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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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How tall are Tolkien's elves? [duplicate]

Is there any section in Tolkien's works which gives the size of an elf? They are mentioned as 'tall' compared to a human (IIRC) so could an average one be six foot six inches?
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How does Gandalf know that dragon-fire might be able to melt the rings of power, but not the One Ring?

In Fellowship of the Ring "The Shadow of the Past", Frodo asks about destroying the One Ring. Gandalf says: It has been said that dragon-fire could melt and consume the rings of power but there is ...
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Has Christopher Tolkien said how he would have done “On the Ruin of Doriath” differently?

The chapter On the Ruin of Doriath in The Silmarillion is known to have been a rather extensive synthesis by CJRT of JRRT's existing texts (plus a bit of his own creativity), which were less cohesive/...
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What are the longest rivers in Middle-earth?

I was trying to find a list of the lengths of the Great Rivers of Middle-earth It would be interesting to see some size comparisons between the Great Rivers of Beleriand like Sirion and Gelion and ...
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What is the flash of light from Minas Tirith?

In LOTR The Return of the King Theoden briefly loses hope before leading the charge against the siege of Minas Tirith. However, when a "flash, as if lightning had sprung from the earth beneath the ...
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What did Balin see in the Mirrormere?

We know from the Book of Mazarbul that shortly before the downfall of his newly established kingdom, Balin went to look in the Mirrormere. Is there any canonical reference to what he saw?
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Where did the Noldor learn to fight?

Melkor had no reason to suspect that Fëanor or his kin would have any ability as warriors: It may be that he feared him little, for he had as yet no proof of the swords of the Noldor And yet, ...
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What would have happened to Saruman if Sauron acquired the One Ring?

This question is the opposite of another one. The other question asks "What would happen to Saruman if he got the One Ring?" and this one asks what would happen to Saruman if Sauron got the One Ring. ...
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What content is in the new Fall of Gondolin book compared to other published works?

Christopher Tolkien recently edited and released Fall of Gondolin. What does this new book actually provide? Is there any new content that was not previously published, or is this just a repackaged ...
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Why did Peter Jackson add the Nazgûls attack scene in Bree when it was not present in the original story, nor very important for the plot?

Although it's a very good scene from the film, I don't see why Peter Jackson added it to the story (remember). In the books, the Hobbits do not meet the Nazgûl in Bree, and that does not really ...
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What magical powers do balrogs have?

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote: For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to ...
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Does Saruman invade Rohan to please Sauron, or is it a desperate last-ditch attempt to recover the ring?

I don't really understand most of the politics of Sauron and Saruman during the time-period between the departure of the fellowship from Lórien and the moment where Aragorn shows himself in Orthanc's ...
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Why was Ondolindë always referred to as Gondolin?

Did Tolkien ever say why Gondolin was so-called by its Sindarin name, instead of the Quenya: Ondolindë? Thingol forbade his people from using Quenya or responding to people who used it, as a response ...
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Did Frodo and Gimli ever discuss the adventures of Bilbo and Glóin with each other?

Bilbo and Glóin journey to the Lonely Mountain together in The Hobbit, and share in many adventures including battling a dragon. Considering that Bilbo recounted his adventures to Frodo, and ...
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Why could Isildur retain the ring? (from a “legal” point of view) [duplicate]

In this question, we've learned about the difficulty for Elrond and/or Círdan to do anything amounting to taking the ring from Isildur, once the latter decided it was his loot. It seems they tried to ...
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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 ...