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Does Sauron have any dialogue in any of the books?

In The Lord of the Rings film adaptions, you can hear Sauron's voice at some points but it's often hard to hear it very well. You can also hear him quite clearly in The Lego Batman Movie, although I ...
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When would the Undying Lands become over-populated?

The Undying Lands were a realm inhabited by Ainur and the Elves. The Ainur are effectively gods, who never die. The Elves are naturally immortal, and never die of old age. However they can have ...
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Is there a shared inspiration for the 7 Dwarfs of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves (that received rings of power) from Tolkien's writings?

In The Lord of the Rings Tolkien writes that 7 Dwarves were given rings. I know that Tolkien took a lot of inspiration from different sources including ancient fables and stories, tales of the Pagan ...
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Who were the seven dwarves Sauron gave the Rings of Power to?

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of ...
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What happened to the Elvish domains after their departure to Aman?

After the defeat of Sauron, the elves continued to leave Middle Earth for Valinor. I know the process was gradual and not all the elves departed, but what happened to their lands afterwords? Were ...
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Why is Azog the Defiler sworn to wipe out the line of Durin in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies?

I've read that Azog swore an allegiance to Sauron to destroy the line of Durin. Which implies that Sauron was the one who wanted the Durin line wiped out. Like it was some part of a larger plan to ...
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Did Sauron have the military power to control all Middle-earth?

Inspired by here: Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle-earth?, but not a question about the Ring itself, but about Sauron's military power. TL/DR: Could Sauron conquer Middle-earth ...
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Who was the last elf in Middle-earth?

The elves left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands after Frodo destroyed the One Ring. Who was the last elf in Middle-earth? Was it Arwen, who remained behind for love of Aragorn, until she died of ...
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Source for canon Middle-earth materials, flora and fauna

I'm working in a videogame set at the end of the Third Age in Middle-earth, and I would like to properly use Middle-earth materials, flora and fauna. I've been looking at MERP (a tabletop RPG) ...
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Which one is correct, Ardacer or Adarcer?

In MERP 8006 Treasures of Middle-earth, a compendium of Middle-earth magic items for MERP (a tabletop rpg), Adarcer is a material defined as: This is a white alloy, a fusion of ang (iron), glôin ("...
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Tolkien's Mordor descriptions

I'm looking for Tolkien's descriptions of Mordor, as written in the books (not interested in the movies). I've been looking online, but I mostly found generic scientific descriptions. EDIT: I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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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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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Why does Thorin tell Bilbo that he has “keen eyes”?

In the second film why does Thorin think Bilbo has keen eyes? Bilbo finds a mountain sized dwarf carved into a mountain that they are all standing next to and for some reason Thorin thinks it means ...
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Where does the tea come from?

We know that Hobbits drink a lot of tea, but I can't find any piece of information leading to the source of tea leaves. Judging on equivalence of coordinates, Hobbits should not be able to cultivate ...
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How are numbers written in the languages of The Lord of the Rings?

I have found some examples but I am not sure if any of them are right. Are there any concrete examples of Tolkien numerals?
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Did Fangorn not meet Radagast? [duplicate]

In The Two Towers, Fangorn describes Gandalf as the wizard with the greatest love of trees. Why would he not think of Radagast in this way?
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Was Smaug sealed inside the Lonely Mountain?

The dwarves said there was no way into the mountain before Gandalf gave Thorin the key... in the movie. So I was wondering, how did Smaug get out to eat?
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Did Tolkien ever write about a Heaven or Hell for Men?

I know the Gift of Men was to leave the Circles of the World, but does Tolkien ever discuss the further fate of Men? Does he talk about Heaven, Hell or Purgatory? I remember allusions to these ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation of how Frodo's arrival in Valinor was recorded in the Red Book?

In the chapter "The Grey Havens", we have: And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard ...
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What dragon(s) was Bilbo talking about during his 111th birthday?

In The Fellowship of the Ring film during Bilbo's 111th birthday when Merry and Pippin shot off the dragon firework, Bilbo exclaims, Nonsense! There hasn't been a dragon in these parts in ages! ...
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When did Sauron acquire fellbeasts?

