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Because the Ring didn’t want him to In both the movies and the books it is clear that the Ring is semi-sentient and has “wants”: the primary one being that it wants to return to Sauron. Or, perhaps more accurately, it responds to Sauron’s desire to regain it. More speculatively, it “wants” to be wielded by someone with the power to do so. Boromir was more ...


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Let's look at some sources for the meaning of the word "Corsair". Merriam-Webster defines it as: pirate, especially : a privateer of the Barbary Coast dictionary.com has: a fast ship used for piracy. a pirate, especially formerly of the Barbary Coast. Wikipedia gives: A corsair is a privateer or pirate, especially: Barbary corsair, Ottoman ...


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Because it's intentionally ambiguous in the film Galadriel only says "he", not "Boromir". Does Boromir want it? Sure, we've seen that when the Ring "falls" into the snow in the Misty Mountains. How about Aragorn though? The reason the scene with Frodo and Aragorn at the Breaking of the Fellowship is so powerful is because up to ...


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According to The Atlas of Middle-earth, they were running at three miles per hour. In The Atlas of Middle-earth, Karen Wynn Fonstad, charts out how much every character travelled on each day. Her conclusions were that Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli were running at three miles per hour. In The Lord of the Rings, unlike The Hobbit, Tolkien gave considerable ...


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Frodo tries to see the best in people; when Boromir then acts on it, Frodo again allows him a final dignity of silence.


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Tolkien's earlier drafts show a little more golf things that didn't make it into the book, but the passage quoted is the only appearance of golf in any of Tolkien's published works. Later Tolkien considered removing even that. The earliest surviving manuscript of the passage shows that Tolkien had a different goblin name to pun with (Fingolfin instead of ...


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Upon marriage with Aragorn, Arwen became mortal, and began to age and die the way that Númenöreans do. She then chose "resign her life" 30 years early. The scene that you are quoting is showing Arwen resigning her life. At this point Arwen is a Númenórean, and "good Númenóreans" generally will willingingly do this rather than "...


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Nothing in the films suggests that Sam does anything other than live out his life with his family in the Shire. The final scene of the Return of the King movie is the same prosaic final scene as in the book - Sam comes home to Bag End after seeing Frodo off to Lindon, he sits down, Rosie puts a child in his lap, and Sam says "Well, I'm back". Peter ...


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muster of armed men According to Tolkien scholars Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, Tolkien meant a "muster of armed men". 778 (III: 51). weapontake - Here the word must mean ‘muster of armed men’. Compare wapentake ‘a division of certain English shires’. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that in Old Norse the equivalent word meant ‘(1) a vote ...


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Elvish gate open now for us; doorway of the Dwarf-folk listen to the word of my tongue. In the book, Gandalf says "Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen! Fennas nogothrim, lasto beth lammen!", He stepped up to the rock again, and lightly touched with his staff the silver star in the middle beneath the sign of the anvil. Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen! ...


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No, he was granted a long life, but was still mortal Aragorn has long life as a Númenórean, not as a half-elf. Tolkien describes the lifespans of Númenóreans in a c.1965 writing titled "Elvish Ages & Númenórean", which he had wrote was "the scheme followed in LR and Tale of Years". The Númenörean scale fixed by the Valar (for other ...


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According to John Rateliff, the author of The History of the Hobbit, Gollum was not originally a Hobbit. The most surprising difference, usually overlooked by the commentators, is that Gollum is clearly not a hobbit in the original – ‘I don’t know where he came from or who or what he was’ says the narrator, and there’s no reason not to think he speaks for ...


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I'm not sure in LOTR but in The Silmarillion, there was Eöl "The Dark Elf" (Silmarillion page 153) who was a kinsman of Thingol but became restless, eventually living apart from the other elves by dwelling in Nan Elmoth. He was unusually known to have befriended the dwarves and known to have hated the Noldor. He was also a very skilled craftsman ...


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They started the pursuit late on 26 Feb, ran through the night and the next day, so that's 24 hours, then stopped for the night. Given the time of year call that at least 12 hours. They ran again on the 28th, say 12 hours, and repeated the pattern on the 29th. The next day they met the Riders of Rohan. Add it all up to about 55 hours. If 45 leagues is 135 ...


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Aragorn was technically 88 years old, but aged the equivalent of a 45-year-old. Aragorn was born March 1st 2931. 2931 - Aragorn son of Arathorn II born on March 1st. The Lord of the Rings - Appendix B - "The Tale of Years" The scene you refer to in the film takes place right after they set out from Edoras and two days prior to the Battle of the ...


