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Why didn't Sauron realise Frodo was in Mordor despite finding his shirt?

In the Extended Edition of The Return of the King movie, in the scene at the Black Gate, the Mouth of Sauron comes out to parley with the company. Eventually, he presents Frodo's mithril shirt to ...
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Why did Gollum stop using the ring?

I seem to vaguely recall Gandalf explaining at some point in the books a prolonged use of the Ring would slowly change the user into a wraith, save for very powerful beings which could actually ...
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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Why do Gondorians frequently refer to Gandalf as Mithrandir?

Gandalf says of himself: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, ...
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Why didn't the Palantir of Orthanc “possess” Pippin the first time?

At around the 18 minute mark of the Extended Edition of The Return of the King, after a slain Saruman has fallen from Orthanc, the Palantir is shown slipping out of Saruman's robes into the flooded ...
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What does Gollum see when he puts on the Ring?

Throughout Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, a big deal is made of the fact that Frodo should absolutely never put on the Ring, because it draws Sauron's attention to it, and every time he ...
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Why does Gandalf sound like Saruman in The Two Towers?

In the movie adaptation of The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the newly-resurrected Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest. For the first few words of his conversation he sounds like Saruman,...
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Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void?

Did Sauron have the power to bring Melkor back from the Timeless Void? Did he have the power but not the intention, or was it simply impossible? As far as I know, Sauron suffered the same fate as ...
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Was there a scene where Frodo's Elven cloak was shown to keep him warm while he feels cold?

I'm trying to find an example of Frodo's cloak's effectiveness. I dimly remember reading an occasion when Frodo is trying to sleep, cold and vulnerable. It's a passive use, where the cloak works 'as ...
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How did King Theoden suddenly lose his beard?

In The Two Towers, when Gandalf goes to see Theoden the king has a massive beard that rivals that of Gandalf. When he is free from Saruman's enchantment, he nearly falls down and is caught and ...
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Who is the 'One' in the below statement?

Legolas says : " It was a balrog of Morgoth, of elf banes the most deadly save the ONE who sits in the Dark Tower " Now does the "One" in the above statement mean to be Sauron or a Balrog ?
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Did Gimli get a new axe? [duplicate]

In the movie Gimli breaks his axe when he tries to destroy the Ring. Did he use another axe after that or did he reforge the axe (which sounds implausible considering the amount of damage it took)?
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How did the elves know where Sauron crafted the One Ring?

After Sauron finished crafting the One Ring and placed it upon his finger the elves knew of his treachery, and his intentions. But how did the elves know where Sauron crafted the One Ring? And how ...
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Did Smaug have the power to destroy Barad-dûr? [closed]

Consider a scenario in which Smaug was not killed in T.A. 2942, continuing to live to T.A. 3019, the year of the Battle for Middle-earth. Now let's say that he and Sauron had a major disagreement ...
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Was Frodo sad when he heard that Boromir had died?

Is there any evidence to prove that Frodo mourned for Boromir? Did he forgive Boromir for the attack on Amon Hen?
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In Lord of the Rings, did the Witch-King's sword actually emit flames?

During the siege of Minas Tirith, when the gate was broken down by Grond, Gandalf waited there and the Witch-King rode up to enter. The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly ...
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What did the rings of the Nazgûl do? [duplicate]

The One Ring can corrupt its wearer and make them invisible (potentially with other powers?), but I'm unsure what the other rings of power could do. Were they only able to make the Nazgûl immortal, or ...
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Why did the people of Gondor accept Aragorn as king? [duplicate]

How did the people of Gondor know Aragorn was king? From their perspective, Aragorn is a ranger from a faraway land and a friend of Gandalf. They eventually learned that Gandalf supported his claim to ...
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Why couldn't the Ring stay in Rivendell?

Why weren't Elrond and Gandalf receptive to letting the ring stay in Rivendell? My claim is that Western military forces could repel the forces of Mordor and Isengard. The invasion would be like ...
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How did Sam know what happened to Boromir?

Near the end of LOTR: Two Towers when Faramir is close to taking the ring back to Gondor, Sam pleads with Faramir not to take the ring by saying something like this: "Do you want to know what ...
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Is Khamûl an Easterling?

Is Khamûl an Easterling? "The Second Chief (the Black Easterling)"_ appears in a rejected version while in the present version of the passage which refers to "Khamûl" as "the ...
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What were Fëanor's crimes?

In The Silmarillion and this post, Buzz mentioned that "Fëanor will finally repent his crimes and be released from the Halls of Mandos" so that the two trees can be resurrected once more. What were ...
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Can any of the Rings of Power be passed down from their wielder?

As the title suggests, can the Rings of Power be passed from one wielder to another? For example, can Galadriel pass down Nenya to someone?
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Did J. R. R. Tolkien actually use to say that “Middle-earth was really the ancient history of the real planet Earth”? [duplicate]

There was the also the fact that Tolkien, in later years, apparently gave up the conceit that Middle-earth was really the ancient history of the real planet Earth. This was said in a comment/answer ...
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Why, in The Silmarillion, does Melkor disappear forever and leave Sauron to reign as some kind of “Melkor copy”?

