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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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Werewolves in Tolkien: Why is this name used?

The werewolves in Tolkien’s stories lack the main characteristic of modern and historical depictions of werewolves elsewhere, namely, the ability (willing or otherwise) to change their form between ...
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What prevents dragons from destroying or ruling Middle-earth?

There appears to be little defense against them. Is it lack of will to do so? Do dragons not cooperate with each other? Or is there some force that prevents dragons from laying waste to the cities of ...
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Who was the last Elf born in the Middle-earth?

We have questions about who was the last Elf in Middle-earth and about Elvish children. This is about the continuity of family trees. The family trees seems very well established. It appears as if all ...
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Why is Sauron's name similar to the Greek/Latin word for “lizard”?

Sauron sounds and looks so similar to the Greek word σαῦρος, or Latin corresponding word saurus, which means lizard. Is this just a coincidence, or there is a (known or speculated) reason behind ...
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What species was the Party Tree in Hobbiton

In The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a large tree in Hobbiton called the Party Tree where Hobbits hold functions. What species is it?
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Is Gálmód male?

What evidence is there for Gálmód to be the name of the father of Gríma the Wormtongue? Gandalf once addresses Gríma as "Gríma son of Gálmód", in a sentence otherwise consisting mostly of ...
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Is there a conversation regarding heroes and common people in “The Lord of the Rings”?

I recall an exchange early in "The Lord of the Rings" regarding heroes. One character laments that there is not a hero available to handle the task laid before them, and another character ...
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Why did Theoden allow the Uruk-Hai to approach Helm's Deep without harassing them?

In the movie version of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, we see that both Theoden and the Elves under Haldir allowed the Uruk-Hai to get close to the castle without attacking them. Considering the shot ...
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What is the life expectancy of a Hobbit?

I recently found a contradiction between the life expectancies of a Hobbit. A Hobbit comes of age at around 33 years old. Comparing that with a human, we come of age at around 18. Sidetracking a ...
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Is the location of Rivendell a secret?

I wonder if the location of Rivendell is a secret known only by the wise such as Gandalf, or is it public to almost everyone in Middle-earth? As seen in The Hobbit movie, Gandalf leads Bilbo Baggins ...
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Do we know Sting's real name and anything else about its history? [duplicate]

During the events of The Hobbit, after dealing with the trolls, the Bilbo and co. find three magic weapons in the troll's lair: ... among them were several swords of various makes, shapes, and sizes. ...
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Do the trolls in the Hobbit have a magic purse, and did they enchant it themselves?

In The Hobbit, in chapter 2: Roast Mutton, there's a scene where Bilbo sneaks up on some trolls. Rather than go back and warn the dwarves, he attempts to pickpocket one of trolls before he does. From ...
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Why is the narration of the chapter “Riddles in the Dark” done in the first person?

I'm re-reading The Hobbit after years. Just started the chapter "Riddles in the Dark"... and I was struck by the use of first-person narrative in this chapter. "I should not have liked ...
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Why were there two blue wizards? [duplicate]

In The Lord of the Rings, we know of the five Istari sent to Middle-earth to help resist Sauron. There was Saruman, the White; Gandalf, the Grey; Radagast, the Brown; and Alatar and Pallando, the Blue....
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Why was Thranduil not given one of the Three Elven Rings?

The three Rings of Power made for the Elves are borne by Galadriel, Elrond, and Círdan. Those Rings are described as: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their ...
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The waning of the elves and Melkor's influence on the history of Arda

I'm currently struggling my way through Morgoth's ring, and am reading the commentary on the Athrabeth. However, one quote in the commentary is confusing me, and I was hoping someone understood it ...
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How many languages could Gandalf speak? [duplicate]

In the movies, I see: Gandalf read and spoke fluent Elvish. He could read Black Speech. He showed Thorin Oakenshield the note that promised payment for the latter's head. He also chants the ring ...
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What was Thorin's plan if Bilbo hadn't woken up Smaug?

In The Hobbit, Thorin sends Bilbo in first to scout out the mountain and maybe snatch the Arkenstone if convenient, all ideally without waking the dragon (Smaug). Of course, the dragon is awakened and ...
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Where were the Men of Lake Town during the battles of Minas Tirith and Middle-earth?

Where were the Men (or rather people) of Lake Town during the Battle of Minas Tirith and Battle for Middle-earth? Had the Men of Lake Town merged with one of the kingdoms of Rohan or Gondor by then?
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What is the accurate inscription on the Anduril/Narsil pommel from the films?

