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Was it not inexcusably foolish of Sauron to not guard the Ring-destroying lava pit? [duplicate]

I know that he did not think that anyone would want to destroy it, but rather that somebody would instead claim it and try to fight Him with it, but if there is only one place on the planet where the ...
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Why do the Dunedain wear Fëanorian stars?

Why do the Dunedain wear Fëanorian stars? Is it because of their Noldorin descent through Ëarendil?
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How did J.R.R. Tolkien learn about the events of his books? (In-Universe)

So, according to Tolkien, all his Middle-earth novels take place in the real world, about 6,000 years before they were released. So my question is, did he ever state how he learned of the history of ...
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Why did Nazgûl spare the other hobbits at Weathertop?

In the fight at Weathertop, the Nazgûl injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop: Sam, Merry, and ...
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At the end of LotR, why does the Eye of Sauron burn so vigorously after the Ring gets destroyed?

In The Return of the King, after the Ring got tossed into the fires of Mount Doom, the Eye of Sauron burst into flames, and the tower of Barad-dûr then collapsed. Then the Eye shrank to a small point ...
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Do the Leaves of Lórien brooches have any special significance or attributes?

The elvish gifts to the fellowship are somewhat tailored to each member of the Fellowship they're gifted to, it seems to me. However, hooded cloaks and brooches are also gifted to every member of the ...
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Does a transcription of Tolkien's handwriting in this image exist?

In his answer to another question I asked here, Jason Baker included the following image, taken from a page of Tolkien's "Synoptic Time Scheme for The Lord of the Rings". We had some difficulty ...
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Why is the name Strider considered offensive?

To be clear, I am not asking why Aragorn and the Dunedain are treated as suspicious, but why the nickname 'Strider' (and Longshanks) is implied to have an insulting undertone, by Bill Ferny and ...
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Is Sauron invincible when he has the One Ring?

In the opening battle of The Fellowship of the Ring (I can't recall the name of it), Sauron is putting in work killing many men with the swing of his weapon. Eventually Isildur comes out with a hay ...
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Would Black Númenóreans be more powerful than Aragorn and the Dúnedain? [closed]

As Númenóreans I thought they possibly would have been. Are there any references in Tolkien's writings to support this?
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Does time move slower inside Lothlórien?

I know I have read this somewhere and I wonder if it is correct. When the Fellowship comes out of Lothlórien it is implied that, during the time it has taken for them to be in Lothlórien, a lot more ...
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What is the timeline for The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy obviously covers a lot of time. How many months/years pass from the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring until the end of The Return of the King? A timeline of events ...
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What would have fought off Ungoliant had she consumed the Silmarils [closed]

Ungoliant had the unique feat of consuming powers of other things. Had Melkor not withstood her, and handed her the Silmarils, (it's a long debate, but for the question's sake, let's assume this) she ...
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Do we know anything about Aragorn's first time in Moria?

When the Company is forced to abandon their attempt to cross the Misty Mountains via the Redhorn Gate (the pass of Caradhras), Gandalf proposes they go "neither over the mountains, nor round them,...
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Do Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion pass the Bechdel test?

Motivation Let's face it, Tolkien wasn't much of a promoter of women's equality (to say the least). Thus there are no female characters in the Hobbit. the Lord of the Rings certainly has several (...
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Why did Sauron react the way he did when Frodo put the Ring on inside Mount Doom?

As I have mentioned before, I am only reading the LotR books for the first time right now, and I am only halfway through the second book at the moment, so my knowledge of the third book is based ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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How did Frodo's and Sam's non-Orc clothes get back from Mount Doom?

When Frodo and Sam wake up after being rescued by the Eagles, Gandalf mentions that the clothes that they wore to Mordor have been "rescued", and that they shall wear them in a ceremony. He ...
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What did Arwen mean by what she said when she saved Frodo?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Arwen outruns the Nazgûl, she notices that Frodo is in a very bad state and seems to be very near death. At this point she says; What Grace is given me, let it ...
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Does Bard have Númenórean ancestry?

When Bard is introduced in The Desolation of Smaug he's clearly a very powerful fighter. He shoots weapons out of the Dwarves' hands and threatens the entire party. The only place we've seen a Man ...
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Why does Frodo act as if the world is coming to an end when they have fulfilled the Quest?

At the moment when they should be overflowing with joy, when they have just saved Middle-earth by finally managing to drop The One into the uniquely Ring-destroying lava pit, Frodo is talking about ...
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Are the runes on the Magic Mirror the same as the Dwarf runes in The Hobbit?

In the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, the magic mirror that the evil queen Rowena uses has inscriptions on the edge whose characters looked the same as the ones used by the dwarves in Tolkien's ...
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Was Durin's Bane a servant of Sauron?

Just wondering if Durin's Bane was under orders from Sauron when he fought Gandalf and if Sauron would have the power to control a Balrog? Sauron did have servants in Moria but if the Balrog served ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea was ...
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Does Aragorn have a lapse in judgment or is there another explanation?

NOTE I've edited to add further logic to my question based off the first answer given. What Seems a Correct Statement In the LotR movie The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn makes the statement upon ...
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Túor, Beren and Lúthien - the gifts of Mortality and Immortality from Eru vs the Valar

According to the legendarium It was a tradition under the Eldar and Edain that they [Idril and Túor] arrived in Valinor, and that Túor alone of Men was counted among the Eldar, immortal as other ...
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Are there any battle speeches given by Elven commanders in Tolkien's legendarium?

