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Questions tagged [tolkiens-legendarium]

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. Questions about Tolkien himself or works by him which are not part of the Middle-earth universe should NOT use this tag.

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Are there any examples in any of JRR Tolkien's writings where one can see through the eyes or take control of another being?

I know the palantír can be used to see afar or communicate with other palantíri, but is there a device, character, or magical ability that allows one character to possess the consciousness and/or body ...
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Who is **not** an Elf-Lord? [closed]

Not more f***ing Elves! - Hugo Dyson While thinking about this recent question asking who is an "Elf-Lord", I realized it would be simpler to say who among the Elves is not a Lord. Nearly every elf ...
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Who was Tolkien’s inspiration for Éowyn?

It’s well known that Tolkien’s own romance with his wife, Edith, was his inspiration for Lúthien and the romance (and tragedy) of Beren and Lúthien. (So much so that “Beren” and “Lúthien” are ...
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Why couldn't Gollum see Bilbo in the caverns if he could see Frodo at Mount Doom?

If Gollum was able to see Frodo and attack him when he put on the Ring, why couldn't he see Bilbo in the caverns?
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Complete list of references in the lyrics of “Wishmaster” by Nightwish?

The song Wishmaster by the symphonic metal band Nightwish is filled with references to fantasy books. Can someone provide a reliable list of what each line of the lyrics refer to (if any) and from ...
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Did Shadowfax go to Valinor?

I seem to recall that Shadowfax was taken with Gandalf to Valinor, but I have not been able to find a clear reference in the Lord of the Rings. Is there any writing by Tolkien adressing this question?
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Does marriage to a non-Numenorean disqualify a candidate for the crown of Gondor?

By the time of Aragorn, the possible heirs to the throne had dwindled. As I recall I thought there was as an explanation that some had married people not of Numenorean descent and so were disqualified....
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Are the timeless halls in the Lord of the Rings infinite?

The Timeless Halls in the Lord of the Rings verse are the place where Eru Illuvatar, supreme creator, dwells with the remaining Ainur. The Timeless Halls have several layers, the lowest is Abyss and ...
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What did Frodo and Bilbo do in Valinor?

Is there any indication of what Frodo and Bilbo actually did when they were dwelling in Valinor?
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Aragorn's “guise” in the Orthanc Stone

In ROTK, Chapter 2 of Book Five, "The Passing of the Grey Company," Aragorn tells Gimli and Legolas that he has looked into the Orthanc stone and had a chat with Sauron. He says that Sauron "saw me, ...
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Would Gurthang have had any effect on Sauron's Ring?

Could the legendary sword of Beleg Strongbow and Turin Turambar, forged by Eol of star iron, have done any damage to the One Ring? I know the answer is most likely no but I just finished my re-...
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What are the improvised scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I think one of the iconic improvised scenes was when Aragorn gave an energetic scream after kicking a helmet close to the camera (as described in this link). Only finding out later that Viggo actually ...
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Have the Ents ever developed technology?

They're smart, and they have got cool beards. But do the Ents ever develop any forms of technology? Everyone has cool stuff, and the trees are smarter than the Hobbits and they never developed a ...
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How many Faithful Númenoreans were there (in comparison to the King's Men) during Ar-Pharazôn's reign?

Are there any rough numbers as to the population of Faithful Númenoreans (vs the King's Men) during the island's final years? In addition, how many of them survived the Downfall (vs those who were ...
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How big is Ancalagon exactly? [duplicate]

I've had this question for a while now and it's: How big is Ancalagon exactly? I mean, I've looked over thousands of explanations but it keeps on changing. So I'm asking now, how big exactly is this ...
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How accurate is the depiction of Minas Ithil/Morgul in “Middle-earth: Shadow of War”?

In the 2017 video game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Minas Ithil/Morgul is depicted as a walled citadel with a sprawling city at its foot. How accurate is this when compared with Tolkien's writings?
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Why didn't Eru and/or the Valar intervene when Sauron corrupted Númenor?