I am using the Tengwar Annatar font to write out the inscription that appears on the pommel of the movie replica sword, but one character is tripping me up. According to elvish.org, the homepage of ...
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Are Ents immortal? If not, what's their lifespan?

Treebeard is the oldest Ent. And many of the other Ents are considerably old too. Now, if Treebeard is the first Ent (see my other question), he must have lived through at least 3 ages of time on Arda:...
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Is Treebeard the first Ent? If not, who was the first Ent?

Treebeard is said to be; 'The oldest Ent alive' This suggests that Treebeard might not have been the first Ent. If he was the first Ent, then he would be at least Three Ages old! This sounds rather ...
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Does Treebeard have any children?

In the books Treebeard laments the ents' loss of their entwives -which is why they can't have children anymore. However the way Treebeard describes the entwives, it seems that they (ents and ...
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How do ents reproduce?

In the books, Treebeard laments about the loss of Entwives (female ents), hence why there will be no Entlings (ent children). This made me wonder actually how ents breed? Ents are a mix of trees and ...
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How did Elendil come to possess Narsil and who was its original owner?

Elendil's infamous sword Narsil was forged in the First Age by the Dwarven smith Telchar. This made me wonder how Narsil came into Elendil's possession. Elendil lived in the Second Age while Narsil ...
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What's the tallest mountain in Middle-earth?

There are many mountains in Middle-earth, from the harsh Misty Mountains to the humble Lonely Mountain. This made me wonder, what's the tallest mountain in: Middle-earth, Arda (Tolkien's Universe)? ...
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Are Peter Jackson's Elves vegetarian?

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we see an Elven table set with only plant food. "Where's the meat?" Tolkien's Elves apparently aren't ...
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Aren't there too many Uruks in Helm's Deep?

This is just something that always bothered me. Aren't the Uruks portrayed before and during the battle too many to really be only 10k? 10k people aren't really that many, is the capacity of a very ...
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What does Sauron mean by 'The East will fall…So shall the Kingdom of Angmar rise'?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies just before Galadriel confronts Sauron in Dol Guldor, Sauron says: It has begun. The East will fall. So shall the Kingdom of Angmar rise. The time of ...
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What happened to Gandalf's body when he 'died' atop the mountain? [duplicate]

What happened to Gandalf the Grey's body when he died? It is described that he: 'strayed out of thought and time', and then: 'I was sent back naked' . He died in his clothes and if he was sent ...
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How did Gandalf conceal Narya?

How did Gandalf conceal Narya? Where did he keep it hidden? Or did he even keep the ring with him at all?
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How do the beacons atop each mountain light up? [duplicate]

In the RotK movie, Gandalf and Merry light up the beacons of Gondor. These beacons have been built atop each peak of the White Mountains. Mysteriously, when one beacon is lit another also becomes lit ...
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Did Gandalf think that Frodo was dead?

When the Host of the West march upon the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron reveals 'Tokens' (including Frodo's Mithril shirt). At this point, Gandalf looks defeated. Did he think that Frodo had been ...
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In the movies why does Frodo try to give the One Ring to Aragorn?

In the movie, Frodo tries to give the One Ring to Aragorn in Parth Galen. Aragorn deftly refuses the offer. Why does Frodo do this? Hadn't the council told him not to offer it to anyone else? Boromir '...
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Is the origin of giants explained anywhere in Tolkien's fiction, notes or letters? [duplicate]

In The Hobbit, there is a brief mention of giants playing games by tossing enormous boulders whilst the twelve dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo make their way through a pass in the Misty Mountains. Where ...
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Scouring of the Shire—how old is it?

The Scouring of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings is that part of the story that really drives home the way the Hobbit characters have changed over the course of their journey. At the time people ...
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Did Tolkien write any parts the Lord of the Rings in Westron?

The Lord of the Rings involves a literary conceit that Tolkien has received the story (and perhaps more) as an actual history, translated from The Red Book of Westmarch. Given that Tolkien's world-...
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What unit system does Middle-earth use?

I was just reading The Fellowship of the Ring, chapter 'The Ring Goes South' when I noticed this: "...But your road and our road lie together for many hundreds of miles." - Aragorn I don't ...
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How powerful is Saruman's Ring ( which he made himself )? [duplicate]

In the books, Saruman forges a Ring and wears it along with a shimmering cloak. This is known when Saruman reveals it to Gandalf. As the title implies, how powerful is this Ring ? It must be noted ...

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