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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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Is Sam Gamgee an orphan?

Is Samwise Gamgee, one of the four hobbits in the fellowship, one of the three to be the last bearers of the one ring of power, one of the two hobbits who alone infiltrated mordor and brought the ring ...
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Where does Tolkien discuss his bafflement at fans wearing One Ring replicas?

I'm certain that I read a passage from Tolkien somewhere expressing how disturbed/confused he was that anyone would want to make or possess a replica of the One Ring, being as it is a symbol of evil. ...
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At the end of the Hobbit, if Strider was already a Ranger, how come he still looks that young in Fellowship of the Ring? [duplicate]

I didn't read the books (obviously), so I am kind of confused. Do Men live that long in Tolkien's world? I know Gandalf is supposedly an old-timer as well, but he's a wizard so it kind of doesn't ...
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Why did Aragorn change his mind about the Rohan tribute rumor?

At the Council of Elrond, Gandalf relates a rumor that Rohan tributes horses to Mordor: '"Are the men of Rohan still to be trusted, do you think?" I said to Gwaihir, for the treason of Saruman had ...
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How were Uruk-hai captains selected?

Are there any clues in the books on how an Uruk-Hai was selected to be a Captain, or otherwise increased in rank, over any other Uruk soldier? Were there fighting pits or some other method of ...
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Does the briefcase in Pulp Fiction contain a Silmaril? [closed]

The movie Pulp Fiction centers around a mysterious briefcase, the contents of which is described as shining with an inner light and is so beautiful it captivates anyone who looks at it. Marsellus ...
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What were the “Black Pits” the orcs referred to?

When Sam was searching for Frodo and had reached the highest tier of the tower of Cirith Ungol, he heard two orcs arguing. During the orcs' argument, the orc captain, Shagrat, alluded to the "Black ...
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What's the physical difference between Hobbits and Dwarves?

Yesterday (by now, after editing the question, a few days ago) I saw the wonderful third movie of "The Hobbit". I wasn't bored for a moment. Afterwards, while still thinking about the film, I was ...
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Why didn't Sauron make the rings himself? [duplicate]

So Sauron had to trick the elves/Celebrimbor into making tainted rings for him. The reason he couldn't just cut out the middle man and make them himself, using his fair physical form, was because.........
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What dialect or language was the inspiration for Gollum's speech?

J.R.R. Tolkien was famous for his constructed languages. We know that some languages, e.g. the Elven language Quenya, were based on Finnish and Welsh. For the speech of Men, he was inspired by Old ...
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Why did it take less time to go from Rivendell to the Shire than it did to go from the Shire to Rivendell?

Although this question has already asked about the different times for traveling to Rivendell from the Shire, it did not address the duration of the return journey from Rivendell to the Shire that ...
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Why wasn't there a representative from Rohan at the Council of Elrond?

During the Council of Elrond, those present at this council were people who were of the three largest races of good in Middle-earth. But these people have respective from their place such as Boromir; ...
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Why did Tolkien refer to goblins in The Hobbit but orcs in The Lord of the Rings?

The Wikipedia article "Orc (Middle-earth)" informs, The Hobbit generally uses the term goblin, while The Lord of the Rings prefers orc. Furthermore, Andres F.'s answer "Are orcs and goblins really ...
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Tolkien's capitalisation of races, i.e. Elf, Dwarf, Orc

Related to Why Did J.R.R. Tolkien Capitalize Certain Words Throughout His Books? but the answers there don't address my question specifically. This is essentially something that went unanswered in ...
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Besetting failing of Tolkien races

In Do the dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth one answer suggests that Tolkiens races each have besetting failing that is characteristic for them - fear for men, greed for dwarfs. What about elves and ...
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Why did Fellowship of the Ring stay in Lothlorien for so long?

When the fellowship of the ring left Lothlorien, Sam commented on the position of the moon and questioned how long they had stayed in Lothlorien. Aragorn replied to Sam as follows: The old moon ...
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Do the dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth

This answer suggests that, like the Eldar, the Dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth. I had never considered that notion before. The passage is: Also, the Noldor's purpose was to prevent the decay of ...
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What is the significance of there being Nine Nazgul? [duplicate]

Is there any reason why there are specifically Nine Riders? The Council of Elrond appointed Nine Walkers in response to the Nine, but why nine?
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What is the translation of this text?

Need help with this: what is the translation of this text? Also, is it real text, and which of Tolkien's languages is it in? A Spanish/native speaker gave it to me, so it is possible that the text ...
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How does Gandalf almost die in The Hobbit?

Gandalf is one of the greatest - if not the greatest - wizard in Middle Earth. He manages to survive pretty much every encounter he has. But in The Hobbit (chapter 6 I believe) Tolkien writes: ...
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Can the ringwraiths use a palantir?

The Ringwraiths were once Kings of Men and we know that mighty men like Denethor can use them and may even be able to briefly overcome Sauron like Aragorn did. So could they use a palantir or does ...
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Why did Sauron think that no one in possession of the One Ring would want to destroy it?

In The Two Towers Gandalf says to Aragorn Indeed he is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and ...
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Are there characters from Tolkien's Legendarium that came back from the dead?

Are there characters from Tolkien's Legendarium that came back to life after their death, in a way or another (resurrection, reincarnation, etc.)? I'm well aware that Maiar and Elves possessed an ...
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Why does the city of Minas Morgul glow green? [duplicate]

Why does the city of Minas Morgul glow green? Please answer with quotes from original Tolkien stories and writings.
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Is the name “Rohirrim” based on “Houyhnhnm”?

Houyhnhnm - Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift Rohirrim - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien I have been reading Jonathan Swift's excellent Gulliver's Travels, and one of the many strange ...
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Why couldn't Gandalf kill multiple orcs at a time?

