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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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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 many times did Frodo wear The Ring in all movies/books combined?

I am trying to make a quiz and this is a question that I puzzled myself with. How many times did Frodo wear The Ring in all movies/books combined?
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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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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 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 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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Why does Legolas choose to not return to Mirkwood at the end of BotFA?

At the end of Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas told his father he could not return to Mirkwood. Why so? Is it because he has feelings for Tauriel but she doesn't for him?
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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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What is the nature of an Ainu's fair form?

When Númenor was sunk, Sauron was forced to flee the island by abandoning his physical body so that his spirit could return to Middle-earth. It was said that, henceforth, he could no longer assume a ...
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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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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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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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What happened after the Ring was dropped into Mount Doom?

In the Peter Jackson movie, once the One Ring is thrown into the volcano in Mount Doom, why does the mountain and tower collapse, and the ground disappears everywhere where the orcs are standing but ...
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What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring?

What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring? I'm talking about the 9 given to the kings of Men and the 7 rings given to the Dwarves (3 destroyed by dragons, 4 recovered by ...
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Range of invisibility of the One Ring

In The Hobbit, the One Ring turned Bilbo invisible (more or less completely) along with his clothing, armour, etc. However, one passage in chapter 8 suggests that this power did not extend to his ...
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Why does the Morgul blade dissolve after Aragorn touches it?

When Aragorn touches the Morgul blade in the Fellowship movie, it dissolves.What is the reason for this?
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Why did the Valar want Earendil punished for setting foot upon Valinor?

I know he got through the blockade of Valinor via the Silmaril, and i read somewhere that Manwe knew he was coming to Valinor and many Valar didnt like him being in their territory even though he was ...
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When did Denethor first start to use the Palantir of Minas Tirith?

After the passing of Denethor, Gandalf says the following: Though the Stewards deemed that it was a secret kept only by themselves, long ago I guessed that here in the White Tower, one at least of ...
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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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Was the composition of Elvish lembas ever discussed?

Most accounts, such as exemplified in this answer here, present lembas as being a rarely-made / distributed and otherwise protected food. Wikis never seem to give discussion on the matter, which ...
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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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How old is Smaug, the dragon, in The Hobbit?

Wikipedia says Smaug drove the dwarves out of their mountain stronghold 150 years prior to the events of The Hobbit. But it doesn't mention his age. Tolkien Gateway says Smaug's birthyear is unknown. ...
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Was Smaug awake when Bilbo entered Erebor?

The Hobbit movie ends with Smaug being awoken by a bird who was knocking on a wall with snail, right? So, was Smaug awake when Bilbo entered Erebor Halls to find the Arkenstone in the 2nd movie? ...
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Are there any female dwarves, and if not, how do they reproduce? [duplicate]

In the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, there are many descriptions of dwarves. But there isn't any mention of female dwarves. Are there any in-universe mentions of female dwarves? If ...
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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 ...
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What color are Arwen's eyes?

In the non-canonical LOTR Wikia page, it lists Arwen's eye color as "grey". But I distinctly remember in the film her eyes being a piercing blue, most notably when she is crying after Elrond is ...
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In the Jacksonverse, how does Gandalf come to learn Sméagol's story?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, Gandalf has a brief conversation with Frodo where he sets up the Sméagol plot arc (emphasis mine): Frodo (disbelieving) He escaped the dungeons of Barad-dur? ...
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Is Tolkien's Middle-earth in our Universe?

I started reading The Hobbit to my daughter last night having read most of Tolkien's books in my youth, but haven't read them again for some years. In the first few pages of The Hobbit, Tolkien talks ...
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How much Elven ancestry does Aragorn have?

I know Aragorn is descended from Elros the half-Elf, and from what I've been able to find, there are somewhere between 64 and 99 generations separating Elros from Aragorn. I can't do the math, I don'...
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Why didn't Isildur's Heir come forward sooner?

In Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, we learn some things about Aragorn's family tree. There are basically two facts that together are confusing me: The Kingdom of Arnor comes to an end in ...
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Why Did Gimli Want Galadriel's Hair?

In Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring, as the fellowship is leaving Lothlorien, Galadriel gives gifts to every member -- the Elven cloaks; the Elven bow; the knives; the Elven rope; etc -- except ...
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Why does Frodo fall into the dead marsh?

In the Two Towers movie, Frodo follows the lights and looks down into the marshes and sees a dead body. Then he "jumps" into the marsh. Why does he do this?
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What is the relationship between Dale and Esgaroth/Laketown?

Dale sat on the threshold of the Dwarven kingdom of Erebor, while Esgaroth/Lake-town was located a bit further south, on the lake. In the movies, I haven't read the books yet, both are described as ...
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How long do Beornings live?

In The Desolation of Smaug, Beorn mentions to Gandalf that he remembers the time when Sauron ruled over Mirkwood. [Beorn to Gandalf:] "I remember a time when a great evil ruled these lands. One ...
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What are the lyrics and translation for the Nazgûl theme music?

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy we often hear the Nazgûl theme music: What are the lyrics and translation for the words the choir sings repeatedly throughout the ...
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Did JRR Tolkien ever write any music for the many songs in The Lord of the Rings?

Due to the number of songs in The Lord of the Rings, I have recently been wondering if Tolkien had any musical training and if any "official" music was written (by him or anyone else on his behalf) to ...
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Do foxes count as one of the “Free Peoples?” [duplicate]

In Middle-earth, Elves are bound to the world and will live as long as it lasts. Men are of course mortal, as are Dwarves, Hobbits, Eagles, Trolls, Orcs, Ainur (so it would seem), and, most ...
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Reincarnation of Durin

Quoting a text from http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Durin It was also believed that Durin would be reincarnated a total of six times, each time as a descendant of an older Durin. The page also displays ...
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How were hobbits created?

How were hobbits created? I can't find any reference in The Silmarillion about this. Are they just men who have shrunken over generations or what?
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Who's standing behind Theoden in the “So it begins” meme?

Who are the characters shown here, standing behind Theoden? I don't know, and can't figure out who they are from the character list on The Two Towers (film) nor after a bunch of googling. This ...
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Why is there so little concern for destroying the Ring?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, there does not seem to be a lot of concern for destroying the Ring, even though it is recognized as being of paramount importance to everyone. Especially, the Fellowship ...
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What was Sauron reaching for?

In the films of Lord of the Rings, in the flashback to the battle where Isildur takes the ring from Sauron's hand, why was Sauron reaching towards Isildur, thus allowing him to cut off Sauron's finger?...
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Could Gandalf not have made his own One Ring?

Sauron created The One Ring to gain control over the other ring-bearers, but it also amplified his power. Since it's a bad idea for anyone to claim The One Ring, wouldn't it be possible for Gandalf to ...
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Why did Sauron die when the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom?

When Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand, he returned again. But when Frodo went to Mount Doom and accidentally Gollum cast the Ring along with himself, Sauron was defeated and never came back ...
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Did Gandalf do anything else in Middle-earth after talking with Tom Bombadil?

In "Chapter 7: Homeward Bound" of the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Gandalf tells the Hobbits, I am turning aside soon. I am going to have a long talk with Bombadil: such a talk as ...
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Why doesn't Elrond want to re-forge the sword?

In the Return of The King, we see that Elrond doesn't seem so enthusiastic to re-forge the sword. Why is that?
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Is Gandalf referring to Valinor when he talks to Pippin about death?

When they are sitting aside from the Orcs and the troll trying to break down the gate Pippin talks about the end and Gandalf reassures him that Death isn’t the end of the journey. Quote: Pippin: I ...