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How many languages could Gandalf speak? [duplicate]

In the movies, I see: Gandalf read and spoke fluent Elvish. He could read Black Speech. He showed Thorin Oakenshield the note that promised payment for the latter's head. He also chants the ring ...
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What is the first fictional container that is magically smaller on the inside?

A container that is magically larger on the inside than on the outside is something that appears more or less often in fiction. What is the first fictional container that, for some reason or another (...
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60s/70s movie with buggies and time-shifting protagonist

I remember as a kid watching something on TV that looked like it was filmed in the late ‘60s or ‘70s. I can’t remember if it was a series or a movie (although I think it may have been a movie) and can ...
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Explaining the power inconsistencies in season 2 of “The Umbrella Academy”

In the last episode of season 2, Luther However, in the first episode, in the fight just before the apocalypse, he is seen taking a tank grenade directly in the back and is completely unharmed. Is ...
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How does Neo come back to life?

I'm referring to the scene at the end of the first film where he is shot "dead" by Agent Smith, then after some scenes of his heart monitor flat-lining and Trinity telling him he can't be ...
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When did the Emperor decide to make Horus the Warmaster?

So, we all know that Horus became Warmaster after the battle for Ullanor. I know that Horus was the emperors favourite primarch: For a thirty years he was the only Primarch to have been discovered. ...
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Early 2010s animated TV show about magic dice [duplicate]

This was an animated show with teenage characters from the early 2010s. It was more on the childish side I guess, and I specifically remember it having to do with magic dice that when you rolled it ...
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In Star Trek TNG's episode, “The Neutral Zone,” how were the frozen dead people revived if they died BEFORE they were frozen?

Surely doctors in the Star Trek universe don't have the power to bring the dead back to life? If so, why wasn't this power used on other dead characters? Why wasn't this incredible power explored in ...
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What was Thorin's plan if Bilbo hadn't woken up Smaug?

In The Hobbit, Thorin sends Bilbo in first to scout out the mountain and maybe snatch the Arkenstone if convenient, all ideally without waking the dragon (Smaug). Of course, the dragon is awakened and ...
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Can Betazoids read their own minds? [closed]

Betazoids in Star Trek have varying degrees of telepathy and telepathic empathy. In most storylines I can think of, these abilities were focused on their interactions with others. However I would ...
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I'm a young girl running for my life through the corridors in this wonderfully frantic 70's-80's short story

The most fascinating thing about this story was these weird icons every few pages, rendered very approximately from memory: The girl runs, other people run with her or into her, she goes through a ...
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book identification - A Magician lives as a bum, hiding in a big [modern] city

I vaguely remember a book I read probably more than 5 years ago. For some reason I think the author is a famous female fantasy/sf author (but I am not 100% sure) The story follows the main protagonist ...
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Short Story where the Devil offers to dogfight against a (WWII?) fighter pilot for his soul [duplicate]

Read this short story 10-20 years ago, don't know where. Premise is that this fighter pilot dies, and the Devil offers to dogfight him for his soul (I think his soul was going to be consigned to ...
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What was the first science-fictional depiction of orbital directed-energy weapon platforms?

In the late 1980s I came across many representations of orbital directed-energy weapons. In 1987-1988 alone there were the "Finger of God" weapons in Vinge's "True Names" (1981, ...
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Male vs Female society

This was a short story, probably 90's or so, in which the society has been divided with males on one side, in one area, and women in the other, and the two sides are actively at war. The story focuses ...
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Where were the Men of Lake Town during the battles of Minas Tirith and Middle-earth?

Where were the Men (or rather people) of Lake Town during the Battle of Minas Tirith and Battle for Middle-earth? Had the Men of Lake Town merged with one of the kingdoms of Rohan or Gondor by then?
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Why could the Oracle not see past/understand her choice?

Inspired by this Q&A: What is the choice the Oracle couldn't see beyond? The accepted answer there states that the choice the Oracle is referring to in the question's quote is, in fact, her ...
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What abilities/powers does each level of DOOMS give?

