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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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Why doesn't Thorin die when he is stabbed by Azog?

In the Hobbit movies, Thorin is stabbed by Azog two times: First in the foot and then the chest. The second stab was potentially fatal. Yet how did Thorin survive such a fatal stab, let alone have the ...
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Was King Théoden completely possessed by Saruman or did he retain at least a portion of his free will?

In the movie, King Théoden is apparently possessed by Saruman. However, to what degree he was possessed isn't obvious. Was he completely possessed or did he retain some of his free will?
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Why didn't the Witch-king of Angmar conquer The Shire?

The Shire was formerly a part of Arnor (it later became a part of Arthedain after Arnor fragmented). The Witch-king's sole objective was to destroy the North Kingdom (Arnor). Eventually the Witch-king ...
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Why did Tolkien describe religious cults in Numenor only?

In most of J.R.R. Tolkien's works, no organized religion exists, no prayers and no worship sites, temples, churches, holy groves or similar. The monotheistic-style god Eru Ilúvatar is mostly passive, ...
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Was Rhûn (the East) based primarily on the lands of Asia?

In Tolkien’s Middle-earth; was Rhun based primarily on Asia? I think there are Bilbo references to this in The Hobbit, but I do not know certainly. Does anybody know the answer of this topic?
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Were the evil Third Age Easterlings and the evil First Age Easterlings related or akin?

First Age Easterlings were known as Swarthy Men, and after the War of Wrath, the evil side of this men fled back into the East where their kinsfolk spread and lived. Are the Second Age and the Third ...
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What does Sauron look like? [duplicate]

Duh! But, do the books ever describe what he actually looks like? I found a diagram by Tolkien himself: But this looks too... vague? And I don't know whether he was ever intent on continuing with ...
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Was there a time gap in the story Elrond tells about Isildur?

I have just started reading The Lord of The Rings. I have caught up a bit on Middle-earth's history. I recently read the story that Elrond tells during the meeting in Rivendell (Fellowship). Here's ...
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Why did Tolkien italicise ‘cram’?

In The Hobbit (or at least in my edition, HarperCollins 2011), the word ‘cram’ is italicised wherever it appears. Cram is (as according to Chapter XIII, Not at Home) biscuitish, keeps good ...
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What explains the Council's strategy with the Necromancer?

In TA 2942, the Council of the Istari was able to marshal their forces and drive Sauron, in his guise as the Necromancer, from Dol Goldur. The language suggests that they did this alone: that is, the ...
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Why is so much emphasis placed on the Ring instead of the Palantiri?

The One Ring provides great power, but its power is primarily to dominate others. Sauron already dominated, it is implied, nearly all of Middle-earth without the Ring. It is implied or stated at ...
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In 'The Lord of the Rings', are the Ringwraiths really alive?

In the book, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien often talks about the central concept of the Rings of Power, namely that the Great Rings preserve life. Gollum, for one, is incredibly old, having possessed ...
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Which version of The Return of the King contains this changed line?

In the Extended Version of The Return of the King, when Aragorn uses Andúril to parry an attack from the King of the Dead, the King of the Dead replies: That line was broken! However, for as long as ...
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Why didn't the Palantiri reveal the Fellowship's true plan?

Throughout the Lord of the Rings, the key tactical advantage that the Fellowship had was that their plan to destroy the One Ring remained secret, to the point that it's even stated that going to war ...
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Is Gandalf's rant about Gondor an allegory for anything?

PS. Before people get their backs up about the word "allegory" because of Tolkien's perceived dislike of it based on that particular quote, feel free to replace the world "allegory"...
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Was Theoden's refusal to help Gondor an allegory for anything?

Before people get their backs up about the word "allegory" because of Tolkien's perceived dislike of it based on that particular quote, feel free to replace the world "allegory" ...
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How similar is this scene in The Return of the King to the books?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King, at about the 1:15:00 mark, Faramir returns to Denethor to inform him that he let the Frodo and Sam (and the One Ring) go, and the following ...
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Why didn't Sauron realise Frodo was in Mordor despite finding his shirt?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King movie, in the scene at the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron comes out to parley with the company. Eventually, he presents Frodo's mithril shirt to ...
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Why did Gollum stop using the ring?

I seem to vaguely recall Gandalf explaining at some point in the books a prolonged use of the Ring would slowly change the user into a wraith, save for very powerful beings which could actually ...
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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Why do Gondorians frequently refer to Gandalf as Mithrandir?

Gandalf says of himself: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, ...
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Why didn't the Palantir of Orthanc “possess” Pippin the first time?

At around the 18 minute mark of the Extended Edition of The Return of the King, after a slain Saruman has fallen from Orthanc, the Palantir is shown slipping out of Saruman's robes into the flooded ...
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What does Gollum see when he puts on the Ring?

Throughout Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, a big deal is made of the fact that Frodo should absolutely never put on the Ring, because it draws Sauron's attention to it, and every time he ...
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Why does Gandalf sound like Saruman in The Two Towers?

In the movie adaptation of The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the newly-resurrected Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest. For the first few words of his conversation he sounds like Saruman,...
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Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void?

Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void? Did he have the power but not the intention, or was it simply impossible? As far as I know, Sauron suffered the same fate as ...
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Was there a scene where Frodo's Elven cloak was shown to keep him warm while he feels cold?

I'm trying to find an example of Frodo's cloak's effectiveness. I dimly remember reading an occasion when Frodo is trying to sleep, cold and vulnerable. It's a passive use, where the cloak works 'as ...
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How did King Theoden suddenly lose his beard?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf goes to see Theoden the king has a massive beard that rivals that of Gandalf. When he is free from Saruman's enchantment, he nearly falls down and is caught and ...

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