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Did Sauron worship Morgoth during the Third Age?

In the Akallabêth it says that when Sauron is imprisoned in Númenor, he convinces Ar-Pharazôn to give up the worship of Ilúvatar for the worship of Morgoth. Does Sauron keep worshipping Morgoth during ...
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How much does one of Saruman's wargs weigh?

In a memorable battle scene in Peter Jackson's Two Towers film, Gimli finds himself underneath a dead warg and has to heave the carcass off. Whether in film or book canon, is there any information to ...
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Is there any backstory for the "extraordinary luck of widow's sons"?

“Gandalf, Gandalf!  Good gracious me!  Not the wandering wizard that gave Old Took a pair of magic diamond studs that fastened themselves and never came undone till ordered?  Not the fellow who used ...
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What two things did Bilbo say that Gandalf interpreted as asking for an adventure?

I mean, you used to upset things pretty badly in these parts once upon a time.  I beg your pardon, but I had no idea you were still in business.”    “Where else should I be?” said the wizard.  “All ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

I'm looking for a definitive list of all of the prophecies* that have been made within the world of The Lord of the Rings. The only one I can think of (off the top of my head) is when Glorfindel 2.0 ...
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Can dwarves forge magical weapons as well as Elves can?

Tolkien's elves forged some magical weapons like Sting, Orcrist, Glamdring (a sword that could kill a Balrog), and maybe even Anduril. Magical weapons are considered the most strong, durable, and high-...
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Does Sauron wane?

Apparently Tolkien's Middle-Earth is in continuous decline - the greatness of the past is always ebbing away. Given that, is Sauron also waning? Could he for example conquer Middle Earth, then wane to ...
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What is this wrong inscription at the Doors of Durin, the gate of moria?

I've been seeing around the internet this version of the gates of moria: Would anyone know what is the inscription saying? It doesn't match the official image from Tolkien. Every resource that I look ...
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What Did Tolkien Write About the Sizes of Hobbits, Dwarves, & Men? [duplicate]

This is a simple question, Asking what Tolkien wrote about the sizes of Hobbits, Dwarves, and humans.
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How smart are Tolkien orcs?

I was reading the comments of this answer about what an orc would do if it found the One Ring, and realized the question of orc intelligence ought to be asked, and I found no such answer on this site. ...
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What is the mechanism behind the continuous decline in Middle Earth?

From Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog? Tolkien's Middle-earth is fundamentally a fallen world, in which the greatness of the past is always ebbing away, because of the way the world had ...
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Did Tolkien change the description of Hobbits in The Hobbit?

In my answer to this question https://www.quora.com/Did-Tolkien-ever-say-anything-about-the-relative-heights-of-dwarves-and-hobbits I quoted Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Prolog 1 ...
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Would Tolkien's elves have faded if not originally summoned to Valinor?

I was reading this answer about why elves were "diminished" and thought it possibly inconsistent with the purpose Iluvatar gave to his first children. Specifically: The doom of the Elves is ...
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Why did Elrond choose Legolas as representative of the Elves and Gimli as representative of the dwarves?

Beside Frodo who volunteered to be the Ring bearer and his Hobbits friends who volunteered as well, the rest of the Fellowship members were named or chosen by Elrond: ‘And I will choose you ...
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What was the final fate of Khazad-dûm (after Durin the 7th)?

What was the fate of Khazad-dûm after the War of the Ring and the defeat of Sauron? I read that it is said that Durin the 7th led an army to Moria and purged it from the Orcs within, and then ...
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Did Gimli marry and have children?

Did the dwarf Gimli, Glóin’s son, marry and have children to continue his bloodline after settling in Aglarond?
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Sauron's knowledge of the Three [duplicate]

Was Sauron aware of the existence of the Three Elven Rings when he forged the One? I am wondering if Tolkien's letters or materials ever address this. The reason this question arises is that the ...
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What did Saruman's ring do? [duplicate]

Saruman was a loremaster who delved deep into the lore of the rings. He was of Aulë's maiar, so knew much of making. Eventually he crafted himself a Ring which he hoped would give him power, maybe not ...
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Reading order after "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Children of Húrin" [duplicate]

I've already read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Children of Húrin, and I'm considering where to go from here. I'm currently thinking about reading The Fall of Gondolin, The Silmarillion, ...
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Who was buried at the High ­Fells of Rhudaur?

I was recently rewatching the Hobbit movies and one thing stood out to me. From reading the various answers here, it was discussed that: The Nazgul are not undead but just wraiths (i.e. faded due to ...
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Is the term "Hobbit Village" ever used canonically by Tolkien?

In November 6th, 2023's New York Times Crossword Puzzle, there was a theme answer of "HOBBIT VILLAGE" for the clue "Home for Tolkien's Bilbo and Frodo". (Spoiler for the full ...
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Do elves use money?

Is the use of money by elves mentioned anywhere in Tolkien's Legendarium? It is known that men, hobbits and dwarves used money, but what about elves? Apparently some of the elven kingdoms had some ...
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What exactly happened politically to the Kingdom of Arthedain after King Arvedui's death?

After King Arvedui died and Aranarth refused to ascend the throne after Angmar was defeated, what happened politically to the kingdom and the people, now that no king reigned the lands? Like, who ...
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Did Sauron put his soul/spirit into all of the Rings of Power?

In the same way that Melkor grew weaker across the ages by 'expending' himself into his monstrous creations, Sauron must have similarly expended himself into the creation of his Ring, which didn't ...
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What happened to Pelmar and the originally sketched Arda?

