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Did all of the Elves leave Middle-earth after the defeat of Sauron?

In both the books and movies of The Lord of the Rings the elves go to the West. However it says nothing of the Mirkwood Elves heading to go West, nor does it say anything about them having any plans ...
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With the passing of Christopher Tolkien, where do the story rights fall?

Christopher Tolkien passed away recently. From our in-memoriam meta post: When [JRR] Tolkien died, he gave Christopher complete control over his unpublished writings, to destroy or publish any of ...
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What are the differences between the Tolkien wiki sites?

There are (at least) three Wiki website dedicated to Tolkien's works: Tolkien Gateway, The J.R.R.T. Encyclopedia. The One Wiki to Rule Them All (fandom.org), The LotR Wiki The Tolkien Wiki Community ...
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Was Carn Dum of Angmar built over Utumno?

While rereading the Silmarillion, I've been having some fun contrasting maps of Middle-Earth during different ages (found just by Googling.) I noticed something odd. Consider this map of the First ...
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Has Christopher Tolkien said how he would have done “On the Ruin of Doriath” differently?

The chapter On the Ruin of Doriath in The Silmarillion is known to have been a rather extensive synthesis by CJRT of JRRT's existing texts (plus a bit of his own creativity), which were less cohesive/...
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What is the relationship between Beleriand in the Silmarillion and Middle-earth in Lord of the RIngs?

I've read both The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. Both take place in the 'west' of Arda, and Beleriand (where most of The Silmarillion takes place) is destroyed. So where is the Middle-earth ...
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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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How long did Frodo and Sam take?

How long did it take for Frodo and Sam to get from the Shire to Mount Doom in Mordor and drop the ring in?
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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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Did Gandalf know that the nine had risen or not?

In Chapter 1, "Many Meetings", of The Fellowship of the Ring the following exchange occurs: "Then you knew of the Riders already - before I [Frodo] met them?" "Yes, I [Gandalf] knew of them. ...
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Is Tolkien prejudiced against the East?

In Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series, there are generally two groups of Men. The good ones are coming from the West (Dúnedain, Men of the West), and the bad ones, the Easterlings, mostly fight ...
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Are there any (natural) scientists in Middle-earth?

Put simply: by scientists, I mean a people whose job is to examine the world around them. I know that a lot of characters even from LOTR are well educated and they used to study old books etc. But I ...
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Was Saruman's secret plan settled when he meet Gandalf in Rivendell?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), when the company arrive to Rivendell, Gandalf is asked to attend a surprise reunion with Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the White. Saruman then opposes ...
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When did Frodo use the Ring for the first time?

The first time I can remember is right after Tom Bombadil tried it without becoming invisible, but I'm not sure. He had already possessed the Ring for many years at that point, so I guess he might ...
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Why was the Ring called Isildur’s Bane?

The actual question is about how anyone knew to call the ring this. Was anyone actually in a position to know that he attempted to use it to escape the ambush, and then also in a position to see that ...
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Why did Denethor choose to burn himself to death?

In LOTR Return of the King, Denethor Steward of Gondor decides to burn himself, and his son Faramir to death. Watching the part in the movie again, and I'm still a teeny bit unclear why he kills ...
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What is the stone structure that Frodo and Sam are sleeping in?

At the very beginning of The Return of the King (film) Frodo and Sam are awakened by Smeagol/Gollum after sleeping in a diamond-shaped stone structure of some kind. I feel like this place has a name, ...
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Most accurate Map of Arda before Beleriand was lost

I am making my own Lotr themed Risk game and I am having trouble finding a very accurate map of Arda before beleriand was lost. This map should include Valinor and Numenor as well. The best I can ...
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What Is the Significance of the Cyclonic Beam of Light in Minas Morgul in LOTR: ROTK?

In LOTR: ROTK, as Frodo, Sméagol, and Sam approach Minas Morgul to make their climb to the Cirith Ungol pass, Frodo is somehow drawn to Minas Morgul and stumbles a few paces up the road leading to ...
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Is “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil” considered official canon?

I recently came across the book "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" and was wondering if this can be seen as official canon. To my knowledge, after the death of J.R.R. Tolkien, his son Christopher edited ...
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Why was The One Ring “precious”?

Many of the Ringbearers (particularly those who carried it longer) used the word "precious" to describe it. Isildur described it as: "But for my part I will risk no hurt to this thing: of all the ...
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What would Saruman join forces with Sauron for?

Curumo (Saruman) is not known, AFAIK, to have forgotten his identity and his mission from the Valar. Even ignoring his commitment to the Valar - he knows that Mairon (Sauron)'s master, Melkor, is gone;...
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Why did the Nazgûl not attack a second time at Weathertop?

Even Aragorn and the Hobbits are surprised at Weathertop that the Nazgûl did not try a second attack to take the ring. The following possible reasons are offered or implied: The Nazgûl were ...
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On the meta-history of the Istari

Gildor says to Frodo: “But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.” He speaks as if the Elves have experience with many Wizards. It is later ...
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What does the image on the back of the LotR discs represent?

Been watching the extended blu-ray version of LotR and I noticed this symbol on the back cover. Don't think I've seen this whilst watching the films, anyone know what it represents?
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What did the Dwarvish Runes Say in the Final Shot of the Hobbit (Part I)?

