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Why did Gandalf conceal his identity in Fangorn Forest?

Note: This question mostly pertains to the film, not the book. In The Two Towers when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are tracking Merry and Pippin, they discover that the trail leads into Fangorn Forest....
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Magician transported to our Earth and captured by Nazis, who learn magic from him

Hi all hoping someone may know of or have an idea of who wrote this book. The plot is that a wizard/magician who is named Gil from another world somehow ends up in our world during World War 2 and is ...
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Why didn’t Claudia Christian sing HER versions of “Fairy Godmother Song” and “Holding Out for a Hero” in the Shrek 2 game?

Claudia Christian voiced the Fairy Godmother (Dama Fortuna) in the video games and I for one would have LOVED to hear her versions of those songs. Why didn't she? Did the game makers not allow her to?
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Does anyone know about the handmaiden in the 1992 Disney Aladdin?

Because apparently, Dalia in the 2019 version was inspired by said character: Inspiration: The handmaiden in Linda Woolverton's scrapped story treatment of Aladdin Is there any information about ...
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Why does Andrew Grayson have his 9mm pistol back before dropping down to New Svalbard?

In Points of Impact by Marko Kloos, Captain Andrew Grayson is given a dressing down, by the CO of the ship Ottawa, for having a personal pistol in his room, after being asked to turn them all in upon ...
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Why did Cersei's allies not help her on her Walk of Atonement?

Cersei had to do the Walk of Atonement to get back to the Red Keep. She was surrounded by crowds of people who threw things at her, spat on her and generally made the whole experience more miserable. ...
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Why did the planetarium not drive the scientists mad in Nightfall?

In Isaac Asimov’s "Nightfall", the people of another world are driven mad because they see how many stars are in the sky when all six suns are hidden. This happens every two thousand years, and ...
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Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic where Harry travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October

In this fanfic, Harry Potter travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October. It’s a Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic. It has a lot of chapters (I ...
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Are there any known DC super metals besides Nth? [duplicate]

Thinking about it, we know the Marvel universe, Comic, animated, TV and movie, has a number of cool super metals... Adamantium has heavy molecular density and bonds, but light weight, is resistant to ...
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How does anyone know that Gollum had the Ring? [duplicate]

Sauron learned that Bilbo had the One Ring by torturing Gollum. But how did he know that Gollum had ever possessed the Ring? Did Smeagol show someone the Ring before he became Gollum? Someone who ...
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Story identification: man living in a matrix world to save his life

I have tried and failed to remember/identify this short story or short film (can't remember which!) of a guy who goes about his normal life with a nagging feeling that something is controlling his arm ...
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When will the next book in the Vita Nostra series come out?

I've just finished reading Vita Nostra by Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko, and I can say it is my top 5 books ever read. I can see online that it was published in Russian in 2007 and that there are two ...
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Story similar to a Canticle for Leibowitz, maybe by Heinlein

For many decades I have remembered reading a science fiction story that I had thought was A Canticle for Leibowitz. Having just watched an Extra Credits video about that novel, I realized I have been ...
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Short story about psychologist analyzing demon

I heard about a short story where a psychologist or psychiatrist conjures up a demon. He analyzes the demon who shrugs off his evil aspect and an angel emerges. I'd love to know the author and title....
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Sci-fi. A space cloud engulfs Earth. Men live underground and require a rare mineral for power

A black cloud engulfs the Earth forcing men to live underground. They need a rare mineral to create the sub-space fields they use for power. A prospector discovers an underground city of lizard people ...
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Dystopian trilogy: dying Earth, wealthy people living in orbital stations, main character goes on the ground and is trapped there because of a war

I would like to reread a fantastic novel (actually a trilogy). The Earth is dying consumed by war and eco problems. Some people live wealthy in orbital stations. That's where the main character ...
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Sci Fi book about ESP. Each person with ESP has just one power

Book circa 1971. 5 persons with near-death experiences demonstrate more than 1 power. Theme of giant moths flying through space and aliens searching for them.
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Terry Pratchett's Vimes & carrot [closed]

In Pratchett's discworld series, f ever, Carrot was to become king, would Vimes "stand for it" or go "spare" ?
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Does Loras Tyrell have a birthmark in the books?