DOOMS allows a greater connection to the other side and to the Beach in Death Stranding. We see that Sam has a DOOMs level of 2 which means he can sense BTs but not see them. Fragile has a higher ...
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Looking for an anime where the creatures transform into giants when a gem is inserted into their forehead [closed]

In the anime there's a kid who has a friendly creature which turns into a giant when the kid inserts a gem like thing into its forehead, same goes for all of the other creatures. They follow orders ...
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Movie where a red skinned devil looking creature finds fame

I'm looking for a film where a red skinned looking creature is living in an arctic tundra and is a recluse until he is found by a woman and becomes a celebrity. He falls in love with the woman and ...
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A story of a guy who wants to kill someone and gets a bulk discount to kill more people [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of this short story. As far as I remember the guy wants someone killed so he hires a hitman to kill the person, but the hitman says he will get a discount if he chooses ...
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Name of comic where protagonist finds his past, dead self

I'm looking for the name of a comic, or at least the name of the character to which it belongs. This comic was probably published in the early 90s. It possibly belongs to 2000 AD, or at least ...
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1970s team-up comic in which Superman nonchalantly kills a sentient brain?

Pre-Crisis, late 70s. (Or maybe early 70s since, in Brazil, translated comics from the USA tended to be released with a big delay.) The main antagonist of the story was Sinestro. He was more powerful ...
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70s British TV show about 3 people who gained telepathic abilities and solved mysteries

This was a TV show, it seems to me it was in the 70's or before, and it was about I think three people who had somehow gained the ability to talk mind to mind. It was British, and they solved ...
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To which year back in time was Hawkeye sent during the test run for the Time Heist?

In Avengers: Endgame, when the test run for the Time Heist is conducted, Scott Lang drops out as he felt nervous. Clint, at the time, volunteers. It's quite apparent that Clint was sent to a pre-Snap ...
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What would have happened if Dr Strange had not given the time stone to Thanos [closed]

If Dr.Strange wouldn't have given the time stone to Thanos then of-course Tony would have died and Thanos would still be Missing 2 infinity stones(Mind and Time) So if Strange does not give Stone ...
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In The Cursed Child, why didn't Harry's blood in Voldemort's body keep Harry alive?

In The Cursed Child, why didn't Harry's blood in Voldemort's body keep Harry alive in the alternate timeline in which Cedric kills Neville, which meant that Nagini stays alive, and Voldemort wins the ...
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Space Opera book with a female lead character that has immense mind powers. Written around 2017 -2019

The female lead character has her own ship but it's broken. She is rescued by another ship whose captain has two heads(maybe conjoined twins). She actually is being chased by some empire because she ...
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1970s story (perhaps made into a movie) about radioactive orphans raised by robots

This is about a group of children (orphans, most likely), which have become radioactive and who are raised by/cared for by robots from their birth. I just remember one scene, where the protagonist, an ...
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Martial arts movie about students at a high school(?) [closed]

If I remember correctly the movie was sometime between 1995-2005. I don't remember it being in English but was subtitled. The main language may have been Japanese. For some reason, I think the title ...
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Magic Systems that can be implemented in software [closed]

Are there any worlds with hard magic systems (probably based on mathematical principles) that have been sufficiently described to the point that the magic system could be implemented and ran on a ...
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Book ID: Man recovers wiped memory (Le Guin) [duplicate]

In a book by Ursula K. LeGuin, a man who knows his memory will be wiped sets up clues he will find and use to gradually recover his memory. As I recall, the book begins as he “wakes up” and is ...
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flat world, relativistic rotation speed, *NOT DISCWORLD* [duplicate]

I recall a sci-fi story (probably 1950's) situated on a world where the rotational speed was so high that relativistic effects were involved near the equator... the further away you were, the weaker ...
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Short story about two people who ran for their lives [duplicate]