I am focusing on the fellbeasts acting as Nazgul mount. What are fellbeasts and when did Sauron acquire them? Are they Sauron's own creation or did he collaborate with them? Do they appear in any ...
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Did Sauron ever betray Morgoth?

Sauron was given the title "Sauron the Deceiver" because he used charm and deception to gain control over others. He taught ring-craft to the elves and gave Rings of Power to men and dwarves so that ...
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What does “We have long ago paid the goblins of Moria,” from The Hobbit mean?

“We have long ago paid the goblins of Moria,” said Thorin. From chapter 1 of the book The Hobbit by Tolkien. What does it mean? Did the goblins pay for their murder or did the dwarves stop paying ...
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Was “The Hobbit” ever abridged?

I know the Hobbit was written as a children's book (tale?) and I saw this when I searched the site for similar questions to this one. The story itself can certainly be regarded as almost a fairy tale ...
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How did Gollum know Sauron was gathering the Haradrim to make war?

When Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins spy on the Haradrim army and their oliphaunts, Gollum explains why they are marching north. Samwise: Who are they? ...
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Were Malgalad/Amdír and Oropher both slain in the Battle of Dagorlad, or in two separate incidents?

It seems to be generally understood (see the Tolkien Gateway and LOTR wiki articles) that: In the Battle of Dagorlad, Oropher's company fought valiantly but he was slain with the greater part of ...
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Who declared the Last Alliance to be the “last” and why?

Who named it, why and when? Some possibilities I can think of: They themselves chose it, meaning that if they would overthrow and destroy Sauron, no more such alliances would be needed. Someone gave ...
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In what language did Túrin converse with Mím?

Túrin spoke the Mannish tongue of the House of Hador and also Sindarin (in a noticeably archaic Doriathrim way). On the other hand the petty-dwarves being largely isolationist and hating the Eldar, ...
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Why does Sauron not permit his followers to use his name?

From The Two Towers, chapter 1, "The Departure of Boromir": Upon their shields [the orcs] bore a strange device: a small white hand in the centre of a black field; on the front of their iron helms ...
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Are the Istari *still* Maiar?

While (I think) there is no argument over the Istari being originally Maiar - are they still Maiar? Did they cease being Maiar when they incarnated themselves? Clarification: many official (e.g. UT) ...
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How much did Hobbits of Middle Earth during the Third Age know about Vala, Maia, and the events of the First of Age? [duplicate]

This question is prompted by a previous question ( When did Bilbo and Frodo learn that Gandalf was a Maia? ). My initial instinct was that Bilbo and Frodo had no idea what a "Maia" or "Vala" was. They ...
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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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When did Bilbo and Frodo learn that Gandalf was a Maia?

It is obvious that the common Hobbits (and men) knew nothing of the true nature of the Istari. When the Istari arrived in Middle-earth they were considered "strange elves" (as a matter of fact, ...
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How did the Ring allow Sauron to retain his human form? [duplicate]

I was reading on Tolkien Gateway that Sauron fought with Gil-galad and Elendil, and both were slain. As Elendil fell, his sword was broken beneath him. Yet Sauron was thrown down, too, and Isildur ...
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Why did Saruman lie?

I was looking at this interactive map of Middle-earth, and noticed that when you click on the node at Isengard, one of the dates says: The Black Riders visit Saruman who lies that Gandalf has "...
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How far did Gandalf and the Balrog drop from the bridge in Moria?

As best I can tell, in this dramatic scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf falls for 71 seconds, mostly in free-fall while fighting a Balrog. True, the Balrog hits the walls of the abyss a ...
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How can Radagast come across Gandalf and Thorin's company?

At the moment, I'm reading The Hobbit, and I just watched the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It was fun to note where the movie was following word by word the book, and when it gave ...
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Why did Gandalf use a sword against the Balrog?

Shortly after Gandalf first sees the balrog, he orders Aragorn to lead the fellowship to the bridge. Aragorn hesitates, fearing to leave Gandalf alone against such a fearsome enemy, until Gandalf ...
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When and how was wheeled transport introduced to Middle-Earth?

In The Lord of the Rings, wheeled transport is common. Gandalf has a cart, travelling dwarven merchants have them, Gondor had many, the siege engines of Mordor obviously use wheels to get around, and ...

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