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East Gate of Moria

Why did the Eastern Gate of Moria not have password protection, like the Western Gate with its “speak friend ‘riddle’”? Were the peoples on the east side considered more trustworthy?
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Was Gandalf astray, or had the land changed, on the road to Moria?

In the Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 4. A Journey in the Dark, as the Fellowship has just been defeated by the freak blizzard on the Redhorn Gate, Gandalf is having difficulty in locating the stream ...
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Why isn’t Middle-earth filled with elves? [duplicate]

We know Elves do procreate and have children. We know they do have sex. Immortal beings with normal reproduction would fill Middle-earth if left unchecked (like rabbits). We see Elrond with 3 ...
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Looking for the history of Durin's rule in significant depth

I'm looking for either/both a) a book/letter/canon source by Tolkien which explains the history of Durin's rule in significant depth (i.e., with more information than that found in Appendix A(III) in ...
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Why don't the people of Rohan recognize Gandalf's staff?

From this link, (specifically in number 8) 8. NO ONE TAKES GANDALF’S ‘WALKING STICK’ One of the subplots in Two Towers is Théoden’s possession by Saruman with the help of Gríma Wormtongue. Aragorn,...
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How is the name “Gandalf” pronounced?

I've been reading answers to the question asking how "Smaug" should be pronounced and I was wondering, is there an authoritative answer to the pronunciation of "Gandalf"? I first read The Hobbit ...
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Is there a timeline of the Witch King's visitation of the Barrow Downs in relation to the hobbits' visitation?

As the company of hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin) continued their expedition from Tom Bombadil's house and came to the Barrow Downs, they encountered a Barrow Wight that may have been ...
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Was there ever an epidemic of infectious disease in Middle Earth?

Epidemics of infectious disease have been a problem for much of human history in which large portions of a population died. Given that Middle Earth has a level of sanitation similar to that of ...
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What exactly were Laurelin and Telperion?

There are things we do know about Laurelin and Telperion. They glowed, they had names, they seem to have had genders. And they were very, very important - and not only that, but irreplaceable. And ...
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Was Arwen called Evenstar at birth?

After seeing the the question about Arwen's association with the night I thought about Arwen's nickname, Evenstar (Undómiel) - it being a reference to the last rebirth of the beauty of the Elves (i.e. ...
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Arwen's association with the night

Arwen is connected to the night, an association that appears several times in the Lord of the Rings: she was called Undómiel, for she was the Evenstar of her people. (LotR II, Many Meetings) and ...
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Where is the deep underground place where Galdalf and the Balrog ended up during their battle? [duplicate]

In "The Two Towers", in the chapter "The White Rider", Gandalf describes his battle with the Balrog. He mentions being underground, deeper than even where the dwarves went. 'We fought far under the ...
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What were the two standing stones that Frodo sees?

In the Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring), in the chapter The Fog on the Barrow-downs, the hobbits fall asleep on a saucer-like topped hill and awaken as the sun is setting. Alarmed, they ...
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Had Frodo traveled extensively before his flight from Hobbiton?

According to the answer to this question, Frodo was well-traveled and "experienced" before the major events of the Lord of the Rings. There's a quote that Frodo used to travel around Hobbiton or even ...
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Why was Frodo “wise” and Samwise a “half-wit”?

According to the sources I’ve found (for example this one), “Frodo” comes from the Old English “fród”, meaning wise. (Apparently in “Hobbit Language” Frodo’s name is “Maura”, but I don’t know if this ...
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Treebeard: “I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill.” - Is it really?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 movie), Treebeard says: I always like going South, somehow it feels like going downhill. Is there a difference in elevation or something that can ...
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Is my spelling of “A Túrin Turambar turún' ambartanen” correct?

When near the end of "Children of Hurin" Nienor screams: "Farewell, O twice beloved! A Turin Turambar turun' ambartanen, master of doom by doom mastered! O happy to be dead!" As it is in Quenya,...
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Is the air in Mordor a poisonous fume, as Boromir claims?

While explaining why one does not simply walk into Mordor, Boromir says the following: It is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, and ash, and dust. The very air ...
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Why couldn't Aragorn become one of the Eldar?

Canonically, Arwen elects for a mortal life, linking her fate to the Doom of Man. In doing so, she's the second elf to do so, after Luthien Tinuviel. My question is this: Why couldn't Aragorn have ...
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Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like?

Do we know what the 20 Rings of Power look like? Is there any known descriptions of all the Rings of Power. If not which rings have been described as to what they looked like? The Rings of Power ...
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Why didn't Sauron become a super nice guy after making the One Ring?

Sauron apparently imbued the One Ring with all of his evil. "But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made: in the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Sauron ...
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Why are skills of men so watered down in LOTR and Tolkien's work?

I have been reading The Lord of the Rings and it seems like men have basically no skills at all compared to elves and dwarves. Elves and dwarves are both excellent in craftsmanship, whereas the ...
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Does Galadriel wear any specific jewelry?

