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Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog?

There was nothing particular about the elves that made them capable of taking on balrogs, except that the elves, as the Firstborn children of Illúvatar, were probably the most powerful of all the ...
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What is this wrong inscription at the Doors of Durin, the gate of moria?

It says complete gibberish What you are looking at is someone who tried using a Tengwar computer font to type, but without knowing anything about how to use Tengwar and so operating under the false ...
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Why wasn't Aragorn more stealthy at Weathertop?

Shortly beforehand, they see the riders on the road below Weathertop: They could all see the black specks, but neither Frodo nor Merry could make out their shapes for certain; yet something told them ...
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What are all the times Gandalf was either late or early?

It's hard to catch Gandalf on this, because he'll just retort the second half of the line, that whenever he came actually was when he meant to come. So you'll have up look for places where Gandalf ...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

Isildur may not be the most reliable narrator over here. Gollum acquired the ring by murdering his relative Déagol and taking it from him. He would later claim that it was a birthday present. ‘The ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

It simply means "I would not do evil so that good could come of it", it's a Catholic/Thomistic principle that Tolkien, any Catholic reader would be well aware of being a principle that a ...
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In Return of the King has there been any explanation for the role of the third eagle?

In the book The Eagles were already present for the battle itself, where they were instrumental in fighting the Nazgûl. There came Gwaihir the Windlord, and Landroval his brother, greatest of all the ...
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Did Gimli marry and have children?

Gimli did not get married, nor did he have any children. We get a potted history of the remainder of his life in Appendix III of Return of the King ('Durin's Folk'), along with a family tree which, as ...
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Who was Bilbo's / Frodo's mithril chain mail made for?

We have no idea, but in some earlier drafts and notes it was said to be for "an elf-king’s son" or for the sons of "Girion king/Lord of Dale". Tolkien never gives any indication as ...
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Why did Elrond choose Legolas as representative of the Elves and Gimli as representative of the dwarves?

Because they were headed that way anyways The answer is in the line immediately following the one you had bolded. Legolas shall be for the Elves; and Gimli son of Glóin for the Dwarves. They are ...
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Did Roger Zelazny ever read The Lord of the Rings?

In a 1973 interview with Zelazny reprinted in the Roger Zelazny book from the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series, and partly available on google books here, he is asked to name masters of SF/...
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Why give gifts AFTER the cup of parting?

This is a reference to Beowulf Let's look at the preceding lines to your quote, which describe the actual drinking of the cup. Now Galadriel rose from the grass, and taking a cup from one of her ...
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Did Sauron put his soul/spirit into all of the Rings of Power?

Tolkien explicitly compares Sauron creating the Rings to Morgoth marring Arda In an essay titled "Notes on motives in the Silmarillion", Tolkien discusses the nature of evil in his work, and ...
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What was the final fate of Khazad-dûm (after Durin the 7th)?

Durin the Last first emerges in the second surviving draft of the dwarf section of Appendix A, which originally ended with this line about Moria, right after talking about Dain and Erebor. And the ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

Just as a point of English usage, a falsehood specifically means a lie — it doesn’t usually include other kinds of trickery or deception such as ambushes or camouflage. (Wiktionary confirms this.) So ...
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Why does Isildur claim to have defeated Sauron when Gil-galad and Elendil did it?

From The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age": Then Gil-galad and Elendil passed into Mordor and encompassed the stronghold of Sauron; and they laid siege to it for seven ...
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How did Samwise/Gimli/Bilbo/Frodo/Galadriel know they were allowed into Valinor?

A wizard did it Tolkien's conception is illuminated a little in his Letter 246 (September 1963), where he has an aside to talk about Frodo taking Arwen's place. With my emphasis: It is not made ...
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How to Pronounce Elanor?

You can hear Christopher Tolkien saying "Elanor" in a recording of him reading the final passage of The Lord of the Rings. He gives the three syllables about equal emphasis, but I think the ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

I'm going to have a stab, although I make no promises about completeness. All the below prophecies were made at times of stress and all came true. Hobbit: none that I can recall LOTR: Boromir's dream, ...
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What does it mean when Faramir says "I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood"?

It seems to me Faramir is simply denying that he would ever use the specific trick that Frodo is suggesting he might be using: that interrogators can lie to trap the person being questioned. It's a ...
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In The Lord of the Rings, did anyone ever say "The fellowship is now complete."?

In the book, the words are a little different. 'Let it be so, then. You shall go,' said Elrond, and he sighed. 'Now the tale of Nine is filled. In seven days the Company must depart.'
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

How about Gandalf talking to Frodo about Gollum: Frodo: "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill Gollum when he had the chance." Gandalf: "Pity? It's a pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that ...
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Which species dance in Tolkien's works?

Elves (and Bilbo, a Hobbit) And with that he went back to bed and slept till late morning. Weariness fell from him soon in that house, and he had many a merry jest and dance, early and late, with the ...
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Why did Elrond choose Legolas as representative of the Elves and Gimli as representative of the dwarves?

The reasons were different in the two cases. For Gimli, it's very simple: There were only two dwarves in Rivendell and Gimli was the younger (and probably the more fit.) Introducing Gimli's father: ...
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Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog?

The short and simple answer is that Noldor in the First Age who had returned to Middle-Earth from Valinor and fought the Long War against Morgoth and his armies were bigger badasses than simple ...
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In The Lord of the Rings, did anyone ever say "The fellowship is now complete."?

Not that phrase, no. The movie (extended version): MERRY: Wait! we're coming too! They run and join the others. [Elrond looks astounded] MERRY: You'd have to send us home tied up in a sack ...
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Story from Middle-earth about the events of "The Lord of the Rings" being a lie

You're probably thinking of Kirill Eskov's The Last Ringbearer, a Russian book that re-tells the story of LoTR from the point of view of Mordor. From Wikipedia: Eskov bases his novel on the premise ...
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What are all the prophecies in The Lord of the Rings?

Here are some prophecies not yet mentioned. Predictor: Thorin Maybe it's more of a wish than a prophecy, but in The Hobbit, in A Warm Welcome: Status: fulfilled, basically But lock nor bar may hinder ...
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Did Sauron put his soul/spirit into all of the Rings of Power?

The Three Rings of the Elvenkind (Narya, Nenya, Vilya) had no part of Sauron in them. According to Gandalf: The Three, fairest of all, the Elf-lords hid from him, and his hand never touched them or ...
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Why couldn't the dwarves beat/kill the Balrog?

A balrog is essentially a minor deity, and effectively immortal. Only the great magics of the first and second age could destroy one, hence neither of the mortal races would stand a chance against one....
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