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Was it Gollum who untied Sam's Elf-rope?

In the novel the rope is noted to have been secured tightly He took up the rope and made it fast over the stump nearest to the brink. LOTR: The Two Towers and it does indeed fall down when tugged, ...
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Was it Gollum who untied Sam's Elf-rope?

Elves—or at least, those of Lothlórien—have some funny ideas about what is and isn’t magic. ‘Are these magic cloaks?’ asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder. ‘I do not know what you mean by that,’ ...
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Why is Sam unsure about whether or not he has taken out the Elf-rope before in chapter 12 of Two Towers?

"Can't remember as [something occurred]" is a colloquial version of "can't remember that [something occurred]". It expresses that the speaker thinks the thing didn't happen, rather ...
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Why is Sam unsure about whether or not he has taken out the Elf-rope before in chapter 12 of Two Towers?

Yes, you are misreading. The operative part is "Never noticed it before." Sam is reasoning that if he had taken it out, and if at the time it were dark, he would remember its looking silver. ...
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Why is Sam unsure about whether or not he has taken out the Elf-rope before in chapter 12 of Two Towers?

Your confusion would be reasonable if Sam said he wasn't sure whether he had used or deliberately examined the rope before, but that is not what he says. Instead, he says he's not sure if the rope has ...
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Did Sam really plan to attack the orcs in Shelob's lair in the very end of The Two Towers?

Psychology - Sam had managed, with a lot of effort, to convince himself to carry on with the quest: 'No, it’s sit here till they come and kill me over master’s body, and gets It; or take It and go.’ ...
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Would Gandalf know Sauron personally?

On first glance, it seems surprising that they don't know each other, but there are three good reasons why they might not. First, as was noted in the comments, we know nothing about the number of ...
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Why were the keepers of the three Elf-rings not aware that the One Ring had been used?

I don't think any of the hobbits (Smeagol/Gollum, Bilbo, Frodo, Sam) ever "used" the ring in the sense meant by the text you quote from Silmarillion [*]. The one ring was created to perceive ...
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By what name are the Pelennor Fields known to the commonfolk of Gondor?

As a linguist, Tolkien knew that place names are “sticky” Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (a Dutch name) and died in Bournemouth, UK (a modern English name - literally the mouth of the ...
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Why is Sam unsure about whether or not he has taken out the Elf-rope before in chapter 12 of Two Towers?

No, you aren’t misreading it. That is approximately correct, whether he is more sure than unsure is relatively unimportant. What you are missing is how can he not remember? And that’s dead simple if ...
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Did Sam really plan to attack the orcs in Shelob's lair in the very end of The Two Towers?

I thought it was because he was under the influence of the ring at that point. He saw himself as a great warrior. (before clearing his head and remove the ring because he prefer seeing properly ...
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Would the 3rd Age of Middle-earth have been dominated by men if Isildur had destroyed the One Ring in Mount Doom?

For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart. --Gandalf, Book VI, "The Steward and the King" Your question brings us to one of the most important ...
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Was Saruman a landlord, a robber baron or something?

It's not really a comparable situation. Saruman de jure held Isengard in fief to the Steward of Gondor, though he had long since made the surrounding area, Nan Curunír, de facto an independent ...
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Why were the keepers of the three Elf-rings not aware that the One Ring had been used?

The One Ring was the master of the others. It was not, in any way, subject to their lesser powers. This means, logically, that the One was made so that it could be used without its use automatically ...
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By what name are the Pelennor Fields known to the commonfolk of Gondor?

The LotR is feigned to be a translation from the Red book, and English represents Westron in the "original". And when a foreign word appears in the texts, I believe Tolkien meant the "...
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What does Galadriel mean by "All shall love me and despair"?

She's saying that everyone would love and worship her unconditionally. Middle Earth would bend the knee to her without question, they would have undying loyalty to her. A parallel is sort of like ...
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