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This is a holdover from earlier drafts Originally, Tolkien was planning to have time inside Lothlorien either move slower or come to a complete halt. He later decided it was more effort than it was worth, and so removed the idea, but left in a conversation about how the time still "felt different". Verlyn Flieger summarizes this as such: As with ...


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Denethor went up to consult his palantír. This is a plot twist that Tolkien spends some time setting up. Denethor implies that he knows more than anyone else, people talk about him "wrestling" in thought with Sauron, and he mysteriously vanishes to a room with a flickering light at important times: ‘Yea,’ he said; ‘for though the Stones be lost, ...


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Looking at Tolkien's Appendix E in The Lord of the Rings, we see the following about "au". In Quenya ui, oi, ai and iu, eu, au are diphthongs (that is, pronounced in one syllable). ... All these diphthongs were ‘falling’ diphthongs, that is stressed on the first element, and composed of the simple vowels run together. Thus ... au (aw) as in loud, ...


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In Tolkien's Synoptic Time-Scheme for this event, he notes that Gandalf "wrestled in thought" with Sauron. Gandalf: On a hill in Fangorn wrestles in thought with the Eye of Mordor, and saves Frodo from yielding. The "high place" Gandalf says he sat on was a hill in Fangorn, and when he says "strove with the dark tower" he ...


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Elrond's twin sons - Elladan and Elrohir, often went out together orc hunting to avenge their mother Celebrian who was captured by Orcs and tortured. "But her brothers, Elladan and Elrohir, were out upon errantry: for they rode often far afield with the Rangers of the North, forgetting never their mother's torment in the dens of the orcs."


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Living elves were unable to visit the dead in the Halls of Mandos When Miriel dies, Fëanor says that he is unable to "visit or speak" with her unless he himself would die as well. During the time of his sorrow Finwë had little comfort from Fëanor. For a while he also had kept vigil by his mother's body, but soon he became wholly absorbed again in ...


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The Witch-king was scared of Frodo and had almost been killed The Witch-king expected the mission to be a lot easier than it ended up being. He was still shaken from the fight with Gandalf, and then Frodo tried stabbing him with a sword that was specifically enchanted to kill him. (The same type of sword that Merry eventually successfully used to kill him.) ...


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Generally no When I came to think of it, in my own imagination, beards were not found among Hobbits (as stated in text); nor among the Eldar (not stated). All male Dwarves had them. The wizards had them, though Radagast (not stated) had only short, curling, light brown hair on his chin. Men normally had them when full-grown, hence Eomer, Theoden and all ...


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Upon marriage with Aragorn, Arwen had already "aged" 43 years and thus became the equivalent of a Númenörean who had "aged" that same amount (i.e. an 81-year-old Númenörean). She thus had another 153 years left of her 234 years left. Elves grow one year every three years for 72 years, or until they turned 24. They then grew one additional ...


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Théoden calls Gandalf stormcrow to suggest that he preys on disaster. The full quote in the book has Théoden call Gandalf a herald of woe and compare him to crows. 'I greet you,' he said, 'and maybe you look for welcome. But truth to tell your welcome is doubtful here, Master Gandalf. You have ever been a herald of woe. Troubles follow you like crows, and ...


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Technically, one could argue that you could count Maglor the son of Feanor as the last elf in Middle-earth since we don't know for sure what happened to him. There are multiple ways of interpreting his fate. "And it is told of Maglor that he could not endure the pain of which the Silmaril tormented him, and he cast it at last into the sea, and ...


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Orcs were not created by Sauron. They first appeared in the First Age, the work of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, who Sauron served at the time. That said, Morgoth did not 'create' them either. Only Eru (Middle-Earth equivalent of God) was capable of creating life. Morgoth twisted other life of some sort into Orcs, though Tolkien spent his whole life ...


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Oliphaunt is the name the Hobbits use, and Mûmak is the name the Gondorians use. Oliphaunt is used by the Hobbits. `Were there any oliphaunts?' asked Sam, forgetting his fear in his eagerness for news of strange places. The Lord of the Rings - Book IV Chapter 3 - "The Black Gate is Closed" The language that the Hobbits speak is translated into ...


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Gandalf took it into Dol Guldur with him and it was taken from him. Peter Jackson: So Philippa, in the commentary on the first of the Hobbit movies, we said that we were going to talk about how the Morgul blade from The Fellowship of the Ring that we saw in the council in Rivendell actually gets back into the hands of the badguys and I think you had a plan. ...


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This question has already been answered well I think but I just want to add the second footnote from The Nature of Middle-earth, as I believe that they are both important. They are similar but also slightly different. “Or as the Eldar said “met love”. In this matter the Elven tongues make distinctions. To speak Quenya: “Love” which men might rather call “...


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