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Yes, but not in the way you think In some linguistic notes (circa 1967) about the elvish root √PHAN "cover, screen, veil", Tolkien digresses a little bit to discuss how the Valar and Maiar appeared when not adopting a physical raiment. He says that Maiar had recognizable smells even when invisible. In QUENYA, owing to close relations of the Eldar ...


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Essentially, Gandalf's mission was to help the Free Peoples defeat Sauron. As far as he was concerned, it was no longer his place to interfere with things in Middle-Earth. He was going to be returning to Valinor very shortly. It was up to people to deal with their own problems now. He did his part with Saruman in expelling him from the order. 'Deep in, ...


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Bombadil would have fallen at the end During the council of Elrond they discuss sending the Ring to Tom Bombadil, and Glorfindel says that if Sauron were to get control he would eventually overcome the old forest as well. 'But in any case,' said Glorfindel, 'to send the Ring to [Tom Bombadil] would only postpone the day of evil. He is far away. We could not ...


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They did not The fellowship are given new clothes in Lothlorien The Elves next unwrapped and gave to each of the Company the clothes they had brought. For each they had provided a hood and cloak, made according to his size, of the light but warm silken stuff that the Galadhrim wove. It was hard to say of what colour they were: grey with the hue of twilight ...


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I bow to Ibid's wonderfully sourced answer which addresses how Gandalf smells in-universe. For the record, the individual portraying Gandalf in the (2001-2003) film series is described as smelling very pleasantly like incense and tobacco. Q. What does Sir Ian Mckellen (Gandalf) smell like? EW: He smells really good! He smells of a sort of masculine incense. ...


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Ibid's gives a good description of how bodies work for the Valar and Maiar — they are naturally incorporeal beings who can inhabit and disinhabit corporeal bodies as easily as we put on and take off clothes. They do this mainly for self-expression and to interact with the world more easily. The Istari (wizards) did something different. They were Maiar, but ...


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Gondor kept a watch over Mordor initially in the Third Age. The city of Minas Morgul was originally the Gondorian city of Minas Ithil. Other border fortresses were originally built by Gondor, in order to keep an eye on Mordor. They were gradually abandoned and/or conquered as Gondor declined in strength and Sauron rebuilt his power, especially as a result ...


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We don't know You can find a list of all known words from Westron here. Including both the present-day Westron that the hobbits use and the archaic version that the Rohirrim use, there are only 53 known names. Gandalf is not one of them. However, we can assume that Gandalf's westron name does in fact begin with a G sound. The same can be said of the Westron ...


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Short answer: Magic is leaving Middle-Earth, but it is leaving Middle-Earth because the 'higher' beings have left or are leaving or have been destroyed. This is a very interesting question, but not one which can be definitively answered by quotes from LotR or The Silmarillion. The key to the question, I think, is that "magic" is not a thing in ...


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Tolkien did not envision his wizards as wearing monochromatic outfits. Towards the end of his life, circa 1970, Tolkien wrote an essay describing the appearance of the fellowship, in response to seeing a Pauline Baynes poster that he disliked. Gandalf’s hat was wide-brimmed with a pointed conical crown, and it was blue; he wore a long grey cloak, but this ...


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It's unclear whether the Beatles actually tried to acquire the rights, but at the time they announced their plans Tolkien's publisher was already in the middle of negotiating a contract with United Artists, and they would not have been available. Also, Tolkien hated the Beatles, especially John Lennon Allen and Unwin had already began negotiating with United ...


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That would depend in part on others. If Sauron had won, and Tom didn’t have the Ring, he would IMO probably have been left alone. Tom isn’t someone to fear and isn’t someone it’s desirable to dominate, and he doesn’t have any resources other than the forest itself. So, until the forest was desirable and worthy of his attention, there would be no need to ...


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Sauron also kept his ring when his body got destroyed. Tolkien says that people shouldn't "boggle" at how a spirit can keep hold of a ring. In October of 1958, Tolkien wrote a long letter to Dr Rhona Beare (then a student at Exeter University, responding to a list of twelve questions she sent him on behalf of a group of "fellow-enthusiasts for ...


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Tolkien has six known drawings depicting ships, which together show twelve different ships Laketown (1936, Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 23r) Pencil, black ink Probably the most well known is Laketown, as this appears as an illustration in many editions of The Hobbit, including the original 1937 edition. It is produced as a full two-page spread in Voyage en ...


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At the 'Fords of Isen' on the edge of Rohan's borders Théoden's party had been overtaken between Dol Baran and the Hornburg. Specifically, it was shortly after they passed the "Fords of Isen" They had not long passed the mounds at the Fords of Isen, when a Rider galloped up from the rear of their line. 'My lord,' he said to the king, 'there are ...