I’m currently reading through The Silmarillion, and there is this map's discrepancy that I cannot get my head around. First, there was this sketch of Arda with a central landmass Pelmar, the west and ...
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Were Dior, Eluréd, and Elurín given the same choice as the other Peredhil?

At the end of the First Age, the surviving Half-Elven were given the choice to be either fully Elves or fully Men. Elrond chose Elven-kind and Elros chose Mankind. It appears that Elrond's children ...
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What are the "Houses of Lamentation"?

In The Lord of the Rings, the Witch King says "Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the Houses of Lamentation, beyond all ...
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Why didn't Treebeard attack Gimli (or vice versa)?

The Ents seem to have considerable animosity toward the Dwarfs After the Dwarves were put to sleep by Eru to await the coming of the Elves, the Vala Aulë told his wife Yavanna, "the lover of all ...
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Did any of Tolkien's languages have gendered pronouns or grammatical gender?

As far as I can tell, none of his Elvish languages did, but is there any indication that, for example, Khuzdûl or Westron might have had gendered pronouns or grammatical gender?
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Can this be translated into English?

Can this tattoo be translated into English?
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What was a "necromancer" to Tolkien? [duplicate]

In nodern fantasy fiction, everyone knows what a necromancer is: a dark wizard who traffics in magic dealing with death, and specifically undeath, calling up the dead as servants, frequently as ...
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Why didn't Sauron make his hand whole?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past", Gandalf tells Frodo: Isildur Elendil’s son cut the Ring from Sauron’s hand and took it for his own. Then Sauron was vanquished and ...
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Why are there two completely different depictions of the Nazgûl and their flying mounts in the cartoon version of The Return of the King?

The Rankin-Bass cartoon versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King have not generally enjoyed strong reputations among Tolkien's fans. However, comparing them to some of the live action films, ...
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Which species dance in Tolkien's works?

I know I at least saw the Hobbits dance, but I'm not sure about the others. And if they do dance, what kind of dances do they do (if known, if there isn't much description, ok)? I'm asking about all ...
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In Tolkien's own visual art, why is it that Bag End has no visible chimneys?

I asked this question of Wayne Hammond years ago, after going through J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator. He didn't know. I also asked about having to go and he speculatively joked about going ...
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Did elves shed hair?

Us mere mortals have hairs that fall out everyday. Lucky ones have new hair grow back. But what about elves? This could have led to Feanor like scraping a couch Galadriel sat on. Wouldn't be hard to ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of Eorl the Young's name?

In my mind I had always pronounced Eorl like a cognate of earl, but upon reflection I think that can't be right. Many of the Rohan royalty have the letters E and O successively in their names, ...
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Were Bilbo, Frodo, or Samwise Tolkien's self-inserts?

Were Bilbo, Frodo, or Samwise Tolkien's self-inserts? Which one(s) and why? I would accept an answer based either on Word of God or on a reasonable analysis by a third-party. (The question arose out ...
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Who would have succeeded Eärnur if he had not been lost?

This excellent answer to the question of who would have been king in Gondor had Aragorn perished in battle raised this question in my mind. After all, it is seen in Appendix A of Return of the King: ...
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What livestock did hobbits raise?

I know hobbits must have had pigs and chickens, because Bilbo Baggins served ham, bacon, eggs, and cold chicken to the dwarves when he first met them in An Unexpected Party. But hobbits are little ...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

It is well-known that Isildur cut the Ring from Sauron, as in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past Elrond says: It was Gil-galad, Elven-king and Elendil of Westernesse who ...
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What is the palace on the floor of the great sea Haloisi Velike in Tolkien's early drawing "I vene kemen"

J.R.R. Tolkien's early (1916-1920) drawing I Vene Kemen is a depiction of Arda (not called that yet) in the form of a ship: Christopher Tolkien included this drawing in The Book of Lost Tales, Part I,...
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What happened to the other three wizards after Sauron's defeat? [duplicate]

Concerning the wizards, The Silmarilion states: it was said among the Elves that they were messengers sent by the Lords of the West to contest the power of Sauron We know from The Return of the King ...
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To whom did Frodo bequeth his Elven-cloak and Brooch before he departed for Tol Eressëa?

To whom, as he headed overseas to the West, did Frodo bequeath his Elven-cloak and Brooch, unless for sentimental reasons he took them with him to Tol Eressëa, where their powers to do precisely what ...
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Why didn't Gandalf identify the troll's swords?

Elrond identified the swords by their runes in The Hobbit: Elrond knew all about runes of every kind. That day he looked at the swords they had brought from the trolls’ lair, and he said: ‘These are ...
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Did Tolkien see all texts in his legendarium as all being found texts that he translated?

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were described by Tolkien as being historical documents that he found and then translated into the final published texts. Did Tolkien see all of the following ...
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Why wasn't Aragorn more stealthy at Weathertop?

In the first book, Aragorn and the Hobbits set up camp and start a fire on the side of Weathertop. Why is stealth no longer necessary? Between setting off from the Shire and reaching Weathertop, the ...
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Did Tolkien base the beacons of Minas Tirith on a real world communication system?

In The Return of the King, a series of large wooden pyres—beacons—are lit, each in once the previous one in order appears to burn, and so in this way lead to a beacon visible from Meduseld. This ...
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Why give gifts AFTER the cup of parting?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel says: ‘We have drunk the cup of parting,’ she said, ‘and the shadows fall between us. But before you go, I have brought in my ship ...
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How to Pronounce Elanor?

A different question than one might normally find here, but I could think of no better place! How is Elanor- the flower from Lorien and Sam Gamgee's daughter- pronounced? Like the name Eleanor (EL-ah-...
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