Melkor is many times driven back and trapped and whatnot after being defeated. At some point, the Valar/gods banish him to some kind of existence from which he cannot come back. Or can he? Why not? I ...
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How did Tolkien and Lewis come to use the similar names “neekerbreeker” and “Nikabrik”?

I noticed today, after being reminded of the episode in The Fellowship of the Ring, when Strider and the hobbits are crossing the Midgewater Marshes, where they hear countless noisy insects, There ...
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Were the dragons servants of Sauron after Morgoth’s defeat?

So in the War of Wrath many dragons were killed, and after the defeat of Morgoth many of the dragons seem to have fled. Late in the Third Age some of the dragons (most notable being Smaug) started ...
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Is Túrin’s dwarf-mask the same as the masks of the Naugrim?

What it says on the tin — is the dwarf-mask Túrin got from the treasuries of Nargothrond the same as the masks the Naugrim wore in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad? NB: this isn’t a dupe of this question since ...
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What are the official characters in tengwar for numbers? [duplicate]

I've seen different depictions for numbers in tengwar online, what are the official characters to depict number in tengwar? I'm particularly interested in the number 3.
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What does Eru Ilúvatar's name mean?

So I was wondering whether Eru Ilúvatar has any meaning in and of itself, in-universe, besides being the name of the Creator? Is it at all related to any words in Primitive Quendian, for example? Out-...
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Are Hobbits related (distant or no) to Elves?

I have read the LOTR trilogy more than once. I feel (from many nuances and some plain text of Tolkien's) that halflings are distantly related to Elves, perhaps descending from common lineage. Whether ...
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Why didn't Eru stop Melkor and Ungoliant from destroying the Two Trees? [duplicate]

It has always been a mystery to me as to why Eru didn't intervene to stop Melkor and Ungoliant from destroying the Two Trees. I don't think it is plausible to say that he was not aware of what they ...
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Why didn't anyone save Thorin?

Why did no one save Thorin when he was wounded, instead of talking? Bilbo never called Gandalf or anyone to help him recover. Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman would have killed all the orcs and ...
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Why did Morgoth care so much about hurting Húrin? [duplicate]

In The Children of Húrin by Tolkien (and edited by his son), Húrin is bound to a stone chair at a high place on Thangorodrim by Morgoth. This is to force him to watch his children — especially Túrin — ...
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Was Sauron aware of the prophecy that Smaug would be killed and that the Dwarves would reclaim Erebor?

I was wondering if there is any mention in Tolkien's Legendarium that Sauron knew about the prophecy that Smaug would be killed and that the Dwarves would then reclaim Erebor. If so, I was thinking ...
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Why didn’t Húrin answer Morwen as she was dying?

In The Children of Húrin by Tolkien (and edited by his son), Húrin was bound by the power of Morgoth to a stone chair on a high place on Thangorodrim. He is later released after both Niënor and Túrin ...
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Why was an image of Glaurung set into the Helm of Hador?

So it says in The Children of Húrin by Tolkien (and his son) that the Helm of Hador — also called the Dragon of Dor-lómin — was made by the smith Telchar, who had, ‘in defiance’, put ‘a gilded image ...
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Why did Gandalf bring Pippin along to blind the Nazgul?

At one point in The Return of the King Gandalf rides out of Minas Tirith to blind some Nazgul and immediately returns to Minas Tirith. It doesn't make sense to me why he would take Pippin along for ...
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How clear is it that Tolkien chose the 25th of March for the downfall of Sauron because of its Christian significance? [duplicate]

The downfall of Sauron and the end of the War of the Ring occurred on the 25th of March in the year 3019 of the Third Age. Many scholars and critics have speculated that Tolkien chose this date ...
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In-universe origin of the Ring poem [duplicate]

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 did Frodo and Sam eat when they crossed Mordor on foot?

If Sauron had trouble getting enough food for a large army, then maybe Sam and Frodo had problems finding food in Mordor too. Where did Sam and Frodo find food and water along the journey through ...
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Would anything have happened to a ringless Sauron if he had jumped into Mount Doom? [closed]

I am curious to know if the magical lava of Mount Doom would have had any magical effect on a ringless Sauron if he had decided to jump into it. As far as to why he would ever do this, let’s just say ...
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In the Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King, why do the eagles come to the battle at the Black Gate?

So the eagles in the Lord of the Rings seem to be the starting point for many a question. I understand that they are not regular eagles that are just abnormally large, but rather servants of one of ...
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Why did Gondor build the tower, Cirith Ungol, near Shelob's lair?

The Ephel Dúath ("Fence of Shadow") defended Mordor on the west and south. The main pass was guarded by Minas Morgul, a city built by Gondor as Minas Ithil. The fortress Durthang lay in the northern ...
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What exactly happened during Gandalf’s fight with the Balrog?

When Gandalf fights with the Balrog they begin by falling through an abyss. After reaching an underground lake, they seem to fight their way on top of a tower. Is there a description of the events ...
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Did Galadriel have any power over the Army of the Dead? [closed]

If the Army of the Dead had ever decided to leave Dwimorberg and attack Lothlórien, would Galadriel have been able to control them or use her power to push them out of Lothlórien?
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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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