Given that Sauron spent a whopping 47 years (Second Age 3262-3319) in Númenor corrupting the people and making them do unspeakable things (burning Nimloth, human sacrifice, Morgoth worship, ...
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How reliable is the Akallabêth as a primary source for the history of Númenor? (in-universe)

In Unfinished Tales, it is stated that the Akallabêth (as published in The Silmarillion) was written by Elendil after the Exiles of Númenor settled in Middle-earth. From an in-universe perspective, ...
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Did Ar-Pharazôn and the King's Men know Melkor was Morgoth?

When Sauron corrupted the Númenoreans during Ar-Pharazôn's reign by making them worship Melkor, were the King and his followers aware that Melkor, the Lord of Darkness, was in fact the evil Morgoth ...
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What was the basis for Tolkien's Westron?

It is well-documented and often-cited that Tolkien began creating his major artificial languages, Quenya and Sindarin, in order to emulate his aurally favorite languages, Finnish and Welsh. Q and S ...
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Height of Mountain Ranges in Middle Earth

What are the relative heights of mountain ranges in Middle Earth? And how would they compare to our modern world? I tend to imagine that after the First Age, the highest ranges were the White ...
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What were the different themes in the Great Music of the Ainur?

The LotR Wikia page on Melkor tells us: When the Ainur sang the Great Music before Eru, Melkor wove some of these alien thoughts into his music, and straightaway Discord arose around him. Some of ...
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Why is Shelob considered evil?

Shelob is an "evil thing in spider form," according to Tolkien. Now, we know that she is the "last child of Ungoliant to trouble the unhappy world," we know that she is fairly deficient in charm, and ...
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How and why did Gollum “worship” Shelob?

In The Two Towers, chapter Shelob's Lair, Tolkien writes that Gollum "bowed and worshipped" Shelob. Apparently this happened before he was captured and taken to Barad-Dur. I can't think of another ...
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A LoTR/Sillmarillion fanfic where female elf warrior/wanderer goes through the ages

Looking for a fanfic I read a long time ago but can't find. The basic premise is having an elf live and and experience (and affect) the history of Arda. Begins in Aman, follows the exile of the ...
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Did Donaldson say anything about the similarities between “Thomas Covenant” and “Lord of the Rings”?

I just finished the first volume in the first chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Lord Foul's Bane, and there are some resemblances or parallel themes to The Lord of the Rings that I found ...
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Why did Gandalf put the dwarves and the hobbit in danger of going through the cursed forest?

Why did Gandalf put the dwarves and the hobbit in danger in The Desolation of Smaug by going through the "cursed forest"? Gandalf clearly said he would go another way around, which means there's ...
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Why did the Silmarils hurt Morgoth’s hand?

Could they have been like the Ring and had a “life” of their own?
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Did Shelob know about the Ring?

Did Shelob know about the Ring? Considering she doesn't really have fingers, could she have used it if she had known about it?
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Were the Valar more merciful to Sauron than to Feanor?

Were the Valar more merciful to Sauron than to Feanor? Even considering Sauron's skill in guile, they gave him a "second chance", didn't they? Feanor had sworn the most terrible of all oaths and was ...
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Why does Sméagol say “gollum” when anxious or crying? [duplicate]

Why does Sméagol say gollum when he's threatened? For example here: 'Leave me alone, gollum! You hurt me. O my poor hands, gollum!... I, we can't find it, gollum, gollum, no, nowhere..." Then he ...
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In The Two Towers film, how did Faramir's group cross over to West Osgiliath?

In the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Faramir and his group of Rangers (with the captive Frodo, Sam and Gollum in tow) witness smoke rising from Osgiliath, which is under attack by Sauron'...
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When did Saruman discover Isildur's remains?

