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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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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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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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Did Saruman know about the Ents?

When Saruman began fortifying Isengard and cutting down all the trees in the vicinity to fuel his construction, was he totally unaware of the Ents? When they attacked, they made pretty quick work of ...
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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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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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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

Related: Do Tolkien's elves have pointy ears? and Why do Vulcans have pointed ears? I doubt Tolkien is the origin. How far back in literature or mythology does it go?
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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 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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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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After Gandalf kills the Balrog of Moria, do any more Balrogs remain in Middle-earth?

Is any reference made anywhere in Tolkien's novels about the number of Balrogs in existence after the demise of the Balrog of Moria? Since Balrogs are described as powerful magical entities that even ...
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Was Durin's Bane the last Balrog on Middle-earth? [duplicate]

I am interested to know, after the death of Durin's bane by Gandalf, were there any Balrogs left in Middle-earth, or was it the last Balrog?
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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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What is the Elven Diet?

It seems that a lot of emphasis is given to both the Hobbits and the Dwarves in regards to their diet, but I don't recall much being said about the Elves. (It has been about 15 years since I read LOTR ...
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Are dwarfs born with beards? [closed]

I was wondering whether dwarfs (e.g. the ones from LOTR) are born with a beard. I've just read something about baby hedgehogs getting born with a membrane on their spikes from hurting their mom (...
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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 was Smaug's treasure actually divided?

If I recall correctly: The agreement was that each dwarf would receive 1/14 of the treasure. Bilbo takes the Arkenstone, and though unspoken, is willing to give up his share for it. Bard demanded 1/...
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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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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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Are there any female characters in the Hobbit?

I believe Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took, is mentioned briefly in the beginning, but are there any female characters who actually appear in the novel, rather than being merely referenced? Even ...
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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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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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Could the gold actually kill Smaug?

This wasn't in the book, so I was wondering: in the second Hobbit movie (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), when: could he actually die?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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First contact between Oromë and the Elves

Do we have any information (in The History of Middle-earth or other writings) about the initial encounter of Oromë and the Elves after the Awakening, besides the short-spoken description of The ...
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What is the picture on the front of this edition of “The Two Towers”?

The front cover of my edition of "The Two Towers" has a picture of what looks like a man mounted on some vast flying creature: The only thing that beast makes me think of is "dragon", but as far as I ...
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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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Were there any other ways into Mordor?

The two ways that Frodo considers in order to make his way into Mordor are The Black Gate and The Pass of Cirith Ungol. These seem to be the only ways that anyone considers taking at any point, yet ...
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What does Gimli say to Haldir in Lothlórien?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, when the Fellowship get trapped by the Lothlorien Elves and Gimli is.... not okay with their language they are speaking he says something in Dwarvish which Aragorn tells ...
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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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Is Khamûl an Easterling?

Is Khamûl an Easterling? "The Second Chief (the Black Easterling)"_ appears in a rejected version while in the present version of the passage which refers to "Khamûl" as "the ...
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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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Has JKR ever talked about the inspiration of creating the Horcrux idea? Is it related to the One Ring?

Although not completely analogous, there do seem to be some similarities between Sauron's "soul" embodied in the One Ring and Voldemort's "soul" embodied in a Horcrux. Has JKR ever talked about the ...
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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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Why does Gollum calling the ring his own not alert Sauron?

This (and others eg: this ) answer states that Frodo claiming the ring alerted Sauron immediately of its position, which makes sense: How else would Sauron realize where the Ring and Frodo were at ...
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What does Galadriel mean by “All shall love me and despair”?

In Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo offers Galadriel the Ring, she loses control of herself and exclaims: And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you ...
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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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