We see Gandalf fight and defeat the Balrog. He loses his own life in the process, but through this battle we learn that at the very least he is as at least as powerful, if not more powerful, than the ...
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Did Cirdan the Shipwright have a wife?

Cirdan by the time of the events of Lord of the Rings is the Eldest/One of the eldest Elves in Middle earth living at least 10,000 years maybe more and i want to know if it known if he was married or ...
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What is the distance between Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul?

Does anyone know how far these cities are? I've looked at the maps, but also read the books. It seems like a far and wide world, but on the map it looks like a day trip. All you cartographers better ...
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Why did Gondor not move the Palantir at Minas Ithil before it was captured?

Is there any explanation on why Gondor didn't recognize that the Palantir at Minas Ithil (now Minas Morgul) was in danger before it was captured by Sauron? It seems they should have recognized that ...
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Are the Moriquendi defined by lineage, or more generally?

The Moriquendi, or "Dark Elves", are described as being the elves who never saw the light of the Two Trees. Is the term purely categorical, so that those who were born after the destruction of the Two ...
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Mind control magic in lord of the rings [closed]

In Middle-earth, does there exist magic that causes the user to gain influence over another's body and actions? At the same time, are there catalysts in Middle-earth where such a spell could be bound ...
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Why didn't Sauron go looking for other dragons after Smaug died?

Another question here mentioned that there are more dragons in Middle-earth than just Smaug. Why did Sauron not search them out, if Gandalf thought that Smaug was important enough to create a quest ...
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Are there other dragons in Middle-earth by the time of The Hobbit?

The Hobbit deals with the Dwarves trying to reclaim their mountain homeland from the dragon Smaug. During this time, are there other dragons who are alive in Middle Earth?
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Who is being referred to in the Barrow Wights Chant?

When Tom Bombadil leads the hobbits through the Barrow downs, the Barrow Wights sung this Chant. Cold be hand and heart and bone, and cold be sleep under stone: never more to wake on stony bed, ...
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Who is 'you' in “I See Fire” from “The Desolation of Smaug”?

In the song "I See Fire" from The Desolation of Smaug, who is the 'you' referring to? Specifically, in 'I hope that you remember me'. Now I see fire, inside the mountain I see fire, burning the ...
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Were there beacons on both sides of the White mountains and if so were they both lit?

In The Return of the King, the beacons of Gondor were placed on the north side of the White Mountains, so they could warn the people of Anórien of danger. However, the regions south of the Mountains ...
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Is Alegaesia part of the same world as Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I started reading the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini before I started reading J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I have to say, they seem pretty similar in the books. Of how Eragon uses ...
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Aragorn's Direct Relation to Elros and his unknown choice to become an elf [duplicate]

I've been pondering this from time to time. If Aragorn is directly related to Elros, Why couldn't he have choice to become Elven like Elrond? Because he is descended from Lúthien he could have chosen, ...
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How aware are Middle-earth races about their deities? [duplicate]

From the point of view of the reader, we’re made aware (via The Silmarillion mostly) about the different powers in Middle-earth and the creation of Arda. For the reader there’s Eru, the Valar and the ...
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Was it possible to wield more than one Ring of Power?

The One Ring controlled 19 other rings, with some mighty person wielding each. As The One Wiki describes, the rings for Men and Dwarves had fairly uniform powers, but the Elves' rings - Narya, Nenya, ...
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Why didn't Elrond use the army of the undead at the end of The Two Towers?

Why didn't Elrond mention the undead army (the one seen at the end of Return of the King) much earlier? In 'The Two Towers' they almost lose the fight at Helm's Deep except that at the last second ...
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Did Gandalf know that Elrond didn't stop Isildur?

After the defeat of Sauron, Elrond, Cirdan and Isildur went to Mount Doom. Elrond encouraged Isildur to destroy the ring. Isildur, however rejected Elrond's bidding. Now did Gandalf know that Elrond ...
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Who sold Amazon the rights for the Lord of the Rings TV deal? [duplicate]

As stated in the title. Bonus points if you can explain what exactly is covered in the TV rights; specifically, if the rights cover late Third Age only or the whole Legendarium. Note: I see a ...
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What happened to Tauriel after the events of the Battle Of the Five Armies? [duplicate]

I know this is probably a difficult question to answer, since as far as I know Tauriel is a character that was created just for the movies, but if anyone has any quotes from the director or cast or ...
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Where do the Dwarves put all the stone from the Mines of Moria?

In Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring heads into the Mines of Moria to escape from the Watcher in the Water after attempting to cross over the Misty Mountains. Inside the Mines of Moria ...
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How large is Aragorn's Reunited Kingdom?

I'm trying to understand the scope of Aragorn's kingdom after the War of the Ring. I understand that Arnor (the stuff West of the Misty Mountains and North of Gondor proper) was part of it; after all,...
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What material are weapons and armors in the Middle-earth forged from?

Re-watching the series again, this question came to my mind. Dwarves are known for their mining and smithing skills. We know they use a variety of material, such as Mithril to forge armor. Other than ...
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Why Sauron/ringwraiths can detect Frodo when he put on ring at Prancing Pony?

But at Frodo puts on the ring to escape from Boromir, Sauron does not appear to be alerted? (otherwise he'd send the ringwraiths over)
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Why or how did Durin the Deathless live so long?

Do we have any indication on why Durin I (the Deathless) was able to live such a long life? Sources [1,2] seem to indicate that he lived to be at least 2,395 years old. Given that that is around ten ...
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Why Théoden charge out at Helm's deep? [duplicate]

Isn't it better to defend at the narrow door (choke point, like in Spartan 300), than to charge out and get surrounded? The orcs could have easily pierced those horses with their spears which will ...