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Who knew what Isildur's Bane was? Not Boromir: 'Isildur's Bane is found, you say,' said Boromir. 'I have seen a bright ring in the Halfling's hand; but Isildur perished ere this age of the world began, they say. How do the Wise know that this ring is his? Boromir probably knew that Isildur took Sauron's Ring, but almost certainly didn't know it ...


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Gandalf is first made aware of the Nine in June of T.A. 3018 While investigating some danger that Gandalf had forebode, he chanced upon a member of his Order Radagast. Radagast had journeyed for Rosgobel on the borders of Mirkwood to find Gandalf to provide him of information that the nine were abroad again. At the end of June... I... journeyed along the ...


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In the Unfinished Tales there is the brief story of The Disaster of the Gladden Fields in which the events are told of how Isildur and his sons together with some of the top soldiers of Arnor were wiped out, as well as how the tale made it to Arnor and Rivendell (but apparently not Gondor, unless much later in shortened or garbled form, maybe) It's mostly ...


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The Nine were in Mordor whilst Sauron was in Dol Guldur. Sauron was driven forth from Dol Guldur by the White Council during the Hobbit (which is why Gandalf doesn't accompany the party through Mirkwood). The Ringwraiths and others had been preparing for his return to Mordor. When Gandalf tells Frodo about the Ring, he doesn't know about the Ringwraiths but ...


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The Tolkien Estate still holds the rights to everything aside from the film rights J.R.R. Tolkien sold in the 1969 United Artists deal and the TV rights sold to Amazon in 2017. This is independent of Christopher Tolkien, who actually stepped down as one of its directors in 2017. Among the remaining Directors/Board Members of the Estate are Christopher ...


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To add to the answers that explain why "it [was] named in the North Isildur's Bane", there was one other case where the name was used: the dream that came to Faramir and (once) to Boromir. In that case, you may as well ask who sent the prophetic dreams (the Valar? Eru himself?) or how they knew what would happen. The recipients didn't know what it meant, ...


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It's impossible to say for sure when Frodo first used the Ring, but there are hints which in the end point to a pretty clear conclusion. First, shortly after the Party when Bilbo leaves Bag End and Frodo first gets the ring, Gandalf speaks to Frodo to tell him he also is leaving. The relevant parts of the conversation goes: 'Then I forgive you. [for ...


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Meriadoc Brandybuck According to the Lord of the Rings's Prologue, Meriadoc was the author of many books, and one of the most important was Herblore of the Shire, where he details the history and origins of the Hobbit tradition of smoking Pipe-weed. A small part of this book was included in the Prologue itself with the title Concerning Pipe-weed, and was ...


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One reason I have not seen mentioned above is that the Nazgul were still recovering from their encounter with Gandalf. Days earlier he had battled all nine to a standstill, with a lightning display that Aragorn and the Hobbits had seen from miles away. We can assume this left the nine depleted, and that the five led by the Witch King that attacked Frodo’s ...


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Based on pages on the wikis' own descriptions of themselves and each other, and especially this self-history, I notice that the first one (the Gateway) is the larger in terms of content (over 11,500 vs ~6,500 entries) and community. In fact, the people surrounding both wikis had decided to merge about a decade ago, but Wikia (the company hosting the second ...


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At the very least, Saruman was able to research the fact that the ring was lost in the river. Gandalf tells the story about the last meeting of the Council of Wizards at Elrond's gathering: 'Some here will remember that many years ago I [Gandalf] myself dared to pass the doors of the Necromancer in Dol Guldur, ... 'But we were too late,... Then he ...


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Sauron was defeated in the War of the Last Alliance. With nearly all of his power stored in the Ring, Sauron was vanquished when Isildur cut the Ring from his finger. After the battle, Elrond advised Isildur that he should destroy the Ring, but Isildur decided to keep it. After settling the affairs in the South, he took the Ring with him when he went ...


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With the passing of CJRT, I believe the answer will now have to be 'no'. I left this open in case it was eventually addressed somewhere, but without a discovery of some very obscurely published commentary we can only surmise or infer from the existing HoME content.


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Frodo puts the Ring on, by accident, at the Prancing Pony Inn, when he falls off the table at the end of his song about the Man in the Moon. The second time is indeed at Bombadil's House and the third time on Waethertop. Galadrile tells him, after he looked into her mirror: "Only thrice have you set the Ring upon your finger since you knew what you possessed"...


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