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Is Moria fit for living?

We see the mines of Moria as one of the big realms in Middle Earth, but from what we see, at least from my point of view and mainly the movies (I read LOTR a few years ago), it would be a horrible ...
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How did the Fellowship walk through Moria from Balin's tomb?

I've always been puzzled on the route the Fellowship took following the skirmish in Balin's tomb. After the Fellowship entered the wide Hall with the pillars (Dwarf Delving, for easy understanding I'...
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Continuity error in Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring?

In the extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring (possibly in the theatrical release as well… I don't know), there's a moment after Sam and Frodo have departed where Sam makes a point about how ...
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What did Tolkien really mean by "we being in 1960 of the 7th Age"?

The quote is from the Nature of Middle Earth p39. since that is only - we being in 1960 of the 7th Age - 16000 years ago: total about 80,000 It appears the editor dates the text from 1960 A.D. ...
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What words of Caranthir is Angrod thinking of?

In chapter 15 of The Silmarillion, the story of the kinslaying of the Noldor is discovered by Thingol, but it seems it is tempered with lies/inaccuracies. He accuses Finrod and Angrod and all the rest,...
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Has Tolkien ever commented on the similarity between the name "Baggins" and the French word for "ring"?

There is some discussion on the origins of the name Baggins in this question. However, it only revolves around whether or not it is related to Bilbo being a thief, and I am interested in something ...
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Which mountain is higher, Caradhras or the Halifirien?

I wonder which mountain's peak likely has the higher elevation above sea level, the Caradhras (highest mountain of the Misty Mountains, located above Khazad-Dûm) or the Eilenaer/Halifirien (at the ...
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Why didn't the Valar care that Middle-earth was in darkness during the Years of the Trees?

It is said that the Valar made the Sun and the Moon: for they remembered the Avari that remained by the waters of their awakening, and they did not utterly forsake the Noldor in exile. But even ...
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Is there any meaning to the ages of the Years of the Tree?

It is said in The Silmarillion that Melkor was a prisoner for "three ages" before he had another trial and was released. It is estimated that this was about 2,900 years; see, e.g., this ...
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Did Tolkien ever consider not making the Blue Wizards blue?

After having read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, I started delving, unsystematically, into the later volumes published by Christopher Tolkien. One of the more surprising ...
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Does Lord of the Rings (or the Hobbit) mention how the Orcs were first created?

In the film The Fellowship of the Ring, Saruman says of Orcs: They were Elves once. Taken by the Dark Powers... tortured and mutilated... a ruined and terrible form of life. This origin of Orcs is ...
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Did the Light of the Trees diminish after the creation of the Silmarils?

There is something that is not made explicit in The Silmarillion, and I wondered if J. R. R. had ever discussed it in one his letters or other writings. Did the Light of the Trees diminish after ...
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What did Sauron think the free peoples did with his ring following the events on Amon Hen?

Originally Sauron probably assumed the free peoples wanted to let the One Ring remain in Rivendell, as he didn't think they would try to bring it to Mordor to destroy it. But on Amon Hen (near the ...
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Who created the beasts in Tolkien's Legendarium?

I'm reading the Silmarillion, and there is something which isn't clear to me: who created the beasts? Is is not said that Eru created them, but it is also said that only he can create living things ...
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How can the Nameless Things be older than Sauron?

When Gandalf meets the fellowship again in The Lord of the Rings, he says: Far, far below the deepest delving of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They ...
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What would an Elven ship on the straight road look like from an accompanying Mannish ship that follows the curvature?

If two ships leave Mithlond besides each other, an Elvish one about to take the straight road to Aman, and one with a human crew accompanying the Elvish one in the same direction, what would the ...
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Do the western boundaries of Rohan as given in "Unfinished Tales," Cirion and Eorl (iii), make sense?