In the final shot of the first Hobbit film, there is a series of a runes displayed prominently on the wall I cannot, unfortunately, locate a screenshot for it - too current, I think. Can anyone tell ...
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Are the Rohirrim masters of horse because Tolkien believed cavalry would have changed the outcome of Viking invasions of England?

I found this picture on Imgur: The Rohirrim are know [sic] for their cavalry, unlike their inspiration. Tolkien was a huge fan of Anglo-Saxen [sic] culture, he served as Professor of Anglo-...
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What makes the Lord of the Rings a Catholic work?

In Letter 142, Tolkien called the Lord of the Rings a "Catholic work", quote: The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but ...
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A LoTR/Sillmarillion fanfic where female elf warrior/wanderer goes through the ages

Looking for a fanfic I read a long time ago but can't find. The basic premise is having an elf live and and experience (and affect) the history of Arda. Begins in Aman, follows the exile of the ...
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Did Legolas leave his father and people behind when he went into the West?

After Elessar's death, Legolas and Gimli also took a ship and went into the West. Strictly speaking, Legolas shouldn't have been allowed either, as Tolkien says But the promise made to the Eldar (...
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Why didn't Sauron guard Mount Doom?

This fact had always bugged me. When Frodo finally goes to the Cracks of Doom he is met with practically no resistance. This seems uncharacteristic of Sauron which in my humble opinion makes it a tiny ...
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How could Beren hold a Silmaril without being hurt?

In chapter 7 of The Silmarillion, "Of the Silmarils", it is stated that the jewels could harm men or those with evil intent: And Varda hallowed the Silmarils, so that thereafter no mortal flesh, ...
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Yavanna's alarm clock

After the fall of the Lamps, Yavanna decreed that most of the living things in Arda should sleep until light returned. She then gathered up the available light and made the Two Trees to illuminate ...
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What exactly was the understanding between Gollum and Shelob?

In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum seems to be acting in some kind of complicity with Shelob. He is well aware of her residence above the stairs and he eventually brings Frodo and Sam to her doorstep. ...
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Who was the leader of Uruk-Hai in the Battle of Helm's Deep?

I've searched a lot about this, but couldn't find it. I want to know who's the orc (Uruk-Hai) leader from Battle of Helm's Deep who had no helmet (just armor), climbed on the rock and roared very loud....
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Would Aragorn have been able to resist the Ring?

Despite leaving Frodo and Sam to finish what the Fellowship started, Would Aragorn had he had the ring been able to control it without falling to Sauron's will and becoming his servant, was there a ...
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What happened to Isildur's body?

The Disaster of the Gladden Fields happened in the 2nd year of the Third Age. The Istari come about 998 years after that. In Year 2851, Saruman begins to search near the Gladden Fields for the One ...
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How did the Witch King break Gandalf's staff in the movie?

In the movie, the Witch King breaks Gandalf's staff. How did this happen and why (since it's not in the book)?
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Did Gandalf wear his Ring of Power throughout the trilogy?

After Gandalf discovered that Sauron was back and sent Frodo on his quest to Rivendell, did he continue to wear Narya (one of the Three Rings)? It seems like a huge risk to continue to wear it after ...
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Does the Black Speech have a name?

Most sources seem to call the language of Sauron's servants the Black Speech and/or the language of Mordor, while other languages have their own names, such as Khuzdul, Quenya, and Sindarin. Does the ...
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What happened to Thorondor after the First Age?

During the First Age of Middle-earth Manwe sent Thorondor and the Eagles to watch over the inhabitants including the Noldor. Throughout the First Age, Thorondor has intervened on behalf of Men and ...
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Are there any plain-looking women in Tolkien's Middle-earth?

As far as I remember, Eowyn, Arwen, Galadriel, & others are catastrophically beautiful (as in 'if you go across the street looking at her you risk being trampled by a troll'). Are there any ...
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Who made the Nazgûl's swords?

In Mordor, who created the swords for the Nazgûl? As they were kings of men from different places before the became wraiths I'd say that their swords were made by men, but I am not sure.
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Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

In the movie, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Smaug has 4 legs. If you look closely in this scene where he crawls into the mountain, he has 2 fore legs and 2 back legs. ...
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How do we distinguish a dragon, a wyrm and a wyvern in terms of the number of legs? [closed]

As I have seen lots of interest around this answer, more precisely around the number of legs (as @lfurini said), I have decided to open a question to find a canonical answer. From the discussion (...
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What does “Ramble on” by Led Zeppelin have to do with LOTR?

What does the Led Zeppelin song Ramble on have to do with the LOTR? Here is the section of the lyric that references Gollum and Mordor: Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear ...
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Tolkien's reaction and knowledge of Led Zeppelin using references to LOTR

The songs "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin have references to Lord Of the Rings. The Battle Of Evermore The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath, The drums will ...
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Is Shelob a Maia?

Ungoliant is thought to be a Maia, long ago corrupted by Melkor, but is not counted among the Ainur, as Tolkien Gateway states. There are other theories as to what she may be, but the most popular and ...
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Are there any subtle hints towards Lord of the Rings in A Song of Ice And Fire?

Although George R. R. Martin has been accused of criticizing the moral simplicity of Tolkien's work with his series A Song of Ice and Fire, he has often said that he read and enjoyed Lord of the Rings ...
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What does Gandalf intend to chat with Tom Bombadil about?

This is not another "Who was Tom Bombadil" question. Close to the end of ROTK Gandalf tells one of the Hobbits that it's time for him to go and have a long talk with Tom Bombadil. Was there anything ...