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Elves do cut down plants for food, even the ones who avoid killing animals for food. Some of the Eldar[=elves] (and some Men) eschew the slaying of kelvar[=animals] to use their bodies as meat, feeling that these bodies, resembling in different degrees their own, are in some way too near akin. (Yet none of the Eldar hold that the eating of flesh, not being ...


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Some Elves avoid eating animals, but they do not hold it sinful to do so Some of the Eldar[=elves] (and some Men) eschew the slaying of kelvar[=animals] to use their bodies as meat, feeling that these bodies, resembling in different degrees their own, are in some way too near akin. (Yet none of the Eldar hold that the eating of flesh, not being the flesh of ...


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Contrary to dwarvish belief, all seven Durins were really the same body, which was preserved and to which Durin's spirit would later return to To add on a bit to Jason Baker's answer, there is a slightly later and rather shorter text, in which Tolkien, using an authorial out-of-universe voice (he mentions The Silmarillion as a book he needs to revise), says ...


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As far as I know, there is no reference anywhere to Orcs fighting against Sauron in this battle, or any actual battle - but it is stated in one of the Myths Transformed essays (The History of Middle-earth vol. X: "Morgoth's Ring") that Morgoth not Sauron is the source of Orc-wills. Sauron is just another (if greater) agent. Orcs can rebel against ...


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From the Silmarillion, when Varda creates the Stars: Then Varda went forth from the council, and she looked out from the height of Taniquetil, and beheld the darkness of Middle-earth beneath the innumerable stars, faint and far. Then she began a great labour, greatest of all the works of the Valar since their coming into Arda. She took the silver dews from ...


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A lot of good answers here but I'm going to put in my personal take: It's a Metaphor Thranduil wasn't there and neither was his army. The appearance and departure in the flashback is a metaphor for their conspicuous absence during the attack. The flashback is from Thorin's perspective and he's clearly biased and irrational, his own memories or retellings ...


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At the time the Hobbit was written none of that existed. Thrain's journey with Balin and Dwalin was created during one of the final stages of the writing of The Lord of the Rings appendices in c.1955, over two decades after those lines from The Hobbit were written. The first version of it went as follows, Partly by the very power of the Ring therefore ...


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The mention of Thráin in The Hobbit only served one purpose: to establish how Gandalf acquired the map and the key. There was no thought-out backstory at that time. While some changes (such as how Bilbo acquired the Ring) were retconned in a later edition of The Hobbit, this detail was likely considered too inconsequential to include (even if Tolkien himself ...


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