On page 305 of Unfinished Tales, there is a passage regarding the boundaries of Rohan: The bounds of the realm of Eorl were to be: in the West the river Angren from its junction with the Adorn and ...
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Did Prince Imrahil try to talk Faramir out of attempting to reconquer Osgiliath?

Prince Imrahil is Faramir's uncle. When Faramir rides to reconquer Osgiliath, Imrahil can be seen among the soldiers in a ring of Minas Tirith. From this I conclude that Imrahil was rather opposed to ...
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Why didn't Ar-Gimilzôr make his second son Gimilkhâd throne heir?

Ar-Gimilzôr's oldest son who eventually became King Tar-Palantir was faithful to the Valar and a friend of the elves, unlike his younger brother Gimilkhâd who was like his father. Since Ar-Gimilzôr ...
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How could Sauron return to Gorgoroth that easily?

In T.A. 2941 Mairon/Sauron returned to Barad-Dûr in Gorgoroth, and ten years later revealed himself openly. What I wonder is why there were no obstacles whatsoever when returning to Gorgoroth which, ...
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Would Celeborn be permanently separated from Galadriel?

In the LOTR chapter "Many Partings" Celeborn says to Aragorn "May your doom be other than mine, and your treasure remain with you to the end". Given the context this seems to be ...
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What (fictional) perspective is "Of the Third Age and the Rings of Power" written from?

I was always under the impression that the published Silmarillion is supposed to represent Bilbo's "Translations from the Elvish" that he made while living in Rivendell, becoming attached to ...
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Where do the Rings of Power get their powers from?

I think that the One Ring's power got its power from Sauron - that he basically put some of his power in it. But where did the other Rings of Power get their powers from?
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Are there any drawings showing the routes the three main companies followed in chapter two of the Return of the King?

Are there any drawings showing the routes that the three companies: Théoden, The Grey Company, Aragorn and Halbarad followed in the events in chapter 2, The Passing of the Grey Company, Lord of the ...
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What is the importance of Dunharrow? [duplicate]

In The Return of the King Chapter 2, "The Passing of the Grey Company", heavy emphasis is put on Dunharrow. Aragorn must ride there in haste before travelling to Minas Tirith and Théoden is ...
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Where did Halbarad and the Grey Company catch up with Théoden's party?

In The Return of the King, Chapter 2, while riding through Rohan in the company of Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn and co. a group of riders is seen passing them. It is revealed that these Riders are the Grey ...
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Why did Aragorn decide to ride to Dunharrow instead of to Minas Tirith?

Why is it that in The Return of the King, Chapter 2, Aragorn wanted to travel to Dunharrow and not Minas Tirith after parting with Théoden?
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When does Tolkien use "is come" and when does he use "has come"?

I've noticed that sometimes Tolkien uses the older version "is come" (i.e. replacing the auxiliary verb "to have" with the auxiliary verb "to be", as was the custom for ...
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Was there new content in The Children of Húrin?

It is well known (see here, here) that, when Beren and Lúthien and The Fall of Gondolin were published, they contained no new content: all of it was already printed in previous works edited by ...
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Was the pipe-weed on the set of the Lord of the Rings films real or fake?

Hollywood has been wrestling with the thorny problem of smoking-depiction in films ever since tobacco went out of fashion in the 1990s, replacing on-set smoking with herbal cigarettes, e-cigs and CGI. ...
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Does Gandalf smell?

Gandalf seems to be wearing the same grey robes all the time*. Through rain and snow, while he rides, while he smokes, he is, as his name moniker suggests, wearing grey. In addition, hygiene in ...
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Why did Gandalf change from blue to grey?

Everyone is familiar with Gandalf being described as "Gandalf the Grey", or, later, "Gandalf the White", and he was shown in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as ...
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Was the Crown of Durin real?

According to the myth of the settlement of Khazad-Dum, Durin saw the crown in Mirrormere and took it as a sign: A group of seven stars mysteriously reflected from the surface of the lake of Kheled-...
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Was Mordor inhabited between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return?

