gate of Moria not have password protection, like the Western Gate with its “speak friend ‘riddle’”? Were the peoples on the east side considered more trustworthy?