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Translation for a LOTR tattoo

With contributions from and credit to @Yasskier and @Little Pickle, "Until the stars are all alight" is a line from "A Walking Song" which was was the name given to the song that ...
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Translation for a LOTR tattoo

Be warned that most online "translators" don't really translate. They don't even do proper transliteration. This, for example, mentioned in the comments, is NOT a Sindarin translator as it ...
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Where did the Elves go when they said they were leaving Middle-earth?

When Elves become weary of their years in Middle-earth (or just too burdened with Sea-longing), they take ship from the Grey Havens to Valinor (also known as the Undying Lands), the home of the Valar ...
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Why did both Frodo and Aragorn keep Gollum a secret for seemingly no reason?

Adding to the other answer, since there can only be speculation on this answer : For Aragorn, another plausible reason may be that he felt confident in his own capabilities to defend Frodo from Gollum ...
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Why did both Frodo and Aragorn keep Gollum a secret for seemingly no reason?

A plausible answer -- Tolkien does not give a reason -- is that Aragorn hoped to capture Gollum and needed to not scare him off. Had he told the Company, "Gollum -- you know, the one who hates ...
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Why were the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies released in reverse order to the books?

The Hobbit arrived first in my social circle in circa late 70's. Intrigued with the following LOTR book, borrowed in the same circle, after a bite to eat, each and every work date night, I read it ...
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Where is the place Gandalf tells the Witch-king to go?

I think that this question is more complicated than it looks and several of the answers -- while thoughtful and well-researched -- may be trying to make things too simple and to deduce the best ...
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Why not march over Rivendell and take the ring?

He apparently lacked the strength. 'The the Nine had indeed arisen I felt assured, apart from the words of Saruman which might be lies. Long ere I came to Isengard I had heard tidings by the way that ...
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What counts as being "given" the One Ring?

With respect to the One Ring, the difference between giving and taking seems to break down. Sauron didn't give it to Isildur. The latter took it. Isildur didn't give it to anyone. It fell off as he ...
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Why didn't Gollum grow old and die after he lost the One Ring to Bilbo?

Another point to consider: a number of times, some speak of the 'ring wanting to return to its master; purposefully abandoning Ilsidor; having a will of its own'. Then, it did not expect to be ...
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Are there any references to Eru or the Valar in the Lord of the Rings movies?

In addition to what's been said here, at the Battle of Helm's Deep, Aragorn addresses the assembled defenders in Elvish, crying "A Eruchin!" which means "O (ye) Sons of Eru!"
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Why could Melkor's forces not detect Gondolin by flying around?

Gondolin was protected by the Great Eagles, and in any case Morgoth lacked airborne servants. According to the Unfinished Tales They [Great Eagles] alone save the Noldor know the Hidden Kingdom and ...
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Why could Melkor's forces not detect Gondolin by flying around?

One possible explanation would be the influence of particular Vala on the elements. Ulmo, the lord of waters, apparently had something to do with how Melkor did not have much power over seas and ...
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