As the question title says: Was Mordor inhabited in between Sauron's defeat at the battle of the last alliance and his return after his banishment from Dol Guldur? Or was it just a wasteland where ...
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Other than other Maiar/Valar, who in the First Age knew Melian was a Maia?

I've seen discussion about who actually knew that Gandalf (and the other Istari) was a Maia, with the list generally being Cirdan, Elrond, Galadriel, maybe Glorfindel and Aragorn, probably Tom ...
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Why didn't Gandalf prevent or lessen Saruman’s damage to the Shire?

In the chapter "Many Partings" the hobbits and Gandalf meet Saruman and Grima on the road. Saruman's intentions are pretty obvious; he even threatens the party: Well, it will serve you ...
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Do you really need to read “The Silmarillion” before reading “The Children of Húrin”, “Beren and Lúthien” or “The Fall of Gondolin”?

The answer to the question In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth be read? suggests that you should read The Silmarillion and only then go on to read the three "great tales&...
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What was the first illustrated edition of "Unfinished Tales"?

In 2020 a new edition of Unfinished Tales was published, illustrated by Alan Lee, John Howe, and Ted Nasmith. See here. I did not manage to find an older version of this book which was illustrated. I ...
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Is there an edition of Unfinished Tales with fonts used to differentiate between the editor and the author?

The book Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, written by J. R. R. Tolkien and edited by his son Christopher, contains great bulks of texts printed (more or less) exactly as J. R. R. Tolkien ...
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Did Frodo and Sam wear the same clothes during their journey to Mordor?

I would like to know if Sam and Frodo wore the same clothes during their entire journey to Mordor.
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Is journalism a thing in Tolkien's world?

Is there someone who is paid to distribute news in Middle-earth? Is someone, for example, reporting about politics? ("Hey Rohirrim, Theoden is going nuts") Are there some local journals? (&...
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What is Gandalf's Westron name, and why does he sign with a "G" rune?

Gandalf signs his letter to the bartender in Bree with a "G" rune: But "Gandalf" is the English rendition of what's presumably meant to be Westron in-universe. What then is ...
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What would have happened to Tom Bombadil under Sauron's rule?

As is well known and as was stated in a few answers on this site (see e.g. here), Tom Bombadil was unconcerned about the War of the Rings and whether or not Sauron was defeated. Tolkien himself put it ...
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Is magic leaving Middle-earth?

Ever since I was a child reading LOTR, I was under the impression that magic was slowly leaving Middle-earth, and this notion was quite common among fellow fans. I was wondering what Sauron's plan was ...
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Was Theoden's speech a reference to Hamlet?

In the second LOTR movie, Theoden says this before charging out at Helm's deep: Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. ...
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What are the lyrics of the song "Of Beren and Lúthien" in Sindarin?

"The leaves were long, The grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was seen..." Does this song appear somewere written in Sindarin or Quenya? Did Tolkien ...
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Were the Sindar illiterate before the Flight of the Noldor?

If all Elvish languages are written in the Tengwar script, and in-universe, Tengwar was invented by Fëanor in Valinor, does this mean that the Sindar had no written language until they re-encountered ...
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Does Galadriel's phial help win the Siege of Gondor?

The battle of Battle of the Pelennor Fields happens at the exact time Sam rescues Frodo from Cirith Ungol on March 15. In "The Land of Shadow," Sam says: ‘If only the Lady could see us or ...
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Was Frodo's pity for Gollum caused by the Ring?

Frodo grows to pity Gollum over time. Is this pity caused by the Ring, for its own purposes, or would Frodo have pitied Gollum even if he wasn't the Ring-Bearer?
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What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil?

What did Sam see under the eaves of the Emyn Muil and why is Frodo a figure robed in white? Then suddenly, as before under the eaves of the Emyn Muil, Sam saw these two rivals with other vision. A ...
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