I can't remember many details about the story. I think I read it in a collection. It had something to do with two people who were of a race of people with a lifespan of 6 (?) days (don't remember ...
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Character Impersonator travels back in time and accidentally takes over life of famous person he idolized

While reading another question I was reminded of a TV show or Movie I recall seeing (Strongly suspect it was a TV show, maybe one of the recent Twilight Zone series or Outer Limits type shows. An ...
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What does Dumbledore's instrument do? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry has a vision of himself attacking Mr. Weasley. Harry explains to Dumbledore what happened and the Dumbledore does this: Dumbledore now swooped down ...
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Movie with a one-person crew spaceship. Onboard computer would punish them with shocks for disobedience

Whice sci-fi space movie has a one-person crew? They would be punished for disobedience (by the computer) with electric shocks?
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Short story about a farmer who unearths a mysterious motor or engine

He is working his field and digs up a large object that seems to be humming. There is an opening in the case, so he inserts a piece of lumber and it spins with such torque that it almost kills him. I ...
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Scifi novel where God invents the rules of physics as men discovers science, and gets overwhelmed by the complexity of it [duplicate]

Trying to find this book I read probably something like 15-20 years ago. I can't recall if it was a full book or just a short story in a collection. I think the later. It's also possible I read it in ...
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Story about a black hole and a robot therapist [duplicate]

I'm trying to recall a story I read as a child, probably in the late 1980s, though it may well have been written before that. I think it was a short story in an anthology, but I don't remember ...
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Book: Mechsuit on a crystal planet is destroyed by native vegetation [duplicate]

Can someone help ID a book please. I probably read it in the 80s, but can't be sure it wasn't early 90s. It was the story of a lone human in a mech suit who explores an alien planet where much of the ...
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He hesitated, realizing what he was about to say to the world's first human level AI would be in history books… — which SF story is this from?

(I was directed here from r/scifi, where I asked this question, to no avail but some interest. I am posting a copy of what I posted on that subreddit.) I am trying to dig up this novella, I believe, ...
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What is the accurate inscription on the Anduril/Narsil pommel from the films?

I am using the Tengwar Annatar font to write out the inscription that appears on the pommel of the movie replica sword, but one character is tripping me up. According to elvish.org, the homepage of ...
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Older book where a slacker is abducted by aliens and trained [duplicate]

Trying to remember the name of a book. It was about a male slacker/loser who is captured by an alien because he won't be missed. The alien has a machine on his ship that input information directly ...
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80s/90s Sci-Fi TV/movie where a man gains the ability to have his wishes granted whilst in a record store

I recall the main, male, character being in a record store and he somehow gains the ability to have his desires granted. At first he wanted to meet a pop star, but the end of the show/TV has him ...
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(SPOILERS!!!)Cabin in the Woods alternative ending (SPOILERS!!!) [closed]

I'm looking for Director's Cut version of Cabin in the Woods. At the original ending Dana couldn't kill Marty, and ancient gods were freed, but I know, that a movie has an alternative ending, where ...
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Book with angels as crows and anger as plant

I read a book between 2000 and 2005 in the public library. It was in German language. I could not remember the picture or the title. I have a very far association with a hard cover. The main character ...
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Who were the real target of Thanos' snap in Avengers: Infinity War? [duplicate]

Many of my friends tell you that only the Earth population were the targets of Thanos' snap. But didn't he try to wipe half of the universe out? SPOILERS AHEAD In Avengers: Infinity War post-credits ...
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Read a story about 35 yrs ago about an ocean planet that had no land mass (NOT Waterworld)

The boats had special fins on the bottom to help ride out a huge wave that came with regularity. There was a seal-type animal that was infested with a growth of colored fibers that they called “wires”....
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Soviet POV story where Lamarckian genetics is true?

Not much more to add, unfortunately. Only thing I can remember about this story is that is was told from a Soviet POV about some scientific endeavor in genetics, possibly Lysenkoism-based. The "...

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