I am looking for battle speeches like the one Théoden gave prior to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King: Arise! Arise, riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall ...
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What inspired the Tolkienesque elves?

Middle Earth has basically 2 types of Elves, the "High Elves" (Noldor, Vanyar) and the "Wood Elves" (Lotholrien) But all of them have similar characteristics of Long face Sharp ...
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Has Tolkien ever commented on the relative leadership skills of prominent Middle-earth figures?

If we look at some of the prominent figures in Middle-earth at the time of the War of the Ring: Théoden Denethor Aragorn Elrond Gandalf All of these are 'leaders' of one form or another, but some ...
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Did Sauron suspect that the Ring would be destroyed?

In The Lord of the Rings, the strategy is to infiltrate the One Ring into Mordor undetected and destroy it in Mount Doom. However in "The Choices of Master Samwise", Shagrat and Gorbag have ...
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Since when did Eru forbid men from going to the Undying Lands?

I read in The Silmarillion that the Valar forbade the Númenóreans going to the Undying Lands. Was this rule made by Eru himself and did he love Elves more than Men? Both Elves and Men were the ...
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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 Lothlórien Elves and Gimli is... not okay with their language they are speaking he says something in Dwarvish which Aragorn tells ...
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When Frodo offers her the ring, is Galadriel really tempted, or just making a point?

(Question sparked by discussion on Why does Frodo follow Galadriel and offer her the ring?) When Frodo suggests that Galadriel should take the ring, she appears tempted: she gives a vision of the ...
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What is the Tengwar transliteration of this Gandalf quote fom the Lord of the Rings

I searched the web for someone to trust to make a transliteration in Tengwar and no one that I have asked has gotten back to me, so here I am. I want to make a tattoo in Tengwar (preferably the italic/...
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Is there a longer audio clip than this where Tolkien discusses the Eagles?

I was linked to this today: At first, I assumed that it was faked/cut together, but now I think it's real, and that he really did say this while alive. I never knew ...
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Why is Orthanc so indestructible?

The tower of Orthanc is said to have been impenetrable: By the next day, only the tower of Orthanc remained, as it was hewn of one piece of impenetrable rock... -"Orthanc", The One Wiki to ...
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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 ...
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Is Sam exclusively Frodo's gardener, or his general servant?

Sam felt that he could sit like that in endless happiness; but it was not allowed. It was not enough for him to find his master, he had still to try and save him. He kissed Frodo’s forehead. ‘Come! ...
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When will copyright restrictions expire on Tolkien's works?

I don't know what the correct vocabulary in English is to talk about royalties, copyright, license of a book, right to exploit, etc. I would like to know what the legal status is around the books in ...
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What places were important to the Elves in the First Age?

Can anybody explain about the different realms of the Noldor (such as Gondolin) as well as other Elven places (like Doriath) in times before the War of Wrath? Also, a mention of the different things ...
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Is there a map of Middle-earth during the second age?

Where can I find a map of Middle-earth during the Second Age circa SA 1600 (before the war of the Elves and Sauron)? The following site (https://middle-earth.xenite.org/2013/01/09/do-any-maps-...
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Where has Tolkien's Second Age material been published?

A new Tolkien collection, The Fall of Númenor, is due to be published in a few months. It will contain all of the second age material. I believe this will all be reprints. Aside from The Silmarillion ...
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Unknown feature on Middle-earth's map?

On Christopher Tolkien's map of Middle-earth, one feature has always caught my eye, and to my knowledge has never been explained: The mass in the middle of the Sea of Rhûn: Has this ever been talked ...
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Why did the gate before Minas Tirith break so very easily?

Unless I got something wrong, it took only three (3) bashes with the huge door-breaker for the "mighty" gate before Minas Tirith to burst open. Isn't it strange? Is that really how a real ...
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Why is Pippin thinking "mostly" of Frodo, ignoring poor Sam?

It seems that even in thoughts and prayers, poor Sam is thought of as "lesser than" Frodo, if even included whatsoever: All now took leave of the Lord of the City and went to rest while ...
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Which seven kings does Saruman think Gandalf wants to control?

Just before Gandalf breaks his staff and casts him out of the order of Wizards, Saruman has a minor meltdown in which he accuses Gandalf of grabbing power. He makes specific reference to a handful of ...
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What happened to Gandalf when he died? [duplicate]

Did Tolkien ever describe in any detail, other than Gandalf's own words, what happened to him in the brief period when he was "dead"? For that matter, can we truly say that Gandalf did in fact die? ...
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What information did Saruman have access to that helped him learn the arts of the Enemy?

Saruman is said to have long studied the arts of the enemy. Do these arts consist solely of Ring lore? Or do they consist of other evil technologies/sorceries that Sauron invented? If he had ...
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What did Aragorn plan to do after reaching Gondor?

This question is based on The Lord of the Rings books. In the books, Aragorn planned to go to Gondor and aid them in their fight against Mordor. Aragorn knew Denethor from his time at Gondor serving ...
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Without a physical form, what would Sauron have done had he recovered the Ring?

Assuming one of Sauron's servants managed to recover the Ring, what exactly would Sauron do with it? He had no physical body to manipulate it and no finger to put it on. I guess he would have ...

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