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Because contrary to your assumption, the Ring could be used by other people As said many times throughout The Lord of the Rings, and in Tolkien's letters, Sauron was afraid that his enemies would use the Ring against him, usurp him, and take his place as ruler. Not everyone would have the necessary will power to master the Ring, but some, like Gandalf and ...


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"Ai" has a meaning in both Quenya and Sindarin, however it seems that Legolas is using the regular english word "ai" here, not an elvish one. Some time after the publication of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien began working on a linguistic companion volume that would go through and explain all the examples of elvish found in the book. ...


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Aragorn had always intended to travel to Minas Tirith, although initially he could not see the way and knew only that it was dark, although he was aware that he had prepared for it. ‘As for the king, he will go to the muster that he commanded at Edoras, four nights from now. And there, I think, he will hear tidings of war, and the Riders of Rohan will go ...


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Tobacco was certainly used on set by Sean Astin and the other hobbit actors. For the pipe-smoking scenes, the actors were presented with the choice of either a mild pipe tobacco or an herbal non-tobacco product. Astin believes that all the hobbit actors in the Fellowship opted for genuine tobacco. “Every hobbit is a good hobbit,” he says, “and a good adult ...


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The actual real-life tobacco that they smoked during filming of The Lord of the Rings was Stokkebye Nougat. Brian Levine, who worked at Stokkebye at the time, supplied them with several pounds of it, and then they called back for more. This comes from https://pipesmagazine.com/forums/threads/lord-of-the-rings.1413/. So when it wasn't CGI they smoked real ...


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Probably not The main source of that video is the the 2017 book Flora of Middle-earth by Walter S. Judd and Graham A. Judd. This book spends some time discussing the possibility of althelas being basil, but ultimately rules it out since basil "would never be found in shaded thickets" and "cannot be described as hoary". Some have compared ...


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In The Lord of the Rings itself, there is no clear evidence of a ban. Tolkien came up with this later and published it in The Road Goes Ever On. The ban is not mentioned in detail in The Silmarillion because all of Tolkien's drafts of its ending were written before Galadriel existed. Galadriel was a character created for The Lord of the Rings, after the ...


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With regards to its importance, Dunharrow is a secure place and is where the civilians are kept during the Battle of the Hornburg (unlike at Helm's Deep as in the films): ‘Hope, yes,’ said Gandalf. ‘But Isengard is strong. And other perils draw ever nearer. Do not delay, Théoden, when we are gone. Lead your people swiftly to the Hold of Dunharrow in the ...


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Yes As explained by Tolkien scholars Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, the mountain is named such because it is an isolated peak. Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, is an isolated peak to the east of the northernmost parts of Mirkwood; its Sindarin name contains the element er ‘one, alone’ (as in Eriador). The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion - "...


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Is there any suggestion that Gandalf can see the future? He explicitly says he ("the wise") can't. He thinks Saruman can do "some mischief", but doesn't know what or where. He clearly regards simply killing someone to prevent possible future problems as immoral, as evidenced by his conversation elsewhere: "Many that live deserve ...


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The Nazgul were sorcerers Men proved easier to ensnare. Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They could walk, if they would, unseen by all eyes in this ...


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Azog's role in canon was the murder of Thorin's grandfather Thrór (which was the catalyst of a long Dwarf-Goblin war), and the father of Bolg (the goblin leader at the end of The Hobbit). He was killed by Dáin Ironfoot forty-two years before the events of The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings Azog first appeared as a named character in the appendices to The Lord ...


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Theoden wants a secure muster point to gather the remaining troops from across Rohan. They have to ride to Gondor all together - drips and drabs are of no use. Edoras was likely was overrun by Saruman's raiding parties while they were fleeing to Helm's Deep. Aragorn wants to take the shortcut through the Paths of the Dead in order to rally the forces of ...


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The answer is that it is a refuge. As such it is hidden and defendable: Then the king sat upon a seat before his doors, and Éowyn knelt before him and received from him a sword and a fair corslet. 'Farewell sister-daughter!' he said. 'Dark is the hour, yet maybe we shall return to the Golden Hall. But in Dunharrow the people may long defend themselves, and ...


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It's word with a lot of special meaning to Tolkien, though we don't we ever get a very clear definition. Elf-friend was a name or title full of meaning for Tolkien. In Nomenclature [of The Lord of the Rings] he explains that ‘it was suggested by Ælfwine, the English form of an old Germanic name (represented for instance in the Lombardic Alboin), though its ...


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