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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

Luke: I am a Jedi, like my father before me. Palpatine: [angrily] So be it... Jedi! This is the crucial moment when Luke fully claims his heritage and asserts his Jedihood. Before that, Jedi didn't ...
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Why doesn't Smaug die in the 2nd Hobbit film if it was titled the 'Desolation of Smaug'?

It means "the desolation caused by Smaug". In the book, this is the description given to the barren area around the Mountain, specifically to the south and west. (The map displays north to ...
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Why the title "Goblet of Fire" for book 4?

In an Entertainment Weekly interview, J.K. Rowling said I changed my mind twice on what it was. The working title had got out – ”Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament.” Then I changed ”...
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What does "Et In Arcadia, Ego" refer to?

The line Et in Arcadia ego has been used in many works of art and literature. The first clear use, which established it as a set phrase/motif, is a painting by Guercino from c.1620, showing two ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

Conceptually the phrase would have been familiar English usage from at least the 13th century, the first usage of note I was able to find was a reference to the biblical story made by Rembrant's ...
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Why doesn't Smaug die in the 2nd Hobbit film if it was titled the 'Desolation of Smaug'?

The Desolation of Smaug does not mean the Destruction of Smaug. Dictionary Definition Definition of desolation the action of desolating the pitiful desolation and slaughter of ...
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What's the in-universe relevance for the name of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Homecoming refers to the high school dance Peter attends in the film (I haven't seen the film yet so I'm trying to avoid spoilers for myself and others.) A homecoming dance is a common high school ...
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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

According to the official Starwars.com biography of Luke Skywalker, the film "Return of the Jedi" ends with the return of Anakin Skywalker. It follows that the 'Jedi' mentioned in the title is Anakin ...
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What's the in-universe relevance for the name of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

This was addressed in an interview with the chairman of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman. [Homecoming is] relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene — that I guess I ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

Return of the [Something] is a relatively common - and old - title. If you consider the variant "The Return of the [Something]", it becomes even more widespread. Earliest example I could ...
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What does "An Obol for Charon" mean?

Charon, in ancient Greek mythology was the ferryman that carried the souls of the dead across the Stygian river into the care of Hades, god of the underworld. He required payment for this service, as ...
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"The Hero as Werwolf": why that spelling for werewolf?

This was addressed by Wolfe himself in 'The Best of Gene Wolfe' AFTERWORD Ever since this story appeared, I have been getting heat for my spelling of werewolf. I reverted to the original spelling to ...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

Yes. The novel Return of the Brute, by Liam O'Flaherty, was published in 1929. And here are some movies from the '30s. The Return of Doctor X is from 1939. The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel is ...
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Amok Time, as in “Run Amok”?

According to Merriam Webster, one of the definitions of "amok" as an adverb is: in a murderously frenzied state and as an adjective, it is described as possessed with or motivated by a ...
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Why was the episode called "Born to the Purple"?

To quote Wikipedia about this episode, "This episode is named after the Greek word porphyrogennetos, referring to special birthright or privileged heritage, royal birth." In the context of the story, ...
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Any significance of "Endgame" in Avengers 4 title according to comics?

"Endgame" isn't a reference to the comics, but to Infinity War. Specifically, Dr. Strange's remark upon surrendering the Time Stone: We're in the endgame now. This line - and his parting remark, "...
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Does the phrase "Return of the XXX" actually predate Return of the Jedi and Return of the King in common usage?

While this is not the earliest, as far as popularity in its own time, this one could be right up there with other much more recent "returns": The Return of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1905....
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What specifically does the "awakens" in "The Force Awakens" refer to?

In my opinion, the title The Force Awakens refers to the awakening of two characters. Rey We are introduced to Rey in her humble and meager life of poor scrounging, as she patiently awaits the ...
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What does the title "Up The Long Ladder" mean?

The phrase itself is a traditional one and relates to the fond desire by Irish nationalists to punish king William III and his descendants for what they consider to be his crimes against Ireland and ...
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What exactly is the Last Crusade?

There appear to be two meanings here; Indiana and his father are on a literal Crusade; the Quest to find the Holy Grail. On their way they fight against heretics and unbelievers and even meet one of ...
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What specifically does the "awakens" in "The Force Awakens" refer to?

According to Visual Dictionary: The Visual Dictionary says the following: Since the disappearance of Luke Skywalker and the shattering of his fledgling Jedi following, the cosmic Force has lain ...
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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

I thought about that too, a long time ago in a town far away. The title Return of the Jedi simply means the destruction of the Sith and the return of the Jedi Order. However, who knew Lucas at that ...
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Amok Time, as in “Run Amok”?

Yes, it is a reference to Pon Farr being a time when Vulcans become amok, i.e. in a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner[1]
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What was the common usage of the term "alien" around 1977?

"If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a monster from outer space' or 'a ...
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What's the in-universe relevance for the name of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

To add on to the previous answers, the homecoming dance is a major plot point in the film: But it's worse than that, because I'm sure someone out there is still trying to connect homecoming to the ...
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What does the title "Up The Long Ladder" mean?

The episode's main plot deals with a colony of people called Mariposans who are entirely composed of clones from the original 5 survivors of a crash landing. They have avoided all 'natural' ...
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Why is Game of Thrones called the way it is?

TL;DR: It is meant in the metaphorical sense to gain more power. Not all thrones are the physical one, the Iron Throne. It is meant in a metaphorical sense i.e. "The way you act to gain more ...
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What does "Et In Arcadia, Ego" refer to?

It's a reference to a rather mysterious phrase used by several painters Many articles are written about the mysterious phrase. They try to explain the origin of the words or what the phrase is ...
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Who is the eponymous Jedi in Return of the Jedi?

Late answer to this thread, but I just came across Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology box set which was released in 1993; meaning it is pre-“Special Edition” so some of the track ...
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