Gandalf tipped Saruman off at the White Council in 2851, by encouraging an attack on Dol Guldur. Saruman overrules him and begins to search the Gladden Fields. In 2939 Sauron's servants are searching ...
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Why didn't Eru stop the Dark Lords from causing trouble in Middle-Earth?

Eru was infinitely more powerful than the Dark Lords, why didn't he stop them from trying to enslave the Free Peoples?
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Why did the Ring affect Gollum so much? [duplicate]

Gollum was once a normal hobbit like Frodo and Bilbo- yet after acquiring the Ring he became completely different. Why didn't this happen to Bilbo or Frodo? Yes, they were changed in some way, but it ...
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Is Sauron a lesser type of god? [closed]

Since he is a powerful being who is seemingly supernatural, could he be considered a god of some type?
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Was it just coincidence that “Barad-dûr?” sounds like an English phrase?

The first time I heard someone talk about Barad-dûr, I thought they were talking about a "barred door." The meaning would be more than appropriate. Is there any chance Tolkien happened to realize he ...
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How do I learn the Quenya Dialect? [duplicate]

Quenya, the popular Elvish language is used in all The Lord of the Rings books and movies and appears very beautiful due to its flowing letters and has a charismatic visual appeal. How would I go ...
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What does Gandalf whisper to the Moth while on Orthanc?

After the duel between Saruman and Gandalf in which Gandalf is bested, he is sent to stay on the pinnacle of Orthanc. Gandalf then whispers a message to a moth that happens to appear. I know that ...
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Why did Gandalf seal the One Ring inside an envelope?

In this scene after Bilbo leaves, Gandalf seals the One Ring inside an envelope. He seems to fear touching it. He very briefly touched it when it lay on the floor ...
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How long was Sam wearing the Ring?

At the end of The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers, Sam puts the Ring on to hide from orcs and then follow them, and afterwards passes out. Now the flicker of approaching torches and the clink of ...
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Was Gandalf intent on taking the Witch-King down?

In Lord if the Rings: The Return of the King Denethor implies that Gandalf might be not strong enough to fight Lord of the Nazgûl. ‘Yet now under the Lord of Barad-dûr the most fell of all his ...
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Did the description of Grendel influence Tolkien's depiction of the Orcs?

Since Tolkien was largely influenced by the Old English poem Beowulf, it should not be a surprise if his Orcs were at least partly derived from it. Just as the Orcs are twisted, monstrous, naturally ...
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Why didn't Tom Bombadil take the Ring to Mordor? [duplicate]

He was certainly more resistant to the Ring than any other character in The Lord of the Rings. He could have handled the Ring with greater ease throughout the journey, especially in Mordor, as ...
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Why did Sauron's tower fall?

When Sauron is finally defeated near the end of Return of the King, why does his tower collapse? Is the collapse of the tower what triggers the ground collapse that (conveniently) consumes only his ...
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What did Aragorn mean when he warned Gandalf about entering Moria?

In The Fellowship of the Ring after failed attempt to go through Caradhras the Company discusses the Moria way. Then Aragorn warns Gandalf of passing through the Moria. 'I will,' said Aragorn ...
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How old is Aragorn at the time of the Hobbit movies? [duplicate]

At the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas was sent to find Aragorn. But in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo is already 111 years old. So Aragorn must be ...
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Did Gandalf already know Boromir before the Council of Elrond?

‘Here,’ said Elrond, turning to Gandalf, ‘is Boromir, a man from the South’. Since Gandalf had visited Minas Tirith many times and was well-known to both Denethor and Faramir how was it that he didn'...
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Were the Cracks of Doom unique because that's where Maedhros cast the Silmaril?

Everyone knows that the only place in Arda that the One Ring could be unmade was in the fiery pits of the Cracks of Doom but, as has been asked elsewhere, what was so special about the CoD? I've seen ...
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In this scene of LOTR: The Two Towers, what business did these Elves have at the Black Gate?

Here is the video: It depicts Sam falling off a cliff and Frodo following after. We notice two elves approaching them. What business did these elves have at the ...