Does Galadriel wear any specific jewelry that is mentioned in the books? Please include answers specifically from the books not just from the movies.
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Why do the Elves not have more offspring? [duplicate]

Elves in Tolkien's legendarium are a very, very long-lived race, essentially immortal. But, yet, they don't seem to have a lot of offspring. When looking at the family trees of some of the well known ...
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Thorin's imprisonment “set right”

In The Hobbit, Thorin and company are imprisoned in the Elven king's dungeons. After a time, Bilbo helps Thorin and the Dwarves escape, and the Elven king seems to intend all along to take some of ...
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Why can't Elves create more Rings? [duplicate]

I have a question concerning the creation of rings in the Lord of the Rings. It's, at least, hinted that the reason the Elves depart for Valinor after the demise of Sauron is because their Rings lose ...
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Is it stated in Shadow or Mordor / War (outside the appendix) that Celebrimbor gave Sauron's One Ring it's own will

In the appendix of Shadow of Mordor for The One Ring it says “The One Ring was forged at Orodruin and perfected by his captive, the Elven lord Celebrimbor. Sauron invested much of his power into ...
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How did they have time to build Balin a tomb?

Who built the tomb for Balin, buried him in it, and inscribed "Here lies Balin, son of Fundin..." on it? Wasn't he, and every other dwarf with him, killed by orcs?
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What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring?

What happened to the 13 Rings of Power that survived the War of the Ring? I'm talking about the 9 given to the kings of Men and the 7 rings given to the Dwarves (3 destroyed by dragons, 4 recovered by ...
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Was Saruman already siding with Sauron before Dol Guldur? [duplicate]

in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. after Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman rescue Gandalf and banished the formless Sauron they encountered Saruman proceeded to go after Sauron alone ...
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Gil-galad: Did he die? How?

I read a little bit, but I'm not sure. Did he die, and how? If he didn't die, then is it known what happened to him?
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What was the Valar's ancient error?

I was reading Unfinished Tales, and I was reading the part about the Istari and came across this. The essay on the Istari just cited thus tells much about them and their origin that does not appear ...
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What Are Middle-earth Giants?

I was playing LOTR War in the North the other day. Despite its inaccuracy, there was one part where I had to fight a stone giant. I don't recall this from any of the books I've read, which are ...
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What's the meaning of “your life will be forfeit?”

In The Two Towers film, Faramir is told that if he releases Frodo and Sam, he will "forfeit" his life. Gondorian Ranger: You know the laws of our country, the laws of your father. If you let them ...
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Was The Hobbit meant to be an adaptation of There and Back Again by Bilbo?

I know that The Hobbit was written before LOTR and retconned to be part of the legendarium in the second edition. I also understand it was to some extent a children's book. Both of these explain the ...
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Why aren't there werewolves anymore in the Third Age? [duplicate]

Who was the responsible for their disappearance? Are they hidden to the South maybe?
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Why didn't Sam use his own sword after dropping Sting in the fight with Shelob?

Sam's sword can easily be seen in his scabbard during the fight, however instead of drawing it he decides to kick Shelob and roll on the ground reaching for Sting.
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Are the Maiar more powerful than the Istari?

I know the Maiar are essentially the demi-gods of the Tolkien's world, but the Istari are also supernatural beings, right? From reading a different answer to a question I learned that they are ...
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How can these unlicensed books about Middle Earth get published legally?

Octopus Books publishes a range of books that are set in the Tolkien legendarium, from coloring books through to a range of books by David Day. They are widely available online and through retail ...
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Translation of the writing around Gondor's banner

The symbol of Gondor at times comes with writing around it and I couldn't find a definitive answer about what exactly it means and whether it's "canon" or just something fans do.
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Is there any canon evidence of a second “One Ring?”

In the videogame "Middle-Earth: Shadow of War" the opening scene shows Talion, really Celebrimbor, forging a second Ring of Power to combat the original One Ring. My question is whether this is ...
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The Return of the King: Chapter 2 - The Passing of the Grey Company. Why does King Theoden take the mountain road instead of the plains?

We have King Theoden, Eomer, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Merry pausing at the Hornburg. From here, the party split into two: Party 1 - Theoden, Eomer, and Merry; Party 2 - Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli....
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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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Where does Tolkien discuss his bafflement at fans wearing One Ring replicas?

I'm certain that I read a passage from Tolkien somewhere expressing how disturbed/confused he was that anyone would want to make or possess a replica of the One Ring, being as it is a symbol of evil. ...
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At the end of the Hobbit, if Strider was already a Ranger, how come he still looks that young in Fellowship of the Ring? [duplicate]

I didn't read the books (obviously), so I am kind of confused. Do Men live that long in Tolkien's world? I know Gandalf is supposedly an old-timer as well, but he's a wizard so it kind of doesn't ...
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Why did Aragorn change his mind about the Rohan tribute rumor?

At the Council of Elrond, Gandalf relates a rumor that Rohan tributes horses to Mordor: '"Are the men of Rohan still to be trusted, do you think?" I said to Gwaihir, for the treason of Saruman had ...
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How were Uruk-hai captains selected?

Are there any clues in the books on how an Uruk-Hai was selected to be a Captain, or otherwise increased in rank, over any other Uruk soldier? Were there fighting pits or some other method of ...
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Does the briefcase in Pulp Fiction contain a Silmaril? [closed]

The movie Pulp Fiction centers around a mysterious briefcase, the contents of which is described as shining with an inner light and is so beautiful it captivates anyone who looks at it. Marsellus ...
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What were the “Black Pits” the orcs referred to?

When Sam was searching for Frodo and had reached the highest tier of the tower of Cirith Ungol, he heard two orcs arguing. During the orcs' argument, the orc captain, Shagrat, alluded to the "Black ...
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What's the physical difference between Hobbits and Dwarves?

Yesterday (by now, after editing the question, a few days ago) I saw the wonderful third movie of "The Hobbit". I wasn't bored for a moment. Afterwards, while still thinking about the film, I was ...