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Questions tagged [tolkiens-legendarium]

For questions about any works in J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium - The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and other works set in the same universe - or about that universe as a whole. Questions about movies, games, or other media set in the same universe should also use this tag. Questions about Tolkien himself or works by him which are not part of the Middle-earth universe should NOT use this tag use [j-r-r-tolkien] instead.

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Can an orc be good? [duplicate]

In Tolkien's Legendarium, is there any way for any character to make orcs which would be as "good" as the other free races? This is independent of whether any actual "good" orcs existed in the story.
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Was it just coincidence that “Barad-dûr?” sounds like an English phrase?

The first time I heard someone talk about Barad-dûr, I thought they were talking about a "barred door." The meaning would be more than appropriate. Is there any chance Tolkien happened to realize he ...
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Was the mission of the Fellowship of the Ring a 'secret' mission?

And I will choose you companions to go with you, as far as they will or fortune allows. The number must be few, since your hope is in speed and secrecy. [emphasis mine] Does the use of the word ...
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Why couldn't Gandalf kill multiple orcs at a time?

We see Gandalf fight and defeat the Balrog. He loses his own life in the process, but through this battle we learn that at the very least he is as at least as powerful, if not more powerful, than the ...
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Why isn't there more important characters at the Council of Elrond? [closed]

The meeting is obviously extremely important, yet there is so many minor characters there and not that many important leaders etc.
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Was the story of LOTR inspired by WWII? [duplicate]

I can see many events and persons in LOTR that can be linked to events and persons in the Second World War. For example: Saruman and his allies you can associate with Hitler and his allies. Saruman, ...
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Neo-Khuzdul in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

I'm interested to know what all the Khuzdul (and languages other than the Common Speech) spoken in the third movie of The Hobbit means, as well as written out so the spelling is seen. I'd like the ...
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If Éowyn did not ride into battle with The Rohirrim would the outcome have been much different? Could The Witch-King of Angmar do that much? [closed]

I was re-watching the movies and kept hearing that "no man can kill the witch king". I am wondering if this is true or was it basically the Witch-King bragging. Did Éowyn sneaking into battle actually ...
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What factors or Force decide elevation of wizards to a different color? [duplicate]

After the fight in Dwarvish ruins (Moria), Gandalf the grey fell and: What is the backstory of white wizards and grey ones? Is there a order of wizards in this universe? What factors decide that the ...
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Is there any particular reason why Gandalf got resurrected in the forest, and so did Sauron (Dol Goldur)? [closed]

When Gandalf got resurrected as Gandalf the White, he got resurrected in the forest. Sauron also got resurrected in the forest to take a fortress there, Dol Goldur. Might not be the same forest but.. ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books?

J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937, and the first Lord of the Rings Book (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) in 1954. He wrote/published The Hobbit before the Lord of the ...
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Were Elves half the size of Humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? This sketch by Colin Williams suggests that elves were half the size of a human. Also they are much more 'alien-like' than Peter ...
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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's master is gone and won't be ...
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Who would win a fight between Tom Bombadil and a Nazgul? [closed]

Both Tom Bombadil and the Nazgul are powerful magical beings within the context of the Lord of the Rings Universe. What would happen in a face to face fight between the two? Who would win?
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Is Alegaesia part of the same world as Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

I started reading the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini before I started reading J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I have to say, they seem pretty similar in the books. Of how Eragon uses ...
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How do the Eagles decide where to drop people off?

In The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, eagles appear occasionally. How do they decide where to drop people off? Is it directed by a character? Or are they conscious enough to decide on a ...
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Is Sauron a lesser type of god? [closed]

Since he is a powerful being who is seemingly supernatural, could he be considered a god of some type?
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Why does Tolkien not give Aragorn a duel? [closed]

This is kinda more fan service than what makes sense from a literary perspective. Aragorn's position is confirmed as a leader and not necessarily a hero or a slayer, that is true. Yet that doesn't ...
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Why didn't Legolas translate the password at Moria?

The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak friend and enter. Those words were written in Elvish. When the Fellowship was in the Walls of Moria, Gandalf translates the password. However, Gandalf could ...
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In this scene of LOTR: The Two Towers, what business did these Elves have at the Black Gate?

Here is the video: It depicts Sam falling off a cliff and Frodo following after. We notice two elves approaching them. What business did these elves have at the ...
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The Witch-king vs Gandalf [closed]

I've been reading answers to this question but none of them answer it. Who is stronger in magic and swordfight? Who would win? People say Gandalf is equal to Sauron, but I find that extremely hard to ...
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Would Gollum's clothes turn invisible when he wore The One Ring?

We know that both Frodo and Bilbo turned 100% fully invisible when wearing The One Ring, their clothes included (as seen in Bilbo's disappearing trick at his farewell party, and Frodo's disappearance ...
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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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Additional books in Tolkien's Legendarium [duplicate]

I read the trilogy once in 6th grade and I LOVE the movies, but I want to read more into the background and everything, but I'm not quite sure which extra books to read. So my question is: What are ...
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Which king is referred to in “The Return of the King”?

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I always regarded the title of the third book, The Return of the King, as referring to the return of Aragorn to reclaim his kingdom. However, after reading this ...
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How old was Frodo when Bilbo Celebrated his 111th Birthday?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo was celebrated his 111th birthday. Then he gave the Ring to his nephew (Frodo Baggins), after being confronted confronted by his friend Gandalf the Grey. How old ...
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Why did Bilbo Baggins leave Bag End at the start of Lord of the Rings

It said Bilbo disappeared after his and Frodo's Birthday Celebration together. Where did Bilbo leave to and why did he leave?
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Are the LOTR + Hobbit movies racist? [closed]

As discussed in this question, there are a number of elements in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies that could be construed as racist against Muslim and non-Caucasian people, for example the fact ...
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What happened to Saruman in the books? [duplicate]

I know in the movie that he was stabbed then he fell off of his tower onto a water wheel. But my friend says that didn't happen in the books.
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Why didn't Aragorn arrive earlier to save Boromir?

In this scene, Aragorn was with Legolas and Gimli killing several Uruk-Hai. When Legolas hears the horn of Gondor, Aragorn hears it as well. Aragorn comes goes to aid him, but he was surrounded by ...
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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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Source for Frodo/Gandalf exchange about wounds in “The Return of the King”

Could someone kindly tell me exactly where in the book this quote is found? I need it for an exam tomorrow. 'Are you in pain, Frodo?' said Gandalf quietly as he rode by Frodo's side. 'Well, ...
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Why did the LOTR and Hobbit films use the “Wilhelm Scream” so much?

I was wondering if there was a reason the director (or people who choose sound effects) littered the LOTR and Hobbit films with so many "Wilhelm Screams"? It really ruined the movies for me, to a ...
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Did Denethor really hate his sons; Boromir and Faramir?

In this video, Denethor orders his son, Boromir, to go to Rivendell. Denethor guessed that the purpose of this meeting was to decide what to do with the Weapon of the Dark Lord that has been found. ...
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Where does this Return of the King quote come from? [closed]

Is there a page reference for this quote from Return of the King? The Hobbits Frodo and Bilbo (and later Samwise), although of mortal kind, by virtue of having borne the One Ring also bore a ...
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Was Bilbo's sexuality ever referred to by Tolkien?

Bilbo is certainly known to be a confirmed bachelor, a fact which over the years has resulted in not a few suggestions that he might be gay. GLReview, for example, describes a key theme of the Hobbit ...