In s05e06 we see that Loras Tyrell apparently has a birthmark. CERSEI: This testimony is an insult to a great house. Why should The Faith or anyone else take the word of a squire over the heir to ...
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What is the difference between Queenie's enchantment and the Imperius Curse?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when we first meet Queenie and Jacob, the witch has him placed under a powerful enchantment that makes Jacob more susceptible to her suggestions. How ...
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Movie with a woman detective in it and a vampire who falls for her

I don't remember the specifics, but after the titles, the opening was about a murder in the streets and a detective was supposed to investigate it.. A man watches her from the roof of one of the ...
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Why didn't the people of King's Landing riot when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed?

Blowing up the Sept is kinda equivalent to blowing up the Vatican. The Sparrows were popular with the smallfolk because they gave them food and protection. She should be facing riots in the streets, ...
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starship shaped like a manta ray encounters doomsday machine from Magellanic cloud piloted by a lady with cat’s eyes

It was published in the '70s, but I can’t remember the name of it. The manta ship docks with the doomsday ship, and the girl is in hibernation, she is extracted, then ... they try and stop the ...
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Was the Lonely Mountain, where Smaug lived, a volcano?

Was the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit a volcano? If not, how did the dwarves get enough heat to run the huge forges? I am asking about the books, not the movies.
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Why did the Death Eaters wait to reopen the Chamber of Secrets?

Voldemort opened the Chamber of Secrets when he was at school, and wrote it all down in his diary. Since that same diary was used as a Horcrux, it seemed to have come with a set of instructions on how ...
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Did the Rebel Alliance do anything with the Death Star plans after the Battle of Yavin?

In A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has stolen the secret plans for the Death Star. They are able to study the plans to find the critical weakness allowing them to destroy the Death Star at the Battle ...
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1980s Cartoon *WildFire* … how was Prince Cavin established on Earth?

In this mid-'80s Hanna-Barbera cartoon... there are some inconsistencies: Wildfire is a magical talking horse in service to the royal family of Darshaan; whether that's just the country or the world ...
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Science fiction story about head of secret school finding a construct that answers questions

Commander of a secret military school finds a construct that answers questions. The commander asks how build a machine for instantly transporting objects. Then tries it himself and finds that the ...
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Technology or Metaphysical element: What would the Lantern rings be most accurately classified as? [closed]

This has always puzzled me, in terms of its complexity. The rings of a Lantern corps, whatever the color, act very much like other magical/cosmic/spiritual/super powered weapons in various universes,...
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Does anyone have any information regarding J.V. Jones “Sword of Shadow” series?

The Sword of Shadows series is a fantastic Fantasy book series, and highly under rated. It started in 1999 or 2000 with A Cavern of Black Ice, with the last installment, Watcher of the Dead, please ...
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TV show about a group of boys and magic

I remember a show I watched in the 2000s about a group of boys and magic going on around them. One episode has them in a little cabin of some sorts and one character had bees or wasps flying around ...
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Linked novellas where humans are engineered to adapt to a variety of environments

As a child I remember having a book with a collection of novellas that revolved around a common theme that went like this: Survivors of an ill-fated expedition arrive on a distant planet and create, ...
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Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) stone protect against non-natural causes of death?

It's likely this has been asked before, but I can't find it: Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone protect against non-natural death? I.e., getting hit by a bus, Avada Kedavra, falling off a ...
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Is there first-hand evidence for or against this interpretation of the woman (Hillary Swank) from I am mother?

In I Am Mother, Hillary Swank's character's back story is heavily left to reader interpretation. According to the character herself: It is however implied that: The show's creators were very careful ...
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Special series of story-telling segments, as told by actors; one had a magical whale who befriended a girl

I'm not sure of the series in question, or if it was a "special" of sorts; it was played, on tap, in class during the 1980s as part of story time. The screen focused on actors. (For some reason I'm ...
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Why did Robert pick unworthy men for the White Cloaks?

When we look at past examples, Kingsguards' history for most part has been illustrious and a shining example of chivalry and honour. There have been rare exceptions every two or three decades or so ...
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Book of horror stories based on Native American folklore

I was reading the fourth book of the Iron Druid series, which has a heavy slant on Dîné (Navajo) folklore, and I suddenly remembered a book of stories I started (but hadn't quite finished before I had ...
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Drarry fan fic where the pair seek shelter from storm under a tree [on hold]

Harry leaves Hogsmeade to catch up and talk to Draco. It starts storming/snowing. They seek shelter under a tree and have to stay the night...
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Is Pettigrew a wererat? [closed]

A wererat is "a therianthropic creature in the shape of a rat," according to its Wikipedia page, and since it also lists Pettigrew as an example, he has to be one, right?
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What does this line mean in Zelazny's The Courts of Chaos?

I'm rereading the Chronicles of Amber, and this line in the fifth book, The Courts of Chaos, has me entirely stumped. It comes just at the end of Corwin's encounter with "Lady." I'll include a few ...
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In The Incredibles 2, why does Screenslaver's name use a pun on something that doesn't exist in the 1950s pastiche?

The Incredibles 2, the Screenslaver's name is a clear pun on "screensaver". Screensavers were invented in 1984. The film takes place in a broad 1950s pastiche, and we don't see any personal ...
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X-Men fanfic series about a blue-furred baby who's left on Beast's doorstep

I believe I read this somewhere between 1998 and 2002, possibly on the FanFic Mailing List (FFML), although I was also subscribed to a mailing list that was devoted to admirers of blue-furred ...
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How is Long Tom ammunition more damaging than AC/20 ammunition? [closed]

According to sarna.net's BattleTechWiki*, the Autocannon/20 (or AC/20 for short) inflicts 20 damage on a direct hit; the Long Tom Artillery Piece inflicts a maximum of 30, diminishing with distance ...
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Korean movie where the hero fights monsters to get his limbs back

Next to the studio where my daughter took ballet lessons (around 2011–2015), there was a shop where a guy sold second-hand clothing, bootleg DVDs, and other sundry goods. I sometimes went in to browse ...
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Is there anything more than meets the eye in the last scene of “Dark Phoenix”?

At the end of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Charles Xavier is seen in France, having retired from the headmaster/X-Men life. Magneto finds him there, and they play a game of chess, for old time's sake. The ...
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Do Wizard/Witch Professors Perform Research / Publish Their Work?

We know that wizards and witches publish books, but most books we encounter are rather old. I'm wondering if wizards and witches employed at academies like Hogwarts (or in other places) perform ...
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Why do the TIE Fighter pilot helmets have similar ridges as the rebels?

After having prop replicas of a TIE Fighter pilot' helmet and the Red Five helmet in view at same time, I noticed that both have characteristic ridges going to the back (circled in red on the 2 ...
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How did the several different species of Lard in Adventure Time come to exist?

How did the several different species of Lard in Adventure Time come to exist? What evolutionary process caused such a vast range of lard? E.g. Space Lards in space, Grass Lards on grass, Sea Lards in ...
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YA book about blind creatures that live underground and take kid's eyes

A book I read about 20 years ago when I was 12 or so about creatures that lived underground and can’t see (maybe they were called "beasties" or something?) and at the end of the book this boy gives ...
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Story about person fighting aliens in exoskeleton before joining them [duplicate]

Trying to remember a scifi book name about man (soldier?) who lands on remote planet and fights the hostile alien flora and fauna, until he is overpowered, then he awakes when a bug-like alien ...

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